An anti-globalisation rally is held in Hong Kong as World Trade Organization talks get under way.
A Palestinian youth is forced to strip by an Israeli soldier as violence flares in the West Bank city of Nablus.
An earthquake survivor in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir deposits his registration fee for a new national identity card.
The extent of the devastation caused by a massive fire at a UK oil depot is starting to emerge.
Swedish school children carry out a winter solstice tradition by dressing up as Lucia Queen of Lights and her maidens.
Election pamphlets are handed out around Iraq as the country prepares to hold parliamentary elections.
A duck receives bird flu vaccination at Blijdorp Zoo in the Netherlands. The zoo is thought to be the first in Europe to inoculate its birds.
Sir Richard Branson announces the names of the first Australian space tourists at a ceremony in Sydney. They will pay $200,000 (£113,000) each.
A gas explosion has ripped through an apartment building in New Jersey, causing massive fire and injuring at least five people.
Italy and Canada clash in an ice hockey match in Turin - the venue of the winter Olympics next year.