Elephants at Erfurt Zoo in eastern Germany enjoy a seasonal diet, enriched by unsold Christmas trees.
An alleged assailant who took part in the armed attack on a military base in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is detained.
An Iraqi tank with the 2nd Army Brigade takes up a position near a village north of Baquba, Iraq.
In snowy weather, an Afghan woman carries on her head a sack of food she receives from a Kabul distribution centre.
European Union observers move out around the Palestinian territories ahead of elections at the end of the month.
In Dhaka's Gabtoli cattle market, children feed camels that will be sacrificed during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
A Chinese Buddhist burns joss sticks to welcome 2006. Later this month, the lunar new year will mark the year of the dog.
A Saudi hospital carries a poster warning Muslim pilgrims to be careful when shaving their heads for the annual Hajj in Mecca.
Rajnath Singh, wearing an orange scarf, is welcomed as the new president of India's main opposition BJP party.