Ningsih, a four-year-old orang-utan, examines a newspaper in a Jakarta zoo. At least 1,000 orang-utans are estimated to have died in Indonesian land-clearing fires this year.
People pause to look at Christmas lights in the shape of a whale shark outside the aquarium in Osaka, Japan.
In character as his alter-ego Borat, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen entertains the crowds at the Australian premier of his film in Sydney.
A Piper PA28 takes off from a motorway near Toulouse where it had made an emergency landing due to a fuel problem.
The coffin of popular Neapolitan singer Mario Merola is carried through the crowd to the Chiesa Del Carmine church in Naples.
A Palestinian boy attends a demonstration in Hebron commemorating the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat two years ago.
Urged on by his fellow protesters, a Bangladeshi boy hurls a stone at police during an opposition rally in Dhaka.
These traders seem unconcerned by the Apec meeting happening close to their shops in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
The Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, London prepares for the Royal Premiere of the new James Bond film Casino Royale.