A mother and her children wait for a lift after going shopping in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
A couple smoke from traditional water pipes on the 11th day of an open-ended protest against the government in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
Pirated CDs and DVDs are destroyed in Skopje, Macedonia, as part of a drive to halt production and sale of counterfeit music, movies and computer programmes.
A girl collects firewood in Baidoa, Somalia, the last town the transitional government controls. Baidoa is surrounded by thousands of Islamist militiamen hostile to the government.
Police in England are investigating the murder of five women who worked as prostitutes, all found dead in woodland in Suffolk.
An Indian army stunt rider jumps through a ring of flame in Calcutta.
Indian sadhus, or holy men, at a pilgrimage site on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad ahead of the Hindu Kumbh Mela beginning in January.
An Italian police officer with a silver bust of Saint Gregory dating from 1676. Italian police say they have uncovered an international art trafficking ring based in Rome.
Young children dressed in Santa Claus outfits ride a camel near the Taj Mahal monument in India.
Prince William was among 220 cadets graduating from Sandhurst. Following a 44-week course, they were being commissioned as officers in the British Army.
On the other side of the world, Australia's cricketers ended day two of the Third Ashes Test in Perth leading England.