Two young girls queue up to see a doctor in Kabul, Afghanistan. An exceptionally severe winter is threatening the lives of many Afghan children.
A nomadic Indian man feeds his monkey with tea before a performance on the streets the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay).
Japanese 20-year-olds celebrate their Coming of Age day all around the country. It is the age at which they are allowed to drink alcohol and vote in elections.
Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis hits a return during her defeat by Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the Sydney International tennis tournament.
Chinese couples rush to get married in the northern city of Harbin before the end of the Year of the Dog - a year considered to be auspicious for weddings.
Christie's auction house in London puts on display British artist Francis Bacon's Study for Portrait II. The painting is expected to break records when comes under the hammer in February.
England's returning cricket captain Michael Vaughan gets to grips with team-mate Paul Nixon during a practice session in Sydney.
Syrians play in the snow at the town of Bloudan as a wave of cold weather hits the country.
Parisians walk past tents for the homeless as the French government announced new measures to accommodate homeless people.