Paris gets into the festive mood by switching on Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysees.
Meanwhile, a shopping centre in Hong Kong offers customers festive haircuts and makeovers. Christmas celebrations start early as businesses compete for shoppers.
"Football tango" - players try to win an aerial battle during a match in Leicester, England.
Artist William Burge from Houston, Texas sits behind the wheel of his "art car" based on a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. He will be showing it at the Essen Motor Show in Germany next month.
A group of environmental activists protests against the destruction of forests in Indonesia, which they say is mostly due to illegal logging and palm oil plantations.
A special mass is held in the Vatican to celebrate 23 newly appointed cardinals, who will act as the Pope's principal advisers.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits down to lunch with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, after witnessing the signing of trade contracts worth almost 20bn euros in Beijing.
The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic team makes a splash on the skyline of Kuala Lumpur as it flies in to take part in the Langkawi International Air Show.
An Afghan girl holds a toy received from US soldiers who have been delivering aid, including blankets, shoes and radios to villagers in Paktika, Afghanistan.
Families flee Pakistan's Swat valley after government troops launched a major ground offensive against pro-Taleban militants.