Shopping is brisk ahead of Christmas in Mumbai. Although Christians form only 2% of India's population, Christmas is celebrated throughout the country.
A crib in Luceram, south-eastern France, where several hundred scenes depicting the Christian nativity go on display every year.
An Afghan blacksmith at work in Pul-e-Khumri in northern Afghanistan.
A blue tit hangs from a branch awaiting its turn on a bird feeder in Forestry Commission land near Minley Manor, Farnborough, UK.
South Korean volunteers try to remove dense crude oil near Mallipo beach in Taean, west of Seoul, spilled from a punctured supertanker earlier this month.
Passing Pakistani train passengers take pictures of the wreckage of a train, the day after it crashed north of Karachi, killing many people.
Indonesian Muslims slaughter a cow in Jakarta for Eid-al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God.
A lantern honouring revered artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, known as "Bencab", takes part in the traditional pre-Christmas Lantern Parade held at the University of the Philippines.
Chalk drawings of penguins, sketched by legendary Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott, are displayed after their discovery in a Cambridge University basement.
Filipino children help paint Christmas trees made from dried up mangroves in Manila.