In Bethlehem, Christian pilgrims mark Christmas with the start of holy rituals at the Church of the Nativity, reputed to be the site of Jesus's birth.
But elsewhere in the West Bank, religious spirit was less in evidence. In the village of Bilin, a Palestinian man prepares a slingshot against Israeli troops during a demonstration.
A couple examine a giant shoe during Fashion Fair 2007 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The fair is a chance for local businesses to display their wares and sell Christmas gifts.
A Russian man kisses a picture of Josef Stalin in the former Russian leader's hometown of Gori, on the 128th anniversary of Stalin's birth.
An elephant in a Santa Claus costume entertains children at a school in Thailand.
A Chinese soldier takes part in a Qigong performance as part of an anti-terrorism training drill in Yunnan Province.
A woman surveys the damage at her local library following a powerful earthquake in Gisborne, New Zealand.
Muslims pray at the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque at the religious festival of Eid al-Adha, in New Delhi, India.