Afghan widows line up to get their food rations at a Care International food distribution centre in Kabul.
Elsewhere in Kabul, officials visit a women's detention centre, built with UN and Italian funding, where sewing machines will be available to inmates.
Children have been learning how to make radish dim sum in the shape of a mouse to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year in Hong Kong.
A worker at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, prepares for the Chinese Year of the Rat by hanging lanterns.
Workers clean chickens at a livestock stall in Jakarta, Indonesia, where officials say a man has died from bird flu.
In Lebanon, a protester holds up a piece of bread during a strike by agricultural and transport unions to protest against the rising cost of living.
French teaching unions hold protests in the town of Caen over government plans to slash 11,000 education sector jobs.
Albert Demtschenko from Russia starts a training run at the Luge World Championships in Oberhof, Germany.
U2 singer Bono has joined business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.