Daniel Day-Lewis, Tilda Swinton, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem laugh together back stage after receiving their 2008 Oscar awards.
Deer herders cast their ballots during pre-schedule voting for Russia's 2 March presidential elections at their tundra camp north of the Arctic Circle.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner sails from Sydney Harbour as it continues its final world voyage.
The North Korean capital Pyongyang on the day the New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs a landmark concert in the country.
Beijing authorities have shown reporters around the new third terminal at the city's airport. It will help cater for the tide of visitors drawn by the Olympics and opens officially on Friday.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi pilgrims have gathered in the city of Karbala for the Shia religious festival of Arbaeen.
Four hostages held by Colombia's left-wing Farc rebels have been released after more than six years in a deal brokered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
In Gaza City, a man and a child flee the scene of an Israeli missile strike on the interior ministry.
In southern Israel, a road in the border town of Sderot is damaged by a rocket fired from Gaza.
Prince Harry has been fighting the Taleban on the front line in Afghanistan, the MoD has confirmed.