earth from space
Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore took this photograph of the Great Lakes and central US from on board the International Space StationBarry Wilmore/Nasa
Harbin ice festival
People cut ice blocks from the frozen Songhua river in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, to be used for the city's international ice and snow festival.AFP
weather china
Frost covers the mask of a soldier of the People's Liberation Army standing guard near the border of China and Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang provinceReuters
weather belarus
A woman pushes a pram with a child through fog in Zaslavl, northwest of Minsk, BelarusVasily Fedosenko/Reuters
weather bomb blackpool
A dog named Ted walks along the beach in Blackpool as a "weather bomb" pounded north-western Britain with gale force winds and high wavesNigel Roddis/Getty Images
weather US
A wave crashes behind Todd Linehan on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links in CaliforniaMichael Fiala/Reuters
free diving
Free diver Umberto Pelizzari swims up towards the surface in the world's deepest swimming pool (at 42 metres) in Montegrotto Terme, northeastern ItalyOlivier Morin/AFP
copa sudamerica
Supporters of Argentina's River Plate cheer for their team during the Copa Sudamericana 2014 second leg final football match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional at the Monumental stadium in Buenos AiresJuan Mabromata/AFP
christmas lights medellin
Christmas lights illuminate the Medellin River in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia.Raul Arboleda/AFP
rio favela deutante ball
Girls from a favela in Rio de Janeiro sit in a limousine as they wait to depart for their debutante ball. The gala was held in a posh tennis club and volunteers prepared makeup, hair styling and loaned dresses in an effort to build goodwill between favela residents and the community's police forceMario Tama/Getty Images
Obama christmas
US President Barack Obama delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Programme in Washington, DCChip Somodevilla/Getty Images
protest france
Copies of the French Civil Code are placed among figures on a frieze on the Republic statue in Paris. Members of the legal profession staged a protest against a plan to deregulate their professionCharles Platiau/Reuters
LA fire
Arson investigators from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives work at the scene of the Da Vinci residential complex in Los Angeles, to determine whether the blaze was intentionally setReuters