beer bottle christmas tree
A Christmas tree made of 8,000 beer bottles is seen in Lagos, NigeriaPius Utomi Ekpei/AFP
giant panda edinburgh
Tian Tian the giant panda prepares to eat a special Christmas cake crafted in the shape of a Christmas tree at Edinburgh ZooRussell Cheyne/Reuters
malabon zoo
Zoo owner Manny Tangco holds snakes behind an orangutan during the animal Christmas party at Malabon Zoo in ManilaErik de Castro/Reuters
slava snow show
Clowns from Slava's Snow Show pose on London's South Bank.The show will take place at the Royal Festival Hall from 17 December to 5 JanuaryPaul Hackett/Reuters
snow Japan
Nagoya Castle is seen covered with snow in Nagoya, Japan. Three people died as a low pressure system dumped heavy snows in parts of Japan and triggered a tidal surge floodReuters
weather china
A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province, China, as temperatures plummeted to minus 21 degrees CelsiusReuters
storm clouds
Storm clouds gather over Shell's Pulau Bukom oil refinery in SingaporeEdgar Su/Reuters
church nativity
A visitor takes a selfie inside the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus's birth, in the West Bank town of BethlehemAmmar Awad/Reuters
pope tango
A couple dances an Argentinean tango in front of Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, for the 78th birthday of Pope FrancisTony Gentile/Reuters
cuban flag
An anti-Castro Cuban exile holds a national flag after the announcement that diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States will be restored, in Little Havana, Miami, FloridaCarlos Barria/Reuters
Alan Gross
Alan Gross makes a statement to the news media in Washington DC, after arriving back in the United States. He was imprisoned in Cuba for five years on espionage chargesChip Somodevilla/Getty Images
peshawar school attack
Pakistani children gather around lit candles in Karachi during a vigil for the victims of an attack by Taliban gunmen on an army-run school in PeshawarAsif Hassan/AFP
sydney siege flowers
Thousands of floral tributes are left for deceased hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson in Sydney, AustraliaCole Bennetts/Getty Images
building collapse
Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed residential building in Makongeni estate in Nairobi, KenyaNoor Khamis/Reuters
ebola
A grave digger sleeps near the graves of Ebola victims at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra LeoneBaz Ratner/Reuters