The day in pictures - 12th December 2012

London, England

A London policeman in a helicopter snapped this stunning sunset image as freezing fog caused travel disruption - and sniffles - across the capital.

The Metropolitan Police took this photo from their helicopter over London. Credit: @MPSinthesky

Seoul, South Korea

Anti-North Korean protesters in Seoul, South Korea, burnt a mock North Korean missile, its flag and an effigy of Kim Jong-Un during a protest against the North's rocket launch.

Policemen put out flames after anti-North Korean protesters burned mock North Korean missile during protest in central Seoul. Credit: Reuters

Dusseldorf, Germany

Clocks in Dusseldorf prepare to mark the passing of 12:12 on 12/12/12.

Clocks with the time reading 12:12 are pictured in a park in Duesseldorf. Credit: Reuters

Vatican City, Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter adventure got off to a shaky start today as TV images appeared to show him fail his first attempt at tweeting.

Pope Benedict XVI posts his first tweet using an iPad tablet after his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI's Hall at the Vatican. Credit: Reuters

Tokyo, Japan

Japan's economy contracted for a second straight quarter in July-September, revised government data showed this week.

The silhouette of Japan's highest mountain Mount Fuji is seen beyond buildings in Tokyo Credit: Reuters

Ardeley, England

Some 200 turkeys at a Hertfordshire farm are due to be slaughtered in time for Christmas day.

A free range Norfolk Black turkey jumps in woodland at Church Farm in Ardeley, southern England.