The day in pictures - 19th December 2012

Sheeri, Kashmir

A member of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) at a passing-out parade.

A member of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) shouts orders
A member of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) shouts orders Credit: Reuters

Yenisei River, Russia

The banks and the river Yenisei were frozen as the air temperature dropped to around -26C.

A dog stands under trees covered with heavy frost and snow on a bank of the frozen Yenisei River
A dog stands under trees covered with heavy frost and snow Credit: Reuters

Washington, USA

The White House released this image as part of President Obama being named as the Person of the Year by US magazine Time.

Barak Obama plays with the child of a White House worker
Barak Obama plays with the child of a White House worker Credit: The White House

Dublin, Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined his Department's staff choir for the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny joins in the Christmas singing
Taoiseach Enda Kenny joins in the Christmas singing Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Galaxy cluster PKS 0745-19, Space

NASA released this composite image of the galaxy cluster PKS 0745-19, containing X-rays from Chandra (purple) and optical data from the Hubble Telescope (yellow).

The galaxy cluster PKS 0745-19
The galaxy cluster PKS 0745-19 Credit: Reuters/ NASA

Sydney, Australia

A woman is reflected on an untitled art work by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor.

Reflections in an art work by Anish Kapoor
Reflections in an art work by Anish Kapoor Credit: Reuters

Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland

Local media reported a hole measuring 10 metres deep was left after a large section of a road collapsed.

Recovery crews and onlookers inspect the damage
Recovery crews and onlookers inspect the damage Credit: Reuters

London, UK

Pedestrian's walk past the BBC's New Broadcasting House as the corporation is subject to more media attention after the publishing of the Pollard report.

More reflections - this time outside BBC's New Broadcasting House
More reflections - this time outside BBC's New Broadcasting House Credit: Reuters

Baikonur, Russia

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took off earlier.

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft departs for the ISS
The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft departs for the ISS Credit: Reuters