Freetown, Sierra Leone
A young boy admires the dawn on a road in Sierra Leone, with growth estimated to be 21% this year the country is now being grouped by economists with the 'African lion' countries.
As apocalypse-watchers around the globe waited to see if the end of the ancient Mayan calendar also signalled the end of days, these two visited the French village of Bugarach - thought to be one of the few places that would have been spared had the world come to an end at 11.11am on Friday 21st December 2012.
Women's rights protesters gathered outside the European Union building during a visit by Vladamir Putin.
A traditional German coal miners choir sang during a closing ceremony for the "Bergwerk West" coal mine.
The pit will close by the end of the year after 100 years of mining.
A male Asiatic lion, found only in India, attempted to fight off a female rival to claim his second birthday present boxes filled with food.
A man prepares to dive into Shichahai lake in subzero temperatures.
A reveller, dressed as a unicorn, celebrates the sunrise during the winter solstice, which happened to coincide with the end of the world according to a Mayan calendar.
Newly elected President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas (CIU party) is congratulated by his wife Helena Rakosnik in the Parliament's chamber.
David Cameron ate dinner with serving British soldiers during a visit to Forward Operating Base Price in Helmand Province.