5 December 2011
Last updated at 12:04
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny makes a television address to warn the nation that it now faces new spending cuts and tax rises.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria skis to victory in the FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benz, a Lamborghini and two other vehicles are involved in an accident on the Chugoku highway in Shimonoseki, Japan. Ten people are taken to hospital but none are seriously injured.
People dressed as demonic creatures take part in a Krampus procession in Prad near Merano, Italy. The traditional event involves elaborate masks, some of which are centuries old. According to legend the devils accompany St Nicholas when he visits little children to determine who has been good or bad.
Britney Spears is held aloft during a free outdoor concert at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City.
Bomb disposal experts in the German city of Koblenz successfully defuse two bombs from World War II found in the riverbed of the Rhine.
Corinthians football fans pay tribute to Socrates, a former player for the club and captain of Brazil, who died at the age of 57. He played in two World Cups and won 60 caps for his country between 1979 and 1986, scoring 22 goals.
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (centre) leaves Siriraj hospital to attend a ceremony celebrating his 84th birthday at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
The Met Office in the UK issues severe weather warnings for most of Scotland, Northern Ireland (pictured) and parts of northern England as sleet and snow showers could see ice forming on untreated surfaces.
The commander of the US 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, paints over the Brigades sign outside their command headquarters at Camp Adder in Nasiriya, Iraq, as they prepare to head home and hand the base back to the Iraqi government later this month.