4 January 2013
Last updated at 16:30
In Edinburgh, people welcomed in the new year with sparklers.
Fans dressed as commentator Richie Benaud enjoy the atmosphere during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.
People leave Damara, the last strategic town between the rebels from the Seleka coalition and the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui. Since the rebels began their campaign a month ago, they have taken several key towns and cities, including the diamond centre of Bria, yet now say they have halted their offensive and will take part in peace talks.
Anders Jacobsen of Norway competes during the training round for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup at Bergisel-Stadion in Innsbruck, Austria.
Shark fins drying in the sun cover the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong, where environmentalists and other groups raised concerns that the over-harvesting of fins is causing an environmental calamity.
A jungle nymph stick insect rests on a zookeeper's hand during London Zoo's annual stock take of animals in London, England.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was joined by her family as she was discharged from hospital after treatment for a blood clot between her skull and brain.
Heavy rain triggered floods in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, leaving whole neighbourhoods strewn with debris. At least one person drowned after rivers turned into torrents when 215mm (8.5 inches) of rain fell in the space of just 24 hours.
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks scores against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A tourist re-enacts a scene from Harry Potter at Kings Cross station in London on the day rail fares rose by an average of 4.2% in England, Scotland and Wales. It is the tenth year in a row that fares have increased above inflation.