18 December 2013
Last updated at 12:34
Power cuts are plaguing Buenos Aires as temperatures soar above 36C (95F), causing a drain on the network as Argentines turn on their air conditioners.
Workers clad in snake and horse costumes, to represent the outgoing Year of the Snake and incoming Year of the Horse, clean the windows of a hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reflected in a glass barrier as she addresses the German lower house of parliament, at the Bundestag in Berlin.
Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.
A man takes a break from rebuilding the roof of his typhoon-damaged house in Tacloban city in central Philippines.
A militiamen, who was a former member of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), takes part in a training session on the outskirts of Bangui. French troops in the country are expanding their operations, in an effort to restore order following sectarian fighting.
A full Moon rises behind the Monument of Ukraine independence during a Pro-European Union rally in the Independence Square in Kiev. Opposition leaders have demanded to know what President Viktor Yanukovych has offered Russia in return for a major economic lifeline.
A rescue worker is lowered from a Canadian military helicopter to retrieve a crane operator who was stranded when fire broke out in an apartment building under construction in Kingston, Ontario. The crane operator was taken to a waiting ambulance, and police say he was believed to have only minor injuries.
A member of the Skipper yacht club dressed as Father Christmas takes off rigging from his trimaran after sailing to mark the ending of the sailboat season on Russia's Yenisei River, outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.