A Free Syrian Army fighter, surrounded by sandbags, takes up position as he aims his weapon into the old city of Aleppo, Syria
Michelle Obama, US first lady, and her daughters Sasha and Malia welcome the official White House Christmas tree to the White House in Washington. The 18.5ft Douglas Fir was grown by Chris Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Read more
Ukrainian students stand hand in hand as part of a human chain organised by pro-EU protesters to symbolise the unity of Ukraine with Europe. The chain, pictured here in front of a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, began in Kiev’s Independence Square and snaked out along a passing thoroughfare in the capital.
Workers dismantle a Louis Vuitton pavilion shaped like a giant suitcase, with the Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower in the background, in central Moscow Read more
Islamist fighters show off their weapons skills at a graduation ceremony at a military training camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. The fighters will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Read more
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, center, poses with other EU heads of state and Eastern Partners during a group photo at an Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Read more
This photo, taken using long exposure, shows star trails over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after a series of eruptions. Read more
A soldier wears glasses given to him by one of the anti-government protesters who broke into the compound of the Royal Thai army headquarters in Bangkok Read more
Commuters cast long shadows as they walk along Lisbon’s Comercio square during a partial strike by the city’s subway workers. The strikers are protesting against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to Portugal’s 2014 national budget. Read more
Workers clean the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building in the central business district in Singapore.