Young boys dressed as the Swiss Guard rest as they wait for Pope Francis at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of people poured on to the streets on Friday to catch a glimpse of the pope amid the most intense security of his two-year pontificate
A skateboarder passes alongside the Han river at dusk in Seoul. South Korea‘s central bank slashed its 2015 economic growth forecast and kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low amid growing concerns of deflation.
A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial Army soldier at an art gallery in Beijing on Friday. The gallery attracts visitors with 3D paintings and installations depicting political leaders, celebrities and film scenes
In this photo a Chinese drag queen who goes by the stage name of Baomei poses at the Chunai 98 nightclub in Nanning, Guangxi Province, southern China. As views on sexuality slowly evolve in modern mainland China, the club which features a rare showcase of performances by a small group of cross-dressing Chinese men has slowly gained some local acceptance. Many of them come from small cities in other provinces, having left their families in search of acceptance, employment and a sense of community.
A devotee reacts to smoke as others prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai
Afghan prisoners leave jail following their release by the orders of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Thursday. Ghani ordered some 27 prisoners including 9 women with less than a year to serve to be released in honor of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community, who fled violence between Islamic State group jihadists and Peshmerga fighters in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for bread to bake at Dawodiya camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq‘s northern autonomous Kurdistan region. Tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority were trapped by IS on Mount Sinjar for days in the searing August heat in a first siege by IS that sparked fears of genocide.
A combination photo shows children from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the Iraqi town of Sinjar due to violence by Islamic State militants, as they pose at their holy Lilash temple in northern Iraq. Thousands of Yazidis have been shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by Islamic State militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers. U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq in August, citing the duty to prevent an impending genocide of Yazidis at the hands of Islamic State militants after they overran a vast swathe of northern Iraq. Simonovic said that Islamic State was forcing Yazidis to either convert to Islam or be killed with the intent of destroying the religious group. Islamic State originally attacked the area around Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, in August. They advanced on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.
On the street outside her home, hairdresser Lisandra works on a woman’s extensions as others await their turn in Old Havana, Cuba.
Ukrainians fish in the frozen river Dnipro in Kiev, Ukraine.
Seagulls flock over a rubbish dump in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.
Students at Ghausia Madrassa, an Islamic school in Peshawar, Pakistan, held prayers for the Islamist militants who conducted attacks in Paris last week. Seventeen victims, including journalists and police, died in three days of violence that began with an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Placards which read “I am Charlie” are placed on the desks of members of the European Parliament ahead of a debate on the Italian presidency of the EU for the last six months, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Donald Boa from Scottish Canals grits the surrounding paths by The Kelpies, at the Forth and Clyde Canal during the cold weather.
Residents of the garbage dumpsite Payatas, eat a “pagpag” or recycled meal to celebrate Pope Francis’s planned visit on Thursday to Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis is embarking on a five-day visit to the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia between January 15 and 19 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the Filipino faithful.
Free Syrian Army snipers dressed in camouflage train in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria‘s northwestern Latakia province
UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the economy in Nottingham, central England.
A worker installs electricity transmission components on an electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province. China’s annual economic growth is forecast to have slowed to 7.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policy makers to head off a sharper slowdown this year.
A worker stack bricks on his head at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal
Indonesian officers move the flight data recorder during the recovery mission at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia.