14 December 2012
Last updated at 16:01
Crowds gathered in Nanjing to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Chinese city's most notorious event - the Nanjing Massacre - when, according to Beijing, 300,000 Chinese civilians were killed. Japanese soldiers carried out the killings in a six-week period after Nanjing was captured, but some Japanese historians dispute this figure.
A man runs with toro encuetado - a structure resembling a bull and covered in exploding firecrackers -, as part of celebrations in honour of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Managua, Nicaragua.
Chancellor George Osborne hosts his yearly Christmas party for the Starlight charity at Number 11 Downing Street.
Yuriorkis Gamboa is picked up by Michael Farenas during their super featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Scuffles broke out in the Ukraine parliament for a second day, following controversial elections in October. Members of the opposition rushed to the main podium as a vote on the ruling Party of Regions' nomination for speaker was about to be announced.
The Morph Twins, Brandon King and Trent Mendoza, are surrounded by a dance group known as the Tip Top Tappers while waiting to audition for producers of the NBC reality show America's Got Talent.
Argentine football club Tigre accused Brazilian security officials of beating and pulling guns on its players during the half-time interval of a cup final and the players refused to play the second half of the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final. The move left home team Sao Paulo to be declared winners of the tournament.
Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar became the first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham Palace wearing a turban instead of the bearskin.
A memorial garden was unveiled to remember two Greater Manchester Police officers who were killed while investigating a suspected burglary. PCs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, were shot dead in a gun and grenade attack in Hattersley, Tameside, on 18 September.
Following the successful launch of a long-range rocket North Korean State television broadcast images of leader Kim Jong-un celebrating with members of the satellite control centre. On Friday, the Korean Central News Agency released a statement saying that Mr Kim had called for more such launches. The US and other nations condemned the launch as a banned test of long-range missile technology.
Angry demonstrators in Argentina clashed with police a day after the acquittal of 13 people accused of kidnapping and forcing a young woman into prostitution 10 years ago. Marita Veron, who is still missing, was one of many victims abducted by sex rings that cater for powerful clients in Argentina, campaigners say.
A team of professional electricians took five weeks to put up more than 100,000 light bulbs which adorn a detached house in a suburban street in Melksham, England. The attraction helps householder and electrician Alex Goodhind raise money for Dorothy House, a local hospice.