20 December 2012
Last updated at 07:05 ET
Simon Whitlock of Australia in action against Haruki Muramatsu of Japan at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.
People gather for an interfaith candlelight prayer vigil to end gun violence in front of Los Angeles City Hall, California.
Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, is crowned Miss Universe 2012 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pedestrians cast shadows on the pavement near the headquarters of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo.
Cider bottles are seen on the production line at the Stassen brewery in Aubel near Liege in Belgium where the family has been making cider since 1895.
A man arranges Father Christmas costumes as he waits for customers at a wholesale market in Wuhan, China.
During a live televised news conference Russian President Vladimir Putin defended a proposed ban on Americans adopting Russian children. He said the bill, backed by Russian MPs on Wednesday, was "appropriate". The Russian bill is a response to the US Magnitsky Act, which bars entry to Russian alleged human rights violators.
Students have lunch in the classroom of their primary school in Dabie Mountain, Anhui, China, where many of the children's parents have left to seek work away from their hometown. As the only primary school in the region some of the children have to leave home at about 05:00 in the morning to attend classes.
Waves crash into the sea wall at Seaham Harbour in the north-east of England as parts of the UK are braced for further flooding as successive bands of heavy rain move across the country.
Conservation officers dismantle a P51D Mustang fighter aircraft which had been suspended from the roof of the Imperial War Museum in London. The aircraft is the last of 65 large objects to be removed from the museum before it undergoes an extensive refurbishment which will see it close for six months.
A Bangladeshi labourer pulls a cart full of empty drums during a nationwide strike in Dhaka.