4 January 2013
Last updated at 12:28
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is suffering from "complications" brought on by a severe lung infection which developed after surgery, officials say. Mr Chavez, 58, had his fourth operation for cancer in Cuba on 11 December.
Kimono-clad workers clap their hands in a traditional New Year opening ceremony at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan.
Attempts to rescue a Shell drill rig grounded off the Alaskan coast have been delayed because of high seas and strong winds. The rig, named Kulluk, ran aground on Monday on the south-east side of Sitkalidak Island after drifting in stormy weather as it was being towed.
Mathilde Johansson of France serves in her singles match against Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa during day seven of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena, Australia.
A Burmese man smeared with used car oil attempts to score a goal by placing an oiled coconut into a basket as he takes part in ball game to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Burma's independence, in Rangoon.
Valj Semerenko of Ukraine competes during the IBU Biathlon World Cup Women's Relay in Oberhof, Germany.
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan in October, is discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she had been transferred for treatment . The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls' education, for "promoting secularism".
Yuan Lihai (centre), the owner of a private orphanage, talks to rescuers and inspectors after a fire swept through the home in Lankao, China. Seven children died and another was injured in the accident, local government and state media said.
Artist Jim Victor talks to dairy farmer Harold Shaulis (left), and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig during the unveiling of his 2013 butter sculpture at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show. The 1,000-pound tableau - featuring milk and dairy items, grapes and wine, Christmas trees, fruits and vegetables - pays tribute to the state's home-grown agricultural products.
Sheds stand in a snow covered field near Enisried, southern Germany, where meteorologists forecast rainy weather with temperatures of around 6C (42F).