11 January 2013
Last updated at 12:05
Tower Bridge and the warship HMS Belfast are seen at dusk in an aerial photograph of London from the new public viewing deck at the Shard, which at 309m (1,013ft) is western Europe's tallest building. The View, accessible by high-speed elevators, opens on 1 February.
Actress Jaime King attends the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Brazilian midfielder Nico Mattheus (hidden in the centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Ecuador during their South American Under-20 Championship Group B football match, at Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina.
Dancers perform during the dress rehearsal of Don Quichotte du Trocadero at the national Chaillot theatre in Paris.
The first official painting of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled to the royal couple and members of the press at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It was painted by the artist Paul Emsley and took several months using a technique of building thin layers of oil and glazes on canvas.
James Woods of Great Britain competes during qualification for the men's ski slope style FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at the US Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Circolombia circus performers Lil-Louce, Krespo, Jonathon and Yeckly pose during a visit to the Redfern Community Centre in Sydney, Australia. The performers are members of Colombia's national circus school, the first of its kind for disadvantaged youth.
Traffic moves on US Route 15 as it passes the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, California. Erected in 1991 by a local businessman and measuring 134ft (40.8m) in height to commemorate the United States' record temperature of 134F (56.6C). The owner has placed the landmark up for sale due to the burden of its running costs, setting an asking price of $1.75m (£1m; 1.32 euros).
Volunteer Kristine Heuser stops to look at the illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, England, as part of a new installation. The light effects will give a sense of some of the activities which once took place in the Abbey cloisters, putting fires back into fireplaces and projecting colours on the walls which would once have been painted.
Commuters walk on an installation of a musical staircase designed like a piano at a train station in Osasco in Brazil. Out of 42 steps, 34 have been fitted with piano keys that activate when stepped on.
A 10ft (3m) scrub python battled to retain its grip on the wing as a plane made its way between the Australian town of Cairns and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. On arrival in Port Moresby, ground crew found the snake had died.
A model walks the runway during the Kenzo fashion show as part of Pitti Immagine Uomo 83 at Mercato Centrale in Florence, Italy.