1 February 2013
Last updated at 10:58 ET
Competitors, one dressed as The Hulk, get ready to take part in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in London. Open to all, the championships involve swimmers of all ages and abilities.
Much to the delight of this fan, Group D winners Ivory Coast rescued a draw against Algeria to maintain their unbeaten record in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Protests continue in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi who declared a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after the deadliest week of violence since he came to power.
Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade fire back at the Syrian army during heavy fighting in the Mleha suburb of Damascus. Later in the week, Israeli jets carried out an air strike on a military research centre north-west of the capital.
A Ukrainian court convicted Olexiy Pukach, a former police chief, of murdering journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000, a crime which rocked the country. The court in Kiev found that Pukach had killed the journalist, then cut off his head. It sentenced Pukach to life imprisonment.
During a visit to Algeria, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said the international community should use "everything at its disposal" to fight terrorism. He is the first British prime minister to visit the North African country since it became independent in 1962.
Details of the next phase of the £32bn HS2 high-speed rail network were unveiled by the UK government. Critics argue that HS2's predicted economic benefits have been overestimated by the government, and suggest swathes of picturesque countryside will be blighted by the railway.
A woman holds up a black banner as people protest near the Kiss nightclub in Brazil where a fire caused the death of 235 people. The chief investigator in Santa Maria has said that cheap fireworks meant for outdoor use caused the deadly nightclub fire.
David Beckham's move to French Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain was the biggest coup on January transfer deadline day. Elsewhere AC Milan sealed the signing of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City for £19m while QPR broke the club record to sign centre-back Chris Samba for £12.5m.
A judge in Los Angeles set the date for Lindsay Lohan to go on trial following her car crash last June. The actress has pleaded not guilty to lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing officers from their duties.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have made their first joint trip on the London Underground to celebrate its 150th anniversary. As part of the visit, they went to King's Cross Station where they shared a joke by the platform made famous by Harry Potter.
A woman wearing a panda costume prepares to board a train on the first day of Spring Festival travel season in China as she journeys from Beijing to Cangzhou in Hefei.