11 February 2013
Last updated at 08:28 ET
Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85. Resignations from the papacy are not unknown, but this is the first in the modern era, which has been marked by pontiffs dying while in office.
A Hindu devotee waits for her train a day after a stampede killed at least 36 people at the station in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.
Crates of roses are prepared at FloraHolland, in Aalsmeer, ahead of Valentine's Day on 14 February.
More than 1.5 million revellers take to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, to join the samba-filled carnival celebrations.
A Malian soldier arrests a man at a checkpoint following running battles with Islamist militants in the northern town of Gao. The BBC's Thomas Fessy said Gao was calmer now following Sunday's attack by militants on Malian troops in the town.
People react to the camera while enjoying a hot bath during the European Sauna Marathon in Otepaa, Estonia. More than 600 participants took part in the event by visiting 20 saunas.
Marry Davis and Charlie White, of the US, perform at the International Skating Union Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Osaka, Japan.
Actress Helen Mirren poses as she arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts after-party in London. James Bond film Skyfall won the award for outstanding British film.
Singer Beyonce poses in the press room at the Staples Center during the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong.