27 December 2012
Last updated at 14:50
At dawn a plane lands at an airport in Rio de Janeiro where the temperature was already 27C. On Wednesday a new heat record of 43.2C was set for the Brazilian city – the highest temperature since 1915, according to the South American country’s National Institute of Meteorology.
In Afghanistan, new Afghan police officers attended a graduation ceremony at a training centre in Jalalabad, a city east of the capital, Kabul.
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) supporters in Sindh province gathered by the shrine of Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to mark the fifth anniversary of her murder and to hear her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardar make his first major political speech.
The Nepalese elephant festival is under way in Chitwan district, about 170km (106 miles) south of the capital, Kathmandu. Here judges examine an elephant made up for the beauty contest event. There will also be an elephant race and football match before the festival ends on Friday.
Indian children carrying firewood walk through fog on the outskirts of Jammu in northern India, where dozens of people are reported to have died recently because of the extremely cold weather.
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi signed an autograph on a painting done by one of her supporters during a fundraising concert in Rangoon organised by her National League for Democracy Party for an education network.
French President Francois Hollande inspected carcasses during a visit to the meat pavilion at the Rungis wholesale market near Paris.
A master chimneysweep demonstrated his trade using a coiled-wire brush on a rooftop in Berlin ahead of new EU rules which come into effect on 1 January 2013 that will mean that the service sector in Germany will face competition from roving entrepreneurs who can offer lower prices for their services.
Heavy rain for a second day in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has caused problems on many roads in the city.
In the United States, an electricity worker in Mississippi fixed an electricity pole following a Christmas day storm which destroyed telephone and power lines in the state. A state of emergency has been declared.
There has been a lot of basketball action across courts in the US in the last 24 hours. Here the Charlotte Bobcats’ cheerleaders, known as the Lady Cats, performed during a game against the Miami Heat.
This message on a pebble for former South African President, Nelson Mandela, was pictured outside his home in Johannesburg where he is continuing to receive treatment after being discharged from hospital on Wednesday.