The week in 30 photos – The shadows of Afghan refugee boys are seen on a plastic sheet that is separating their class from a girls' class Monday, December 29, at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
The week in 30 photos – Foxhounds gather in Essex, England, for the start of the traditional Boxing Day hunt on Friday, December 26.
The week in 30 photos – Firefighters spray water at an oil tank in Ras Lanuf, Libya, on Monday, December 29. Oil tanks at the Es Sider port caught fire after one was hit by a rocket during fighting between rival groups.
The week in 30 photos – A pine tree is carried into a church in Barcelona, Spain, for the Festival of the Pine on Tuesday, December 30. Early in the morning, men and women born in the village of Centelles chop down a pine tree, load it onto an ox cart and take it to the church, where it is decorated with apples and wafers and hung there until January 6. The tradition has been documented since 1751.
The week in 30 photos – People dance inside a bubble Sunday, December 28, at the 31st annual Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany. The annual event is organized by the Chaos Computer Club, Europe's largest association of computer hackers.
The week in 30 photos – People are rowed across the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday, December 29.
The week in 30 photos – Rosa Caceres lies on a wooden cross Monday, December 29, as she protests in front of the Brazilian Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Caceres' husband used to work on the Itaipu dam for Unicom, a Paraguayan contractor. She and several others had themselves crucified in front of the embassy as they demanded compensation benefits they say they are due from the contractor. The dam, on the Parana River, straddles the Brazil-Paraguay border.
The week in 30 photos – A man in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, inspects a hole in the ground after what activists said was an airstrike carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, December 26.
The week in 30 photos – Joe Schofield, right, and Malcolm Brown are married in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday, December 31. It was one of the first same-sex marriages in the country, which changed its law in March.
The week in 30 photos – A man folds himself into a metal bucket in Chongqing, China, on Friday, December 26.
The week in 30 photos – A baby elephant stands close to its mother at Chitwan National Park in Chitwan, Nepal, on Tuesday, December 30.
The week in 30 photos – A Palestinian protester, dressed as Santa Claus, uses a slingshot to return a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank village of Bilin on Friday, December 26.
The week in 30 photos – People gather in Dhaka, Bangledesh, after a truck rammed into a passenger train Monday, December 29. Several people were killed and more than 20 were injured.
The week in 30 photos – An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks near the wall of the Old City of
Jerusalem on Monday, December 29.
The week in 30 photos – Pigeons are displayed for sale at a pigeon cafe in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, December 27. Pigeon racing has turned into a booming business in the capital city.
The week in 30 photos – A man runs for cover from tear gas that was fired by police during clashes with protesters Tuesday, December 30, in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain. The protest followed the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, leader of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq.
The week in 30 photos – Police officers in Mindanao, Philippines, help families who were trapped in their homes during heavy flooding on Monday, December 29. The flooding was brought on by Tropical Storm Seniang.
The week in 30 photos – Banlursak Watronnachai climbs a memorial in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand, to place flowers next to his wife's name on Friday, December 26. She was killed in the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in Southeast Asia.
The week in 30 photos – Vladimir Shcherba takes a dip in the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Tuesday, December 30. The air temperature was minus-23 degrees Celsius (minus-9 Fahrenheit).
The week in 30 photos – A member of the Swiss Guard attends a New Year's Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, January 1.