Around the world in 10 images: photos of the day
Holiday celebrations and preparations continue around the world, unseasonable weather holds in the United Kingdom, and Miss Universe is crowned in Las Vegas in images from around the world.
Children dig holes and play on the beach at Barry Island, near Cardiff, Wales, as unseasonably mild weather continues across the UK.
In this Sunday photo, British actor Orlando Bloom, front left, takes a selfie as Indian lawmaker Amar Singh, front right, looks on at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Indian officials say Bloom has arrived in New Delhi after being turned away a day earlier because he did not have a valid visa.
People walk at Manezhnaya Square illuminated to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year next to a subway near Red Square in Moscow, Russia on Sunday.
Men and women wearing Santa Claus costumes release balloons on the occasion of a charity initiative aimed at raising funds to help abandoned children in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral, in Milan, Italy on Sunday.
A man rides a camel through the desert oil field and winter camping area of Sakhir, Bahrain on Sunday. Many Bahrainis head out to the desert during their free time in the winter months, enjoying picnics and socialising.
Other contestants congratulate Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach after she was crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday in Las Vegas. According to pageant organisers, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines.
A colourful sky before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach, as December could be the mildest across a large part of England since records began more than 350 years ago, forecasters have said.
Motorcyclist members of Sliders Massilia Motor Club, wear Santa Claus costumes, as they ride on the Old-Port, in Marseille, southern France. Every rider will bring a new toy for the children hospitalised in the public hospitals of Marseille area.
Visitors are silhouetted against illuminated trees to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea on Sunday.
Shoppers on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, on the last weekend before Christmas.