From the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death in North Korea to surfing with Santa in Indonesia, today's photos give a glimpse of life around the world.
North Koreans bow on Mansu Hill, where bronze statues of late leaders Kim Jong Il and his father, Kim Il Sung, stand Thursday, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Thousands visited the site to mark the fourth anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death.
Candles form the initials of the Army Public School as people attend a ceremony in connection with the first anniversary of a school attack in Peshawar, Wednesday, 16 December in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan has closed schools across the country for a day on the anniversary of last year's Taliban attack that killed over 150 people, 144 of them schoolchildren. Banner reads "we pay tribute to victims."
An Indonesian surf instructor dressed as Santa Claus teaches a boy how to surf at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday.
A man crawls as self-imposed penance during a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Lazarus, in El Rincon, near Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba on Wednesday. Lazarus also is identified as the Yoruba deity Babalu Aye - the protector of the sick who took upon himself all the illnesses of his people to save them.
A Christmas tree stands in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, 16 December.
People dressed as a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader pose outside the Grand Rex movie theater for photographers prior to a screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Paris, Wednesday, 16 December.