Archaeologist John Gonzalez explains to the media their findings in an area for a new archaeology project named "Nueva Esperanza" (New Hope) near the town of Soacha, Colombia on December 5. Condensa and EPM, energy companies who are exploring the area to build power plants, are advancing the project which is searching for remains of an ancient Indian congregation called Los Herrera. Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez
An Andean baby condor chick named Raiman Noe, a name in the Mapuche language, nuzzles up to a latex puppet that is a surrogate adult Condor bird at the Buenos Aires Zoo on December 5. The puppet is designed to prevent the baby bird from becoming attached to humans.
Chicks bred this way are released within three years into their natural environment, according to a press release from the zoo. The 13-day-old chick weighed 196 grams when it was born. Reuters/Enrique Marcarian
Shoot-out in Sanaa
A soldier mans a machine gun along a road leading to the Defence Ministry's compound after an attack in Sanaa on December 5. The Yemeni Defence Ministry said on Thursday an attack on its compound had targeted a hospital inside the complex and the situation was now under control. Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
College students wearing masks cover themselves with plastic bags as they participate in a performance art to raise awareness of air pollution, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province of China on December 5.
China's stability-obsessed leadership has become increasingly concerned by the abysmal air quality in cities, as it plays into popular resentment over political privilege and rising inequality in the world's second-largest economy. Reuters/Stringer
A man is reflected in a puddle as he takes a picture of an interactive video screen at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, on December 4. Reuters/Jim Young
Men stand in boats crossing the invisible maritime border between Thailand and Myanmar near the Thai port city of Ranong. Reuters/Andrew RC Marshall
US first lady Michelle Obama meets with the children of US military service members at the unveiling of the Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, on December 4. Reuters/Jason Reed
When Wen met Zhang
Wen Changlin and Zhang Feng pose for a picture with their son at home in Ningxiang county of Changsha, Hunan province, on December 2. According to local media, 27-year-old Zhang, married 72-year-old Wen after she carried Wen's baby earlier this year. The couple met and generated affection towards each other during the years Wen helped treating Zhang's father of his diseases. Reuters/Stringer
A tamarin monkey is fed by a zoo keeper at the family-owned Palmyre Zoo in the 18 hectares (44 acres) pine forest of Les Mathes, in the Charente Maritime region, western France.
The private zoo which opened in 1966 greets up to 800,000 visitors a year and is home to around 1,700 animals of 170 different species. Zoo keepers annually nourish the animals with 250 tons of fodder, 50 tons of meat, 20 tons of fish, 180 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Two full-time veterinarians are in charge of the health and well-being of the animals. The Palmyre Zoo participates in 40 European breeding programmes and provides funding for the conservation of endangered species. Reuters/Regis Duvignau
Adams at the movies
Cast member Amy Adams attends a special screening of the film "American Hustle" in Los Angeles on December 3. Reuters/Phil McCarten
Return of 'the Wall'
A graffiti is seen at the fence surrounding the construction site of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt on December 3. The ECB council will hold its monthly meeting on December 5 to decide whether interest rates will be changed or not. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fishes inside a fish tank at the Sea Life aquarium in Berlin, on December 3. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch
Cheer in the air
Students throw their hats after the graduation ceremony at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) in Hamburg, in this file picture. Across OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, students from wealthier backgrounds are about a year ahead of their less-advantaged peers.
Early starters also performed better, with students who attended pre-primary school at about a year ahead of those who did not. With a special focus on mathematics, the latest Programme in International Student Assessment (PISA) tested the maths, reading and science knowledge of some 510,000 15-year-olds last year. Reuters/Fabian Bimmer/Files
A clean ‘sweep’
Cleaners sweep the street outside Government House as anti-government protesters call off demonstrations in Bangkok on December 3. Thailand's government ordered police to stand down and allow protesters into state buildings on Tuesday, removing a flashpoint for clashes and effectively bringing an end to days of violence in Bangkok in which five people have died. Reuters/Dylan Martinez
A heart for art
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is seen next to a painting during the presentation of a digital platform to promote Mexico's natural heritage inside Soumaya museum in Mexico City on December 2. The platform allows users to access information on plants, fungus and animals that exist in Mexico through social networks, according local media. Reuters/Edgard Garrido
Dubai celebrates Expo win
UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid greets the crowd during a ceremony to celebrate Dubai winning the right to host the 2020 World Expo, in Dubai on December 1. Dubai last month won the right to host the 2020 World Expo, expected to trigger billions of dollars of investments.-Reuters/Mohammed Omar
The Sisters Act
Sierra, Lauryn and China Anne McClain from group the McClain Sisters perform at the start of the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles on December 1.
The daredevil beauties
The Painted Ladies Rodeo drill team performs down Hollywood Boulevard during the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles, California, on December 1.-Reuters/Gus Ruelas
Supporters of newly formed Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, hold brooms, the party's symbol, and shout slogans during a rally ahead of the state elections in New Delhi on December 1.-Reuters/Adnan Abidi
M 'Arch' of Triumph
Romanian troops march under the Arch of Triumph during a military parade to celebrate Romania's National Day in Bucharest on December 1.-Reuters/Radu Sigheti
People march near Kiefersfelden during a blockade of the German highway A93 as they protest against a highway toll near the German/Austrian border on December 1. Reuters/Michael Dalder
Singer Lady Gaga attends a news conference in Tokyo on December 1. Lady Gaga is in Japan to promote her latest album "Artpop". Reuters/Toru Hanai
Its child's play!
Lucas Greenbaum sits at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on November 29. Traders traditionally bring their kids to work for the half day of trading on the Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday.-Reuters/Brendan McDermid
Thanksgiving Day holiday shoppers line up with television sets on discount at the Target retail store in Chicago, Illinois, November 28. About 140 million people are expected to shop over the four-day weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.-Reuters/Jeff Haynes
Spiderman at your service
The Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 28.-Reuters/Gary Hershorn
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, patron of SportsAid charity, meets British rower Jess Leyden (2nd R), 18, during the charity's annual gala dinner SportsBall in London on November 28, 2013.-Reuters/Lefteris Pitarakis
Mobile protest march
Protesters hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration in support of the EU integration at Independence Square in Kiev on November 28.
The European Union told Ukraine it was risking its economic future by rejecting a free-trade deal in favour of closer ties with Russia, hours before a likely frosty encounter on Thursday evening between EU leaders and President Viktor Yanukovich.-Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko
Celebrating the success of Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo 2020, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, raises the UAE national flag at the top of the spire of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Burj Khalifa is 828 metres (2,716.5 ft) tall. Sheikh Hamdan scaled the spire, took position on its outer core before unfolding the national flag. The telescopic spire is over 200 metres (700 ft) high, and is an integral part of the tower’s overall design.
Sailors and workers attend a ceremony launching the "Novorossiysk", a diesel-electric submarine, at the Admiralteiiskiye Shipyard in St. Petersburg, on November 28. Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk
Civilians stand around a crater caused by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria on November 28. Reuters/Nour Fourat
Trust in Shinawatra
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra smiles during a no-confidence vote in Bangkok November 28. Yingluck on Thursday breezed through a no-confidence vote in parliament where her party holds a commanding majority, but faced mounting pressure from widening anti-government protests. ReutersEUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Models present lingerie maker Triumph's new concept bra, the "Omotenashi Compact Bra", during its unveiling in Tokyo November 28, 2013. This year's bra focused on the Japanese spirit of omotenashi (meaning "attending to guests with warm-hearted hospitality"), which has been drawing increasing attention around the world as a key Japanese characteristic, the company said. Reuters/Toru Hanai