South Africa buries Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one momentous chapter in its tortured history and opening another in which the multi-racial democracy he founded will have to discover if it can thrive without its central pillar.
Two in five victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines were children. While the storm has left the country, the trauma remains. China Daily photographer Wang Jing visits the places where children suffered.
Students from the School of Communication and Art of the University of Sao Paulo perform a skit titled "Blind Ones" as a protest against consumerism inside a shopping mall of Natal, capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, December 9, 2013.
The islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust, which says they host some 23 species of seabird, as well as a substantial colony of grey seals, who come to have their pups there in the autumn.
Chinese explores drill a hole nearby a crack on an ice layer above the ocean in the Antarctic area on Dec 4, 2013. The Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon) for the 30th scientific expedition to Antarctica is going to prepare its first unloading mission after arriving at an area about 19 nautical miles away from China's Zhangshan Research Station.