A woman in Seoul attends a candlelight vigil calling for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang last week fired an artillery barrage at a South Korean island, killing four people including two civilians. Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters
People dressed as Father Frost, the central figure in Russia's New Year festival and the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, walk along the street during a contest in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
A man carries a refrigerator while evacuating from a high-risk zone for landslides in the low-income sector of Tamanaquito in Caracas, Venezuela. A woman died during a landslide in the slum Tuesday after heavy rains over the past few days, local media and rescue officials reported. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Italian students in Rome march during a protest against budget cuts the government has implemented. The students were blocked by police near Parliament, where legislators voted on education reform, sparking some of the biggest protests in decades. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
An AIDS ribbon hangs from the North Portico of the White House in Washington in recognition of tomorrow's World AIDS Day. Jim Young/Reuters
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev makes his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin's St. George Hall in Moscow. Dmitry Astakhov/Reuters
A member of a Roma nongovernmental organization in Bucharest, Romania, holds a poster reading "I am Rom" during a protest against an initiative to change the term Roma to Gypsy. Radu Sigheti/Reuters
Children ride their sled in front of the house of Lutz Pingel, which is decorated with Christmas lights, in Dortmund, Germany. Each year several owners set up fairy lights at their houses for Christmas. Ina Fassbender/Reuters
A fisherman prepares a fishing net in China Creek in Karachi, Pakistan. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
Boys play soccer in Kreter market during the Gulf Cup 20 soccer tournament in Aden, Yemen. Tariq AlAli/Reuters
Police officers form a line in front of the Houses of Parliament as student protesters gathered nearby in central London. British police have warned students not to use violence in a protest against a planned rise in tuition fees. There were clashes at two previous demonstrations. Andrew Winning/Reuters
A man walks with his horses as he guides them to shelter from the cold temperature near the village of Pajares, northern Spain. Snowfall has blanketed large parts of northern Spain. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
A man pulls out his bicycle at a parking area outside a railway station in Tachikawa, western Tokyo. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
Members of the Greek Orthodox clergy arrive for a ceremony at the St. George Monastery in Wadi Qelt in the Judean desert between Jericho and Jerusalem. The monastery is built at the site of a cave where Christians believe the prophet Elijah hid from Queen Jezebel. A new road to the monastery was opened to ease the access of visitors. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Secretary-General António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, says the world has made progress – on hunger, poverty, education – but he's impatient for more. His approach: We can do better.
António Guterres, who took over as United Nations secretary-general early this year, acknowledges that the world community has made encouraging progress in improving people’s lives over recent decades.