Examples of polymer banknotes are seen photographed before a news conference at the Bank of England, in the City of London on December 18. The news conference was held to announce the outcome of the polymer banknote consultation. Reuters/Dylan Martinez
Visitors look at penguins wearing Santa Claus (in red) and Christmas tree (in green) costumes during a promotional event for Christmas at an amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul on December 18. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
Inspectors check the work area on the roof of the Arena Amazonia stadium under instructions from the local prosecutor's office in Manaus on December 17. A Brazilian labor court ordered a partial stop to construction on the Arena Amazonia, planned to host matches during the 2014 World Cup, i
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated by Horst Seehofer (C) of the Christian Social Union (CSU) after being re-elected as chancellor during a meeting of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament in Berlin on December 17.
Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in
Workers pack boxes at Amazon's logistics centre in Graben near Augsburg on December 16. Workers at Amazon.com's German operations were set to go on strike on Monday, in the middle of the crucial Christmas holiday season, in a dispute over pay that has been raging for months. The Verdi u
People stand near the 9-metre (30-feet) bronze statue of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela as it is unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on December 16, 2013. The day also marks the commemoration of the centenary of t
A worker walks beside newly produced cars at Keihin industrial zone in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo on December 16. Japanese business confidence improved over the three months to December to its highest level in six years, a central bank survey showed, suggesting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's &qu