A look at the best news photos from around the world.
Visitors are silhouetted against the annual yearend illumination "Winter Fantasia" at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, Japan.
Members of the emergency services rescue local residents by boat from a flooded residential street in Carlisle, Britain.
Police officers investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone underground station in east London, Britain. Police were called to reports of a number of people stabbed at the station in east London and a man threatening other people with a knife. One man was seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries, police said.
A local resident stumbles as he wades through flood water on a residential street in Carlisle, Britain. British police have declared a major incident in northern England after prolonged heavy rain caused widespread flooding and forced emergency services to evacuate residents from their homes.