A look at the best news photos from around the world.
A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
Rabbis install a giant Hanukkah Menorah for the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, named Hanukkah, in front of a Christmas tree at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.
A member of the special forces police installs equipment on a van in Ghent, western Belgium. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages.
Smoke billows from a weapons depot allegedly belonging to rebel fighters during an operation by Syrian regime forces to take control of the Al-Maleh farms, west of the Handarat hill which is located just north of Aleppo.