A look at the best news photos from around the world.
Rabbis install a giant Hanukkah Menorah for the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights in front of a Christmas tree at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.
A hostage runs to police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
A member of the special forces police installs equipment on a van in Ghent, 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 place for storing weapons, allegedly belonging to rebel fighters, during an operation by Syrian regime forces to take control of the Al-Maleh farms, north of Aleppo, Syria.