A woman tries to stay cool at a beach in Melbourne, Australia, where temperatures soared above 40C (104F) for the third day in a row.
Flowers sparkle in the winter sunshine outside the Houses of Parliament in London, England, which is experiencing its coldest winter in 13 years.
In the Philippines, a woman inspects roasted pigs up for sale, despite concerns that a strain of the Ebola virus might have spread from infected pigs to five farm workers.
Vietnamese performers mark the 220th anniversary of the Dong Da-Ngoc Hoi battle, when Vietnamese troops defeated an invading Qing dynasty army from China.
And in China, people pray to the god of fortune, Cai Shen, who is said to return to earth from the heavens on the fifth day of the lunar new year.