From a million people who celebrated in New York's Times Square to a deadly stampede in Cote d'Ivoire, we look at the events that brought in 2013.
A version of The Scream, one of the world's most famous paintings, is expected to fetch at least $80-million at an auction next month.
New York police arrested protesters celebrating the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street near the stock exchange over the weekend.
Actor and activist George Clooney has reiterated his calls for attention to the war between Sudan and newly-independent South Sudan.
The 17th-century figure, Kateri Tekakwitha, makes history when the Vatican canonises her but joy is mixed with painful memories for indigenous tribes.
Occupy protesters got into the Thanksgiving spirit, congregating in the disputed New York square where their movement sprang up two months ago.
Thousands of anti-corporate demonstrators backed for the first time by trade unions have raised the stakes in the revolt on Wall Street.
The name-reading ceremony of the nearly 3000 people killed on September 11 2001 ended on Sunday in New York with buglers playing taps.
A jittery US has come together in grief during the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which killed almost 3 000 people and plunged it into war.
President Barack Obama has vowed that the US will never waver in its fight against terrorism as Americans mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.