Israeli police officers raided the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday, in clashes that left at least one person severely injured. An Israeli spokesperson said security personnel had been responding to stones thrown at them.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester pulls the tail of a police horse during a demonstration in Jerusalem on Thursday. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel blocked highways and clashed with police in protest at a government decision to cut funds to seminary students who avoid military service.
Protesters across Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with riot police on Friday as long-simmering anger over lack of jobs and political inertia fuelled a third day of the worst civil unrest in Bosnia since the 1992-95 war.
US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was embarrassed in public after a leak emerged online this week, of a recorded telephone conversation about the political crisis in Ukraine. She was forced to apologise to European Union officials after using less than diplomatic language on the call.
In Kiev, protests continued this week, with anti-government protesters marching in front of a banner bearing the portrait of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
A Pegasus Airlines plane was the scene of an alleged hijack attempt after taking off from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. The would-be hijacker reportedly wanted the plane to fly to Sochi, where the Winter Olympics were about to begin, but the plane diverted instead to Istanbul.
Germany's Tatjana Huefner speeds down the track during a women's luge training session at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday, as the games got under way.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, an armed group operating in Iraq and Syria, were disowned on Sunday, February 2, by al-Qaeda's general command. Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahi called upon ISIL to leave Syria.
Civilians carry their belongings as they evacuate the besieged city of Homs in Syria on Friday. Three busloads of civilians were moved to safety, given medical attention and food, in the first day of a planned three-day ceasefire between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Despite violence breaking out on the second day, a shaky peace was holding in the city by Sunday night.
Mimi O'Donell, the former partner of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, holds her daughter Willa as the actor's casket arrives for his funeral in New York on Friday. Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday Febuary 2.
The UN on Wednesday condemned the Vatican over its handling of the various child abuse scandals it has been involved with. This picture, taken on January 16, 2014, shows Vatican's UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi (L) speaking with Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna at the start of questioning over clerical sexual abuse of children at the headquarters of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Also on Wednesday, Pope Francis was given a chocolate statue made in his likeness.
Celebrating 50 years since The Beatles first arrived in the United States, Paul McCartney (L) and Ringo Starr performed at a gala concert in Los Angeles, which was aired across the US on Sunday night.