This week in pictures brings you the Incredible images of a monkey wearing a slightly oversized coat and nappy making a dash around Ikea, Obama invites the elves to the White House for some festive fun, the Pope joins the world of social networking by sending his first tweet from his iPad and the shocking news of the Newtown shooting which left 29 dead.
The Huffington Post Picture Desk brings you the best photos of the day from around the world, chosen by our very own picture editors.
See below for our round up of the biggest pics of the week from the world of news.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne paints a money box with children at Number 11 Downing Street as he hosts his yearly Christmas party for the Starlight charity.
The White House Christmas card by Iowa artist features The Obama family dog Bo knee deep in snow outside the presidential home.
Pope Benedict XVI looks at his first twitter message during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first Twitter message from a digital tablet on Wednesday using the handle @pontifex, blessing his hundreds of thousands of new Internet followers.
In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.