Today's best photos: from a meteor shower in Spain to Messi at Expo 2020 Dubai

'The National' selects the most striking pictures from around the world

Geminids meteor shower


An overlay image of 128 photographs shows circumpolar star trails over San Telmo tower in Cantabria, Spain, during the Geminids meteor shower.

Dutch farmer protest


Farmers gather with tractors in Rozenburg near Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands, to offer the airport a buyout contract. Amid government plans to cut nitrogen pollution by reducing agricultural production, the convoy travelled to Schiphol to deliver a contract to buy out and decommission the airport, which they say is equally responsible for pollution.

Illuminating Tokyo


Visitors walk through a seasonal light installation in Tokyo.

Taking a break from Covid


Health workers take a break from performing Covid-19 swab tests in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The country reported its first case of heavily mutated coronavirus Omicron variant of concern on December 3 in a citizen returning from South Africa.

Tornado victim shelter


Anthony Vasquez, 42, plays with his four-month-old son Michael inside a makeshift shelter in Wingo, Kentucky, which is housing people who lost their homes after a devastating outbreak of tornadoes ripped through several US states.

Pizzo Di Levico, Italy


A small house and fields covered in snow are pictured from the Pizzo Di Levico, near the Alps in north-eastern Italy.

Lionel Messi at Expo 2020 Dubai


Lionel Messi, the superstar Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina footballer, visits Surreal, the water feature at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Updated: December 14th 2021, 1:34 PM