Volunteers of the Azov Civil Corps light flares during rally at the Ukrainian Parliament against holding local elections in the occupied eastern territories of Ukraine. As part of an internationally brokered peace agreement, Ukraine must hold local elections in two eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed rebels, but there are major concerns about ensuring the vote takes place in a secure and safe atmosphere
Aerial view of wide area of flowers near Shisanling reservoir in Changping District in Beijing, China
Aerial view of the flower fields in Marco Polo Flower World in Yangzhou, China. The Marco Polo Flower World included seven themed sessions with various kinds of flowers
An aeroplane flies past a rainbow at dusk in Beijing, China
A man waits to cross a road at a junction in Singapore
Bedouin women sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen‘s stability
A man cycles over painted lines at the trade fair centre in Hanover, Germany where the Ideen Expo 2013 will take place. The fair, opening on Saturday, is aimed at children, youth and young adults to promote careers in the business of technique and natural sciences.
A boy dressed as Lord Krishna, a Hindu deity, participates in a parade to mark the Gaijatra festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu on Thursday. Hindus in Kathmandu celebrate the festival to ask for salvation and peace for their departed loved ones. Cows are regarded as holy animals in Nepal, which help departed souls to reach heaven
Hindu women carry Kalash, earthen pots containing sacred water with a coconut on top, during a religious procession locally known as Ganga Kalash Yatra in India’s western city of Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
A peacock spreads its colourful feathers at Duisburg zoo, Germany on Friday.