2 August 2012
Last updated at 12:25
A man walks with a traditional flag, made of brass, in preparation for the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The event is considered Sri Lanka's most prominent religious and cultural ceremony.
Orthodox Jewish men walk in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as they arrive for the start of the celebration Siyum HaShas which marks the completion of the Daf Yomi, or daily reading and study of one page of the 2,711 page book.
A man dressed as a devil, with his body coated in a mix of grease and motor oil, stands on a cemetery wall to get a better view of a procession during Santo Domingo festivities in Managua, Nicaragua.
Venezuela's Ruben Limardo fences against the USA's Weston Kelsey during their men's semi-final as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games in London.
Rebel Free Syrian Army fighters capture a policeman, whom they allege is a pro-regime militiaman, as the rebels overran a police station in Aleppo. A watchdog said that rebels killed 40 officers and seized three police stations during the pivotal battle for the commercial capital.
Soldiers stand guard in a plantation of the Bajo Aguan valley, Honduras. President Porfirio Lobo ordered a general disarmament in the Aguan valley in an attempt to stop the violence related to the dispute over land ownership that has already caused 78 deaths.
Priests take part in a ceremony to commemorate Elijah the Prophet and to mark Russian Paratroopers' Day in Moscow's Red Square.
A group of young Chinese girls take part in a summer ballet class in Hefei, Anhui province. Ballet was introduced to China between 1920-30 by the Russians, and now there are eight major ballet companies across the country.
A girl jokes with her father by splashing water on him as he offers prayers during the Janai Purnima Festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.