21 August 2012
Last updated at 12:56
Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles greets supporters during an election rally in the state of Carabobo. According to a recent report from Human Rights Watch, the abuse of power by the Venezuelan government under President Hugo Chavez has increased over the past four years.
South Africa's Jacques Kallis catches England's Jonathan Trott during the third Test match at Lord's cricket ground in London. South Africa sealed a 51-run victory to win the series 2-0.
Yemeni military and police officials recite prayers during the funeral procession of troopers killed in an attack on an intelligence-service headquarters in Sanaa.
A boy jumps from the diving platform of the lido at Lake Ammersee near the small village Utting, southern Germany. Many people enjoyed the sunny weather as temperatures reached 30C.
Sunni Muslim gunmen fire their weapons in the neighbourhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, Lebanon, during clashes with members of the minority Alawite community. At least 22 people were wounded in overnight clashes sparked by the war in neighbouring Syria.
Dancers in body paint wait to take part in a performance during festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of Onam in the southern Indian city of Kochi.
Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok.
A child cries in his mother's arms at a temple being used as a shelter for people displaced by flooding in the Irrawaddy delta region of Burma. Recent heavy monsoon rains have left swathes of farmland flooded.
Protesters shout anti-presidential slogans during a rally in front of Romania's Constitutional Court in Bucharest. Romania's top court has ruled that a referendum on the impeachment of President Traian Basescu was invalid, because turnout failed to reach 50%.
Charms, songs and spirit of Senegal's Muslim brotherhood
Reptiles rescued by the RSPCA centre in Brighton
Drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California
Photographer Timothy Allen climbs high into the Peruvian Andes for Qoyllur Rit'i - the Snow Star Festival.
Who won? The official poster for the 2015 festival
Party time at the 60th song contest in Vienna
Rare access - an Indian high court at work
Ben Weller has been taking pictures of South Korea's markets
Readers' images on the theme of looking in
From around the world - 16-22 May