In Pictures

Day in pictures: 15 August 2014

A selection of images from around the world, taken over the past 24 hours.

Image caption Schoolgirls gather outside after a cultural programme to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Chandigarh, Punjab.
Image caption A frontline Kurdish Peshmerga soldier takes a brief interlude with comrades in Khazer, northern Iraq.
Image caption Doves being released at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to commemorate the end of World War II. The event takes place on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in 1945.
Image caption Cyclists beginning the Arctic Race of Norway between Hammerfest and Nordkapp.
Image caption Supporters of Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan await his arrival in the Ghakhar area of eastern Punjab province before a protest march to Islamabad as part of a campaign to press Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.
Image caption Pope Francis with the Bishop of Daejeon, Lazarus You Heung-sik, at the Shrine of Solmoe in Dangjin during a visit to South Korea.
Image caption A Ukrainian emergency ministry worker in a store with food bags and water bottles destined for civilians in areas affected by fighting between Ukraine's forces and pro-Russian rebels.
Image caption Ona Carbonell, of Spain, taking part in a synchronised routine at the preliminaries of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
Image caption An Iraqi Yazidi boy refreshes himself with water at the Newroz refugee camp in Hasaka province, north-eastern Syria, after fleeing Islamic State fighters.