Day in pictures: 15 August 2014

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

Schoolgirls gather outside after their cultural programme to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Chandigarh, Punjab Schoolgirls gather outside after a cultural programme to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Chandigarh, Punjab.
A Peshmerga soldier plays a string instrument as he rests in Khazer in northern Iraq A frontline Kurdish Peshmerga soldier takes a brief interlude with comrades in Khazer, northern Iraq.
A crowd release doves in memory of the end of World War II at the Yasukuni Shrine in Japan. The memorial event takes place on the anniversary of Japan's surrender between 14 and 15 August 1945 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.
Cyclists begin the Arctic Race of Norway, which takes place between Hammerfest and Nordkapp in Norway Cyclists beginning the Arctic Race of Norway between Hammerfest and Nordkapp.
Supporters of politician and former cricketer Imran Khan await his arrival in the Ghakhar area in eastern Punjab province before a protest march to Islamabad 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.
Pope Francis visits the Bishop of Daejon, Lazarus You Heung-sik, and the Shrine of Solmoe in Dangjin during his visit to South Korea Pope Francis with the Bishop of Daejeon, Lazarus You Heung-sik, at the Shrine of Solmoe in Dangjin during a visit to South Korea.
A member of the Ukrainian Emergency Ministry with food bags and bottles of water delivered by the Ukrainian humanitarian convoy in Starobilsk, Lugansk region 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.
Synchronised swimming routine performed by Spain's Ona Carbonell in the preliminaries of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin Ona Carbonell, of Spain, taking part in a synchronised routine at the preliminaries of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
A young Yazidi refugee refreshes himself with water at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province in Syria, after fleeing from Islamic State fighters An Iraqi Yazidi boy refreshes himself with water at the Newroz refugee camp in Hasaka province, north-eastern Syria, after fleeing Islamic State fighters.

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