In Pictures

Day in pictures: 15 August 2014

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

Schoolgirls gather outside after a cultural programme to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Chandigarh, Punjab.
A frontline Kurdish Peshmerga soldier takes a brief interlude with comrades in Khazer, northern Iraq.
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 beginning the Arctic Race of Norway between Hammerfest and Nordkapp.
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 with the Bishop of Daejeon, Lazarus You Heung-sik, at the Shrine of Solmoe in Dangjin during a visit to South Korea.
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.
Ona Carbonell, of Spain, taking part in a synchronised routine at the preliminaries of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
An Iraqi Yazidi boy refreshes himself with water at the Newroz refugee camp in Hasaka province, north-eastern Syria, after fleeing Islamic State fighters.