A pet beautician grooms a poodle during a training class in Chongqing, China. Analysts foresee growing opportunities in the "pet economy" as the country's pet population increases.
The saddles of rental bicycles in Paris are used for an HIV/Aids awareness campaign. Each seat cover has condoms, lubrication gel and a brochure attached.
An elderly woman waves her cane at a pig in La Alberca, Spain, where local tradition says the pigs can roam the streets until their slaughter on 17 January.
Germans are awaiting Saturday's draw for the country's largest ever lottery prize, worth 38m euros ($56m).
A man prays during Friday prayers at the Imam Mosque, built in the 17th Century, in the Iranian city of Isfahan.
US snowboarder Danny Davis practises during training for Saturday's Nokia Air Style competition in Munich, Germany.
Lawyers talk in the courtyard of a district court in Lahore, Pakistan, a day after police clashed with lawyers opposed to President Musharraf.
A man walks along snow-lined streets in Moscow on the final day of campaigning ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections on Sunday.
A visitor to an Istanbul art fair walks among huge foot sculptures - a work by the Paris-based Chinese artist Wang Du.