A maintenance worker oils the Great Westminster Clock at the Houses of Parliament in London ahead of the switch to British Summertime on 30 March, when clocks go forward an hour.
Women bake bread in a traditional oven in south-eastern Turkey ahead of the spring festival of Nowruz - the Farsi word for New Year.
Spring is greeted with a swing in Kabul, where Afghans celebrated New Year - which according to the solar calendar used in Afghanistan is now 1387.
As Christians mark Holy Week, members of the Spanish Legion carry the Christ of the Good Death to a church in Malaga.
In the Philippines, it is not a statue, but a living man that portrays Jesus Christ by being mounted on a cross.
Holy Thursday celebrations are marked with torch-lit processions in Goias in Brazil. The torch-bearers represent the Praetorian guard who arrested Jesus.
Indian schoolchildren in Ahmadabad rub colour on each other to celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours or Spring Festival, ahead of the official celebrations on Saturday.
The arrival of spring saw a heavy snow storm in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
Red Cross workers treat illegal immigrants who have risked the treacherous sea crossing to the Canary Islands from Africa in search of a new life.
A Sudanese African Union soldier waits in the port of Fomboni, in the island of Moheli. AU troops are set to support Comoran forces against Anjouan's renegade leader Mohamed Bacar.
In Iraq, a US Army soldier reads a magazine between missions at an outpost in Mosul, north-west of Baghdad.