Storm watchers near Malibu, California, enjoyed a spectacular light show as an electrical storm made its way along the coast.
Also making a spectacle were these Viking re-enactors taking part in Scotland's National Living History Festival at Lanark racecourse. Groups from all over Europe are joining in.
A Cambodian girl at a resettlement village for people evicted from a slum on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
A Jammu Kashmir policeman performs a daredevil stunt during India's Independence Day celebration in Srinagar...
...while a visually challenged student holds an Indian flag and sings during celebrations in Allahabad.
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins struts along the catwalk wearing items from the Hot In The City Lingerie collection during the Sydney Fashion Festival in Australia.
A man trades pins with a youth in Beijing. Trading Olympic pins, distributed by Olympic sponsors, organising committees and media companies, has become a popular sport in the city.
An Iraqi policeman, in front of the Shrine of Imam Abbas, provides security as Shia pilgrims arrive for a major festival in Karbala.
Archaeologists lift the lid of a Roman stone sarcophagus in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. The discovery of two 1,800-year-old sandstone coffins are the first such find in the area for more than 100 years.
Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida of France competes in the Women's Heptathlon 100 m Hurdles Heats at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.