School children throw coloured powder as they celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colours, in the Indian city of Ahmadabad.
The pack rides during the second stage of the 2009 Paris-Nice cycling race run for 1,250km (777 miles) between Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire and La Chapelle-Saint-Ursin.
Horses from the Noel Meade stables take part in early morning gallops ahead of this week's racing festival at Cheltenham, England.
Cheerleaders perform during the fifth cricket test between England and West Indies at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Tibetan Buddhist monks, who live in exile in India, pray at Dharamsala's main temple Tsuglag Khang ahead of the 50th anniversary of Tibet's uprising.
Chinese attendants wait for delegates at the second plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People.
From left, the flags of Finland, Norway and Sweden are seen behind icicles ahead of the Ski World Cup finals in Sweden.
Half a century after Barbie was introduced at a New York toy fair, Japanese actress Akina Minami shows off the model issued for the celebrated toy's 50th anniversary.
The last surviving British veteran of World War I, 110-year-old Harry Patch from Somerset, receives France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour medal.