A Zimbabwean mother holding her child casts her ballot at a polling station in Domboshava, 60km north of Harare.
A Golden Eagle flies in the Rambouillet forest, some 50 kms outside of Paris.
China's Sun Yang competes in the final of the men's 800-metre freestyle swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.
Colombia's Orlando Duque competes during the final of the men's high diving at the FINA World Championships in Moll de la Fusta port in Barcelona.
Hot-air balloons fly near a church over Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, at sunset, to try to set a world record with 408 balloons in the sky, as part of the yearly event "Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons", an international air-balloon meeting.
Soldiers of the Syrian government forces patrol on a tank in a devastated street in the district of al-Khalidiyah in the central Syrian city of Homs.
Kashmiri Muslim women pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from Prophet Muhammad's beard, during special prayers to observe the Martyr Day of Hazrat Ali, cousin of Prophet Muhammad, at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar.
Afghan children play on a swing near a cemetery in Kabul.
A lanner falcon looks on in the Rambouillet forest, some 50 kms outside of Paris.
A girl plays in a fountain on the banks of the Manzanares river in Madrid.
A model presents a creation by Indian designer Anju Modi during the PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013 in New Delhi.
A Hindu sadhu - holy man - smears coloured paste onto his body at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.
Compelling images from around the world on Thursday