25 February 2014
Last updated at 08:06 ET
The Carnival of Venice includes a programme of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events and runs until 4 March.
Thailand's political crisis has become increasingly violent since mass protests began in November. But on Monday, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said that the military would not intervene with force. Instead, it would deploy troops to provide protection to people. Here an anti-government protester keeps watch at a campsite in Lumpini Park, Bangkok.
Afghan boys play football in front of the empty seat of one of two Buddha statues, destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, in Bamiyan province.
North Koreans on a bus hold their South Korean relatives' hands after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain in the North. Hundreds of North and South Korean relatives are seeing each other for the first time in decades.
A man performs as a living statue in the passageway to the Times Square shuttle in the Manhattan borough of New York.
Photographers swarm around the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones and Samsung Gear 2s in New York. The company said it had "decided to go back to basics" with its latest S5 device.
A girl talks to Colombia's pop star Shakira at a the inauguration of a school funded by her foundation Barefeet, in Cartagena.
A sign placed by anti-fracking campaigners lies next to the road near the IGas Barton Moss exploration facility in Salford, England. Plans to evict the activists camped outside the facility have been put on hold while their lawyers make a legal challenge in the courts.