Pictures of the day

A selection of images from around the world

  • An installation set up by Avaaz ahead of the EU council meeting in Brussels. 4500 shoes representing every life lost in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2009 have been displayed. AFP/JOHN THYS

  • Thunderbolts in the night sky in Premnitz, northwestern Germany. AFP/dpa/Julian Stنhle

  • A Sri Lankan novice monk has his eyebrows shaved during a ceremony marking their entry into priesthood at the village of Eheliyagoda, in Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka. AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

  • Afghan girls read the Koran in a madrasa, or religious school, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

  • While near the recent Kilauea lava flow, Hannique Ruder marvels at a colorful shard of lava rock she picked up at the flow near Nohea Street in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawai. REUTERS/Marco Garcia

  • A man holds his dog, as participants gather in the parking lot of the Pentagon as thousands of military veterans and their supporters participate in the 31st annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and Memorial Day weekend "Ride for Freedom" motorcycle procession in Washington. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

  • Competitors take part in the annual cheese rolling competition at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

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