South Korean President Park Geun-hye holds a puppy presented by her neighbor as she leaves her home for the presidential inauguration ceremony in Seoul.
The dome of Saint Peter's Basilica is reflected in a water puddle while workers prepare the weekly audience of Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
A member of the media walks into Vibration Lumineuse, Luminous Vibration, a creation by Argentinean artist Julio Le Parc, before the opening of the exhibition: Soleil Froid, Cold Sun, by the 85-year-old artist in Paris.
A long-exposure photo shows light streaking from the candles of Buddhist monks as they walk around a Pagoda on Makha Bhucha Day at the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand. Makha Bhucha day is observed on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha.