Men hang Vesak lanterns ahead of Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Vesak Day, which is celebrated on May 14 and 15 in Sri Lanka, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
An Iraqi policeman stands near burning vehicles moments after one in a series of bombs hit the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City, in Baghdad, Iraq, killing tens.
Faithful gather during a candle light vigil at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine in Fatima, Portugal. Every year on May 12 and 13 thousands of Catholic pilgrims arrive in the Fatima Sanctuary to attend Masses and pray in honor of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she was witnessed by three shepherd children in 1917.
Soldiers take part in a ceremony presenting the troops who will provide security during the World Cup at Brigadier Sampaio Camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 12, 2014.