This Week in Pictures: May 16-22

  • Migrants wait to disembark from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix in the Sicilian harbour of Messina, Italy, May 16, 2015.
  • A Christian Orthodox girl sings with her choir on a road on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 16, 2015. Daily life of people in Ethiopia, where elections are held this weekend, is portrayed in the east African nation’s churches and mosques, coffee shops and markets both in the capital Addis Ababa and the walled town of Harar in the east. Ethiopia, home to nearly 100 million people, holds the first poll on Sunday since long-serving leader Meles Zenawi died in 2012. 
  • Rohingya migrants sleep together at the new confinement area in the fishing town of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province on May 16, 2015. Hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, mostly Rohingyas, took shelter after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen.
  • A bus is seen after overturning and falling into a valley in Chunhua county in Xianyang, Shaanxi province, China, May 16, 2015. At least 35 people were killed in the accident when the bus carrying 46 people plunged into a ravine on Friday, Xinhua News Agency reported.
  • Bet-wagerers watch screens inside the Grandstand at the Preakness Stakes as they wait for results, May 16, 2015.
  • Rain drove crowds indoors just before American Pharoah sprinted to victory at the 140th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md., May 16, 2015.
  • Horses bunch together as they race through a shaft of light in race nine, the Charter KC & BSP Lawyers Plate, during Taralye Race Day at Caulfield Racecourse on May 16, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia.
  • In this May 17, 2015, photo, a riot policeman holds a crying boy as his father is attacked by other policemen with batons, right, outside of a stadium, in Guimaraes, Portugal. Portuguese prosecutors are investigating a policeman who beat a man in front of his young children and punched their grandfather outside a soccer stadium, sparking a national scandal. Police approached Jose Magalhaes, his two sons and his father Sunday outside Guimaraes stadium, where Benfica had just won the Portuguese league title, according to film footage and witness reports.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays during Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations early morning at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, May 17, 2015. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Sunday thronged the Hazratbal shrine, which houses what is believed to be a relic from the beard of Prophet Mohammed. The festival marks the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.
  • Arizona celebrates after Chelsea Goodacre ties the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run home run against Minnesota during an NCAA college softball tournament regional championship game, May 17, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz.
  • Kashmiri Muslim women pray early morning at the Hazratbal shrine on the occasion of Mehraj-u-Alam on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, May 17, 2015. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet.
  • Eva Longoria attends the Premiere of “Carol” during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2015, in Cannes, France.
  • A helicopter flies overhead as lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano as it erupts on May 17, 2015, on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. The Piton de la Fournaise started to erupt early on May 17. Its last eruption dating back to February 4.
  • Wind kicks up dust on an area that was once underwater at the Boulder Harbor boat ramp in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.
  • A slow shutter speed effect shows pedestrians crossing a big scramble crossway in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2015. Consumer prices in Japan rose 2.2% in March from a year earlier amid a slight recovery in oil prices, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has announced at the beginning of May 2015.
  • Indian firefighters battle to extinguish a fire at a fish and vegetables market in Calcutta, India, May 18, 2015. According to police and media reports, 20 fire engines fought to extinguish the blaze.
  • A Burundian refugee boy sits inside a mosquito net in his family’s makeshift tent room set up by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in a refugee camp in Gashora, some 55km south of the capital Kigali, Rwanda, May 18, 2015.
  • The Villarrica Volcano is seen partially covered by clouds at Pucon, Chile, May 18, 2015.
  • A Rohingya boy, who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat, holds his ball as he walks at a shelter in Kuala Langsa, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, May 19, 2015. United Nations agencies urged Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on Tuesday to step up sea rescue operations and stop preventing thousands of desperate migrants from reaching land.
  • A visitor looks at a flower in a rose garden on the first public day of the Chelsea Flower Show on May 19, 2015, in London, England. The show, which has run annually since 1913 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is open to the public from May 19-23 and is expected to draw around 157,000 visitors.
  • Nepalese laborers work at a brick factory in Bhaktapur, Nepal, May 19, 2015. Nepal is facing an acute brick crisis after some 40 million houses were damaged and 80% of brick kilns were also damaged due to two major earthquakes on April 5, 2015, and May 12, 2015.
  • An Indian boy carries a bottle filled with cold water as he goes to a market on a hot day in New Delhi, India, May 18, 2015. Intense heat-wave continues to grip several parts of north India with most of the cities crossing 104 degrees Fahrenheit mark.
  • Mounted riot police clash with squatters during a land eviction in Lima, Peru, May 19, 2015. On Monday hundreds of people squatted on land that according to the Ministry of Culture is an archaeological site.
  • Afghan security forces inspect the site after a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said.
  • An Indonesian official sprays insecticide for mosquitos at a shelter in Kuala Langsa, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, May 19, 2015. United Nations agencies urged Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on Tuesday to step up sea rescue operations and stop preventing thousands of desperate migrants from reaching land.
  • Newly arrived migrants sit inside a truck that will take them to a temporary shelter, in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. In a major diplomatic breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying the crisis is a global, not regional, problem.
  • Demonstrators face off with police in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 20, 2015. Police returned to the neighborhood in full force Wednesday, firing live rounds and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting the president’s decision to seek a third term.
  • Rohingya migrant women, who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat, attend a mid-day mass prayer session inside a shelter in Kuala Langsa, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, May 19, 2015. United Nations agencies urged Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on Tuesday to step up sea rescue operations and stop preventing thousands of desperate migrants from reaching land.
  • An elderly woman walks by posters in front of downtown shops in Bucharest, Romania, May 20, 2015. The average monthly pension in Romania is around $213 USD with a quarter of the country’s five million pensioners receiving less than $125 USD according to local media quoting official statistics.
  • A rebel fighter takes position behind sandbags in Aleppo’s Al-Ezaa neighbourhood May 20, 2015.
  • Demonstrators prepare to throw stones at policemen during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 20, 2015. Burundi’s president pushed back parliamentary and local elections to June 5 on Wednesday and further clashes between police and protesters broke out in a power struggle threatening to unleash more ethnic bloodshed in Africa’s Great Lakes region. 
  • Oil flows toward the ocean from an inland oil spill near Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015, north of Goleta, California. About 21,000 gallons spilled from an abandoned pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach, spreading over about four miles of beach within hours. The largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters at the time occurred in the same section of the coast where numerous offshore oil platforms can be seen, giving birth to the modern American environmental movement.
  • Military personnel salute as Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, departs from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., May 20, 2015, en route to New London, Conn., where the president will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation.
  • Rescued migrants disembark from an Acehnese fishing boat upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (R) of Australia grabs a rebound away from Atlanta Hawks forward Pero Antic (L) of Macedonia during the second half of game one of their NBA Eastern Conference final round series at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, May 20, 2015. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks.
  • A soldier walks on a path through the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund flag garden on Boston Common in Boston, ahead of Memorial Day, May 21, 2015. Each of the approximately 37,000 flags represents a Massachusetts military member who died in service from the Revolutionary War to the present.
  • Rohingya children play with balloons at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 21, 2015. In the past three weeks, thousands of people — Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty — have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. After initially pushing many boats back, Malaysia and Indonesia announced on Wednesday that they will offer temporary shelter to all incoming migrants. 
  • People are seen reflected on windows as they enter a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21, 2015. Thailand’s GDP grew 0.3% in the first quarter of 2015 according to official data, while the National Economic and Social Development Board lowered its growth forecast for 2015.
  • A mahout splashes water on his elephant in the river Sabarmati on a hot summer day in Ahmedabad, India, May 20, 2015.
  • Oil covers rocks on the beach near Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015, north of Goleta, Calif. About 21,000 gallons spilled from an abandoned pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach, spreading over about four miles of beach within hours. The largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters at the time occurred in the same section of the coast where numerous offshore oil platforms can be seen, giving birth to the modern American environmental movement. 
  • Palestinian Hamas security forces display their military skills during a police academy graduation ceremony in Gaza City, May 21, 2015. 
  • Butlers prepare for drinks inside a banqueting hall at a hotel in Tokyo, May 21, 2015.
  • A demonstrator is detained by riot policemen during a rally, as Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech inside the National Congress, in Valparaiso City, May 21, 2015.
  • A Burundian protester throws a rock against police officers from top of a fence during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 21, 2015. The Red Cross said two protesters had been killed during protests against Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term on May 21. According to the United Nations’ refugee agency, more than 105,000 Burndians have fled the country to seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Rwanda, DR Congo, and Tanzania. 
  • Kashmiri Muslim women offer prayers during Friday following celebrations for “Meeraj-un-Nabi” at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, May 22, 2015. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged the Hazratbal shrine, which houses what is believed to be a relic from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, to celebrate concluding ceremonies of Meeraj-un-Nabi or ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.

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Hundreds of Rohingya migrants were rescued by Indonesian fishermen this week after having been stranded at sea for weeks. Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to allow members of the Muslim minority group, mostly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, who are fleeing poverty and persecution in their home countries, to land safely ashore until a solution can be found.

In East Africa, protests continued to rock Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, ahead of parliamentary and local elections on June 5. Demonstrators want President Pierre Nkurunziza to not run for a third term and have clashed in violent confrontations with police in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, in the United States, a ruptured pipeline off the coast of California caused a massive oil spill that cleanup crews were rushing to contain as Americans head to the beaches for Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

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