This Week in Pictures: May 17-May 23

  • Esme Beach, 18, (left) and Claudia Pizzarelli, 18, (right) are reflected in the school’s trophy case glass and mirror as they put final touches on their uniform before Admiral Farragut Academy graduation Saturday, May 17, 2014. 
  • Serbian Army soldiers evacuate a boy from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, May 17, 2014. Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews stand next to bonfires during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations to commemorate the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews in Roman times, in Bnei Brak, Israel, May 17, 2014.
  • Dead bodies of the last two miners taken out from coal mine after 96 hours in Soma, Manisa, Turkey on May 17, 2014. Miners attend to search and rescue works, and search and rescue team start to leave the disaster area.
  • Children sit in a bus after being evacuated from the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, May 17, 2014. Seven bodies were pulled from flooded homes in Bosnia and the army rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia on Saturday during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.
  • Club Atletico de Madrid fans celebrate at Neptuno Square after winning the La Liga match against FC Barcelona on May 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
  • Plain clothes police detain a protester during a demonstration to blame the ruling AK Party (AKP) government for the mining disaster in western Turkey, in Istanbul May 17, 2014. Tuesday's disaster has triggered protests across Turkey, aimed at mine owners accused of ignoring safety for profit, and at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, seen as too close to industry bosses and insensitive in its response.
  • Sara Errani of Italy hits a return to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during their women's singles semi-final match at the Rome Masters tennis tournament, May 17, 2014.
  • Unidentified guests pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Saint Laurent" in competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 17, 2014.
  • A girl is pictured outside her house at the community of Quilombo Sao Jose, descendants of African slaves, during a Afro-Brazilian culture celebration marking the anniversary of the abolition of slavery, in Valenca, May 17, 2014. People gather at the community every year on the Saturday after May 13, to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Brazil, which was legalized in 1888.
  • Serbian Army soldiers evacuate people in an amphibious vehicle in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, May 17, 2014. Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.
  • Bangladeshi relatives gather beside bodies recovered from the sunken ferry on the River Meghna in Munshiganj district, some 50 kilometres south of Dhaka on May 17, 2014.  Anguished relatives protested a decision to stop searching for bodies of passengers they feared were trapped inside a ferry that sunk in central Bangladesh leaving at least 54 dead, police said.
  • Horses race down the front stretch during the ninth race of the day before the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014.
  • Guests walk on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "The Rover" out of competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 18, 2014.
  • Sri Lankan Army snipers in ghillie suits march during a War Victory parade in Matara, May 18, 2014. Sri Lanka on Sunday held a military parade and memorial for fallen soldiers to mark the fifth anniversary of the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, which ended a quarter-century civil war in the Indian Ocean nation.
  • Shoes were optional at Eckerd College's 51st Annual Commencement ceremony on the morning of May 18, 2014. When asked, one faculty member who wished to remain anonymous said, there's no dress code for students or professors so why start now with graduation.
  • Visitors pose on Argentine artist Leandro Erlich's optical illusion installation 'Batiment - Oi!' in Hong Kong, May 18, 2014. Erlich creates three-dimensional optical illusions incorporating a huge mirror.
  • New recruits to the pro-Russian activist movement undergo basic training in the district administration building, central Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, May 18, 2014.
  • People stand near damaged houses after flooding in Krupanj, 150 km southeast of Belgrade, Serbia, May 18, 2014. Clean-up began on May 19 after massive floods in parts of Serbia and Bosnia, even as cities on the river Sava braced for the arrival of a new wave of flooding. The situation was particularly grave in Krupanj, which has been without drinking water and electricity since May 14, and Obrenovac, near Belgrade that saw the deaths of 12 people as flood waters covered most of the town.
  • A boy jumps off a tree into the Rio Negro river in Sao Pedro, near Manaus, Brazil, May 18, 2014. Manaus is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
  • A dog rests on a area that used to be lush tropical jungle, deforested by illegal mining in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, May 18, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20% of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. The government started cracking down on illegal gold mining since a nationwide ban took effect April 19.
  • An Israeli soldier from the Netzach Yehuda brigade, the Israeli army battalion for Orthodox soldiers and Yeshiva students, carries a simulated casualty during the battalion ground maneuver exercise in the Golan Heights near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 19, 2014.
  • Benfica players celebrate with supporters after winning the Portugal Cup trophy at the City Hall in Lisbon, Portugal, May 19, 2014. Benfica won their 25th Portugal Cup after beating Rio Ave 1-0 in the final on May 18, 2014.
  • Acrobats with the Lausanne's Circus School use a rocker board during sunny and warm weather on the shore of the Geneva Lake, in Lausanne, south-western Switzerland, May 18, 2014.
  • People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London, May 19, 2014. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the Bank of England will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to Taesongsan General Hospital in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, May 19, 2014.
  • Police troopers stand guard on a bridge in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, May 19, 2014.
  • A laborer climbs out of a half-made ship after finishing his work at a shipyard by the river Buriganga, on the outskirts of Dhaka, May 19, 2014.
  • An aid worker in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia on May 19, 2014. The town of Obrenovac, 30km south-west of Belgrade, has been evacuated since the 90% of town has been flooded. Serbia has been hit by a massive disaster, one of the severest floods in the recorded history of Europe.
  • Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and troops from Rapid Support Forces (RSF) celebrate after recapturing the Daldako area, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of South Kordofan's state capital Kadugli, on May 20, 2014. Ethnic minority rebels have been fighting government forces for three years in a largely-hidden war which the UN says has affected more than one million people.
  • A woman digs for sulphur sand near a Chinese copper mining dump in Sarlingyi township at Sagaing division, May 20, 2014.
  • Thai soldiers prepare to deploy around the Army Club in Bangkok, May 20, 2014. Thailand's army declared martial law on Tuesday to restore order after six months of anti-government protests, which have left the country without a functioning government.The declaration did not constitute a coup and was made in response to deteriorating security, an army general said.
  • A South Korean Buddhist nun weeps during a Buddhist memorial ceremony for the victims of the sunken ferry boat Sewol at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, May 20, 2014. South Korea's President Park Geun-hye pledged Monday to disband the coast guard amid mounting criticism of its failure to save hundreds of passengers trapped last month in the sinking ferry. Critics said Park was trying to shift attention from her mishandling of one of South Korea's deadliest disasters in decades.
  • Kenyan riot police strike fleeing students with wooden bats in Nairobi University on May 20, 2014. The students were protesting against a controversial fee increment which ended in a riot with tear gas fired and riot police forcing their way inside the university to arrest students after rocks were thrown.
  • A farmer plants paddy on a terrace field in Suichuan county, Jiangxi province May 20, 2014. Picture taken May 20, 2014.
  • Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski (C) visits Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem May 20, 2014.
  • Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), bows down in respect at the steps of the parliament house upon his arrival to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi, May 20, 2014. Modi will be the next prime minister of India, with early election results last week showing the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party headed for the biggest victory the country has seen in 30 years.
  • A jetliner leave a vapor trail as it passes in front of the moon on May 20, 2014, taken from the Algerian capital Algiers.
  • Thousands of people participate in the '19th March of Silence' in downtown of Montevideo, Uruguay, May 20, 2014. Every May 20th  since 1996, Uruguayans have taken to the streets demanding justice in honor of the missing people during the Uruguayan dictatorship from 1973 to 1985.
  • A couple kisses in front of a fountain where people gathered to enjoy the sun, in Mexico City, May 20, 2014.
  • Bishops shelter from the sun on May 21, 2014, in Vatican City.
  • Athletes compete in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the 2014 IAAF World Challenge Beijing held at China's National Stadium in Beijing, May 21, 2014.
  • A would-be immigrant rests upon arriving at Arguineguin port, in Spain's Canary Island of Gran Canaria, May 21, 2014. According to authorities, around 25 would-be immigrants were intercepted aboard a makeshift boat on their way to European soil from Africa and around 25 would-be immigrants reached Meloneras beach on a makeshift boat. According to local media, Spanish coast guard is searching for one missing person.
  • An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard outside a closed market during a strike in Srinagar, India, May 21, 2014. Parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir remained under curfew Wednesday, while the region's main separatist alliance called for a general strike to mark the assassination anniversaries of two key leaders, Mirwaiz Mohammed Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
  • Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) personnel ride on a tank after recapturing the Daldako area, outside the military headquarters in Kadogli, May 20, 2014. The SAF had recaptured the Daldako area, east of the South Kordofan state capital of Kadogli, from rebels, according to media reports quoting the SAF on Sunday.
  • An elderly Egyptian man performs ritual dance in a "zikr" tent as they celebrate Moulid at the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine in Cairo, Egypt on May 20, 2014. Every year, Egyptians celebrate Moulid, which commemorates of the birth of Muslim Prophet Mohammed's granddaughter, Zeinab, by performing ritual dances, prayers and having fun with their families.
  • A lifeguard dives into the Kiebitzberge open air swimming pool during bright sunshine and temperatures of around 30 degrees celsius in Kleinmachnow, Brandenburg, Germany, on May 21, 2014.
  • Xue Changrui of China competes during the men's pole vault at the IAAF World Challenge Beijing, China on May 21, 2014. Xue Changrui claimed the title with 5.80m.
  • Children play soccer in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil, May 21, 2014. Manaus is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
  • Fluminense fans cheer during a Brazilian championship soccer match against Sao Paulo in Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, May 21, 2014. The event was the last soccer game at Maracana before the 2014 World Cup. The stadium will host seven matches including the final on July 13.
  • Mohammed Chiari, commander of a vigilante group of traditional hunters, poses for a picture at the hunters' camp in Maiduguri, May 21, 2014. About 100 traditional hunters from villages in Borno state have gathered in a camp in Maiduguri and volunteered to hunt for Boko Haram to the local government.
  • Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 31 injured at an assault on a military checkpoint near the village of Volnovakha in the restive Donetsk province of Eastern Ukraine on May 22, 2014.
  • A woman tries to escape from tear gas as Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse protesters during a demonstration against the recent mine accident in Soma, on May 22, 2014, in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul. One man was injured when Turkish riot police today fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse a group of Istanbul protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones. Tensions are high in Turkey with the approach of the first anniversary of deadly nationwide anti-government protests and in the wake of an unprecedented mine disaster that claimed 301 lives last week.
  • A pro-Russian fighter takes a photo on his cell phone of a burning cafe after impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian militants at a checkpoint near the major highway which links Kharkiv, outside Slovyansk, Ukraine, early May 22, 2014. Three days before Ukraine holds a presidential vote, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 30 others in the deadliest raid yet in weeks of fighting.
  • Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok, May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law.
  • A boy gestures in front of a barricade on fire during a protest after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, May 22, 2014.
  • A Ukrainian soldier secures an area near the site where pro-Russian rebels killed 13 Ukrainian servicemen in the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian town of Volnovakha, south of Donetsk, May 22, 2014.The clash, one of several overnight in the region, came three days before Ukrainians were set to vote in a presidential election billed as the most crucial since the country gained independence from Moscow in 1991.
  • Smoke rises after what activists said was a shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the town of Morek in Hama province, May 22, 2014.
  • A young protester uses a sling-shot during clashes with Turkish riot police on the sideline of a demonstration following the recent mine accident in Soma, on May 22, 2014, in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul. One man was injured when Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a group of Istanbul protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones. Tensions are high in Turkey with the approach of the first anniversary of deadly nationwide anti-government protests and in the wake of an unprecedented mine disaster that claimed 301 lives last week.
  • Thai soldiers advance to clear the pro-government Red Shirt supporters after the army declared coup at the rally site on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, May 22, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters celebrate as they board buses at the Royal plaza to take them back home after the coup was declared in Bangkok, May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law.
  • Men gesture in front of a burnt barricade during a protest against French soldiers in Bambari May 22, 2014. At least three people were killed in the Central African Republic on Thursday as Muslims with machetes and rifles clashed with French peacekeeping troops trying to disarm rebels, a rebel spokesman said.
  • A Thai officer holds a weapon as his unit blocks the access to the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions during a coup in central Bangkok May 22, 2014.
  • A fisherman carries a fish to a market in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, May 22, 2014.
  • A girl plays in a fountain whose sprinkling waters produce a rainbow in the sun in the Lustgarten in Berlin, Germany, May 20 2014.
  • Nigel Farage, leader of Britain's United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) enjoys a pint of beer in South Benfleet, England, May 23, 2014. UKIP, Britain's anti-European party, has made big gains in local elections, taking votes from both the governing Conservatives and main opposition Labour Party. It's a strong performance for the U.K. Independence Party, which advocates pulling Britain out of the EU and stopping the unfettered right to entry of European citizens. With about a third of results declared Friday from voting for 161 local authorities, UKIP had almost 100 seats, well over its predicted total of 80. Britons also voted Thursday in European Parliament elections. Those results will be announced Sunday along with tallies from 27 other EU countries.
  • French soldiers stand in front of protesters demonstrating against the peacekeeping troops in Bambari, May 23, 2014. At least one man was killed on Thursday in clashes that erupted after French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic tried to disarm Muslim rebels, witnesses and hospital staff said. A French military official denied troops killed civilians and said they fired warning shots in the air after coming under fire in Bambari, the headquarters of the mostly-Muslim rebel Seleka coalition, which controls the northeast of the country.
  • A general view of sunbathers at Bondi Beach on May 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. 

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Violence flared in eastern Ukraine ahead of Sunday’s elections, with an attack on a military checkpoint that left at least 15 dead.

In Thailand, the military staged a coup and overthrew the elected government – the second time in a decade that it has done so.

In the US, early primaries solidified establishment Republicans over tea party candidates, as we look toward to November, and even further down the road to 2016.

Growing anticipation of the World Cup has people focused on Brazil’s preparedness for the month-long games as locals are using the increased attention to make their grievances known.

California Chrome won the Preakness on Saturday, giving him the chance to be the first horse to win the triple crown this weekend since 1978.

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