This Week in Pictures: May 2-8

  • Hats at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015.
  • A ‘Maya’ girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of ‘Las Mayas’ on the streets in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, May 2, 2015. The festivity of the Maya comes from pagan rites and dates from the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents. It takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the beginning of the spring.
  • A woman sounds herself while waiting for the big race to start at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015.
  • A girl rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram extremists at Sambisa Forest lines up with others for food upon their arrival at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria, May 2, 2015. They were among a group of 275 people rescued from the Islamic extremists, the first to arrive at the refugee camp Saturday after a three-day journey to safety. The Nigerian military said it has rescued more than 677 girls and women and destroyed more than a dozen insurgent camps in the past week.
  • A man carries bricks as residents clear rubble from their damaged house in Lalitpur, Nepal, May 2, 2015. Local earthquake victims reportedly have not received food, shelter and water in many of the remote affected areas after a week since the April 25 earthquake.
  • Demonstrators march towards Pennsylvania and W North Avenue in Baltimore, Md., May 2, 2015. Six police officers have been charged in the death of a Baltimore man who was injured while in police custody and whose death has been ruled a homicide, the Maryland state’s attorney said May 1, 2015. The death of Freddie Gray, a suspect who suffered catastrophic injuries while in official custody, prompted nationwide protests and violent riots in the city.
  • A man watches the races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on May 2, 2015.
  • Russia’s team (L-R), Kirill Shamshurin, Viktor Melantyev, Rasul Ishmukhamedov, and Vladislav Chebotar react after winning the men’s C-4 1000m final at the Canoe Sprint European Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, May 2, 2015.
  • A local woman sits amid the rubble of her dilapidated home in Nepal on May 2, 2015, as residents return to salvage what they can in Barpak village, epicenter of the devastating earthquake that hit the country on April 25, 2015. The confirmed official death toll increased to 6,621, with more than 14,000 injured, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was the deadliest in the country for more than 80 years, destroying an estimated 300,000 houses across northern Nepal.
  • Ukrainian soldiers stand behind coffins containing recently discovered remains of Dutch victims of the MH17 plane crash, ready to be loaded onto a Hercules C130 transport aircraft of the Royal Dutch Air Force prior to its departure from Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 2, 2015. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, with 298 people aboard, was presumably shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
  • Members of the ancient Samaritan community cook skewered Passover sacrifices after slaughtering sheep during the ritual of Passover Sacrifice on Mount Grizim, overlooking the West Bank town of Nablus, May 2, 2015. Samaritans descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim but broke away from mainstream Judaism 2,800 years ago. Today, the remaining 700 Samaritans live in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank and the Israeli seaside town of Holon, south of Tel Aviv.
  • The pack rides during the fifth stage, a 162.7 km race between Fribourg and Champex-Lac at the 69th Tour de Romandie UCI ProTour cycling race, near Les Giettes, Switzerland, May 2, 2015.
  • Boca Juniors fans cheer for their team during a local tournament soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 3, 2015.
  • Nigerian women and children rescued from Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest arrive under the care of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at Malkohi camp in Yola, Nigeria, May 3, 2015. The Nigerian military reported Boko Haram hostages were held in terrible conditions in the Sambisa Forest after they freed nearly 500 women and girls throughout this week.
  • Collapsed village houses are pictured from a helicopter after last week’s earthquake at Sindhupalchok District, Nepal, May 3, 2015.
  • Large waves crash into a beachside restaurant in Puerto La Libertad, some 30 km south of San Salvador, El Salvador, May 3, 2015. The Minister of Environmental and Natural Resources of El Salvador said that most of the Salvadorean Pacific coast was badly damaged due to strong waves recorded in the last hours. According to media reports three people were killed one is missing after large waves lashed the Pacific coasts from Mexico to Chile.
  • Israeli police detains an Israeli Ethiopian during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, May 3, 2015. Several thousand people, mostly from Israel’s Jewish Ethiopian minority, protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday shutting down a major highway and scuffling with police.
  • An Israeli protester holds a sign in Hebrew reading “violent policeman should be sentenced” during clashes between Israel’s mainly Jewish Ethiopians and Israeli riot police. The protest against racism and police brutality took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 3, 2015, when several thousand people from Israel’s Jewish Ethiopian minority protested, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night.
  • A young boy watches from a mound of rubble as a search and rescue team from the Royal Thai Armed Forces digs at the entrance to where a home used to stand in search for the owner’s body in Sankhu, after the devastating earthquake that hit the country on April 25, 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015. According to Nepalese officials, four survivors were rescued in northern Nepal, eight days after the earthquake hit the Himalayan country. The government updated the confirmed official death toll to 7,040, as reports of rescue workers digging out more dead bodies from the rubble in rural villages continue to pour in.
  • Communist era apartment blocks are back dropped by a rainbow at sunset in Bucharest, May, 3, 2015. The rainbow formed after a thunderstorm hit the Romanian capital in the late afternoon.
  • Earthquake victims look up at the damage to their homes in Shanku, Kathmandu region, Nepal, May 3, 2015.
  • A child rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest is attended to at a clinic at the Internally Displaced People’s camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, May 3, 2015. Hundreds of traumatized Nigerian women and children rescued from Boko Haram Islamists have been released into the care of authorities at a refugee camp in the eastern town of Yola, an army spokesman said.
  • A handout image made available by Global Newsroom of participants at the start for the Wings for Life World Run in Yilan, Taiwan, May 3, 2015. The Wings for Life World Run is a global charity running event where 101.280 registered athletes in 35 locations start at the same time, chased by Catcher Cars which overtake each runner until the last man is standing. The race raises money to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.
  • Riot police chase a demonstrator in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi’s capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president’s decision to seek a third term.
  • A demonstrator seriously wounded by live ammunition waits for treatment in a small clinic in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi’s capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president’s decision to seek a third term.
  • A worker in a sanitary outfit plays with a child on the deck of the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere as migrants arrive at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, May 4, 2015. Italy’s Coast Guard and Navy as well as tugs and other commercial vessels joined forces to rescue migrants in at least 16 boats Sunday, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya’s coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean.
  • A woman lifts her hands up in front of the police during a protest in front of the government building in Skopje Macedonia, on May 5, 2015. Macedonia’s opposition leader has accused the country’s prime minister of attempting to cover up the 2011 death of a 22-year-old who was beaten by police during post-election celebrations. More than 1,000 people gathered later Tuesday in front of the government building to protest the murder of the young conservative supporter.
  • Caroline Garcia of France waits to return serve against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during day four of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 5, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
  • A field security staff member puts on his poncho before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, May 5, 2015, in Washington.
  • A police officer stands under bunting in front of the 105th precinct house in the Queens section of New York, May 5, 2015. Officer Brian Moore died Monday, two days after he was shot. He had been in a coma after undergoing brain surgery. Demetrius Blackwell will be charged with first-degree murder, prosecutors said. He was charged earlier with attempted murder and other crimes. He is being held without bail and has not entered a plea.
  • A migrant is carried on a stretcher after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel ‘Bettica’ in the harbor of Salerno, Italy, May 5, 2015. About 700 migrants, including children, were rescued in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross.
  • An aerial view of uprooted trees on the banks of the Ruehner River a day after a heavy storm in the town of Buetzow, Germany, May 6, 2015. Storms in northern Germany killed a man in Hamburg and spawned a tornado that caused many millions of euros in damage in a town near Rostock. One of the hardest hit spots was Buetzow, where a tornado struck late May 5. Thirty people were injured there by flying debris. Residents described a tornado that raged 10 minutes.
  • A handout picture made available on May 6, 2015 shows a tornado over a forest around 15 kilometers away from Buetzow, Germany, May 5, 2015. Storms in northern Germany killed a man in Hamburg and spawned a tornado that caused many millions of euros in damage in a town near Rostock.
  • Rajan, a 37-year-old father of three, faces the building that collapsed over his wife and two sons. He had just been informed by Nepali soldiers and Israeli rescue team IsraAid that the building where the bodies of his wife and youngest son are still trapped will be sealed off due to being unstable and in danger of collapsing further. The rescue teams said they will no longer be able to search for the bodies of his 32-year-old wife Amriata and 3-year-old son Parvesh who perished along with his second son Pawa, 8, victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the country on April 25, 2015, in Balaju, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 5, 2015.
  • Three men sit in front of a closed money exchange office in Patan, Kathmandu, May 5, 2015, after the devastating 25 April earthquake that hit Nepal. The official death toll has reached 7,500, Interior Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal said May 5.
  • Military cadets rest on part of the WWII memorial sculpture as they prepare for a parade of Kiev military schools, within the program of military and patriotic education, timed to celebrate Victory Day at the WWII memorial in Kiev, Ukraine, May 5, 2015. Ukraine marks Victory Day on May 9.
  • An elderly Nepali man stops in front his destroyed home in the aftermath of the earthquake on April 25, in Sankhu, on the outskirt of Kathmandu, Nepal, May 6, 2015.
  • Dutch rescue specialists arrive at Eindhoven Air Base after their search for victims of the earthquake that struck Nepal, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, May 6, 2015. A unit of 62 people and eight dogs from the Dutch Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) was mobilized for the mission.
  • Nepal army personnel and earthquake survivors search for belongings at a collapsed house in Sankhu on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, May 6, 2015.
  • Nepali Hindus wash themselves as part of a mourning ritual in Pashupati, Nepal, May 6, 2015.
  • Models present creations by Spanish designers YolanCris for the 2016 season during the Barcelona Bridal Week in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, May 6, 2015.
  • Switzerland’s Reto Suri (L) vies for the puck with Latvia’s Oskars Cibulskis (2-L) during the Ice Hockey World Championship 2015 group A match between the Switzerland and Latvia at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, May 6, 2015.
  • Afghan migrants rest in the open as others pass by after crossing illegally into Macedonia from Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, May 6, 2015. This year has seen a significant increase in the numbers of refugees from war-torn Middle Eastern and African countries, as well as economic migrants, crossing illegally to Greece from Turkey. Many then seek to continue their trip northwards, through Macedonia or Bulgaria, in the hope of reaching affluent western countries such as Germany or Britain.
  • A man wipes his eyes during memorial ceremony for fallen police and fire personnel, May 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. The city of Philadelphia honored police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty during the Living Flame Annual Memorial Service, at Franklin Square Park.
  • People take part in a yoga session on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 6, 2015. Every week in May free Yoga classes are offered featuring different yoga instructors in Ottawa.
  • A woman paddles in a makeshift boat as she collects recyclable trash from a polluted river in Navotas city, Philippines, May 6, 2015.
  • Ghazal, 4, (L) and Judy, 7, carrying 8-month-old Suhair, react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, May 6, 2015. The shelling happened during the visit by a Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy to deliver medical aid to their center in Douma, activists aid.
  • People watch a shadow play performance at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul, May 6, 2015.
  • Fernando Verdasco from Spain, in red, serves during the Madrid Open tennis tournament match against Marin Cilic from Croatia as Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria, in blue and reflected in the glass, prepares to serve to Fabio Fognini from Italy in the adjacent court, in Madrid, Spain, May 6, 2015.
  • The driver of a truck which crashed during severe weather on Interstate 35 gestures to his rescuers after being cut from the truck in Moore, Okla., May 6, 2015. Forecasters declared a tornado emergency for Moore.
  • Camels sit at the entrance of a 500-year-old pottery workshop in Guellala on the southern Mediterranean resort island of Djerba on May 7, 2015.
  • School girls perform a song during an accordion class, May 7, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Pyongyang School Children’s Palace is a place where talented school children go for extracurricular classes, and is one of the places tourists visit during their stay in Pyongyang.
  • A Nepalese soldier stands between two U.S. Ospreys which are used to assist the deployment of Nepalese soldiers in the quake affected mountainous areas in Manthali, Nepal, May 7, 2015. The April 25 earthquake killed thousands and injured many more as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings and archaeological sites in Kathmandu.
  • Polling station workers place signs outside a polling station in Islington in readiness for voting in Britain’s general election in London, May 7, 2015.
  • Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party’s Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he emerged from hiding in a sewer in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 7, 2015. Niyonzima fled from his house into a sewer under a hail of stones thrown by a mob protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office. At least one protester has died in clashes with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. Jean Claude Niyonzima managed to flee from his house under a hail of stones into a covered sewer, where he remained till the army fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd.
  • Hofstra junior Caryn Bailey (24) is welcomed to home plate by teammates after she hit a home run during their NCAA softball game against James Madison, May 7, 2015, in the CAA championship game in Harrisonburg, Va.
  • A woman walks past a shop displaying a bridal dress in the Baixa neighbourhood in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, May 7, 2015.
  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the media in front of a symbolic map of Ukraine, constructed from red poppies, during a visit to the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine, May 8, 2015.
  • Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib, May 8, 2015.
  • Portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, glow on the facade of a building as dusk descends upon Pyongyang, North Korea, May 8, 2015. In Pyongyang, commercial advertisements are rarely seen in public, but portraits of the late leaders and propaganda slogans are a common sight on buildings and along the streets.
  • A vote counter lays on a table during a break in counting for the Hove, Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Kemptown constituencies in Brighton, England, May 8, 2015. British voters streamed to schools, churches and pubs Thursday for a say in their country’s future, voting for lawmakers in an election expected to produce no clear victor and lead to days of frantic haggling for power.

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This week kicked off on Sunday with the Kentucky Derby and all of the fanfare that surrounds the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” — namely, fast horses and outrageous hats.

On the other side of the world, recovery efforts continued in Nepal, where more than 7,000 people have died as a result of the massive April 25 earthquake. In Burundi, thousands of protesters demonstrated against the president for seeking a third term.

In the United Kingdom, incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron emerged victorious on Friday after the Conservative Party made major gains over the opposition Labour Party. Britain now faces two looming constitutional crises: a referendum on whether to leave the European Union, and rising pressure from Scottish nationalists – who made serious gains in the polls Friday – who want to quit the U.K. for good.

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