This Week in Pictures: May 23-29

  • A picture made available on May 24, 2015, shows Israeli painted artists during the Israel Midburn festival in the Negev desert southern Israel, May 23, 2015. About 6,000 people attended the colorful festival which is the Israeli version of the well known Burning man festival in Nevada.
  • Players and personnel gather on the floor before Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Houston. 
  • A storm whips through a tented area occupied by Nepalese earthquake survivors as a mother grabs her infant child and runs to find shelter in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 23, 2015. The Nepalese who lost their homes in earthquake and fear aftershocks have been living in a temporary shelter on open ground, which they had to flee because of the heavy rain and powerful wind.
  • The leader of the Burundian opposition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Zedi Feruzi lies dead as residents gather around him after he was shot in Ngagara district of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 23, 2015. Ferouz was killed near his home along with his bodyguard, according to residents of the area.
  • An aerial view of an irrigation site on a field near Celle, Germany, May 24, 2015. It has not rained enough in the past weeks, so farmers have had to irrigate their fields.
  • Burundian Muslim women cry during a funeral service for the slain leader of the opposition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Zedi Feruzi, who had been shot dead together with his bodyguard a day before in Ngagara district of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 24, 2015. Thousands of Burundian Muslims took part in a funeral service and a peaceful protest on May 24, as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term took a second-day break.
  • A picture made available May 24, 2015, shows Maria Fernandez, Spanish dancer of the Spanish National Ballet performing during an interview in Madrid, Spain, May 23, 2015. According to Maria, dancers are like bullfighters, they are made of sterner stuff.
  • DPS Trooper Marcus Gonzales walks on the Hwy 12 bridge over the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations.
  • Vanderbilt and Florida players help the grounds crew cover the field during a rain delay in the third inning of a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament championship game at the Hoover Met, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.
  • A Rohingya woman rests in a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Thousands of migrants, about half of them Bangladeshi and the others minority Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand since May 10. Thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea, and the United Nations has warned that time is running out. 
  • Residents stand outside their homes as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila, May 25, 2015. At least 10 people died on Monday morning after a tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, a Mexican city on the border with Texas, Mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez said.
  • In this aerial photo, a parking lot of Wal-Mart is submerged after the San Marcos River flooded in San Marcos, Texas, May 24, 2015. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the South Central U.S. on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
  • Pakistani volunteers and rescue workers unload an injured victim of a bomb blast upon his arrival at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, May 24, 2015. Police say the son of Pakistan’s president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15. The attack happened late Sunday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province, long home to a low-intensity insurgency.
  • A student protester gestures as a jet of water is released from a riot police water cannon during a demonstration to demand changes in the education system, in Santiago city, Philippines, May 25, 2015.
  • Jie Lian and Xiaohu Tai of China compete in the Mixed 10m Synchro Final during the FINA/NVC Diving World Series at the Windsor International Aquatic & Training Center on May 24, 2015, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
  • Rohingya migrants from Myanmar at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Indonesia, May 25, 2015. More than 3,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have landed in Indonesia and Malaysia in the last two weeks, seeking to escape poverty and religious persecution.
  • An injured man covers his face after being hit by protesters who accused him of stealing, as riot police stand guard next to him during a demonstration to demand changes in the education system, in Santiago city, Philippines May 25, 2015.
  • Memorial Day commemoration attendees leave after heavy rain caused the event to be canceled at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, May 25, 2015, in Abilene, Texas.
  • Smoke billows from a burning fuel truck after it was set ablaze during clashes between Houthis and fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz, May 25, 2015.
  • David Lopez waits to cross the street as rain falls on May 25, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the damage zone where one person is confirmed dead and at least 12 others missing in flooding along the Rio Blanco, which reports say rose as much as 40 feet in places, caused by more than 10 inches of rain over a four-day period. The governor earlier declared a state of emergency in 24 Texas counties.
  • Colorado Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado falls into the stands after catching a foul ball off the bat of Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart during the eighth inning of a baseball game, May 25, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Rockies won 5-4.
  • The Wolf volcano spews smoke and lava on Isabela Island, in this May 25, 2015, handout photograph provided by the Galapagos National Park. A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.
  • A Palestinian girl stands near residential buildings that witnesses said were heavily damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip, May 25, 2015.
  • Students from the College of Nursing in Baoji, Shaanxi province of China, take part in a graduation examination in an outside classroom on May 25, 2015. College students of the vocational school in northwest China’s Baoji in Shaanxi province conducted the test without supervision.
  • A female protester shouts at policemen (not pictured) during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 26, 2015.
  • A medic attends to people injured by a mortar shell blast during clashes between Houthis and fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz, May 26, 2015.
  • Burundian protesters react as they face with police officers firing shots toward them during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 26, 2015. Street protests continued on May 26 as the US government condemned the killing of the leader of the oppsition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD) Zedi Feruzi who opposed Nkurunziza’s bid.
  • Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at his campaign kickoff event at Waterfront Park along the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt., May 26, 2015.
  • A woman casts a shadow while walking across Comercio Square in Lisbon, May 26, 2015. The monumental square used to be home to the Portuguese royal family’s palace until 1755 when it was flattened by a massive earthquake.
  • Motorists are stranded along I-45 along North Main in Houston after storms flooded the area, May 26, 2015. Overnight heavy rains caused flooding closing some portions of major highways in the Houston area.
  • Athletes run through a puddle of water during the 5000 meters men event at the Golden Spike Athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, May 26, 2015.
  • Clouds and buildings are colored by the setting sun in Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2015.
  • Alpacas, which failed to clear a disease inspection test, are seen before they are culled in Beijing, May 27, 2015. Nine alpacas, among the 946 imported from Chile earlier this month, were killed after they were found to be carrying diseases in Beijing, according to local media.
  • Afghan immigrants land at a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing on a dingy a part of the south-eastern Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece early May 27, 2015. Despite the bad weather a dingy with more than thirty migrants made the dangerous voyage to Greece.
  • The body of a man is seen under the rubble of a building destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz, May 27, 2015. Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen.
  • Britain’s Queen Elizabeth proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain, May 27, 2015.
  • Road markings appear distorted as the asphalt starts to melt due to the high temperature in New Delhi, India, May 27, 2015. More than 1,150 people are reported dead from a heat wave sweeping across south India and Andhra Pradesh state was the worst hit, where 884 people had died of heatstroke since May 18. Weather officials said northwesterly dry and hot winds from the desert state of Rajasthan were responsible.
  • Members of a music band smoke cigarettes on a bench as they take a break, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, May 27, 2015. China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11% from 5%, the Ministry of Finance said in early May, in a move to deter smokers in the world’s biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.
  • Laborers cover their faces as they ride a truck on a highway in Cairo, Egypt, May 27, 2015, during a sandstorm and a heat wave. Temperatures are soaring across the Middle East, with winds and sandstorms driving people indoors as unlucky pedestrians try to shield themselves from the sun with books, newspapers or anything they can find.
  • A man paddles on a board as haze and sand cover in the Mediterranean sea off Tel Aviv, Israel, May 27, 2015. Temperatures are soaring across the Middle East with temperatures reaching about 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit in Tel Aviv.
  • Egyptian boys laugh and smile after jumping into the Nile River to cool off in Minya governorate, south of Cairo on a hot and hazy day where temperatures reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit May 27, 2015.
  • Davonna Clyde, of Sarver, Pa., holds her daughter Lauren Clyde as they stand in a shaft of light while waiting for the arrival of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who was announcing his entry into the Republican presidential race, May 27, 2015, in Cabot, Pa.
  • Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to the crowd after formally declaring his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an announcement event in Cabot, Pa., May 27, 2015. Daughter Elizabeth is on his left.
  • Israelis and tourists relax on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 27, 2015. Israel is experiencing a heat wave with temperatures reaching about 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit in Tel Aviv.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he departs Joint Base Andrews in Washington, May 27, 2015. Obama was flying to Florida to attend fundraisers in Miami.
  • A Palestinian youth dives into the Mediterranean Sea on the coast of Gaza City, on May 27, 2015.
  • Students march with signs that read in Spanish “No more Deaths” and the names of the people who have died in the protests, during an anti-mining protest in Arequipa, Peru, May 27, 2015. Dozens of farmers and activists burned tires and briefly occupied a bridge in Peru’s southern highlands on Wednesday, defying troops sent to quell weeks of deadly protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.
  • Minnesota Twins right fielder Torii Hunter (right), left fielder Eddie Rosario (left) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (back) celebrate the win after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4.
  • Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca scores the third goal in the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk versus Sevilla game of the UEFA Europa League Final in the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland, May 27, 2015.
  • Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk supporters react as they watch the Europa League final soccer match against Sevilla of Spain, in Kiev, Ukraine, May 27, 2015.
  • A Palestinian girl is pictured through a car window as she returns to Gaza with her family at Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip, May 28, 2015. Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing on Tuesday for three days, for the first time in nearly 80 days, to allow stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, witnesses and officials said. But it did not allow traffic the other way, leaving thousands of Gazans, some of whom need to travel for medical treatment, stuck inside the tiny enclave, authorities there said.
  • A woman walks along the road with her face covered to protect herself from sun stroke on a hot summer day in Chandigarh, India, May 28, 2015. A heat wave in India has killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 116.6 Fahrenheit, and doctors’ leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick.
  • French artist and photographer, former confidant of France’s richest woman Liliane Bettencourt, Francois-Marie Banier attends the verdict in the trial of ten people charged with exploiting the L’Oreal heiress, at the courthouse in Bordeaux, France, May 28, 2015. Ten people were on trial charged with exploiting the L’Oreal heiress, 92, who is said to be worth $38 billion US dollars.
  • A Burundian protester with a mock rifle looks on during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in the Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 28, 2015. Burundi’s Catholic church said that it will not support upcoming elections and asked priests serving for electoral commissions to step down, according to media reports. Burundi is scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on June 5 and June 26, respectively, amid waves of deadly street protests against the president’s bid for a third term.


Americans observed Memorial Day on Monday by honoring and remembering those who lost their lives in service to the country. The national holiday also marked the unofficial start of summer.

This week, the weather made headlines in places from Texas to Israel and India. In the South Central U.S., record rain caused deadly flash flooding, killing more than two dozen. Fourteen people were still missing as of Thursday night. Extreme heat hit Israel and killed hundreds and India.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became the first Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton with his official announcement in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday. Rick Santorum and George Pataki also joined the growing number of Republican candidates running for president.

Tensions continued to escalate in Burundi, where the leader of the opposition party, Union for Peace, was shot dead near his home along with his bodyguard, and protesters continued to demand political change in the East African country.

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