This Week in Pictures: May 24-May 30

  • An elephant handler applies a shower on an elephant at Alipoor zoo enclosure while the temperatures reached 41 degrees celsius in Calcutta, eastern India, May 24, 2014. 
  • A policewoman looks on during a protest against military rule in Bangkok, May 24, 2014. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists.
  • A bodybuilder applies a tan on his body prior to the final event of the World Amateur Bodybuilding Association (WABA) Swiss fitness and bodybuilding championships in Epalinges near Lausanne, Switzerland, May 24, 2014.
  • Nepalese Hindu sadhus - holy men - sit inside the vicinity of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on May 24, 2014. Dozens of sadhus live around the temple, devoting their life to Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.
  • A model adjusts her outfit made of flowers as she attends a flower festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 24, 2014.
  • A man drinks beer at a nightclub in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 24, 2014.
  • Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon runs alone during her leg of Kenya's world record-setting win in the women's 4x1500 meters relay, at the IAAF World Relays Championships in Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, May 24, 2014.
  • Relatives grieve over the body of Aleksandr Politov, a pro-Russia militia fighter who was killed when his group attacked a Ukrainian military checkpoint two days earlier in the village of Blahodatne, on May 24, 2014 in Horlivka, Ukraine. Presidential elections are scheduled for May 25, 2014, but pro-Russia militias have been seeking to prevent voting throughout the eastern part of the country.
  • A man brandishes a sword during clashes between French soldiers and Seleka fighters in Bambari, May 24, 2014. French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic using helicopter gunships and mortars fought Muslim rebels on Saturday at a bridge in the town of Bambari northeast of the capital Bangui, a Reuters witness said.
  • Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo appears on a big screen at the at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 24, 2014 as fans watch the UEFA Champions League football match final Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid held held at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • A resident runs as smoke rises from what activists said was shelling from warplanes on a humanitarian aid warehouse in Ghouta, eastern Damascus, May 24, 2014.
  • A Libyan girl plays at the beach in Tripoli, May 24, 2014.
  • Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion that targeted an alcohol shop on May 24, 2014 in the Wasati neighbourhood in southern Kirkuk, killing at least seven people and wounded 17. The evening explosion came amid a protracted surge in bloodshed that has left more than 3,700 people dead so far this year, fuelling fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out conflict that plagued it in 2006 and 2007.
  • Afghan schoolgirls holds balloons and flags as they attend an election rally by presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Gardez, the capital of eastern Paktia province on May 24, 2014. Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will compete in the run-off on June 14 to determine who leads Afghanistan into a new era without the assistance of NATO combat troops to help fight the Taliban insurgency.
  • People play football in Kabul, May 25, 2014.
  • UC Santa Barbara students attend a candlelight march and vigil following Friday's series of drive-by shootings that left seven people dead in the Isla Vista section of Santa Barbara, May 24, 2014. A lone gunman sprayed bullets from a car in a drive-by shooting in a southern California college town, killing at least six people before his car crashed and he was found dead inside, authorities said on Saturday.
  • A child looks out as voters fill out ballot papers in booths during voting in a presidential election at a polling station in the village of Kodra in northern Ukraine, May 25, 2014.  Ukrainians voted on Sunday for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut.
  • A Thai activist is detained by soldiers during a demonstration against the military coup at a shopping district in central Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2014. Thailand's junta on May 25 warned people not to join protests against last week's coup, amid signs of sporadic resistance to military rule. Martial law prohibits all political gatherings of more than five people. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power with a coup d'etat on May 22 and placed the country under martial law, detaining at least 150 politicians, activists and scholars over the past three days.
  • A Ukrainian soldier studies his ballot paper before voting in a presidential election at a polling station in Kiev, May 25, 2014. Ukrainians voted on Sunday in a presidential election billed as the most important since they won their independence from Moscow 23 years ago, but armed pro-Russian separatists disrupted voting in eastern regions of the former Soviet republic.
  • Soldiers raise their anti-riot shields as they take up positions to block protesters against military rule at a shopping district in central Bangkok, May 25, 2014. Thailand's military tightened its grip on power on Sunday as it moved to douse smoldering protests fueled by social media and to rally commercial agencies and business to revitalize a battered economy.
  • A pro-Russian militant guards a checkpoint under a mesh in Semyonovka village, outside Slaviansk, Ukraine, May 26, 2014. Fighting between rebels and government troops continued over the weekend, with reports of casualties in the rebel stronghold of Slaviansk.
  • Kids play soccer in the pacified Pavao-Pavaozinho community at the start of an investigation into the death of dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira on May 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Police re-constructed the death of Pereira this afternoon. Protests and shootings broke out following the discovery of Pereira's body in the 'favela' last month. Ahead of the World Cup, some of Rio's pacified favelas have seen an increase in violence, including a number of shootings in Pavao-Pavaozinho. Around 10,000 people live in the Cantagalo and Pavao-Pavaozinho communities with a total of around 1.6 million Rio residents residing in shantytowns, many of which are controlled by drug traffickers.
  • People visit Coney Island on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Memorial Day, originally celebrated as Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868, became a federal holiday in 1971 and commemorates those who have died fighting for the U.S. in wars.
  • A tuba player from the Gettysburg High School band walks behind re-enactors Jim Tennyson (R), of the Revolutionary War, John Lucas (C), of the Civil War, and Bill Cashin, of World War II, as they line up before marching in the Gettysburg Memorial Day parade in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 26, 2014.
  • Rain falls as pro-Russian gunmen look out from the back of a truck bringing reinforcements to their positions near the airport, outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on May 26, 2014. Ukraine's military launched air strikes Monday against separatists who had taken over the airport in the eastern capital of Donetsk in what appeared to be the most visible operation of the Ukrainian troops since they started a crackdown on insurgents last month.
  • A barber cuts hair at an open air barber shop in Bambari, in the Central African Republic, May 26, 2014.
  • Security personnel and rescue members stand next to damaged coaches of a passenger train after a collision in Khalilabad in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, May 26, 2014. A passenger train collided with a stationary goods train in India's most populous state on Monday, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 150, police and railway officials said.
  • An injured government employee lies on a road after he was hit by dyed water from a cannon used by Indian police to disperse a protest in Srinagar, May 26, 2014. Indian police on Monday used batons and dyed water cannons to disperse hundreds of government employees during a protest demanding greater regularization of temporary jobs and a hike in salaries, protesters said.
  • Two men paddle in a canoe on a flooded road in Trysil, southeast Norway, May 26, 2014. 
  • An Egyptian army solider stands guard inside a polling center during the second day of voting in the presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, May 27, 2014. State TV says Egypt's election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout. Government officials, media and the military harangued voters to go to the polls Tuesday in what was supposed to be the final day of the vote, worried that turnout was weaker than expected. The front-runner, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is trying to garner an overwhelming show of support.
  • Blood stains are seen on a wrecked rebel truck in a Donetsk neighborhood, May 27, 2014. Two trucks ferrying rebels were attacked and destroyed during heavy fighting around the airport Tuesday morning. More than 50 pro-Russian rebels were killed in an unprecedented assault by Ukrainian government forces, which raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly-elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all.
  • In a reflection in water, a farmer walks along the terraced fields in Wubu Village of Jingning She Autonomous County, in China's Zhejiang Province, May 27, 2014. The villagers, which retain many ancient She ethnic customs, are busy farming as terraced fields here enter the plough season.
  • A visitor stands in front of a picture of a military cemetery at the exhibition '1914-1918. The First World War' at the 'Deutsches Historisches Museum' (lit. German Historical Museum) in Berlin, Germany, May 27, 2014.
  • Medical workers in a morgue work with the bodies of pro-Russian gunmen killed in clashes with Ukrainian government forces around the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, May 27, 2014. The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday a day after government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport. Dozens were reported killed.
  • Australian actor Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine, arrives for the Japan Premiere of X-Men Days Of Future Past in Tokyo, Japan, on May 27, 2014.
  • Supporters of Egypt's former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold a poster of him and wave flags in Tahrir square in Cairo, May 27, 2014. Sisi is expected to emerge as Egypt's next president, with the military-backed government seeking to boost turnout by declaring a holiday and extending voting into a third day.
  • A South Sudanese woman holds her baby suffering from cholera in Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba, May 27, 2014. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 86 new cases of cholera were admitted in Juba Teaching hospital, with over 500 cases of cholera treated since the outbreak was declared by the Ministry of Health on May 15.
  • Women carry posters of two young boys killed in Sitra, Bahrain on May 21. The funeral procession for the boys, Sayed Mohsen and Sayyed Mahmoud, turned violent when protesters clashed with police forces, May 27, 2014.
  • A model presents a creation by graduate from the Nanjing Arts University in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, May 26, 2014.
  • This Monday, May 26, 2014 photo from video provided by Dan Yorgason, shows a tornado in a worker's camp near Watford City, N.D., in the heart of the state's booming oil patch. The tornado injured nine people, including a 15-year-old girl who suffered critical injuries, and damaged or destroyed more than a dozen trailers at the camp.
  • Kashmiri Muslims seek blessings as a head priest displays a holy relic believed to be the hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammed during the Muslim festival of Mehraj-u-Alam at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 27, 2014. Hundreds of Muslim devotees gathered at the shrine during Mehraj-u-Alam, believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.
  • A Yemeni boy stands next to a vehicle destroyed during a police raid on a hideout of al-Qaida militants in Arhab region, north of Sanaa, Yemen, May 27, 2014. Yemen said on Sunday that it killed one of the country's most wanted al-Qaida militants, hours after military officials said anti-terrorism units supported by army troops and US drones launched an attack against hideouts of the group in the mountainous Arhab region north of Sanaa, leaving at least five militants and six soldiers killed.
  • Models present creations by the French Lejaby lingerie house during a fashion show marking the 130th anniversary of the company's creation, at the Lido in Paris on May 27, 2014.
  • Relatives react as two bodies are prepared in the morgue of the General Hospital in Bangui on May 28, 2014 after ten people were killed and several others wounded in clashes in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic.  The violence erupted during the afternoon close to the Notre-Dame de Fatima church in Bangui, according to a police officer and a military source.
  • A sub-Saharan migrant sits on top of a pole set in a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on May 28, 2014. Several hundred African migrants have charged a barbed-wire border fence in Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police. During the pre-dawn border storming Wednesday, cries of pain and noises of people being hit could be heard as police from both sides tried to prevent dozens of the sub-Saharan migrants from entering the city from Morocco.
  • Soldiers protect themselves with shields as different object are thrown at them during a confrontation with anti-coup protesters at the Victory monument in Bangkok, May 28, 2014. There have been daily protests in Bangkok against the coup and on Wednesday about 200 people confronted troops and police at the Victory Monument. Protesters jeered and threw plastic water bottles and spray-painted "Get Out" and "No Coup" over an army Humvee.
  • Palestinians demonstrate holding banners in front of the United Nations (UN), demanding UN intervention against Israel's polices in the Israeli occupied West Bank, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 28, 2014.
  • Giraffe baby Martin and its mother Maud stand in their enclosure at Opelzoo in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany, May 28, 2014. 
  • Underclassmen listen from the back of the stadium as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, May 28, 2014. Obama's commencement address here is the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency.
  • Firefighters put out a blazing fire that erupted in the main temple of a buddhist monastery (datsan) in the village of Amitkhasha, Aginskoye District, Transbaikal Territory, Russia, May 28, 2014.
  • Riot policemen confront protesters during clashes following a protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil on May 27, 2014. Police in the Brazilian capital fired tear gas Tuesday to break up a protest by Indian chiefs and groups opposed to the money being spent to host the World Cup.
  • (L-R) Joseph Cusi Delamerced of Cincinnati, Ohio; Harry Harman of New Concord, Ohio; Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, New York; Tajaun Gibbison of Mandeville, Jamaica; Tea Freedman Susskind of Redmond, Washington; and Ankita Vadiala of Manassas, Virginia celebrate after advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.
  • A man sleeps on the doorway of a closed shop at a market in Kolkata, India, May 28, 2014.
  • Police are blocked by burnt containers during a protest against the eviction of squatters from Can Vies building at Sants neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain, May 28, 2014.
  • Pupils dance to celebrate the upcoming Children's Day in Enshi, Xuan'en County, China, May 28, 2014.
  • The 2014 graduating class of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, N.Y., toss their hats during commencement ceremonies, May 28, 2014. President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address and talked about his Afghanistan plan and answered critics who say he has surrendered America's global leadership.
  • Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on May 28,  2014. Several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in Spain's North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police. During the pre-dawn border storming Wednesday, cries of pain and noises of people being hit could be heard as police from both sides tried to prevent dozens of the sub-Saharan migrants from entering the city from Morocco.
  • A nun watches as people wave Israeli flags during a parade marking Jerusalem Day, in Jerusalem, May 28, 2014. Nine Palestinians were detained on suspicion of throwing stones at policemen and participants of the parade, an Israeli police spokesman said on Wednesday. Jerusalem Day marks the anniversary of Israel's capture of the Eastern part of the city during the 1967 Middle East War. In 1980, Israel's parliament passed a law declaring united Jerusalem as the national capital, a move never recognised internationally.
  • A military policewoman, left, stands guard with colleagues at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, May 28, 2014. Thailand's new military junta aired videos Wednesday on television stations nationwide showing some of the prominent political figures it has detained as part of an effort to convince the public that detainees in army custody are being treated well.
  • Pakistanis run as they get caught in a sand storm on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, May 29, 2014. The temperature in the capital city reached 104 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Smoke rises from the 998-tonne fuel tanker Shoko Maru after it exploded off the coast of Himeji, western Japan, in this photo taken and released by the 5th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters - Japan Coast Guard, May 29, 2014. The fuel tanker captain is missing and four crew members have sustained severe injuries following the explosion aboard the vessel off Himeji, in western Japan, Kyodo news reported.
  • An Israeli soldier of the Caracal battalion stands next to backpacks after finishing a 20-kilometre march in Israel's Negev desert, near Kibbutz Sde Boker, marking the end of their training, May 29, 2014. The "Caracal" battalion, two-thirds of whose members are women, was established in 2004 with the purpose of incorporating female soldiers in combat units. The main mission of Caracal is routine patrols on Israel's border with Egypt to intercept infiltrators and smuggling from the Sinai desert.
  • The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, flies in the sky at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, May 29, 2014. Circular star tracks around the Polar Star and track of the rocket a the result of the long time exposure.
  • A Filipino boy atop a bulldozer and a shirtless boy fly their kites as others look on along a government road project in a former slum community in suburban Manila, Philippines on May 29, 2014. Kite flying is a popular pastime among Filipino children.
  • A veiled woman stands inside a compartment as the train approaches a station in Dhaka, May 29, 2014. According to Bangladesh Railway, it carries about two hundred fifty thousands passengers every day from 456 railway stations using 334 trains in its countrywide network.
  • Children play football inside an abandoned train compartment next to a railway track in Dhaka, May 29, 2014. Although Bangladesh's football team is positioned 162 in the FIFA ranking, the country has millions of football fans, most supporting the national football teams of Argentina and Brazil.
  • Thai soldiers stand guard blocking a road to prevent protesters rallying against the coup at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, May 29, 2014. Thailand's military coup and the imposition of martial law has caused some to protest against the coup in creative ways. Many have updated their social media profiles with blank pictures and blacked out their profile names, while others have posted pictures of themselves with tape over their mouths in protest over the junta's gagging order.
  • A Gurkha police officer stands guard at a heavily secured venue of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS Asia Security Summit on May 30, 2014 in Singapore. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is delivering the summit's opening address where he will outline his vision for Japan's defense contribution to regional security to promote peace and prosperity amid tension over China's growing assertiveness and maritime activity. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • Visitors pose for pictures at a canola flower field in Kuandian county, near China's border with North Korea, Liaoning province, May 30, 2014.

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The military junta in Thailand reinforced their hold on power this week, after staging a coup last week in which they overthrew the government and detained some 150 government officials. Violence continued to erupt throughout Ukraine, as pro-Russian militants sought to derail Sunday’s elections. Voting proceeded in parts of the country, but in the east, many polling stations saw little activity as people stayed away out of fear of reprisals. 

A car bomb attack in Kirkuk, Iraq, killed at least eleven people on Saturday, bringing the number of people killed in Iraq to more than 3,700 - a level of violence that is quickly slipping back to those of 2006-2007. Egyptians went to to the polls this week, in a presidential election that many deemed to fall short of international standards of democracy as former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to win in a landslide. 

In Santa Barbara, Calif., a lone gunman went on a stabbing and shooting rampage that left six victims and the shooter dead, and which has renewed efforts for gun control legislation in California.

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