This Week in Pictures: May 24-May 30
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.