This Week in Pictures: May 30-June 5
Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East were rescued this week in the Sicilian harbor of Augusta, Italy, in ongoing rescue operations. Italian authorities said over 4,000 alone were rescued on the Mediterranean in a 24-hour period, while 17 were found dead.
Schools in Nepal have reopened after being closed for about a month following the April 25 earthquake that killed over 8,600 people and damaged a whopping 8,000 schools and 30,000 classrooms.
In a rare recess meeting on Sunday, Rand Paul talked the U.S. Senate past the June 1 expiration of the Patriot Act—a brief victory for its opponents—before passing the USA Freedom Act just days later. President Obama signed the legislation into law on the evening of June 2.
A boat with more than 450 people aboard sank in China’s Yangtze River, killing 65 people. As of Wednesday night, more than 370 people remained missing.
Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General of Delaware, passed away on May 30 of brain cancer. He was 46.