This Week in Pictures: May 30-June 5

  • Migrants cover themselves with thermal blankets as they stand in line after disembarking in the Sicilian harbor of Augusta, Italy, May 30, 2015. Close to 1,000 migrants rescued in on-going operations are brought safely to port in Sicily as Italian authorities say over 4,000 migrants have been saved from the Mediterranean in twenty-four hours and 17 migrants have been found dead on a boat.
  • Chicago Cubs employees stay inside of parking booth after a game against the Kansas City Royals was been postponed due to weather, May 30, 2015, in Chicago.
  • An aerial view of empty boats on Lake Phew, Pokhara, some 205 kms west of the capital Kathmandu, Nepal, May 30, 2015. According to reports following the devatsating earthquake of April 25, tourism has plummeted, especially from China and India who usually visit May but have entirely stayed away, while middle class Nepalese from Kathmandu have been arriving to escape the destroyed city.
  • People cross the rope bridge over the Sementina valley during heavy fog near Monte Carasso, Southern Switzerland, May 31, 2015. The 270 meters long pedestrian bridge spans the valley at a maximum hight of 130 meters above ground. The bridge opened for the public today.
  • A man rests in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district, May 31, 2015.
  • Agricultural farmland is shown next to the desert in the Imperial valley near El Centro, California, May 31, 2015. California is enduring its worst drought on record.
  • A herdsman riding a horse directs a large herd of cattle, sheep and goats as they migrate to the summer pasturing areas at a mountainous region in Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, May 31, 2015.
  • Red Cross members help a migrant after he disembarked in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, Italy, May 31, 2015. The corpses of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel on Sunday along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
  • Nepalese students walk past damaged buildings to school in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on May 31, 2015. Schools are reopening in Nepal following a devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015 which killed over 8,600 people, and damaged nearly 8,000 schools and 30,000 classrooms.
  • Visitors pose for a selfie under light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs representing the Milky Way at Tokyo Tower, in Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2015. Some 13,000 LED bulbs are used for the illuminations during the event that will run until August 31.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 1, 2015, before debate continues in the Senate on renewing the Patriot Act.
  • A customer walks into a local restaurant in the Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, June 1, 2015. The government of Burundi said it will consider the postponement of upcoming elections, following a request made by East African Community leaders during a regional summit held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on May 31.
  • A woman accompanies some students as they wade in the shallow part of a rocky beach to their school to attend the first day of classes in Sitio Kinabuksan, Kawag village, Subic, Zambales Province, north of Manila, June 1, 2015. An estimated 24 million public school students in the primary and secondary levels attend the opening of classes nationwide, local media reported.
  • Filipino grade school students look for their rooms during the first day of school at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, June 1, 2015. More than 23 million students trooped back to school Monday amid perennial problems like overcrowded classrooms and lack of teachers and desks.
  • Dancers of the Spanish National Ballet (BNE) perform during a rehearsal of “Atlanto,” the BNE’s new choreography, in Las Naves del Matadero, Madrid, Spain, June 2, 2015, in the presence of the Spanish Secretary of State for Culture, Jose Maria Lasalle (not pictured).
  • A cheetah cub sits beside its mother Namoja in their enclosure at the zoo in Muenster, Germany, June 2, 2015. Seven cheetah cubs were born on April 28 and have yet to be named.
  • Mourners grieve over the coffin during the funeral of policemen, killed by a tank rigged with explosives, during a funeral in Najaf, south of Baghdad, June 2, 2015. Islamic State militants drove a tank rigged with explosives into a base south of the Iraqi city of Samarra on Monday, killing 38 policemen, military and police sources said.
  • Rescuers work on the bottom of the capsized tourist ship in the Yangtze River in Jianli county in central China’s Hubei province, June 2, 2015. A passenger ship with more than 450 people on board has sunk in China’s Yangtze River after being caught in “freak weather,” Chinese state media reported.
  • Ladies run after their hats during strong winds at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in central London, Great Britain, June 2, 2015.
  • Rainwater coats the window of an observation tower as an exercise rider guides a horse around the main track at Belmont Park, June 2, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah will try for a Triple Crown Saturday, June 6, in the Belmont Stakes horse race.
  • An airline ground staff member directs a chopper carrying the bodies of victims of a helicopter crash to arrive at the Teaching hospital’s helipad in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 2, 2015. A helicopter returning to Kathmandu crashed in the mountains in northeast Nepal on Tuesday.
  • Off duty Israeli soldiers run on the shore of the Mediterranean sea at Zikim beach, near Ashkelon, Israel, June 2, 2015.
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan during their men’s quarter-final match during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 2, 2015.
  • A boy enters River Ravi to release oil lamps and candles in water while observing the Shab-e-Barat festival in Lahore, Pakistan, June 2, 2015. Shab-e-barat is also known as the Mid-Shaban, a festival which is celebrated by seeking forgiveness and repenting.
  • Residents watch as the Marshall Square Retirement Resort goes up in flames in Evans, Ga., June 2, 2015. Officials say two residents of Marshall Square retirement community are unaccounted for after fire destroyed much of the building this morning, according to the Augusta Chronicle. More than 80 residents of the upscale retirement resort in the heart of Evans were forced to flee for safety when fire alarms went off between 3 and 3:30 a.m.
  • In this June 2, 2015 photo, a Bahraini girl, wearing traditional clothes, collects sweets during a celebration of the Muslim Shiite Imam Mahdi’s birthday, in the village of Malkiya, Bahrain. According to Shiite tradition, the Mahdi has already been born but remains hidden, while Sunnis believe he has yet to come. Banner in Arabic reads, “Oh Mahdi, God relieve us.”
  • Rescuers carry victims’ bodies along the Yangtze River as they search for missing passengers of a capsized tourist ship in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 3, 2015.
  • Buddhist monks walk next to Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, during celebrations marking Vesak Day in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, June 3, 2015. Vesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
  • Protesters who are against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term march towards the town of Ijenda, Burundi, June 3, 2015. The United States urged east African states to send high-level representatives to Burundi to reiterate their opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term and to press for free and fair elections. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States opposed Nkurunziza’s decision to run for another term, which was in breach of the Arusha agreement that brought an end to the country’s civil war in 2005.
  • Vice President Joe Biden looks on as the body of his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, arrives at Legislative Hall before a viewing in Dover, Del., on June 4, 2015. 
  • World War II veteran Robert Harris, 90, of Fort Valley, Ga., places his hand on his chest during the singing of the National Anthem at a ceremony where Harris and nine fellow WWII veterans were awarded the French Legion of Honor by the Consul General of France on June 4, 2015, in Atlanta. The Legion of Honor is the highest distinction France can award to a citizen or foreigner. The veterans honored fought on French territory as part of the liberation of the country from Nazi Germany and were nominated by President Francois Hollande. Harris was a squad leader and rifleman in the infantry and participated in campaigns in the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. 
  • A woman prays at a candlelight vigil to pay respects to the passengers of the sunken cruise ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River, at a public square in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 4, 2015. Hundreds of relatives of passengers from the Chinese cruise ship that sank on the Yangtze River gathered in a public square in Jianli on Thursday clutching candles and flowers, as rescue officials began the arduous task of righting the vessel. Several family members, their eyes brimming with tears, knelt in the center of the city square, about a-1.5 hour drive from the site of Monday’s disaster that left 75 people dead and over 370 missing.
  • A child jokes in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil, June 3, 2015. According to the state Civil Defense, more than 250,000 people were affected in the State with strong rains.
  • Women wearing hijabs stand under election flags of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) (up) and the Felicity Party (Saadet) on June 4, 2015, at Uskudar, in Istanbul. Turkey votes in legislative elections on June 7 with the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) tipped to win but fall short of landslide victory it scored in previous years. 
  • Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country’s western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water.
  • Members of the Portalegre forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon, Portugal June 4, 2015. Forcados are traditional Portuguese bullfighters who catch bulls with their bare hands.
  • Women walk past collapsed houses as the wreckage is manually demolished following the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015.
  • Protestors shout slogans during a demonstration in support of Palestinian Khader Adnan, a senior member of Islamic Jihad who is jailed in Israel without a trial, at the Al-Aqsa mosque in the old city of Jerusalem on June 5, 2015. Adnan has been on hunger strike for nearly 32 days to protest against his detention without trial.
  • A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat and is sick, lies on the ground at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic at Mee Tike temporary refugee camp near the Bangladeshi border fence, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 5, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country’s western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. 
  • A boy takes bath from a water tap near a polluted water channel during early morning in Kolkata, India, June 5, 2015. Friday marks the annual World Environment Day.
  • Paramilitary policemen in white overalls wait to recover bodies from the Eastern Star after it is righted and lifted by cranes in the Yangtze River in Jianli county in southern China’s Hubei province on June 5, 2015. The smashed up white-and-blue Eastern Star emerged from gray waters of the Yangtze River on Friday as Chinese disaster teams raised the capsized ship with cranes to better search for hundreds still missing.
  • People attend Friday prayers at a mosque, where Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (not pictured) joins the worshippers, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, June 5, 2015. Prime Minister Davutoglu is in the southern city of Kahramanmaras as part of his election campaing. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections in June 7, 2015. 
  • Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah, gets a kiss from his owner, Ahmed Zayat after a workout at Belmont Park, June 5, 2015, in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah will try for a Triple Crown when he runs in Saturday’s 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race.

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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. 

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