This Week In Pictures: May 31-June 6

  • Residents demonstrate in the 'Muslim enclave' of the PK5 district in Bangui to express their anger on May 31, 2014. Three people were killed in the capital of the Central African Republic on Saturday just days after a deadly church attack in which 27 people were kidnapped.
  • A protester walks away with closed eyes as Turkish riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered on the central Istoklal avenue near Taksim square in Istanbul, on May 31, 2014. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do "whatever is necessary" to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil.
  • Injured protesters lie on the ground as Turkish riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered on the central Istoklal avenue near Taksim square in Istanbul, on May 31, 2014.
  • Public security workers attend to a man simulating an injury inside a tent during a security drill ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, May 31, 2014.
  • CB Dollaway from the United States fights Francis Carmont from France in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night mixed martial arts event in Berlin, May 31, 2014. CB Dollaway won the fight.
  • Seleka fighters carry a sick child to her mother, at a village between Bambari and Grimari, in the Central African Republic, May 31, 2014.
  • A model gets her makeup done backstage before walking the runaway during the Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA) in Nairobi, Kenya, May 31, 2014.
  • Mud is splattered across a wall in the flood-damaged home of the Kovacevic family in Topcic Polje, May 31, 2014. More than 50 people were killed by flooding and landslides in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia.
  • Activists hold candles during a vigil to protest against the gang rape of two teenage girls, in New Delhi, India, May 31, 2014. Police arrested a third suspect and hunted for two others Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in Katra village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a case that has prompted national outrage.
  • Hank Hamilton and his partner Larry Clement (L) hold hands during their same-sex marriage ceremony in a mass ceremony at Unity in Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, June 1, 2014. Same-sex marriage became legal in the State of Illinois on June 1.
  • An Afghan laborer holds a shovel over his shoulders as he works at a chalk factory on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif on May 31, 2014. Afghanistan's economy is recovering from decades of conflict, but despite the significant improvement in the last decade, it is still extremely poor, and highly dependent on foreign aid.
  • Wang Yirong of Hebei province rides his motorcycle in a desert during the China Taklimakan Rally and CCR Xinjiang Station, in Shanshan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, May 31, 2014.
  • Syrian rescue workers pull a girl from the rubble following reported barrel bomb attacks by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, late on June 1, 2014. Syria on June 1 wrapped up campaigning for the June 3 presidential election expected to return Bashar al-Assad to power, a vote the opposition brands a "parody of democracy".
  • A boy practices defending penalty kicks with friends on Copacabana Beach on June 1, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil has won five World Cups, more than any other nation. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off June 12 in Brazil.
  • An Islamic cleric is assisted to a mosque on June 1, 2014 in the desert town of Yazd, Iran. On June 4, Iran marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the legacy of his Islamic Revolution.
  • Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium jumps on Cabrio van de Heffinck at the 'Longines Grand Prix 1. Group' contest during the CSIO Show Jumping event in St. Gallen, Switzerland, June 1, 2014.
  • Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza (R) controls the ball during their international friendly match against Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, June 1, 2014.
  • A Muslim bride takes part in a mass marriage ceremony under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna (chief minister welfare scheme) organized by the Zenith Muslim Educational and Social Welfare Society in Bhopal, India, June 1, 2014. More than 80 Muslim couples tied the knot in the marriage ceremony.
  • A participant splashes water from a dragon boat as part of the celebration to mark the annual Tuen Ng or Dragon Boat Festival at Hong Kong's Aberdeen June 2, 2014. The festival is commemorated in memory of Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself on the day in 277 B.C.
  • A man is seen working on the decoration of a street for the upcoming World Cup in Brasilia, June 1, 2014.  Brasilia is one of the host cities for the World Cup in Brazil.
  • Policemen rest during the trial of Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed in a court in Cairo, June 1, 2014. The trial of the three journalists accused of aiding a "terrorist organization" has been postponed until June 6. The Qatar-based television network's journalists - Peter Greste, an Australian, Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian - were detained in Cairo on December 29. All three have denied the charges, and Al Jazeera says the accusations are absurd.
  • A herder moves sheep along a road heading out of Hailey, Idaho, June 1, 2014, the hometown of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who, before his release on Saturday, was the only U.S. military prisoner of war from the Afghanistan conflict. Word of Bergdahl's negotiated release after nearly five years of Taliban captivity was at first received with elation in his hometown and across the state. But troubling questions about the circumstances of his capture and the conditions of his release soon sparked a firestorm of controversy.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews follow an ancient Biblical command and harvest wheat with a hand sickle in a field near the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, on June 2, 2014. They will store the wheat for almost a year and then use it to grind flour to make unleavened bread for the week-long Passover festival.
  • Spectators watch a soccer match between Norrkšping and GŠvle in Norrkšping, Sweden, June 2, 2014.
  • Palestinian children take part in a rally to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in front of a Red cross office in Gaza City, June 2, 2014.
  • Pakistani day laborer Hassanain Ahmad, 17, cools off under a water supply pipe as the temperature rises in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 2, 2014.
  • Families wait to ride in horse-drawn carriages in the UNESCO-listed Naqsh-eJanan Square on June 2, 2014 in Isfahan, Iran. Isfahan, with it's immense mosques, picturesque bridges and ancient historic bazaar, is a virtual living museum of Iranian traditional culture. It's also Iran's top tourist destination for both Iranian and domestic visitors. On June 4, Iran marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his legacy of the Islamic Revolution. Naqsh-eJanan Square is the second largest square on earth after Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
  • An Afghan woman attends an election campaign of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Chaghchran capital of Ghor province, June 2, 2014. 
  • A carpet vendor pushes his stock through the historic Bazar-e Bozorg on June 2, 2014 in Isfahan, Iran. International sanctions have severely affected Iran's carpet industry. On June 4, Iran marked the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his legacy of the Islamic Revolution. In the background of the photo is the Imam Mosque, known as the Shah Mosque before the revolution.
  • Men react at the site of a car bomb attack at a market in the town of Iskandariya, June 2, 2014.  A car bomb exploded at a market at the town of Iskandariya, south of Baghdad on Monday, killing two civilians and wounding more than nine, police and hospital sources said.
  • A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends his election campaign in  Ghor, Afghanistan, June 2, 2014. The election for a new president in Afghanistan will go to a run-off vote after no candidate received the majority of votes needed to win outright. Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will compete against each other in the run-off.
  • Attendees at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, June 2, 2014. Apple on Monday introduced the latest version of its Mac operating system, which the company said was overhauled to work more seamlessly with iPhones and iPads.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy (C) laughs after announcing steps under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants during a news conference in Washington June 2, 2014. The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy.
  • New York Police Department officers bow their heads during a promotions ceremony at Police Headquarters in New York, June 2, 2014.
  • At least 5 people were killed and more than 30 injured during a heavy dust storm in Tehran, Iran, June 2, 2014.
  • A child reacts to the camera at a warehouse as the Syrian Red Crescent unload humanitarian aids in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, June 2, 2014.
  • Houston pitcher Jared Robinson (12) pitches as the sun sets in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., June 2, 2014.
  • Supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend an election gathering in Badghis province in westerm Afghanistan on June 2, 2014. The run-off between Afghan leading presidential runner Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is slated for June 14 and the final results will be announced on July 22.
  • Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend an election gathering in Ghor province in western Afghanistan, June 2, 2014.
  • Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates her win during the women's singles quarter-final match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2014 in Paris, France. \
  • A donkey stands amongst traditional mud brick homes on June 3, 2014, in the ancient mountain village of Abyaneh, Iran. Iran will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his legacy of the Islamic Revolution on June 4.
  • An Islamic Mullah and his daughter walk past a portrait of the late Ayatollah Khomeini on June 3, 2014 in Qom, Iran. Iran is marking the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his legacy of the Islamic Revolution.
  • Residents stand atop a damaged bus after a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed on the outskirts of Karachi, June 3, 2014. A small training aircraft of the PAF crashed in the country's southern city of Karachi, killing two people including a pilot and injuring several others.
  • A woman dressed in a traditional Iranian hijab withdraws money from an ATM on June 3, 2014 in Qom, Iran. Iran is marking the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his legacy of the Islamic Revolution.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters participate in a training in a military camp in southern Idlib, June 3, 2014.
  • Afghan refugee children play in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world's largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting in their country. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.'s refugee agency, but thousands of others still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.
  • An aerial view of a street decorated for the 2014 World Cup in Manaus, Brazil, June 3, 2014. The stadium will host four matches of the tournament.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, proceed through the Royal Gallery during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 4, 2014 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II is to unveil the coalition government's legislative program in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords.
  • People take part in a candlelight vigil on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests during heavy rain on June 4, 2014 in Hong Kong. Held to mark the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, it is the only commemoration on Chinese soil.
  • An Alcurrucen ranch fighting bull bleeds during a bullfight at the San Isidro fair in Madrid, Spain, June 4, 2014. San Isidro's bullfighting fair is one of the most important in the world.
  • High school graduates of Affiliated High School of Guangzhou University celebrate their coming graduation by throwing test papers out of the class room at Guangzhou city on June 4, 2014 in the Guangdong province of China.
  • "Gaokao" candidates review for the coming national college entrance exam at Nanchang No. 2 High School in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, June 4, 2014. As the annual national college entrance exam, known as ''gaokao'' approaches, candidates seize every last minute to prepare for the exam. Nearly 9.4 million students will take the exam this year.
  • Two Palestinian brothers enjoy their time at a Gaza beach on a hot day in the west of Gaza City, June 4, 2014.
  • Spectators watch the Rolling Stones concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 4, 2014.
  • Joao Paulo, 16, plays ball in a street decorated for the upcoming World Cup in the Ceilandia suburb of Brasilia, Brazil, June 4, 2014.
  • An egret preens itself as it stands on a branch along the River Brahmaputra on the eve of World Environment Day in Gauhati, India, June 4, 2014. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 by the United Nations to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues.
  • An Indian day laborer catches up on his sleep as he waits for his next delivery assignment at a wholesale market on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi, India, June 4, 2014. Heat wave conditions prevailed in the capital with mercury reaching 104 degrees fahrenheit.
  • People work in a factory made of corrugated iron during a hot afternoon in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 4, 2014.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, right, does sprints with teammates during an NFL football organized team activity on June 4, 2014 in Pittsburgh.
  • A woman stands near a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini's shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on June 4, 2014 on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran. Thousands of people gathered to hear speeches to mark the event. Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, is still revered by many Iranians, and his portrait hangs throughout the country.
  • A boy does a bicycle kick as he practices on the Marina beach ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, in the southern Indian city of Chennai, June 4, 2014. The month-long tournament kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12.
  • World War II veteran Charles Alford of the 6th Armor Division, from Waco, Texas, looks up Omaha Beach where he landed as part of the invasion of Normandy, June 4, 2014, in Vierville-Sur-Mer, France. June 6th is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United States and the United Kingdom join forces to launch an attack on the beaches of Normandy. These assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.
  • An Afghan man rides a horse as he heads home at the end of a day in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 5, 2014.
  • A Bangladeshi man works at a metal factory on World Environment Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 5, 2014.
  • A watermelon vendor takes a nap while waiting for customers during a hot day in Beijing, June 5, 2014.
  • A man takes a nap on his tricycle during a hot day in Beijing, June 5, 2014.
  • Firefighters battle a fire that tore through three townhouses on Staten Island, a borough of New York City, early in the morning of June 5, 2014. At least 34 people were injured, including two young children who were tossed out of a smoke-filled second-floor window into the arms of neighbors below, authorities and witnesses said.
  • California Chrome, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, enters the track from a paddock area for morning workouts at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York June 6, 2014. California Chrome will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win racing's coveted Triple Crown when he competes in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
  • Students and staff grieve in Tiffany Loop at Seattle Pacific University after a shooting that occurred at the school in Seattle, Washington, June 6 2014.  One person was killed and at least three were injured when a gunman opened fire at the Christian university, police said. The gunman walked into a hall at Seattle Pacific University around 3pm and opened fire with a shotgun, said Seattle police Captain Chris Fowler at a news conference.
  • 89 participants from all over the world take part in the Swiss Open Paragliding Championships in Engelberg, Switzerland, June 6, 2014.
  • People look at a cracked side window of a bus which was damaged in bomb blasts in Kabul, June 6, 2014. Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people. The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah's convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard. Twenty-two people were injured.
  • Police break up a demonstration in front of the town hall in Hamburg, Germany, 05 June 2014. Lampedusa refugees and supporters rallied inside the restricted area round the town hall in which demonstrations are banned. Arrests were made while police tried to remove demonstrators from the area. Several people were injured.
  • Horses are seen in silhouette standing in barns before morning workouts at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, June 6, 2014. 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win racing's coveted triple crown when he competes in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.

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This week marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 150,000 troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, a turning point in the war when the Allies began to retake Europe from German forces; 25 years since the deadly crackdown on the 1989 protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square; and 25 years since the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran and is considered the founder of the Islamic Republic. 

In Afghanistan, a suicide attacker targeted presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who was attending campaign events in Kabul, leaving him unharmed but killing at least four and injuring many others.

Americans gear up for tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes, where all eyes will be on California Chrome, who has the chance to be the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown. 

 

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