This Week in Pictures: May 9-15

  • People dance during the Eighth Annual March against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana, Cuba, May 9, 2015. More than 1,000 gay, lesbian and transgender Cubans marched through Havana on Saturday, proudly displaying their truest selves for a day in a society where they still endure discrimination.
  • Benfica supporters surrounded of smoke from flares are silhouetted against the sun as they cheer prior the Portuguese League soccer match between Benfica and Penafiel at Benfica’s Luz stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, May 9, 2015. Benfica won 4-0.
  • A ‘Maya’ girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of ‘Las Mayas’ on the streets in Madrid, Spain, May 10, 2015. The festivity of the Maya comes from pagan rites and dates from the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents. It takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the beginning of spring. Girls between 7 and 11 years old are chosen as ‘Maya’ and should sit still, serious and quiet for a couple of hours in altars on the street decorated with flowers and plants and afterwards they walk to the church with their family where they attend a ceremony.
  • People hold pictures of World War II soldiers as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march during the Victory Day celebrations in Barnaul, Russia, May 9, 2015. Russia marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on Saturday with a military parade, showcasing new military hardware at a time when relations with the West have hit lows not seen since the Cold War.
  • Protesters are seen through the broken windshield of a vandalized police vehicle after a confrontation between police and day laborers in the town of San Quintin in Baja, Calif., May 9, 2015.
  • Felix Sturm of Germany (R) and Fedor Chudinov of Russia fight during their super - middleweight WBA world championship title fight in Frankfurt, Germany, May 9, 2015.
  • Afghan security officials stand guard near the site of a suicide bomb blast that targeted a bus carrying staff members of the Afghan attorney general’s office, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2015. At least three civilians were killed and 19 others injured on May 10 when a suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying the staff members of the Afghan attorney general’s office in Kabul, police and public health officials said.
  • A boy watches as another boy play with balls, during a sandstorm in Kashgar city in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, May 10, 2015.
  • The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, May 10, 2015. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America.
  • Sasha Kutsenko from Ukraine performs a dive during the FINA High Diving World Cup in Cozumel, Mexico, May 10, 2015.
  • People flee as smoke billows after air strikes hit the house of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a, May 10, 2015. Saleh and his family are safe after airstrikes targeted his residence in the capital Sanaa early on Sunday, a news agency allied to the former Yemeni president said.
  • Residents wearing masks pose for a photograph near a statue of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, as a sandstorm hits Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, May 10, 2015.
  • Migrants believed to be Rohingya rest inside a shelter after being rescued from boats at Lhoksukon in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, May 11, 2015. Nearly 600 migrants thought to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar were rescued from two wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province, authorities said on Sunday.
  • Palestinians ride their donkey-carts in the middle of rubble and destroyed buildings, on May 11, 2015, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighborhood, which were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014.
  • A Nepalese woman stands carrying her child outside her house damaged in last month’s earthquake on the outskirts of Lalitpur, Nepal, May 11, 2015. The April 25 earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and left thousands more homeless, as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings and archaeological sites in the Himalayan region.
  • Cleaning ladies of the finance ministry, recently laid-off, celebrate outside the ministry for having their jobs back in Athens, Greece, on May 11, 2015.
  • Bangladeshi migrants wait at the police headquarters in Langkawi on May 11, 2015, after landing up on the Malaysian shores earlier in the day. Nearly 2,000 people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore in Malaysia and Indonesia, authorities said, warning that still more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
  • Fire and smoke rise after Saudi-led warplanes bombed weapon storage sites held by Shiite Houthi militant group in Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 11, 2015.
  • Charles Athrom, 7, sits in front of his destroyed home after a tornado swept through the area the previous night in Van, Texas, May 11, 2015.
  • Youlander Ross, right, mother of slain Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate, is embraced by an officer after a vigil service Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Benjamin Deen and Tate following a traffic stop.
  • A protester wears grass around his face to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 11. 2015. East African leaders will hold a summit in Tanzania on May 13 aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Burundi and ensuring the country holds peaceful elections, Tanzania’s presidency says.
  • A protester wears a mask to hide his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 11, 2015. East African leaders will hold a summit in Tanzania on May 13 aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Burundi and ensuring the country holds peaceful elections, Tanzania’s presidency says.
  • Nepalese children, affected by the April 25 earthquake, attend a class provided by an international aid organisation inside a primary school in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, May 11, 2015.
  • An injured woman is tended to by emergency personnel at Kathmandu Airport after another powerful earthquake struck Nepal, in Kathmandu, May 12, 2015. Another 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, prompting several buildings to collapse and injuring at least 20, officials said. More than 20 people were killed by the latest earthquake to hit the Himalayas, just 17 days after large parts of Nepal were leveled and more than 8,000 had died. The latest tremor hit 83 kilometres east of Kathmandu, near the Chinese border.
  • Migrants believed to be Rohingya are seen inside a shelter after being rescued from boats, in Lhoksukon, Indonesia’s Aceh province, May 11, 2015.
  • A general view as a double rainbow forms overhead during a Melbourne Victory A-League training session at Gosch’s Paddock on May 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne Victory will play Sydney FC in the A-League grand final in Melbourne on Sunday.
  • A crime scene investigator looks inside a train car after a train wreck, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.
  • A patient is carried by Nepalese military personnel and volunteers back to the hospital building after she was evacuated when an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. More than 20 people were killed May 12 by the latest earthquake to hit the Himalayas, just 17 days after large parts of Nepal were leveled and more than 8,000 people had died.
  • An Rohigya migrant helps cut his friend’s hair inside a shelter on May 12, 2015 in Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia. Boats carrying over 500 of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention. They have warned that thousands more are thought to be still at sea. Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar’s mostly Buddhist population.
  • Smokes rise from a Houthi-controlled army camp following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance in Sana’a, Yemen, May 12, 2015. Dozens of civilians were feared dead on May 11 after warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck an arms depot in Sana’a, a day before a five-day humanitarian truce agreed by the Houthi rebels who control the Yemeni capital was due to start on May 12 at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT).
  • Protesters drag a female police officer accused of shooting a protester in the Buterere neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 12, 2015.
  • Emergency personnel help a passenger at the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and wounding about 200.
  • Women cover themselves as they walk on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, May 12, 2015.
  • A woman injured in an earthquake walks toward a hospital soon after the earthquake in Sankhu, May 12, 2015. A fresh 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, killing more than two dozen people in the Himalayan country and neighboring states, as many buildings already weakened by a much bigger quake last month were brought down. The earthquake was centered 42 miles west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
  • Protesters attack a female police officer accused of shooting a protester in the Buterere neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 12, 2015. Protesters opposed to the president’s decision to run for a third term chased, beat and stoned the woman, who was later handed back to police.
  • Demonstrators run away from tear gas thrown by police officers during the second day of protests in Apacheta, outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The protest was called by the farmer’s leaders and residents of Viacha to demand better road connections from the government. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • A protester gestures in front of policemen during a protest in Buterere neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 12, 2015. Police fire guns and teargas toward protesters throwing stones in a suburb of Burundi’s capital during a demonstration against the president’s bid for a third term, Reuters witnesses say.
  • A Nepalese man Beju Seth (L) stands next to other members of his family in a darkened street near their home as they get ready to spend the night out in the open in Kathmandu on May 13, 2015 in the wake of a second earthquake to strike the Himalayan nation. A new earthquake and powerful aftershocks killed dozens of people and brought fresh terror to a traumatized Nepal as buildings already damaged in a monster quake last month came tumbling down.
  • A wounded protester is detained by police as demonstrators try to march to the town center, in the Ngagara district of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 13, 2015. An army general said on a private radio station in Burundi on Wednesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza’s mandate is over, however whether he had the support of the military was unclear as gunfire echoed in the streets.
  • A Rohingya girl sits on a bus as relocated to their new temporary shelter on May 13, 2015 in Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia. Boats carrying over 500 of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention.
  • Faithful throw  a jersey and two hats in the air as Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, May 13, 2015.
  • The remains of an Amtrak train that derailed on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York City are seen from a helicopter just outside Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2015.
  • Kids jump into the water of the lake Zuerich as the temperatures rise up to 27 degrees Celsius in Zurich, Switzerland, May 13, 2015.
  • A Nepalese earthquake survivor takes a bottle of water as another lies on the floor inside a makeshift shelter at a devastated area in Bungamati, Nepal, May 14, 2015. People in Nepal started cautiously returning to their daily life two days after the Himalayan nation was hit by its second major earthquake in three weeks.
  • An arson investigator talks on a two-way radio inside a gutted slipper factory in Valenzuela, Metro Manila in the Philippines, May 14, 2015. A fire at a factory making rubber slippers killed 31 workers in the Philippine capital on Wednesday, and dozens were missing and feared dead, officials said.
  • General view of trackwork from Kranji Racecourse on May 14, 2015 in Singapore.
  • Residents, with their belongings, return to their villages on a pickup truck after Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters said that they retook control of the area from Islamic State in the southern countryside of Ras al-Ain, May 13, 2015.
  • Boca Juniors fans cheer their team before a Copa Libertadores round of sixteen soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 14, 2015.
  • A man reads a newspaper as his friend looks at his mobile phone, as they sit next to collapsed houses on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, May 15, 2015.
  • People are reflected in mirrors at an entrance to a department store in the fashion district of Harajuku in Tokyo, May 15, 2015.
  • A woman sunbathes in a beach in Barcelona, Spain, May 15, 2015. The Iberian Peninsula has experienced record high temperatures for May as thermometers shot up to levels normally only seen in midsummer.
  • Newly arrived Bangladeshi migrants pour water on the head of a man who had fainted at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 15, 2015. Hundreds of Bangladeshi and ethnic Rohingya migrants have landed on the shores of Indonesia and Thailand after being adrift at sea for weeks, authorities said Friday.
  • Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15, 2015. Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday and President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital, his spokesman said, but protesters pledged to go back to the streets, setting the stage for more clashes.

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A refugee crisis reached new depths this week as thousands of migrants from the Rohingya minority group in Myanmar attempted to flee to nearby countries that no longer want to take them in. 

In Nepal, a second major earthquake struck to the east of Kathmandu, where only 17 days earlier, the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake leveled much of the capital and killed over 8,000 people. Protesters against a third term for Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, continued to rock the country, as military generals led an attempted coup that ultimately failed to remove the president from power.

And outside Philadelphia, an Amtrak train travelling from Washington, D.C., to New York City, crashed, killing eight people in an accident that investigators are still examining.

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