This Week in Pictures: May 21-27

  • Demonstrators clash with riot police in the surroundings of the Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, while Chilean President Michelle Bachelet delivered his annual message to the nation on May 21, 2016. A security guard died during protests as a result of the fire authorities said was “intentionally” set by protesters who clashed with police.
  • Police officers patrol the streets during clashes with demonstrators as Chilean President Michelle Bachelet presents the third public report of her government to Congress, in Valparaiso, Chile, May 21, 2016.
  • Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Drive Home A Winner Chevrolet, have an on-track accident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Schoolgirls participate in a seminar in a school that was converted into an art gallery by the Office of Education in Douma in the heavily shelled outskirts of Damascus, Syria, May 21, 2016. The exhibit is hosted in what remained after more than 15 children and the school’s manager were killed in an airstrike on Sep. 13, 2015. The seminar was called ‘The Childhood in the United Nations, Betweens dreams and reality’ and was hosted by young girls telling stories about the bad situations they’ve lived through.
  • Fishermen float in garbage in Guanabara Bay, where the Sailing competitions at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be held, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 21, 2016. Brown water, foul odors and floating trash are still marring the rivers, beaches and lagoons around Rio de Janeiro just 75 days before the Brazilian city hosts the Summer Olympics, with hopes fading that the pollution will be cleaned up before August. Officials, however, contend that the polluted bodies of water around the city do not pose a danger for Olympic competitors, arguing that the problem is one of appearance.
  • A woman combs though trash, looking for recyclable items, as a cloud of air pollution obscures the Mexico City skyline, May 21, 2016. Mexican authorities have issued a new smog alert for the capital after ozone levels rose to almost twice acceptable limits. It’s the fifth time this year that Mexico City has seen such an alert, which triggers additional restrictions on automobile usage. On Saturday 40 percent of vehicles were barred from the streets of the capital and the surrounding suburbs.
  • Workers lower the styrofoam face of Soviet leader Josef Stalin they had sawed off while dismantling a giant sculpture at Letna Park on May 21, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. The styrofoam sculpture, which looks like granite, was part of a movie set and stood at the same spot where a real statue of Stalin stood 60 years before. The original Stalin sculpture, 15.5 meters tall, was unveiled in 1955 in then-communist Czechoslovakia but soon fell out of favor during de-Stalinization and city authorities removed it in 1962 by blowing it up.
  • Jockey Victor Carrasco poses for a portrait after jockeying Never Stop Looking in The 2nd Running of the Old Bay Race prior to the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Md.
  • Lanterns fly into the air at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 21, 2016 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June with the ceremony centered around three Buddhist temples, pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The holy day celebrates the birth, the enlightenment to nirvana, and the passing of Gautama Buddha’s, the founder of Buddhism.
  • Revelers hold fireworks as they take part in a “Correfoc” - Run with Fire - party in Barcelona, Spain, May 21, 2016. Correfocs or “fire-runs” originate from a form of medieval street theatre that represents the fight of good against evil through parades using fireworks and effigies of the devil.
  • Manchester United players celebrate victory with the trophy after The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016, in London, England. Man Utd won 2-1 after extra time.
  • Canada’s national team celebrates during the award ceremony of IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow, Russia, May 22, 2016. Canada beat Finland 2-0 and claimed the title.
  • Daisy Pearce of Melbourne is tackled by Emily Bates of Brisbane and Delma Gisu of Brisbane during the 2016 AFL Women’s match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Turkey’s outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu waves to the supporters during the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AK Party (AKP) to choose the new leader of the party on May 22, 2016, in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey’s Transport and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim is the sole candidate to head AK Party and as the new Prime Minister of Turkey. 
  • The Borobudur temple seen illuminated during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 22, 2016, in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June with the ceremony centered around three Buddhist temples, pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The holy day celebrates the birth, the enlightenment to nirvana and the passing of Gautama Buddha’s, the founder of Buddhism. 
  • An Egyptian Coptic Christian prays during a service for the departed remembering the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, at Al-Boutrossiya Church, the main Coptic Cathedral complex in Cairo, Egypt, May 22, 2016. The Airbus A320 plane was flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it disappeared early last Thursday over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • A relative of a Mount Sinabung eruption victim cries before a funeral ceremony at Sukandebi village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, May 22, 2016. At least six people were killed and two others were seriously wounded after the Mount Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra province of western Indonesia erupted on May 21, 2016.
  • Pensioner piper Michael Shanahan, 70, plays at the 5,000 Poppies exhibit, which features almost 300,000 individually crocheted poppies, covering nearly 21,000 square feet in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, during a preview day at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, May 22, 2016.
  • An activist from the animal rights group “Anima Naturalis” lies in a giant meat packaging tray at the Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, on May 22, 2016, during a protest for animal rights.
  • Confiscated rare and protected wildlife products such as these stuffed Sumatran tiger skins are burned and destroyed during a ceremony by government forestry and wildlife officials in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, May 23, 2016.
  • A Chelsea Pensioner looks over a florist installation of the queen’s head created by Veevers Carter, titled’ ‘Behind Every Great Florist’, at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, May 23, 2016. This year’s theme focuses on health and happiness in the garden.
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon exits the stage after his speech at the World Humanitarian Summit’s opening ceremony of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, May 23, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., fixes his hair before an interview with The Associated Press, May 23, 2016, in Los Angeles.
  • An Indonesian soldier inspects an abandoned house covered by volcanic ash following Mount Sinabung’s eruption at Gamber Village in Simpang Empat, Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, May 23, 2016. At least six people were killed and two others were seriously wounded after the Mount Sinabung volcano in the North Sumatra province of western Indonesia erupted on May 22, 2016. 
  • John Nero, center left, and Edward Nero, center right, brother and father of Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, are escorted out of a courthouse after Nero was acquitted of all charges in his trial in Baltimore, May 23, 2016.
  • Family members mourn the death of two of their daughters as they weep outside of the school dormitory where a fire broke out on Sunday night killing at least 17 girls in Wiang Papao, Chiang Rai, Thailand, May 23, 2016. The Pitakkiat Wittaya school was home to pupils from impoverished local hill tribes in the region, they were aged between 5 to 13. Based on reports, many of the 38 students were asleep when the fire swept through the elementary school in Chiang Rai Province and investigations are still being carried out to find the cause of the fire. 
  • Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces and Sunni tribal fighters take combat positions outside in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, May 23, 2016. Iraqi government forces on Monday pushed Islamic State militants out of some agricultural areas outside Fallujah as they launched a military offensive to recapture the city from the extremists, officials said.
  • Barcelona players celebrate their last two football titles at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 23, 2016. FC Barcelona earned the Copa del Rey on Sunday.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds air demonstration aircrafts fly in formation over the Air Force Memorial, May 24, 2016, in Arlington, Va. The 10 CT-114 Tutors aircrafts participated in the flyover above the U.S. capital to mark “the bond between Canada and the United States and the ongoing preparations for celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017,” according to a news release.
  • A U.S. Capitol Police officer humorously reacts to Code Pink for Peace activist Medea Benjamin’s protest sign before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee about U.S.-Saudi Arabia counterterrorism relationship in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, May 24, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
  • Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges on May 24, 2016, at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Penn. Enough evidence was found to proceed with a trial, a Pennsylvania judge ruled.
  • A boy holds the remains of a mortar shell that hit a residential building in the village of Staromikhailovka, outside the separatist-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine, May 24, 2016.
  • A refugee boy on a wheelchair passes in front of riot policemen during a police operation at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, May 24, 2016.
  • Women and children separate grain from soil, after the driver of a truck lost control of a vehicle which spilled grain, in the forest in Machinga, about 200 kilometers north east of Blantyre, Malawi, May 24, 2016. Hundreds of villagers thronged the spot and helped themselves to some of the grain. About 2.8 million Malawians - nearly 20 percent of the population - face food insecurity, making the country one of the worst hit in Southern Africa.
  • A firefighter stands next to vehicles stuck in a chasm measuring approximately 200 meters long and seven meters wide after it opened up near Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy, May 25, 2016. About 20 vehicles slipped into the hole that was brought about by a rupture of a water main. 
  • People jump out of a boat right after overturning off the Libyan coast, May 25, 2016. The Italian navy says it has recovered 7 bodies from the overturned migrant ship off the coast of Libya. Another 500 migrants who on board were rescued safely.
  • The wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan passes the Statue of Liberty as it arrives in New York Harbor to mark the beginning of Fleet Week in New York, May 25, 2016.
  • A tornado moves east, away from Niles, Kan., May 25, 2016. Kansans cleaned up from a series of tornadoes Thursday, including a monster storm that rumbled across the landscape for about 90 minutes, while forecasters warned that the state would likely see more bad weather later in the day. 
  • President Barack Obama smiles as he attends a town hall meeting with members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at the GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 25, 2016.
  • Demonstrators calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15-dollars-per-hour march to McDonald’s corporate headquarters during a protest on May 25, 2016 in Oak Brook, Ill. McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting was held in Oak Brook the follow day.
  • Police in riot gear clear a street of protesters near the convention center where Donald Trump was holding a campaign rally in Anaheim, Calif., May 25, 2016.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews watch a flame during the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’Omer celebration in Jerusalem, May 25, 2016. The holiday marking the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews during the Roman times.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men watch as a plane drops retardant during a forest fire in Ramot neighborhood Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2016. Police evacuated dozens of residents from their homes as a result of a huge fire near a residential area in Ramot neighborhood.
  • Akash Vukoti, 6, of San Angelo, Texas, tries to shorten the microphone before spelling his word during the preliminary round two of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., May 25, 2016. Vukoti is the youngest speller in this year’s competition.
  • A Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldier adjusts the hat of an honor guard member as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 26, 2016.
  • Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II inspects members of the British Armed Forces during a Review of the Royal Artillery on their Tercentenary in Salisbury, Wiltshire, May 26, 2016.
  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, steers his car during the second free practice at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, May 26 2016. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday.
  • A man holds a bouquet of flowers and a torch as he faces riot police during a demonstration against the government’s planned labour reform, on May 26, 2016 in Lyon, central eastern France. The French government’s labour market proposals, which are designed to make it easier for companies to hire and fire, have sparked a series of nationwide protests and strikes over the past three months. 
  • Television camera operators work from a platform as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends at a rally, May 26, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. 
  • Members of the U.S. Army stock up on American flags before placing them at graves in Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. 
  • With the Atomic Bomb Dome as a backdrop, passers-by move past riot police near Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, southwestern Japan, May 26, 2016. 
  • A woman carries her daughter on her back as she walks alongside her cattle during the potato harvest season in Paru Paru, in the Cusco region, Peru, May 26, 2016. According to the Peru’s Agriculture Minister, the country produces 4.6 million metric tons of potatoes, the highest number in Latin America. 
  • A woman sits at the edge of the field of United States flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common in Boston, Mass., May 26, 2016 ahead of the Memorial Day holiday on May 30. The 37,000 U.S. flags are planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. 
  • Protesters are reflected on curved mirrors during an anti-G-7 summit rally in Tsu, central Japan, near Shima where the Group of Seven leaders are holding meetings, May 26, 2016. 
  • Contestants in the first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant practice the walk on the stage during rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 26, 2016. The pageant will be held at HaBima, Israel’s national theater, in Tel Aviv on Friday. 
  • The body of a suspected militant is carried on a stretcher after a gun battle with Indian soldiers in Kotchipora village near Tangmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on May 27, 2016. Indian troops shot dead two suspected militants and destroyed one house during a gun battle in the restive region. 
  • U.S. President Barack Obama (R), flanked by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, walks in front of a cenotaph after he laid wreaths at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, May 27, 2016. 
  • U.S. MV-22 Osprey aircrafts carrying U.S. delegates and press members are seen at an airfield near Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum after U.S. President Barack Obama visited the park in Hiroshima, Japan, May 27, 2016. 



It’s Fleet Week in New York City and the patriotic lead into Memorial Day weekend is in full effect, with the U.S. Army placing American flags at each grave in the Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for the holiday. Elsewhere, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund has blanketed the Boston Common with 37,000 American flags. 

The Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupted this week, causing entire settlements to be caked in ash and killing at least seven people, while a sinkhole near Florence’s Ponte Vecchio nearly swallowed 20 cars. Another migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean this week, though it was within range of an Italian Navy vessel, which was able to save more than 500 migrants. According to the Italian Navy, the bodies of seven migrants were recovered, as well. 

In politics, Donald Trump reached the number of delegates required to clinch the Republican nomination, while Bernie Sanders appears to have agreed to a debate against Trump in California. 

President Obama made a historic visit to Vietnam earlier in the week and ended a 50-year arms embargo against the country, following it up with the Group of Seven Summit in central Japan, during which he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the sight of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima

In other news, Baltimore Officer Edward Nero, one of six police officers charged related to the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges.

And while 11 states joined a lawsuit against the Obama administration over a transgender bathroom directive, Israel hosted its first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant in the Israeli national theater.