This Week in Pictures: May 21-27
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.
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.