This Week in Pictures: April 30 to May 6

  • Orthodox Christian worshippers at the Tomb of Christ as the miracle of the Holy Fire occurs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel on April 30, 2016. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe the Holy Fire, which emenates from within the Tomb of Christ and quickly spreads around the church and outside to Jerusalem and even to foreign countries, represents the flame of the Resurrection power, as well as the fire of the Burning Bush of Mount Sinai.
  • A woman sits in front of an art piece during the Oshtoora festival in an open desert north Fayoum, Egypt on April 30, 2016. The Oshtoora festival, or “A temporary sate,” is based on expression of music, arts, and cultures in an open natural environment and is held annually, at a new location each year within Egypt. 
  • Ethiopian Christian worshippers pray during their Holy Fire ceremony at the Ethiopian section of Deir El Sultan outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem’s Old City on April 30, 2016. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe the Holy Fire, which emanates from within the Tomb of Christ and quickly spreads around the church and outside to Jerusalem and even to foreign countries, represents the flame of the Resurrection power, as well as the fire of the Burning Bush of Mount Sinai.
  • Two firefighters stand next to 11 burning stacks of elephant tusks ivory and rhinoceros horns at Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire on April 30, 2016, to the world’s biggest ivory bonfire, after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end “murderous” trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.
  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade Miley is doused by teammates after he pitched a five-hitter in the Mariners’ 6-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game on April 30, 2016, in Seattle, Wash.
  • A boy jumps over burning rubbish at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni, not far from the Greek-Macedonian border, on April 30, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in Feb.
  • A cabin on a Ferris wheel is seen on fire at the Dinosaur Planet amusement park, in Bangkok, Thailand on April 30, 2016.
  • A man carries his relative as they leave after casting their votes at a polling station during the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections in the outskirts of Kolkata, India on April 30, 2016.
  • Contestants in the Miss Africa Pageant prepare themselves and their traditional outfits for the start of the pageant on April 30, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first Miss Africa Continent.
  • Rescuers work at the site of a building collapse in Nairobi, Kenya on April 30, 2016. A six-story residential building in a low income area of the Kenyan capital collapsed Friday under heavy rain and flooding, trapping an unknown number of people in the rubble, Kenyan officials said.
  • Kenyan security forces carry a girl as people are evacuated from the vicinity of a collapsed building in Nairobi on April 30, 2016. Torrential rainstorms in the Kenyan capital have left at least 14 people dead, police said, including at least seven crushed when a six-story building collapsed, as rescue teams shifted rubble in a desperate search for survivors.
  • Believers wait for a Russian Orthodox priest to bless their collected traditional cakes and painted eggs prepared for an Easter celebration at the Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow, Russia on April 30, 2016. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama laughs at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner in Washington on April 30, 2016.
  • People wearing a Darth Maul costume takes part in a Star Wars convention in Cusset, France on May 1, 2016. 
  • A supporter of the Communist party uses a scissors to make holes on a banner as he takes part in a May Day rally in Malaga, Spain on May 1, 2016.
  • A Russian Communist party activist carries a banner with an image of late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin during a May Day rally in central Moscow on May 1, 2016.
  • People assist a protester bleeding from his eye after he was injured during clashes with anti-riot police during a May Day rally in Bakirkoy, a district of Istanbul, on May 1, 2016. Turkish labor activists and leftists marked the annual May Day holiday, with thousands of security deployed and bracing for trouble after the authorities refused to allow protests in central Taksim Square.
  • French police officers detain a topless Femen activist during a protest outside a banquet held by France’s far-right Front National (FN) party in honor of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) at the Porte de La Villette in Paris on May 1, 2016.
  • Police officers stand guard as people demonstrate during a march to mark International Workers’ Day in Cali, Colombia on May 1, 2016.
  • Teenagers attend the Sunday’s service at a separate section at the Winners Chapel International in the Weasay district of Monrovia on May 1, 2016.
  • Cubans display pictures of Cuban former president Fidel Castro and president Raul Castro during the May Day parade in Havana on May 1, 2016.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, below, is forced out at second as San Diego Padres second baseman Jemile Weeks throws out Howie Kendrick at first during the seventh inning of a baseball game on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • One of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ performing elephants enters the arena for it’s final show in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. on May 1, 2016.
  • Muslims pray at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni not far from the Greek-Macedonian border on May 1, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February.
  • Men fish in the waters of the Yenisei river during snowfall in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk, Russia on May 2, 2016.
  • A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man covers his face as an earthen pot with burning “Upale” (or dried cow dung cakes) rests on his head during a prayer ceremony at the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, India on May 2, 2016.
  • Holocaust survivors wrapped in prayer shawls and Tefillin read from a Torah scroll during their Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel on May 2, 2016. Some 50 Holocaust survivors who were in concentration camps at the age of 13 celebrate their late Bar Mitzvah ceremony with their families at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site. The Jewish Bar Mitzvah ceremony is usually celebrated for boys at the age of 13 and marks the child’s adolescence transformation from boy into a man.
  • Palestinian boys look out of their house in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip on May 2, 2016.
  • Mohammoud Attaki, of Damascus, Syria, shaves his face on the platform of a train station which was turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece on May 2, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe.
  • French gendarmes hold a man during the evacuation of a makeshift camp under the Stalingrad metro station in Paris on May 2, 2016.
  • People look into a classroom set under a tent at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on May 2, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February.
  • A participant takes part in the annual Jack In The Green parade involving hundreds of costumed revelers joining a four hour procession culminating in the traditional ‘slaying’ of a Jack character to ‘unleash the spirit of summer’ on the May Day week end, in Hastings, southern Britain.
  • A child sleeps under a table at the Jorkpan market in Sinkor district in Monrovia on May 2, 2016.
  • Workers hold fireworks during a protest marking May Day in Surabaya, Indonesia on May 2, 2016.
  • England’s Mark Selby plays a shot during the third session of the World Snooker Championship final against China’s Ding Junhui at the Crucible theatre, in Sheffield, northern England on May 2, 2016.
  • Catholics participate in festivities in honor of the day of the Holy Cross in Santiago Nonualco, 48 km south from San Salvador, on May 3, 2016. The inhabitants of Santiago Nonualco offer fruits to the Holy Cross in gratitude for the harvest obtained in the year and by the beginning of the rainy season.
  • An Indian child swims in a dirty pond on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India on May 3, 2016. The temperature in the city has touched 45 degrees Celsius mark, according to the meteorological department.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel signs autographs while pupils try to take selfies during a visit at the Lycee Francais School in Berlin on May 03, 2016.
  • Shi’ite pilgrims gather at Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine to mark his death anniversary in Baghdad’s Kadhimiya district in Iraq on May 3, 2016.
  • Wildfire is worsening along highway 63 Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 3, 2016.
  •  A Rohingya woman cries near after a fire accident at a Baw Du Ba Muslim internally displaced person (IDPs) camp near Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar on May 3, 2016. The fire broke out in the morning of May 3, 2016 at Rohingya IDPs camp which burned down 55 buildings, each with 8 rooms, making 1744 IDPs from 435 households homeless.
  • Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz hugs vice-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina following a primary night campaign event on May 3, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • A woman walks along a road outside a subway station in Beijing on May 3, 2016. China’s economic recovery stabilished in April, an official factory activity gauge showed on May 1, as the property market recovered and credit grew.
  • Members of India’s National Maritime Search and Rescue (NMSAR) participate in the national maritime search and rescue exercise at the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India on May 3, 2016.
  • A resident looks on as firefighters try to put out a fire that swept over several houses in a residential area in Manila on May 3, 2016. No one was hurt in the fire, according to initial reports.
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men hold a sack open as a combine harvester pours wheat ahead of the holiday of Shavuot, in a field outside the Israeli community of Mevo Horon on May 3, 2016. The group will store the wheat for almost a year and then use it to grind flour to make unleavened bread for the next week-long Passover festival.
  • Indian activists shout slogans as they are confronted by police officials during a protest outside Kerala House in New Delhi on May 4, 2016, following the rape of a student in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Indian police detained three people May 3, over the brutal rape and murder of a young student in the southern state of Kerala, in a case echoing the 2012 gang-rape of a Delhi woman that sparked mass protests. Police said the attack on the 30-year-old law student from the lowest Dalit caste was so vicious she was found lying dead in a pool of blood, her intestines hanging out. Her mother discovered her body at the family home in the southern state of Kerala.
  • Syrian refugees await approval to enter Jordan at the Hadalat reception area on the Syrian-Jordanian border, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of the capital of Amman on May 4, 2016. The commander of Jordan’s Border Guard Forces says the number of Syrian refugees amassed in remote desert areas on the Jordanian border and waiting to enter has risen to a new high of 59,000.
  • A Syrian refugee, who is stuck in between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, cries and holds her child as she waits to cross into Jordan after a group of refugees had crossed into Jordanian territory, near the town of Ruwaished at the Hadalat area, east of the capital Amman on May 4, 2016.
  • Syrians react to the arrival of a Russian military convoy in a small village near the city of Hama on May 4, 2016. Under pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed on to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
  • Supporters of Brazilian Corinthians cheer for their team during the 2016 Copa Libertadores football match against Uruguay’s Nacional held at Arena Corinthians stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 4, 2016.
  • A plume of smoke hangs in the air as forest fires rage on in the distance in Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 4, 2016. Numerous vehicles can be seen abandoned on the highways leading from the raging forest fires in Fort McMurray and neighboring communities have banded together to offer support in the form of food, water, and gasoline.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One from Michigan, at Joint Base Andrews, in Md. on May 4, 2016.
  • Turkish plain clothes police officers clash with protesters during a protests against the fights between ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) at the parliament last week on May 4 ,2016 in Istanbul. Ruling party and opposition Turkish lawmakers on May 2, 2016 exchanged punches and hurled water bottles at each other as a new mass brawl erupted in parliament over changes to the constitution, television broadcasts showed.
  • A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter searches a house for Islamic State militants in Tel Asqof, northern Iraq on May 4, 2016.
  • Afghan burqa clad women sit after they received ration aid in Kandahar, Afghanistan on May 4, 2016. Ummah welfare Islamic charity organization distributed tons of ration aid to Afghans who are currently experiencing a food crisis despite a good grain harvest last year.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video link with participants and guests of Mariinsky Theater orchestra concert in Palmyra from the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia on May 5, 2016. The concert titled ‘Prayer for Palmyra: Music Revives Ancient Walls’ of Mariinsky Theater orchestra under Valery Gergiyev is performed at the ancient amphitheater in Syria’s Palmyra.
  • A resident of a neighboring residential block looks from her window rescuers trying to evacuate a woman earlier discovered still alive on May 5, 2016 after being trapped for six-days in the rubble of a residential house that collapsed during torrential rain in Kenyan capital, Nairobi’s low-income suburb of Huruma. The woman was pulled out hours after being located on May 5, 2016 morning by rescuers who gave her oxygen while they continued efforts to extract her from the ruins of the six-story building.
  • A girl salutes to visitors before a show at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace in central Pyongyang, North Korea on May 5, 2016. Pyongyang held a gala of song and dance performances by local school children on May 5 for visiting delegations of foreign journalists and tourists at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace. The event included orchestral, choir, and acrobatic performances, many of them with political undertones. The Seventh Worker’s Party Congress commences on May 6, 2016.
  • A woman is carried away in a stretcher by medics as she is rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building, in the Huruma area of Nairobi, Kenya on May 5, 2016. After discovering the woman alive and conscious, rescuers administered an IV and oxygen but then had to work for a number of hours to free her from the rubble she was trapped in, before taking her away to hospital.
  • Kashmiri Muslim women react upon seeing a relic believed to be hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed during Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations early morning at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on May 5, 2016.
  • Fire fighters tackle a blaze at the South Dagon industrial zone in Yangon, late on May 5, 2016. 
  • The portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are illuminated on the side of a building on May 6, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country’s stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North’s recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches.
  • A horse gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7.



This week, after yet another primary victory by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, this time in Indiana, his Republican rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich both announced the suspension of their campaigns, leaving Trump as the presumptive nominee.

In Fort McMurray, Alberta, an uncontrollable wildfire has forced about 88,000 people to evacuate their homes, and consumed an area larger than all five boroughs of New York City combined. 

President Obama visited Flint, Mich. on Wednesday in an effort to show his support for the city’s ongoing water crisis. He made a point to drink from a glass of filtered water to show that it is safe to consume.

In Nairobi, Kenya, a six-story building collapse has killed at least 36 with 80 more still missing – six days later, rescuers found one woman still alive, trapped beneath the rubble.

Around the world, protests were held for May Day, an international day of protests and rallies in recognition of workers’ rights. Protests in France were especially heated, as ongoing protests turned more violent in response to proposed labor reforms by President Francois Holland.

On Sunday, Easter was celebrated by Orthodox Christians whose religious holidays are based on the Julian calendar. Across Europe, the migrant crisis continued.

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