This Week in Pictures: May 14-20
On Thursday, EgyptAir flight 804 disappeared from radar screens en route to Cairo from Paris with 66 people aboard. On Friday, Egyptian naval vessels confirmed it found debris in the Mediterranean Sea from the missing jetliner. The cause is still not yet known, but Egyptian officials suggested that terrorism was more likely the cause than mechanical issues.
In France, the ongoing protests in response to proposed labor reforms by President Francois Holland were especially heated. Police estimated that 129,000 people took to the streets nationwide on Thursday, with 115 arrests being made. Many other protests took place across the globe, including clashes in Kenya during a demonstration by opposition supporters in Nairobi calling for a new electoral commission, accusing the current one of being biased, raising fears that the elections would not be free and fair.
A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 77 people and wounding more than 140, officials said, the latest in deadly militant attacks.
In the United States, campaigning continued for the 2016 election, while primaries took place in Oregon for the Democratic race and Kentucky for both Democrats and Republicans. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton split the victories, with Sanders winning in Oregon and Clinton gaining a slim victory in Kentucky. On the Republican side, with no real competition, presumptive nominee Donald Trump took Kentucky.
Scorching summer temperatures continued plaguing north India, where temperatures have exceeded 104 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks. A city in India’s desert state of Rajasthan set a new national heat record on Thursday when the temperature was measured at 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit. And, across Europe the migrant crisis continued.