This Week in Pictures: May 14-20

  • A mother and a child washes dishes at a makeshift refugee camp of the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on May 14, 2016. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants have camped in Idomeni for months after the border was closed.
  • A woman walks downstairs in an abandoned building where refugees and migrants are living at a makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on May 14, 2016. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants are camped at the makeshift refugee camp of the northern Greek border point of Idomeni.
  • A young man jumps from a wall on the beach of Arpoador, neighboring the famous Ipanema beach (background), on May 14, 2016 as the sun sets in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • A member of Cuba’s LGBT community takes part in a gay pride parade in Havana, Cuba, May 14, 2016. 
  • A U.S. serviceman fires a weapon during the Noble Partner 2016 joint military exercise at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi on May 14, 2016. Georgia on May 11 launched joint military exercises with the United States and Britain, angering Russia, which opposes the former Soviet state’s desire to join NATO. Some 500 Georgian, 650 U.S. and 150 British troops are taking part in the drills, billed as the largest ever to be held in the Caucasus nation, which fought a brief war with Russia in 2008.
  • Children attend a war safety awareness class conducted by civil defence members, in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria May 14, 2016. 
  • Boys stand near a shadow of a coach lecturing a boy during a final soccer game in a school championship, in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria May 14, 2016.
  • Lutimar Paes of Brazil prepares for his Men’s 800m final during the Ibero-American Athletics championship at the Rio Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Hair is blown by rotor wash from Marine One with President Barack Obama aboard, as it lifts from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2016, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base. Then Obama will go on to Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus in New Jersey to speak at the Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary commencement ceremony.
  • A surfer enters the water in Varazze on May 15, 2016 during a day of high swell due to strong winds in north Mediterranean sea. 
  • A woman hangs her laundry near her tent in front of the wired fence that separates Greece and Macedonia at a makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, May 15, 2016. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants have camped in Idomeni for months after the border was closed.
  • A Syrian rebel fighter from the Failaq al-Rahman aims his weapon on the frontline against regime forces in the rebel-controlled village of Bala, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on May 15, 2016.
  • A Palestinian girl wears earrings bearing the number “68” and a hair clip in the shape of a key on May 15, 2016 in Gaza city during a rally to commemorate the “Nakba.” In Arabic, “Nakba” means “catastrophe” in reference to the birth of the state of Israel 68-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who either fled or were driven out of their homes during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation. The key symbolizes the homes left by Palestinians in 1948.
  • David Klemmer of the Bulldogs is held up over the line by Aaron Woods of the Tigers during the round 10 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.
  • Brazil’s Tania Silva jumps during the final of the women’s triple jump at the Ibero American Athletics Championship, a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on May 15, 2016.
  • A Sadhu or Hindu holy man combs his beard after taking a dip in the waters of Shipra river during Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, India May 16, 2016.
  • A member of a Chinese military honor guard holds a red flag before a welcome ceremony for Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Beijing on May 16, 2016. Abdullah was welcomed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
  • An Afghan watches a massive anti-government protest from the space between two containers, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 16, 2016. Authorities locked down Afghanistan’s capital Monday as tens of thousands of members of an ethnic minority group marched through the streets to protest the proposed route of a power line.
  • Peru’s Arturo Chavez competes during the Ibero American Athletics Championships men’s high jump final, a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 16, 2016.
  • An Israeli Arab youth jumps into the water in unusually warm weather at the old port of Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel, May 16, 2016.
  • South Korean volunteers take part in a nationwide anti-terrorism and disaster preparation drill, at the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, May 16, 2016. South Korean firemen, military forces and policemen, along with ordinary people take part in the five-day exercise.
  • An injured man following clashes with Kenyan riot police officers, runs away from tear gas, during a demonstration of Kenya’s opposition supporters in Nairobi, on May 16, 2016. Opposition protesters, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, gathered outside the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission building to demand the dismissal of IEBC commissioners, after alleged bias toward the ruling Jubillee Alliance Party.
  • A supporter of Nepal’s minority ethnic group tries to break through a police cordon leading to the prime minister’s office in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 16, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal’s capital on Monday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation’s new constitution. 
  • Paramilitary policemen take part in a training in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China May 16, 2016.
  • People run out of a building as they are chased by baton-wielding police officers after supporters of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, were dispersed with tear gas during a demonstration against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, May 16, 2016. Opposition supporters staged a protest two weeks in a row against the country’s electoral body in an attempt to push for the reforms ahead of the next year’s general elections.
  • Kenyan riot police officers raise batons over a man during a demonstration of Kenya’s opposition supporters in Nairobi, on May 16, 2016. Opposition protesters led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga gathered outside the Indepedent Electoral and Boundaries Comission building to demand the dismissal of IEBC commissioners, after alleged bias toward the ruling Jubillee Alliance Party.
  • A protester, second right, kicks a container during a massive anti-government protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 16, 2016. Authorities locked down Afghanistan’s capital Monday as tens of thousands of members of an ethnic minority group marched through the streets to protest the proposed route of a power line.
  • Afghan protesters chant anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Kabul on May 16, 2016, held to demand that The Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) electricity line, linking energy-rich central Asia, pass through a central Hazara-dominated area. Tens of thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras marched through the streets of the Afghan capital Monday to protest at the proposed route for a major power transmission line, in a brewing political crisis for the beleaguered government.
  • A five-month-old Syrian baby sleeps inside a tent at a makeshift refugee camp of the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, on May 16, 2016. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants have camped in Idomeni for months after the border was closed.
  • Two fishermen cast their fishing poles as they stand on a rock in the Mediterranean Sea, near Michmoret, Israel, Monday, May 16, 2016.
  • A pilgrim prays and lights candles to honor the virgin of El Rocio in the village of El Rocio, southern Spain, on May 16, 2016. El Rocio pilgrimage, the largest in Spain, gathers hundreds of thousands of devotees in traditional outfits converging in a burst of color as they make their way on horseback and onboard decorated carriages across the Andalusian countryside.
  • Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins waves to the crowd after scoring a goal in overtime against Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning to win Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final with a score of 3 to 2 during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on May 16, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Raimunda Marcelinha dos Reis, 93, poses in the front window of her home on May 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is set to host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games amid an economic and political crisis in Brazil.
  • Ecuadorians light candles and pray to commemorate the victims of Ecuador’s earthquake, in Quito, Ecuador, May 16, 2016. Flags were hoisted at half-mast throughout the country, a month after the earthquake, on May 16, 2016. A 7.8-magnitdue earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coastal region on April 16, 2016, killing more than 650 people.
  • Two makeup artists simultaneously touch up a model’s face backstage before the Manning Cartel catwalk show at Australian Fashion week in Sydney, May 17, 2016.
  • Performers prepare backstage to take part in rehearsals ahead of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development to be held this week in Beijing, China, May 17, 2016. State leaders and tourism ministers from various countries are expected to attend the four-day conference with the theme “Tourism for Peace and Development.”
  • An Indian migrant daily wage worker sleeps next to an air cooler under a mosquito net on a steel box, used to store items of shop at night, in New Delhi, India, May 17, 2016. Scorching summer temperatures, hovering well over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, are making life extremely tough for millions of poor people across north India. Without access to air coolers or air conditioning, and sometimes even an electric fan, they struggle to cope with the heat in their homes.
  • A man stands in a building earmarked for demolition in the Mathare neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya, May 17, 2016. Kenya’s authorities tore down a badly built residential block in the poor Nairobi district on Tuesday, one of more than 250 shoddy buildings that could now face demolition after a six-story structure collapsed this month killing 51 people.
  • Protesters use an improvised slingshot to launch balloons filled with colored paint at the Parliament building, during a protest dubbed the ‘Colorful Revolution’ against Macedonian President George Ivanov’s decision on wiretapping amnesty, in Skopje, The Former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 17, 2016. Daily protests in Macedonia have been ongoing for almost three weeks, after the President’s decision to pardon dozens of politicians who were involved in a wiretapping scandal.
  • Workers on strike stand next to burning tires as they block the access to the Total refinery of Donges, western France, on May 17, 2016, to protest against the government’s planned labour law reforms. France’s Socialist government has bypassed parliament and rammed through a labour reform bill that has sparked two months of massive street protests. 
  • Female Naval Academy plebes perform push ups with a twelve foot log on top of them during the annual Sea Trials May 17, 2016 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Naval Academy freshman class endures 14 hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges during the annual Sea Trials training exercise as part of the culmination of their freshman year at the academy.
  • Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF, in red) party members of parliament are physically removed from the South African parliament after repeatedly ignoring the instructions of the Speaker, on May 17, 2016, in Cape Town. A brutal fistfight broke out in the South African parliament on May 17 as security guards ejected opposition lawmakers in an ugly fracas that underlined heightened political tensions over Jacob Zuma’s presidency.
  • A demonstrator is detained during a “Reflexive strike of students” called by the Chilean student federations to request better and more changes in the education system in Santiago, Chile, May 17, 2016.
  • Indian men take baths at a common bathing place on a hot and sunny day in Amritsar, India, May 17, 2016. According to weather reports, Amritsar is expriencing severe heat wave with temperatures hovering around the 42 degrees Celsius mark. 
  • Wrestlers exercise at a traditional Indian wrestling training center on the banks of the river Ganges ahead of the Bengal mud wrestling championships, in Kolkata, India May 17, 2016.
  • People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 17, 2016.
  • Women shout slogans during a protest against Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 17, 2016.
  • LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a basket in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • A Naga Sadhu or Hindu holy man with his face covered with ash, is pictured after taking a dip in the waters of Shipra river at the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, India, May 17, 2016.
  • The world’s largest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas, arrives in port for her maiden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016.
  • An overloaded car travels through the Assaga refugee camp in Diffa on May 17, 2016, close to the Niger-Nigeria border. Chief of Humanitarian Operations of the UN, Stephen O’Brien, vowed on May 17 to raise funds at the next World Humanitarian Summit for “significant” help to the more than 240,000 refugees displaced by Boko Haram in camps in south-east Niger.
  • A police car explodes after being set on fire during an unauthorized counter-demonstration against police violence on May 18, 2016 in Paris, as Police across France demonstrate today against the “anti-cop hatred” they say they have endured during a wave of anti-government protests since early March. Some 350 members of the security forces have been injured during the protests against the labour reforms, including one who lost the use of an eye.
  • Sri Lanka Armed Forces personnel engage in rescue operations at the landslide area where 16 persons have been reported missing at Kalupahanawatte in Bulathkohupitiya, 97 kms towards the central hills from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 18, 2016. By morning, rescuers recovered two bodies from among the 16 reported missing. The more than usual South-West monsoonal rains lashed the entire island for the past week causing floods, landslides and rock-falls throughout the island.
  • A woman walks along a road during heavy rains in Agartala, India, May 18, 2016.
  • An Indian boy jumps into a Baoli, or a step-well, to cool off at the Nizamuddin Dargah on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 18, 2016. According to weather reports, Delhi is experiencing a severe heat wave with temperatures hovering around 44 degrees Celsius mark.
  • Palestinians carry balloons while making their way to the opening ceremony for the Palestinian Museum for Arts and History, in the West Bank town of BirZeit, north of Ramallah, May 18, 2016. The $30 million Palestinian Museum contemporary building aims to redefine Palestinian art, history and culture.
  • A child, whose family came back to Piraeus from the border town of Idomeni after the closure of the borders, plays on May 18, 2016 at the Piraeus port. Here, some 1500 migrants and refugees live in a makeshift camp. Greece must regulate and improve conditions for thousands of migrants – many of them children – detained in camps for weeks as they wait for asylum under a sketchy EU-Turkey deal, a UN human rights official said on May 16, 2016. There are over 54,000 people on Greek territory, including some 45,000 migrants who arrived before the EU-Turkey deal took effect and were stuck after other Balkan countries began closing their borders in mid-February.
  • Riot police officers clash with protesters during a demonstration against a labor law bill, May 19, 2016 in Paris. France is facing tense weeks of strikes and other union actions against the law, allowing longer workdays and easier layoffs, and which has met fierce resistance in Parliament and in the streets.
  • A man is arrested during a protest against new emergency powers decreed this week by President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 18, 2016. Public outrage was expected to spill onto the streets of Venezuela Wednesday, with planned nationwide protests marking a new low point in Maduro’s unpopular rule.
  • A relative of a passenger who was flying aboard an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo overnight cries as family members are transported by bus to a gathering point at Cairo airport on May 19, 2016. The EgyptAir flight that vanished over the Mediterranean was carrying 30 Egyptian and 15 French passengers, as well as a Briton and a Canadian, the airline said.
  • Bullfighters followed by their assistants walk during the ‘paseillo’ or ritual entrance to the arena, before a bullfight of the San Isidro’s bullfighting fair in Madrid, Spain, May 19, 2016.
  • Donald Trump signs autographs in a rope-line after he spoke at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, N.J. The appearance with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a $200 per head event with proceeds going towards helping Christie, a Trump ally, pay off debt from his own presidential campaign.
  • Migrants play soccer at the migrants camp in Idomeni, Greece, May 19, 2016. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants have camped in Idomeni for months after the border was closed
  • A boater drifts toward a boat ramp in an area that was once under water at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, May 19, 2016, near Las Vegas. Lake Mead’s surface was at its lowest level Wednesday since the reservoir was created.
  • The Imam of al Thawrah Mosque, Samir Abdel Bary, gives condolences to film director Osman Abu Laban, center, who lost four relatives, all victims of Thursday’s EgyptAir plane crash, following prayers for the dead, at al Thawrah Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, May 20, 2016. The Airbus A320 plane was flying from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared early Thursday over the sea.
  • Volunteers of the Azov Civil Corps are shrouded in smoke from flares as they march in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, May 20, 2016, protesting against holding local elections in the occupied eastern territories of Ukraine. As part of an internationally brokered peace agreement, Ukraine must hold local elections in two eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed rebels, but there are major concerns about ensuring the vote takes place in a secure and safe atmosphere.



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.