Hours after judges rejected his appeal to stop his extradition, a helicopter carrying war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic departs Rotterdam airport after he arrived on a flight from Belgrade, Serbia, en route to a United Nations tribunal at The Hague.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAS CZERWINSKI / Associated PressLink
A paraglider soars over a stadium during the Zlata Tretra (Golden Spike) athletics meeting.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOE KLAMAR / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An oil tank explodes, and attempts are made to extinguish the blaze. The cruise ship Independence of the Seas was nearby but managed to put to sea safely.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCOS MORENO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man using a cellphone walks past a sports clothing store window displaying a mannequin planking. The fad of lying facedown, rigid, often in bizarre places for a photo op has become a global craze.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM WIMBORNE / REUTERSLink
A 44-foot-long sperm whale lies dead on a beach in the northern English city. Rescuers were unable to save it after it washed up.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIGEL RODDIS / REUTERSLink
A guide peers in from the entrance of a hall for a Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition at the National Museum of China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / REUTERSLink
Demonstrators listen to a speaker at the landmark Puerta del Sol plaza. Tens of thousands of protesters joined those camped out for the last 17 days to protest the government's handling of the country's economic crisis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUSANA VERA / REUTERSLink
A yellow net is part of an installation by Italian artist Donato Sartori. The so-called urban masking will cover the entirety of the city's Rossio Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message to those assembled at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens during celebrations marking the closing of the Marian month of May.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VINCENZO PINTO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a backhand to opponent Gael Monfils of France on Day 10 of the French Open at Roland Garros.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Brunskill / Getty ImagesLink
Yehuda Brown, an artist and former Israeli soldier, performs a piece called "The White Soldier," in which he follows a mock patrol along the Green Line, a demarcation between Israel and Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem until 1967. On June 1, thousands of Israelis are expected to march through Jerusalem in their annual parade to mark the anniversary of Israel's capture of the eastern part of the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPALink
South Korean prostitutes, in traditional garb and with faces painted, take part in a rally against an anti-prostitution law the country has enacted. Hundreds of prostitutes gathered to denounce the law, saying it threatens their livelihoods.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Indian women gather for a candlelight vigil against corruption outside Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The demonstrators voiced their support for yoga guru Ramdev and his call for a hunger strike, beginning June 4, to protest corruption in the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
A surfer is engulfed by white water at the bottom of a wave in the Overberg region. Gale-force winds and high seas have been lashing the Western Cape coast for weeks following the onset of winter cold fronts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPALink
Clouds gather over a chapel in southern Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / APLink
A boy flies his kite among tents set up for camping at the Hay-on-Wye Festival. The small Welsh town is famous for its books and bookshops and the annual fest attracts some of the world's top authors, poets and artists.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images EuropeLink
A farmer walks past a terrace of codonopsis pilosula, a traditional Chinese medicine also known as dang shen. Rows of white plastic shields keep roots warm and moist. Sellers of the herb, commonly used as a cheaper substitute for ginseng, claim it lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system and improves appetite.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHENG LI / ReutersLink
Earth's atmosphere and a starry sky are seen just off the port wing of the docked space shuttle Endeavour. The image was hotographed by the Expedition 28 crew while the shuttle was docked with the space station on the STS-134 mission. Endeavour and the STS-134 crew undocked from the station on Monday. The weather forecast looks "promising," according to NASA, for the Endeavour's nighttime landing to end its final mission, scheduled for Wednesday. The American shuttle program is readying its final launch, of the Atlantis shuttle, for July 8, before it closes down permanently, ending a 30-year program of human spaceflight and exploration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / AFPLink
A man jogs on top of an overturned armored tank in an installation by artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, part of the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The contemporary arts festival opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 27.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luigi Costantini / Associated PressLink
A Virginia State Patrol officer takes pictures as workers collect strewn luggage from the wreckage of an early-morning bus crash on I-95 that killed four people. According to the Virginia State Patrol, the bus left Greensboro, N.C., Monday night with 58 people en route to Chinatown in New York City. The cause of the wreck was driver fatigue, police say.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JONATHAN ERNST / ReutersLink
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