A demonstrator cools off in a fountain at the Puerta del Sol square, where protesters have camped since May 15 to denounce political corruption, welfare cuts and unemployment. Spain's protests over the economic crisis fanned out to city squares nationwide as word spread by Twitter and Facebook among demonstrators known variously as "the indignant," "M-15" and "Spanish Revolution."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Cyclists are eager to get rolling on the Angeles Crest Highway following a nearly two-year road closure caused by storms in the Station Fire burn area that washed away several sections of the highway.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles TimesLink
Chinese bridal couples kiss after they repeat their marriage vows at Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Thirty-one Chinese newlywed couples traveled to Germany to repeat their vows.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAELA REHLE / ReutersLink
Travelers wash their horses in the Eden River at Appleby. The horses are washed as part of the annual horse fair which has taken place there since the 1600s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIGEL RODDIS / ReutersLink
A racegoer tips her cap on "Ladies Day" on the first day of the Epsom Derby Festival. The Epsom Derby race will be run Saturday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Buddhist devotee prostrates as others walk past her performing Buddhist religious rituals in Boudhanath Stupa, a World Heritage site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shristra / Associated PressLink
Tomatoes and cucumbers from Holland are displayed for sale at a market. Nearly 200 new cases of E. coli infection were reported in Germany in the first two days of June, the national disease control center reported Friday, but officials say there are signs the European bacterial outbreak that has killed 18 people could be slowing. While suspicion has fallen on raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce as the source of the germ, researchers have been unable to pinpoint the food responsible.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Sohn / Associated PressLink
A Greenpeace activist holds up a banner during a protest against the Turkish government's plans to build a nuclear power plant in central Istanbul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MURAD SEZER / ReutersLink
Afghan national policemen and U.S. Marines rush a badly wounded Afghan policeman to a helicopter after they came under fire on the outskirts of Sangin, in Helmand province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
A woman walks past a picture of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini while visiting his living area during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of his death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MORTEZA NIKOUBAZL / ReutersLink
Impoverished children gather to scavenge food at a fruit and vegetable wholesale market.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated PressLink
A Palestinian demonstrator wearing a plastic bag for protection prepares to throw back a tear gas grenade at Israeli troops during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the village.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Associated PressLink
Moto GP rider Nicky Hayden of the United States and team Ducati is reflected in a mirror at the Montmelo race track near Barcelona before the Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANU FERNANDEZ / Associated PressLink
Darren Duarte, right, of NACA, leads Gertrude Bula, 80, Jacqueline Hahn, 90, and Joseph Bula, 51, into Shrine Auditorium where hundreds of of home-owners in distress came to take advantage of loan modification assistance provided by Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Tina, an Asian Elephant, grabs food that area restaurant chefs catered for select animals at the zoo during The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association media preview for their 41st annual "Beastly Ball" fundraiser.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
Residents return to a home on Pine Street Court, one of the streets hit hardest by tornadoes that plowed through the area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles TimesLink
April Mitchell-Edmonds hugs her friend Clyde Talley, who lost his home after a tornado touched down in the area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles TimesLink
An Iraqi police officer wears a surgical mask while directing traffic for protection from a heavy sandstorm that blanketed the capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahmad Rubaye / Agence France-PresseLink
A Somali government soldier patrols the neighborhood around southern Mogadishu's Bakara Market during clashes with Islamist insurgents.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohamed Sheikh Nor / Associated PressLink
Rebel volunteers crawl through mud during an exercise that's part of the three weeks of military training they'll get before going to the front lines to fight Moammar Kadafi's forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodrigo Abd / Associated PressLink
Hermes Cifuentes, left, who calls himself "Brother Hermes," performs an exorcism ritual on Claudia Gaviria, 28, who claims to be possessed by spirits. Cifuentes, 50, says he has performed exorcisms for 20 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Robayo / Agence France-PresseLink
A blazing sunset silhouettes residents looking for fish in the shallow waters around Marinduque Island, south of Manila.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Erik de Castro / ReutersLink
The Italian air force acrobatic team Frecce Tricolori, trailing smoke in the colors of the national flag, flies over the Via dei Fori Imperiali before a parade marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic and the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ettore Ferrari / ANSALink
A teenager strikes a pose while wading in a fountain near the Kremlin. Temperatures have been in the 80s in Moscow this week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yuri Kochetkov / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
The action on the tennis court is reflected in the glass of the press box at Roland Garros Stadium, where Li Na of China defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals of the French Open.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated PressLink
A Hindu priest rotates a traditional oil lamp in a prayer ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River. Allahabad is an important Hindu pilgrimage center and a popular tourist destination.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
A customs officer holds an Indian roofed turtle after authorities intercepted a shipment of smuggled animals at the Bangkok airport. More than 450 turtles and crocodiles worth more than $30,000 were seized.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / Agence France-PresseLink
Palestinian and Lebanese activists light candles in front of the United Nations building to mourn the Palestinian demonstrators killed May 15 during clashes with Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAMAL SAIDI / REUTERSLink
Supporters of the largest ethnic Albanian party, the Democratic Union for Integration, a coalition partner in the Macedonian government, wave Albanian flags and light torches during an election rally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGI LICOVSKI / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A student prepares to throw a stone at a police water cannon truck as thousands march in a demonstration against the government of President Sebastian Piñera and a new education law.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CLAUDIO SANTANA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Tablet computers aimed at competing with the iPad are displayed at Computex Taipei, Asia's biggest information technology and communications trade fair, where manufacturers are showing how they plan to face the formidable challenge presented by Apple's iconic product.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK LIN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A pair of rebel fighters pray near a checkpoint.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodrigo Abd / Associated PressLink
A student of the University of Applied Sciences of Northwest Switzerland lights a tealight candle in the shape of a tea bag at the 9th DMY International Design Festival. More than 400 idesigners will display innovative products at the fair, which runs through June 5.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOERG CARSTENSEN / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A vintage Rolex Dato Compax watch is displayed during a preview for the final auction of Bernard L. Madoff's estate. The timepiece is expected to fetch $30,000 to $35,000 in the liquidation of the estate of the convicted mastermind of the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eliot J. Schechter / BloombergLink
Leonardo da Vinci's "The Lady with Ermine " is displayed during a preview of the exhibition "Poland Treasures and Art Collections" at the Royal Palace in the Spanish capital. The exhibition opens June 3 and runs through September.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUAN MEDINA / REUTERSLink
Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays with the Logar family's dog. The Slovenian family adopted the three-and-a-half-month-old cub after it strolled onto their property a month ago. They planned to construct a fenced enclosure for Medo, but veterinary authorities want to move it to a shelter for wild animals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SRDJAN ZIVULOVIC / REUTERSLink
A macaque monkey is chained to a wall in Jakarta to learn how to stand on two feet to take part in street performances. Cruelty to the small primates is a cause that charities such as the Jakarta Animal Aid Network are increasingly taking up.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ulet Ifansasti / Getty ImagesLink
The space shuttle Endeavour lands at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, capping a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOE SKIPPER / ReutersLink
Children look out from a window of their classroom at a rural primary school. The school, with five teachers and 102 students, is located on an approximately 6,562-foot-high mountain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHENG LI / ReutersLink
Schoolchildren participate in an International Children's Day event.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heng Sinith / Associated PressLink
Girls attend class at a school in a mountainous area of the Jhanda tribal district of Mohmand Hills during a media trip organized by the Pakistani army to show what it says is progress in battles against Taliban insurgents.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AAMIR QURESHI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A spider at the Grosses Moor swamp renaturation area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Bosnian Muslims carry a coffin during a mass funeral. The remains of eight people, victims of an "ethnic cleansing" campaign that former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is accused of instigating, were retrieved from mass graves in nearby Zvornik and buried during the funeral.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DADO RUVIC / ReutersLink
A forensic expert with the International Commission for Missing Persons holds a skull at an ICMP facility while trying to identify remains of a victim of the Srebrenica massacre.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DADO RUVIC / ReutersLink
Mourners stand around the body of renowned Iranian liberal dissident Ezatollah Sahabi, draped in the national flag during his funeral, Sahabi died of a stroke Tuesday at the age of 81, the official IRNA news agency reported. Haleh Sahabi, his daughter and fellow dissident, died at the funeral, Iranian websites reported Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMADREZA ABBASI / EPALink
Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YAHYA ARHAB / EPALink
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns the ball to Li Na of China during their quarterfinal match at the French Open tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REGIS DUVIGNAU / ReutersLink
Robin Petrovic, right, and Jamie Gayle embrace after they received their civil-union license, one of numerous same-sex couples to do so after Illinois became the sixth state to allow civil unions or their equivalent.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN GRESS / ReutersLink
Soldiers from a special-forces unit walk through a pond during a competition among military units. The winners will be awarded the elite "Madder Beret" -- a symbol of courage, honor and dignity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TATYANA ZENKOVICH / EPALink
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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