A soldier from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," places flags at grave sites during the "Flags-In" ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. An American flag was placed one foot in front of more than 220,000 graves in the cemetery to mark Memorial Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A jogger runs underneath the Santa Monica Pier, where the beach was rated in the top 10 worst-polluted "Beach Bummers" along with two other Los Angeles County beaches.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles TimesLink
U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen gather before graduation ceremonies in Annapolis, Md. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is scheduled to deliver the commencement address to the 1,068 commissioned graduates.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images North AmericaLink
Ashley Wilson, left, and Lindsay Vandermay celebrate after saying their vows during a same-sex wedding conducted in Philadelphia during a ceremony atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps just after midnight on Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joseph Kaczmarek / Associated PressLink
Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko gives a speech during an election campaign trip to the northern Ukrainian city of Chernigiv. Ukraine's glamorous but polarizing ex-premier Tymoshenko was triumphantly released from prison during the pro-Western uprising in Kiev but is now a long shot in on the Sunday presidential ballot due to mistrust of the corruption-stained old guard.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER PROKOPENKO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A resident looks out from the gates of his house pierced by shrapnel during night combat between Ukrainian troops and armed pro-Russian militants in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VIKTOR DRACHEV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A worker cleans the floor at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old City of Jerusalem. Pope Francis is due to make his first visit to the Holy Land as pontiff and will visit both the West Bank and Israel on Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lior Mizrahi / Getty ImagesLink
Catholic pilgrims wait with candles to enter to the Grotto in the Church of Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, two days before Pope Francis is to hold Sunday Mass there.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Afghan soldiers take positions outside the Indian consulate during a gun battle with attackers in Herat, Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JALIL REZAYEE / EPALink
A man waves a giant national flag at Democracy Monument as the site of months of anti-government protests is cleaned up a day after the Thai army seized power in Bangkok, Thailand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A light show called "Vivid" is performed on the Sydney Opera House in Australia. "Vivid" is a major outdoor cultural event featuring light installations and projections running through June 9.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Cyclists pedal in the countryside during the 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese, Italy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fabio Ferrari / Associated PressLink
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