The World in Photos This Week

Government control in Damascus, floods in Mogadishu, and tattoos in Tokyo.

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A member of the Syrian pro-government forces holds the national flag as he stands in front of damaged buildings in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus on May 22. Earlier in the week, the government seized the camp and adjacent neighborhoods from the Islamic State, putting Damascus fully under its control for the first time since 2012.

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Myanmar youth play soccer on the bank of the Yangon River on May 21.

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Members of the host family of Sabika Sheikh are comforted following a funeral prayer service at the Brand Lane Islamic Center on May 20 in Stafford, Texas. Sheikh, an exchange student from Pakistan there as part of a State Department-funded cultural exchange program, was killed when a 17-year-old student entered Santa Fe High School and opened fire, killing her and nine other people.

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Monks take part in a traditional mendicants’ walk in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on May 22. Monks walked from Faxi Temple to Lingyin Temple as they received donations from residents for charity to mark the birthday of Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.

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Heavily tattooed Japanese men chat in the street near Sensoji on the final day of the Sanja Festival in Tokyo on May 20. A grand parade kicks off the three-day festival with dancers in traditional costumes performing before portable shrines from local communities are carried to and from the temple.

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An Afghan woman gives her child a bath at the Moria refugee camp in Mytilene, Greece, on May 20. The camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is home to more than 6,000 asylum-seekers who crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey's nearby shore, usually at night to avoid interception.

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Steam plumes rise as lava hits the Pacific Ocean after flowing from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island near Pahoa on May 21. Officials are concerned that laze, a dangerous product containing hydrochloric acid steam and volcanic glass particles that occurs when hot lava hits cool ocean water, will affect residents.

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Indonesian Muslims read the Quran at a mosque in Bandung, West Java, on May 23 during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Three young wild owls are measured, weighed, and ringed at a zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on May 23. Once grown, the Eurasian eagle-owl is one of the world’s largest owls, with wingspans of up to 6 feet.

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A Bangladeshi passenger uses boats to cross the Buriganga River in the rain on May 24. An estimated 50,000 people cross the river from Keraniganj to Dhaka for work every day.

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An Indian worker arranges strands of vermicelli noodles to dry inside a factory on the outskirts of Agartala on May 24. The noodles are used in sheer khurma, a sweet pudding sometimes served to break fast during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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Children play atop a Soviet T-34 tank at a military museum in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on May 21.

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Quechua women weave traditional baskets on May 23 in Tinki, Peru, using methods that go back around 5,000 years. Working with the not-for-profit Threads of Peru, the women — who live in isolated, high-altitude communities — are helped to bring their product to market.

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A boy on a log floats down a flooded street in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu on May 20, after homes were inundated in Somalia's capital following heavy overnight rainfall.

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Members of the freshman class participate in the annual Herndon Monument climb at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 21. The first-year midshipmen formed and climbed a human pyramid around the 21-foot-tall monument, which was coated with about 50 pounds of vegetable shortening, to replace the plebe hat on the top of the monument with an upperclassman’s hat.

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Four-year-old Hazel Kwok stands on a float while portraying former lawmaker Emily Lau during the annual Cheung Chau bun festival parade in Hong Kong on May 22.

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Marcos Carbono joins others in front of the Consulate General of Venezuela in Miami to protest against the Venezuelan elections taking place on May 20. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro won re-election under criticism that the vote was rigged in his favor, drawing fresh sanctions from the United States for the distressed country.

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A bird rests on the head of a white-tailed deer roaming free in San Jose Villanueva, southwest of San Salvador, on May 21.

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Couples kiss during a mass wedding ceremony at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, on May 20.

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Pilgrims gather around a statue of the Virgin Mary during a procession in the village of El Rocío, southern Spain, on May 21. El Rocío 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.

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A boy runs past a dispenser containing water mixed with disinfectant at the Congo Air Market, east of Mbandaka, on May 23. An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a clear “potential to expand,” the World Health Organization warned amid news that three people infected with the deadly virus had fled a local hospital.

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Gola Island election officers carry a ballot box as they walk to the local polling station on May 24 as voting takes place a day earlier than the Irish mainland. Ireland voted on a referendum to decide whether or not to abolish the 8th amendment, which makes abortions illegal in the country.

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A high school student stretches on May 23 as a countdown to the annual gaokao, or college entrance examinations, is written on the blackboard in Handan, China. The grueling nationwide exams take place on June 7 and June 8 this year.

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