The World in Photos This Week

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A couple kisses in front of the bonfire during May Day celebrations in Ljubljana, Slovenia on April 30.


Dutch conceptual artist Florentijin Hofman's floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World," is towed into Victoria Harbor on May 2 in Hong Kong. The rubber ducky, which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, it has traveled to 10 countries and 12 cities.


Tens of thousands of workers and labor activists demanding higher minimum wages and better working conditions march through the central business district of Jakarta, Indonesia on May 1.


Artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt throws paint into the flow of air coming from the engine of a Learjet to create a painting on April 30 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The artist created several distinctive paintings to celebrate Learjet's 50th anniversary.


On April 30, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne in favor of her son, Willem. In this photo, taken at New Church in Amsterdam, former Queen Beatrix (left), Crown Princess Amalia (center front), and other members of the Dutch royal family leave the inauguration ceremony of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on April 30.


A sand sculptor works on a miniature Orthodox cathedral during the Sand Sculptures Festival in Moscow on April 29.


On April 27, India's prime minister said that a dispute over an alleged incursion by Chinese troops into Indian-claimed territory can be settled peacefully and warned against exacerbating tensions. Above, right-wing Hindu activists from Shiva Sena burn an effigy bearing photographs of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as they shout anti-China slogans during a protest against the alleged Chinese incursion in New Delhi on May 1.


An Egyptian Orthodox Christian gives the Holy Communion during a Palm Sunday mass on April 28 in Cairo. Palm Sunday marks the return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on May 5.


Palestinian refugee children play in a poverty-stricken quarter of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on April 28.


Cranes operated by Bangladeshi Army personnel remove wreckage from the site of the April 24 collapse of an eight-story textile factory in Savar, Bangladesh on April 29. Bangladeshi textile bosses pleaded on April 29 with Western clothing giants to keep doing business with them after some 500 people died in the factory collapse.


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera hold a joint news conference at the Pentagon on April 29 in Arlington, Virginia. The high-level defense meeting between the United States and Japan comes as belligerent threats from North Korea pose "a real, clear danger and threat to the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies," as Hagel said earlier this month.


Displaced Sudanese people from the district of Abu Kershola carry their belongings as they arrive at a camp on April 29 in the North Kordofan town of El Rahad. Thousands of Sudanese need food, water, and shelter after fleeing a widening rebel offensive that swept through a previously peaceful area.


Cuban workers attend May Day celebrations at Revolution Square in Havana on May 1. About half a million people across Cuba took part in the celebrations, where were dedicated to the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, a close ally of the island's communist leaders. President Raul Castro, 81, reviewed the parade from stands erected in the Plaza of the Revolution alongside a giant portrait of Chávez.


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watches a Russian honor guard march by after a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on April 29. Abe's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 29 marked the first top-level visit between the two countries in a decade as the two countries seek to revive ties soured by a festering territorial dispute.


Fire dancers perform in Mauerpark on Walpurgis night on April 30 in Berlin, Germany. Walpurgis night is celebrated in many parts of central Europe to mark the end of winter with the ritual burning of a straw witch. It also has become an occasion for leftists and drunken partygoers to clash with police on the night before May Day. 


Young villagers walk around with painted bodies to ward off evil spirits during the Grebeg Ritual on May 1 in Tegallalang, Bali, Indonesia.


An Indian Hindu Sadhu (holy man) performs yoga on the banks of the Sangam in Allahabad on April 30.


Queen Elizabeth II and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan stroll the grounds of Windsor Castle following the inspection of an honor guard during a ceremonial welcome on April 30 in Britain. President Sheikh Khalifa's visit marked the first by a UEA president to Britain in 24 years.


A cleric helps Pope Francis to stop his vest from covering his face during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 1. Pope Francis urged political leaders to make every effort to create jobs and said unemployment was caused by economic thinking "outside the bounds of social justice."


Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) party, arrives to address supporters during an election campaign rally after landing in a helicopter at an airfield on May 1 in Narowal, Pakistan. Pakistan's parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11.

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