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The Month in World Photos

May brought an explosion of violence in Israel and Gaza—plus volcanic eruptions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, “sea snot” in Turkey, and the delivery of COVID vaccines around the world.

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Colombia protest

A demonstrator holding a makeshift shield runs during clashes with riot police during a protest against the government in Madrid, Colombia, on May 28.

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Maybug beetle

A maybug beetle climbs on a plant at a garden outside Moscow on May 14.

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Israeli Iron Dome

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets (right) fired by the Hamas movement from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip toward southern Israel as seen in the sky above the Gaza Strip overnight on May 14.

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Prague COVID memorial

A woman lights a candle to honor victims of the COVD-19 pandemic at the Prague Castle in Prague on May 10.

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India ashes

Urns containing the ashes of people who died from COVID-19 are pictured at a crematorium in New Delhi on May 6.

Danish Siddiqui/REUTERS
Eid al-Fitr prayers

A child stands amid Muslim devotees offer special prayers during Eid al-Fitr at Eidgah Sharif shrine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on May 13.

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images
Gianna Floyd

Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, and her family meet with members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 25.

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Woman gets vaccine

Maria Cristina Gonzalez, 97, is inoculated against COVID-19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Ojojona, Honduras, on May 15.

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Israeli police officers

Israeli police officers react after being hit by a car in a ramming attack in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem on May 16.

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Young girl in Democratic Republic of the Congo

A young girl waits to receive treatment at the Tudikolela hospital in the community of Lipemba, on the outskirts of Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 1.

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Bangkok protester released

Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak shows a three-finger salute from an ambulance as he is released outside Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok on May 11.

Jorge Silva/REUTERS
Victory Day in Armenia

Boys play in Victory Park during Victory Day celebrations in Yerevan, Armenia, on May 9.

KAREN MINASYAN/AFP via Getty Images
Brussels COVID protest

A man is doused by a water cannon during clashes with police as people gather in defiance of Belgium’s COVID-19 social distancing measures and restrictions in Brussels on May 1.

Yves Herman/REUTERS
U.S. Naval Academy freshmen

Members of the 2024 midshipmen’s class from the U.S. Naval Academy hold hands as they work to scale the Herndon Monument and place an upperclassman’s hat on the 21-foot obelisk in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 22. The plebes worked for three hours and 41 minutes to complete the tradition.

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Migrants in Texas

Eryko, a 6-month-old asylum-seeking migrant from Romania, learns how to walk with the help of his brother Antonio, 16, and father, Elvis, as they wait to be transported to a U.S. border patrol processing facility in La Joya, Texas, on May 5.

Adrees Latif/REUTERS
A Palestinian youth throws rocks

A Palestinian youth hurls rocks toward Israeli security forces during confrontations with them in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on May 14.

HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images
Volcano in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Residents carry goods on their backs while they cross a lava-covered field in Buhene, north of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 25.

MOSES SAWASAWA/AFP via Getty Images
India’s Covid-19 Crisis

A worker takes a break during a mass cremation for victims of COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi on May 1.

Anindito Mukherjee/Getty Images
French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with Gen. Francois Lecointre during a ceremony marking the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in Paris on May 8.

CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
An improvised migrant camp in Tijuana

An improvised migrant camp in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, is pictured in this aerial view May 9.

GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images
Workers clean the windows in Beijing

Workers clean the windows of a building in Beijing on May 12.

NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images
Muslim worshippers in Senegal

Muslim worshippers perform the Compensatory Prayer at the Mosque of the Divinity in Dakar, Senegal, on May 7, the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.

JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images
India COVID victim

A COVID-19 patient breathes with the help of oxygen provided by a gurdwara, a place of worship for Sikhs, under a tent installed along the roadside in Ghaziabad, India, on May 4.

TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images
Turkey protest

Turkish police detain a demonstrator as they clash during a May Day rally marking the international day of the worker in Istanbul on May 1.

BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images
Flower full moon in Greece

The flower full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, south of Athens, on May 26.

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Zoo owner with chimp in France

The owner of the Pierre Thivillon zoo laughs with a chimpanzee in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, France, on May 17, two days ahead of the zoo’s reopening.

JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images
Moscow sunset

People are reflected in a puddle as they watch the sunset in Moscow on May 27.

Maxim Shemetov/REUTERS
Brothers in Norway and Sweden

Pontus Berglund (left) looks at birds as he sits on the Swedish side of the old bridge of Svinesund, Norway and Sweden, while his brother, Ola, sits on the Norwegian side May 1. The 73-year-old Swedish twins haven’t been allowed to visit each other at their homes for more than a year because of the pandemic, so they meet every Saturday, each on their side of the border, on a bridge that links Norway and Sweden.

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Rally in Ukraine

Police officers stand guard in front of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery during a rally for the rights of transgender people in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 22.

Valentyn Ogirenko/REUTERS
Russia fountain

Children try to get coins out of the Friendship of Nations fountain in Moscow on May 27.

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Turkey Marmara Sea

Mucilage, a thick, viscous fluid produced by phytoplankton, clouds Turkey’s Marmara Sea at a harbor on the shoreline of Istanbul on May 30. Experts warn that the “sea snot” will occur more often because of global warming.

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Crematorium in Nepal

Workers extend the crematorium area next to funeral pyres of people who died from COVID-19 at a cremation ground in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 5.

PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images
Colombia protest

A demonstrator in roller skates wears a Colombian flag as he jumps over a bonfire during a national strike in Bogota on May 5.

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Wildfire in Greece

A man stands in front of a wildfire in Schinos, west of Athens, on May 19.

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Palestinians sit in a tent

Palestinians sit in a tent amid the ruins of a building destroyed in recent Israeli airstrikes in Beit Lahia, the northern Gaza Strip, on May 25.

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Residents of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, flee

Residents of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, flee the city following sudden activity at the Mount Nyiragongo volcano May 22.

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Palestinian youth

Palestinian youth use a trash container as a barricade during confrontations with Israeli security forces near the Hawara checkpoint, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, on May 14.

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People crowd together as they wait to board a ferry in Bangladesh

People crowd together as they wait to board a ferry to their hometowns ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festivities in Munshiganj, Bangladesh, on May 9.

MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images
Man gets vaccine

A resident is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Anama town, Amazonas, Brazil, on May 20.

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Flooding in Sri Lanka

A girl washes a plate inside her house in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, after torrential rains flooded many low-lying areas May 15.

ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images
Verdict in Uganda

Dominic Ongwen’s extended family listen to his sentencing on a radio in Coorom, Uganda, on May 6. The International Criminal Court sentenced Ongwen, a Ugandan child soldier who became a commander of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army, to 25 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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A Palestinian barber amid rubble

A Palestinian barber works next to the ruins of buildings and shops destroyed by Israeli strikes in Gaza City on May 25.

MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images
Australian paddle-boarder

Heavy smoke haze and fog blanket Maroubra Beach in Sydney on May 3.

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London Zoo reef tank

Aquarist Jeremy Simmons is watched by Marcelo Noone-Taylor as he plants corals rescued from illegal trading in a reef tank at ZSL London Zoo in London on May 16.

Peter Nicholls/REUTERS
Victory Day in Russia

Russian service members march along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9.

KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images
U.S. Air Force Academy graduation

Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2021 celebrate after their graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs on May 26.

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