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15 May 2014
A selection of our best pictures.
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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May 14, 2014
Cast member Nicole Kidman poses during a photocall for the film "Grace of Monaco" (Grace de Monaco) out...
Cannes, France
Cast member Nicole Kidman poses during a photocall for the film "Grace of Monaco" out of competition...
Cast member Nicole Kidman poses during a photocall for the film "Grace of Monaco" (Grace de Monaco) out of competition before the opening of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 14, 2014. The festival will run from May 14 to 25. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
NIGERIA-GIRLS/
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May 14, 2014
Activist Aisha Yesufu, 40, prays in her home in Abuja May 13, 2014. Yesufu, a businesswoman who is originally...
Abuja, Nigeria
Activist Aisha Yesufu prays in her home in Abuja
Activist Aisha Yesufu, 40, prays in her home in Abuja May 13, 2014. Yesufu, a businesswoman who is originally from Kano and has two children, has joined daily protests calling for the release of secondary school girls abducted from the remote village of Chibok. "I see myself as a Chibok girl 23 years ago in Kano. I grew up poor and when you grow up poor in this part of the world you are defenseless," she said. REUTERS/Joe Penney
CENTRALAFRICA/
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May 14, 2014
Men take part in Thai boxing training at the Barthelemy Boganda stadium in the capital of Bangui May...
Bangui, Central African Republic
Men take part in Thai boxing training in Bangui
Men take part in Thai boxing training at the Barthelemy Boganda stadium in the capital of Bangui May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/KENNEDY
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May 14, 2014
Wearing a protective suit and a mask, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (L) listens to Naohiro...
OKUMA, Japan
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Kennedy listens to TEPCO's Masuda during her visit to the central control room...
Wearing a protective suit and a mask, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (L) listens to Naohiro Masuda (3rd R), an executive of Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), during her visit to the central control room for the unit one and unit two reactors of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture May 14, 2014. Kennedy pledged U.S. support for the clean-up at Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday after her first visit to the site. REUTERS
SOCCER-EUROPA/
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May 14, 2014
Sevilla's Daniel Carrico (L) and Nico Pareja jump for the ball with Benfica's Luisao (R) during their...
Turin, Italy
Sevilla's Carrico and Pareja jump for the ball with Benfica's Luisao during their Europa League final...
Sevilla's Daniel Carrico (L) and Nico Pareja jump for the ball with Benfica's Luisao (R) during their Europa League final soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
HONDURAS/
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May 15, 2014
Former Honduras' president Manuel Zelaya (C) steps over a barricade outside congress in Tegucigalpa May...
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Former Honduras' president Zelaya steps over a barricade outside congress in Tegucigalpa
Former Honduras' president Manuel Zelaya (C) steps over a barricade outside congress in Tegucigalpa May 14, 2014. Zelaya was evicted from congress on Tuesday, alongside his wife, former presidential candidate Xiomara Castro, and nearly 40 other congress members who were staging a sit in over claims they had been blocked from debating critical national policies regarding the economy and security.Tensions between the left and right in Honduras have been high since ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last year's election with 36.8 per cent of the votes, according to the country's election tribunal. But the leftist opposition had rejected the vote, saying the result was tainted by fraud. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
USA-WILDFIRES/CALIFORNIA
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May 15, 2014
After climbing a hillside to view the so-called Poinsettia Fire, residents are evacuated by police as...
San Marcos, UNITED STATES
After climbing a hillside to view the so-called Poinsettia Fire, residents are evacuated by police near...
After climbing a hillside to view the so-called Poinsettia Fire, residents are evacuated by police as yet another wildfire near San Diego moves up a hillside near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. At least two structures burned to the ground and some 15,000 homes and businesses were told to evacuate on Wednesday as the wind-lashed Poinsettia wildfire roared out of control in the heart of a Southern California coastal community. The blaze, which erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in Carlsbad, some 25 miles north of San Diego, quickly became the most pressing battle for crews fighting flames across the region amid soaring temperatures and hot Santa Ana winds. REUTERS/Mike Blake
UKRAINE-CRISIS/
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May 14, 2014
A local walks by a destroyed Ukrainian army Armoured Personnel Carrier in the eastern Ukrainian village...
Oktyabrskoe, Ukraine
A local walks by destroyed Ukrainian army Armoured Personnel Carrier in eastern Ukraine
A local walks by a destroyed Ukrainian army Armoured Personnel Carrier in the eastern Ukrainian village of Oktyabrskoe May 14, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists ambushed Ukrainian troops on May 13, killing seven in the heaviest loss of life for government forces in a single clash since Kiev sent soldiers to put down a rebellion in the country's east. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
VENEZUELA-PROTESTS/
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May 14, 2014
National guards fire pellets at anti-government protesters during a protest against Venezuelan President...
Caracas, Venezuela
National guards fire pellets at anti-government protesters during a protest against Venezuelan President...
National guards fire pellets at anti-government protesters during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas May 14, 2014. Venezuela's opposition warned that talks with Maduro's government are "in crisis" due to repression of student demonstrations and officials' refusal to grant concessions that could defuse three months of street protests. Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, head of the opposition umbrella group MUD, said Socialist Party leaders have undermined the dialogue with constant insults and a refusal to consider amnesty for opposition-linked prisoners. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
USA-SEPT11/MEMORIAL
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May 14, 2014
Artifacts of the historical exhibition are seen inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum during...
New York, UNITED STATES
Artifacts of the historical exhibition are seen inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum during...
Artifacts of the historical exhibition are seen inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum during a press preview in New York May 14, 2014. A museum commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington is on the verge of opening, with wrenchingly familiar sights as well as artifacts never before on public display. Among the first visitors to the National September 11 Memorial Museum are victims' family members and others intimately involved in its creation who will attend on Thursday, after a Wednesday media preview. The doors open to the general public on May 21. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
SYRIA-CRISIS
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May 14, 2014
Debris rises during what rebel fighters said was an operation in which they blew up a tunnel targeting...
Idlib, Syria
Debris rises during what rebel fighters said was an operation in which they blew up a tunnel targeting...
Debris rises during what rebel fighters said was an operation in which they blew up a tunnel targeting the regime's al-Sawadi checkpoint, in Idlib province May 14, 2014. This checkpoint was considered one of the regime's biggest and most important checkpoints, and was used to protect the east side of Wadi al-Deif military camp. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
LITHUANIA/
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May 14, 2014
Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the U.S. Army in Europe take part in military exercise...
RUKLA, Lithuania
Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the U.S. Army in Europe take part in military exercise...
Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the U.S. Army in Europe take part in military exercise "Black Arrow" in Rukla May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL/
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May 14, 2014
A Palestinian protester argues with Israeli soldiers during a protest ahead of the 66th anniversary of...
Nablus, Palestinian Territories
A Palestinian protester argues with Israeli soldiers during a protest ahead of the 66th anniversary of...
A Palestinian protester argues with Israeli soldiers during a protest ahead of the 66th anniversary of Nakba, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank City of Nablus May 14, 2014. Palestinians will mark "Nakba" (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
NIGERIA-GIRLS/
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May 15, 2014
A woman shouts during a vigil in Abuja calling for the release of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted in the...
Abuja, Nigeria
A woman shouts during a vigil in Abuja calling for the release of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted in Chibok...
A woman shouts during a vigil in Abuja calling for the release of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted in the remote village of Chibok, May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
ICEHOCKEY-WORLD/
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May 14, 2014
Norway's goalie Lars Haugen concedes a goal of Slovakia's Juraj Mikus (unseen) during the first period...
Minsk, Belarus
Norway's goalie Haugen concedes a goal of Slovakia's Mikus during the first period of their men's ice...
Norway's goalie Lars Haugen concedes a goal of Slovakia's Juraj Mikus (unseen) during the first period of their men's ice hockey World Championship group A game at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
VIETNAM-CHINA/TENSION
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May 14, 2014
A ship (R) of Vietnam Marine Guard is seen near Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, about 210 km...
Vietnam
A ship of Vietnam Marine Guard is seen near Chinese vessels in the South China Sea
A ship (R) of Vietnam Marine Guard is seen near Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. Vietnamese ships were followed by Chinese vessels as they neared China's oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Wednesday, Vietnam's Coast Guard said. Vietnam has condemned as illegal the operation of a Chinese deepwater drilling rig in what Vietnam says is its territorial water in the South China Sea and has told China's state-run oil company to remove it. China has said the rig was operating completely within its waters. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh
SAFRICA-STRIKE/
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May 14, 2014
Miners on strike chant slogans as they march in Nkaneng township outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg...
Rustenburg, South Africa
Miners on strike chant slogans as they march in Nkaneng township outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg...
Miners on strike chant slogans as they march in Nkaneng township outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg May 14, 2014. About 1,000 stick-wielding strikers gathered outside Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in South Africa on Wednesday, preventing workers from breaking the longest and costliest bout of industrial action the sector's history. Some of the protesting strikers, clad in the green shirts of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), told Reuters they were there to block anyone from reaching the shafts.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
SOCCER-EUROPA/
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May 14, 2014
Sevilla's goalkeeper Beto reacts after winning the penalty shoot out against Benfica, in their Europa...
Turin, Italy
Sevilla's goalkeeper Beto reacts after winning the penalty shoot out against Benfica, in their Europa...
Sevilla's goalkeeper Beto reacts after winning the penalty shoot out against Benfica, in their Europa League final soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin May 14, 2014. Beto saved two penalties. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
BRITAIN/
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May 14, 2014
An assistant places guest seating position sticks during a rehearsal for the British Academy Television...
London, United Kingdom
An assistant places guest seating position sticks during a rehearsal for the British Academy Television...
An assistant places guest seating position sticks during a rehearsal for the British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal in central London May 14, 2014. The awards take place on Sunday May 18. REUTERS/Toby Melville
USA-WILDFIRES/CALIFORNIA
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May 15, 2014
Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. More than 20 structures, including...
San Diego, UNITED STATES
Firefighters battle fire in San Marcos, California
Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. More than 20 structures, including several homes, burned to the ground and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday, as a wind-lashed wildfire roared out of control in the heart of a Southern California coastal community. The so-called Poinsettia Fire, which erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in Carlsbad, some 25 miles north of San Diego, quickly became the most pressing battle for crews fighting flames across the region amid soaring temperatures and hot Santa Ana winds. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson
EUROPE-IMMIGRATION/NIGER
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May 15, 2014
A vendor sells soft drinks to Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, in Agadez...
Agadez, Niger
A vendor sells soft drinks to Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, in Agadez...
A vendor sells soft drinks to Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, in Agadez March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
BRAZIL-WORLDCUP/
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May 14, 2014
Children throw official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer balls into the air, as they sit at what is meant to...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Children throw official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer balls into the air, during a protest against 2014...
Children throw official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer balls into the air, as they sit at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, organised by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) at the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro May 14, 2014. The protest was held to spread awareness about the need for the standard of Brazil's education system to be raised to that of its preparations for the World Cup, according to the organisation. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
TURKEY-MINE/
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May 15, 2014
Women mourn during the funeral of a miner who died in a fire at a coal mine, at a cemetery in Soma, a...
MANISA, Turkey
Women mourn during the funeral of a miner who died in a fire at a coal mine, at a cemetary in Soma, a...
Women mourn during the funeral of a miner who died in a fire at a coal mine, at a cemetery in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa May 15, 2014. Loudspeakers broadcast the names of the dead and excavators dug mass graves in this close-knit Turkish mining town on Thursday, while protesters gathered in major cities as grief turned to anger following the country's deadliest industrial disaster. Rescuers were still trying to reach parts of the coal mine in Soma, 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul, almost 48 hours after fire knocked out power and shut down the ventilation shafts and elevators, trapping hundreds underground. At least 282 people have been confirmed dead, mostly from carbon monoxide poisoning, and hopes are fading of pulling out any more alive of the 100 or so still thought to be inside. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
USA-WILDFIRES/CALIFORNIA
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May 15, 2014
Students from California State University, San Marcos, look at the smoke from the trees as they put out...
San Diego, UNITED STATES
Students from California State University, San Marcos, look at the smoke from the trees as they put out...
Students from California State University, San Marcos, look at the smoke from the trees as they put out hot spots with fire extinguishers while firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. California fire crews, helped by diminished overnight winds, made substantial headway by early Wednesday against a blaze that had prompted thousands of evacuations in and around San Diego for several hours while flames were at their peak. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson
CHINA-BURIALS/
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May 15, 2014
A woman reacts as she travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. Faced...
Shanghai, China
A woman reacts as she travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai
A woman reacts as she travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. Faced with an ageing population, soaring property prices and increasingly scarce land, the Chinese government has been trying for years to convince more people to break with tradition and bury loved ones at sea. But it has been slow to catch on. Many older Chinese oppose cremation and prefer to be buried beside ancestors, according to tradition, ideally on a verdant hillside with the proper "feng shui". REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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