Residents search through rubble just after after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21 in Moore, Oklahoma. The EF5 tornado, at least two miles wide, killed at least 24 people and leveled everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
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An aerial view of destroyed houses and buildings after the powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A picture taken on May 22 shows a classic sailing ship during the official opening of the Maasvlakte 2 extension in the port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The multi-billion euro Maasvlakte 2 project is the largest feat of Dutch maritime engineering in decades, and gives Europe's busiest port wider and deeper basins to accommodate the world's biggest freight ships.
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A Japanese tea farmer walks through a plantation in the hills of Ujitawara on May 22. The Ujltawara area is one of the most famous tea growing regions in Western Japan and is now in the harvest season.
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Afghan children play in a camp for returning refugees on the outskirts of Mazar-i Sharif, capital of Balkh Province, Afghanistan on May 21. After 30 years of conflict that destroyed institutions and infrastructure, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Polls show that at a local level, Afghans are less concerned about security than they are about jobs, electricity, and roads.
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Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Belz Hasidic Dynasty take part in the wedding ceremony of Rabbi Shalom Rokach, the Grandson of the Belz Rabbi, to Hana Batya Pener, in the early morning of May 22 in Jerusalem, Israel. Some 25,000 participated in one of the largest weddings in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in the past few years.
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Press photographers take pictures as demonstrators clash with riot police outside Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, while Chilean President Sebastian Pinera delivers his annual message to the nation on May 21.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays with children at a nursery school in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on May 21. The Yokohama city government has managed to reduce the average number of children on the waiting list for admission to nursery schools and kindergartens from 179 last year to zero this year. Abe's efforts to make it easier for women to work are part of his larger reform package of economic reforms, dubbed "Abenomics," designed to turn Japan's long-flagging economy around. But will Abe be too distracted by right-wing, nationalist issues to focus on the economy? For Tobias Harris's thoughts, see this FP article.
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An Indian Sikh man sleeps in the shade alongside his bicycle in Amritsar on May 22. The entire north of the country and various other parts are reeling from heat wave conditions.
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Ducks play in a hotel garden in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 21.
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Kesdi Wiyono, 65, who has worked for 20 years at a mie lethek, or noodle, factory, stands next to a cow at the factory in Srandakan village, Bantul on May 22 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In the factory, cows rotate a one-ton stone cylinder in order to grind the flour, an ancient technique rarely seen today.
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In this May 22 photo, a pedestrian passes a mural in the Christopher Street PATH train stop days after Mark Carson was killed in a homophobic hate crime in New York City. Following the shooting, there have been several other anti-gay attacks in recent days in New York City. The historic gay community of Chelsea and parts of the West Village are struggling to come to terms with the latest attacks.
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Fishermen wait to move harvested fish to shore in Dalijia fishing port, Dalian, Liaoning province, China on May 21. Industrial output in China rose 9.3 percent in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on May 13, accelerating from March but below market expectations, underscoring sluggish growth.
Pope Francis waits for a cardinal after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican on May 22.
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Students and teachers of public universities march in protest towards the Education Ministry, demanding a "fair budget" for education, on May 22 in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Shepherd Sascha Gaebler drives his sheep through the town center on May 19 in Moernsheim, Germany. The annual event in the Altmuehltal region of northern Bavaria, which is know for its lamb production, coincides with Pentecost.
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A woman lights a candle inside the shrine of El Rocio on May 19 in El Rocio, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession attracts roughly a million pilgrims each year, who make their way across Andalusia by foot, on horseback, and in horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio.
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Special Operations agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection train for upcoming operations on May 20 near the U.S.-Mexico border in Edinburg, Texas. The Rio Grande Valley area has become the busiest border sector for illegal immigration, with more than a 50 percent increase in the last year.
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A man walks by a empty factory on May 20 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Waterbury, once a thriving industrial city with one of the largest brass manufacturing bases in the world, has suffered economically in recent decades as manufacturing jobs have left the area. According to recent census data, 20.6 percent of the city's residents are living below the poverty level.
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A forensic anthropology team from Baylor University unearths the remains of unidentified immigrants from a cemetery on May 21 in Falfurrias, Texas. Teams from Baylor University and the University of Indianapolis are exhuming the bodies of more than 50 immigrants who died, mostly from heat exhaustion, while crossing illegally from Mexico into the United States. The bodies will be examined and cross-checked with DNA sent from Mexico and Central American countries, with the goal of reuniting the remains with families.
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Annapolis Naval Academy freshmen, class of 2016, celebrate after finishing the climbing of the Herndon Monument at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 20 in Annapolis, Maryland. Each year, members of the freshman class, known as "plebes," must climb the lard-covered monument to retrieve the plebe "dixie cup" hat and replace it with an upperclassmen's hat.
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Visitors admire the plants on display in The Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on May 21 in London, England. The Chelsea Flower Show celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
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German Agriculture and Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner holds a honeycomb presented to her by a beekeper on the roof of the Dom Cathedral on May 22 in Berlin, Germany. Aigner took part in the event to promote a new bee app for smartphones (released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Protection) that helps consumers to identify bee-friendly plants and learn more about the role of bees in nature.
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A woman shows off a frog at the MesaAmerica gastronomy summit in Mexico City, Mexico on May 22. Some of the best chefs in the world traveled to Mexico City to participate in the summit.
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