May 25, 2014

    Published May 25, 2014


    A judge watches the leather ring held by two competitors with their middle fingers at the Alps Finger Wrestling championships in Reichertshofen, southern Germany. Competitors battle for the title in this traditional rural sport where the winner has to pull his opponent over a marked line on the table.


    A man prepares a ballot in a booth at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Dobropillya. Ukraine held a presidential election seen as the most important in the country's history as it battles a deadly pro-Russian insurrection in the east.


    Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves as a sign of grief at the holy shrine of the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim during the annual commemoration of the saint's death at Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq.


    Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.


    Soldiers take up positions to block protesters against military rule at a shopping district in central Bangkok, Thailand. Military tightened its grip on power as it moved to douse smouldering protests fuelled by social media and to rally commercial agencies and business to revitalize a battered economy.


    A anti-coup protester holds a banner at Amarin Plaza in central Bangkok, Thailand. (Steve Herman/VOA)


    Pedestrians walk through of the field of United States flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. The 37,000 U.S. flags are planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present.


    Motorist wait for the annual Rolling Thurnder motorcycle rally in the Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, Virginia, on Memorial Day weekend. (Dimitris Manis/VOA Greek Service)


    About 1,400 electoral officials sort ballot papers after the conclusion of voting in the European Parliament elections at the Messe in Munich, Germany.


    A white peacock opens its plumage at Nogeyama Zoo in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, Japan.


    Paramilitary policemen demolish a building after an earthquake hit Yingjiang county, Yunnan province, May 24, 2014. At least 13 people were injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Yingjiang county in southwest China, Xinhua News Agency reported.


    A Hindu devotee with coconuts attached to his body with pins, walks on hot coal during anniversary celebrations of a Hindu temple in Rangoon, Burma.


    A woman's face is projected onto an art sculpture on the third night of the Vivid Sydney light and music festival, Australia.

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