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The Week in Pictures: May 2 - 9

A volcano's fury, Kentucky Derby memories, a lonely car, a natural monarch, and more.

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High and dry

Desirae Masterson, from Indianapolis, Ind., with her elaborate hat covered in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain, shares a mint julep with her husband, Ray, before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4 in Louisville, Ky.

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Horses for courses

Horses thunder around one of the turns during the Kentucky Derby. The race, which was run in muddy conditions, was won by Orb, with Joel Rosario in the saddle. This image made with a special lens.

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Holy mud-rimony

A couple dressed as a bride and groom take part in the Maldon Mud Race on May 5 in Maldon, a town in eastern England. The race originated in 1973 and involves competitors racing around a course on the mudbanks of a local river.


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Image: Springs Fire In Southern California Gains Strength, Continues To Threaten Homes

View of a conflagration

A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames as an out-of-control blaze called the Springs fire spreads May 3 near Camarillo, Calif., a community northwest of Los Angeles.

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Image: A resident walks past a car parked among debris at a site demolished as part of a street broadening project in Taiyuan

Lot of rubble

A resident walks past a car parked among debris in an area demolished as part of a street-widening project in Taiyuan, a city southwest of Beijing on May 6. The owner of the car could not be reached for over ten days and workers were told to continue the demolition around the vehicle, according to local media.

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Recalling a dark past

Cadets of the Ukrainian Military Academy prepare to celebrate the anniversary of victory over the Nazis at a memorial to World War II veterans in a park in the capital, Kiev. Ukrainians celebrate May 9, World War II Victory Day, as a national holiday.

Efrem Lukatsky / AP
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Enthusiastic reception

Flanked by bodyguards, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, center, greets supporters as leaves a courthouse in Port-au-Prince on May 8. Aristide had testified before a judge investigating the slaying of one of the country's most prominent journalists.

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP
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Huge building, huge flag

A man stretches a giant European Union flag in front of the parliament building in Bucharest, Romania, on May 9. A private TV station installed the flag, which weighs more than 1,700 pounds, to mark Europe Day.

Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
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Image: A man sits on the window of a burning building before falling from it, in central Lahore

Deadly inferno

A man sits on a window opening of a burning building in Lahore, Pakistan, on May 9 after fire erupted on the seventh floor of the 13-story LDA Plaza and quickly spread. At least three people fell from the building, including the man pictured. A total of eight died, according to local media reports.

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Seagull trails

This picture taken with a slow exposure shows seagulls flying in the sky over Rome, Italy, on May 2.

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Bye-bye, white sheep

A child touches a slaughtered sheep in the village of Babaj Bokes, Kosovo, on May 6 during the celebration of Saint George's Day.

Armend Nimani / AFP
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Image: At leaset seven people killed in a car bomb attack in Mogadishu

Attack aftermath

A firefighter at the scene of a May 5 car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia. The blast hit a convoy of government vehicles, killing at least seven.

Elyas Ahmed / EPA
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Image: Tungurahua volcano keeps its activity

Volcano's mighty power

The erupting Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua, seen from the village of Cotalo on May 8, keeps generating explosions and expelling incandescent boulders, which roll down its flanks.


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Image: A musician from a military band rests before an official ceremony at a military base in the Russian southern city of Stavropol

Musical interlude

A musician from a military band rests before al ceremony at a military base in Stavropol, Russia, on May 6.

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No Clairol for this monarch

Queen Elizabeth II leaves London's Palace of Westminster after the State Opening of Parliament on May 8.

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