The Week in Pictures: May 1 - 8

After the flood in Florida, ‘firenardo’ mesmerizes in Missouri, protester brings flower power to Odessa, Spanish selfies on May Day and more.

Tourists take a "selfie" as demonstrators burn a trash container during a May Day rally in Barcelona, Spain, on May 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis.

Manu Fernandez / AP

Police detain university students on a statue of King Sejong the Great during a protest against South Korean President Park Geun-hye, in central Seoul on May 8. A dozen university students demonstrated to demand Park's resignation over the Sewol ferry disaster.


A Missouri woman captured this photo of a phenomenon that has been dubbed a "firenado" while she was driving down a country road near the town of Chillicothe on May 3.

A woman argues with members of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry security force during a rally outside a trade union building in Odessa, on May 3. More than 40 people were killed in riots between supporters and opponents of Russia in southern Ukraine, with most casualties occuring after a building was set ablaze during the clashes. The incident was by far the worst in Ukraine since a February uprising that ended with a pro-Russian president fleeing the country.

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Mud covers the homes of the remote northeastern Afghan village of Abi Barik on May 5, after a landslide swept through the area on Friday. Hundreds of people were killed in a torrent of mud that was likely triggered by heavy rains. Authorities are trying to help the 700 families displaced in the diaster.

Rahmat Gul / AP

A man lays flowers inside the burnt trade union building in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 4. The building was the site of deadly riots where more than 40 were killed two days earlier.

Sergei Poliakov / AP

A man looks at a racing form before the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs on May 2 in Louisville, Ky.

Charlie Riedel / AP

Residents survey a damaged road in the Cordova Park neighborhood of Pensacola, Fla., on May 1. At least 11 inches of rain flooded the area in a relentless storm causing major damage to homes and infrastructure.

Michael Spooneybarger / X02986

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu shows his glove to first-base umpire Marvin Hudson, after catching a fly ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney in the seats, during the second inning of an interleague baseball game on May 7, in Chicago.

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Iranian firemen try to control a fire in a machine-oil depot in Qazvin, western Iran, late on May 6. The explosion caused a roaring blaze that firefighters were able to bring under control only after several hours. No causalities have been reported.

Erfan Dadkhah / FARS NEWS AGENCY

Hosen Sabah, a 16-year-old student, is comforted by his mother at a hospital in Damascus, Syria, on May 4. Hosen was wounded by a mortar outside his school on April 29, where 14 other students were killed and more than 80 wounded.

Dusan Vranic / AP

Debris rises in what Free Syrian Army fighters and Islamic rebels said was an operation to strike al-Sahaba checkpoint in an attempt to remove forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on May 5.

Rasem Ghareeb / X03403

A mourner cries next to yellow ribbons dedicated to missing and dead passengers of the sunken Sewol ferry, after paying tribute at the official memorial altar in Ansan on May 2.

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