The Week in Pictures: May 26 - June 2

Rolling Thunder raises awareness for POWs, heavy rain floods Texas, a panda holds her newborn cub, and more.

Kurt Walter sits on a garage roof and looks at debris after heavy storms and severe weather hit parts of southern Germany causing floods, near Braunbach on May 30.

PHOTOS: Fatal Floods Wreak Havoc In Germany and France


A passenger looks through a bus windshield with bullet holes alongside the Mozambican Main North South road (NH1) on May 27 at Nhamapaza in the Gorongosa area, Mozambique. This main artery has been the epicenter of attacks by the Mozambican National Resistence (RENAMO). This region of Gorongosa has been witnessing an increase in skirmishes and sporadic clashes between the Mozambican army and the RENAMO.

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Shi'ite fighters take a selfie while firing artillery towards Islamic State militants near Fallujah, Iraq on May 29.

PHOTOS: Iraqi Forces Beef Up Effort to Recapture Fallujah from ISIS


Rescue workers investigate a trash dump near Grybovychi village near Lviv, Ukraine on May 30. Three Ukrainian rescuers were missing as a result of a landslide at the dump.


Tim Chambers, known as the Lone Marine for his annual day-long salute to riders during the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, kisses his new bride Lorraine Heist as riders pass by on Memorial Day weekend in Washington on May 29. The annual ride around Washington Mall raises awareness for prisoners of war and soldiers still missing in action.

PHOTOS: Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride Rumbles Through DC


Giant panda Hao Hao holds her newborn baby in her mouth at the park in Brugelette, Belgium on June 2. With the help of the Chinese government Hao Hao and her mate Xing Hui arrived in Belgium two years ago and Pairi Daiza adapted its park to build a bamboo forest for them.

VIDEO: Newborn Giant Panda Makes Noisy Public Debut

Benoit Bouchez / Pairi Daiza via AP

Volunteers with the Israeli Antique Authority (IAA) work at the Cave of the Skulls, an excavation site in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea on June 1. A team of volunteers and archaeologists are searching for remains of The Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the oldest known Hebrew texts, in a national bid to prevent the robbery of such important artifacts.


A victim is carried away from the scene of a terror attack at the Ambassador Hotel, after a car bomb exploded on June 1 at a top Mogadishu hotel that houses several MPs, killing several people. Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group was chased out of the capital in 2011 but remains a dangerous threat in both Somalia and neighboring Kenya, where it carries out frequent attacks.


A young male elephant named Plai Kwan Mueang lies down to interact with students with disabilities during the Elephant Education Program for Blind and Disable Children at the Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand on May 25.

The program was designed using elephants and nature to help young children with multiple disabilities to adapt themselves better to society by helping them to learn to manage their emotions and develop specific skills for their daily lives. 

The photo was made available to NBC News on May 31.


Passenger ferries and other maritime vessels are seen in a spot of light from a break in storm clouds over the waters of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong on May 28.

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Men who violated a 10 p.m. liquor ban are temporarily detained and made to do 40 push-ups at police headquarters in Manila on May 28. A Manila police station implemented RODY, or “Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youths,” and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will impose a nationwide curfew on children being on the streets late at night and is considering banning the serving of alcohol after midnight.

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French and German youths take part in a show at the French National cemetery outside the Douaumont Ossuary in northeastern France on May 29, during a remembrance ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle of Verdun. The battle of Verdun was one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I lasting 300 days and claiming more than 300,000 lives.


Two men stand on the Dry Creek Bridge as they look at a stranded vehicle from the rising flood water in Austin, Texas on May 27.

VIDEO: Texas Floods Reach Historic Levels

Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman via AP