Astronaut Mike Massimino is seen through a window of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 17. The crew completed five spacewalks to refurbish and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
Some 1,200 balloons - and a random bird - swirl around the Eiffel Tower on the monument's 120th anniversary May 19 in Paris. Designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel, the steel structure was inaugurated in 1889 and has since become an instantly recognizable symbol of Paris.
A young child, driven from his home in the Swat region due to the Pakistan army's offensive against the Taliban, rests after collecting water at a relief camp on May 20 in Swabi, Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are believed to have been displaced as a result of the fighting.
A photographer is reflected in micro seaweeds in a basin on May 18 at the Seche environmental plant in Le Vigeant, southern France. Seche Environnement, a group specializing in the treatment and storage of non-radioactive waste, produces green fuel from seaweeds.
Canadian soldiers wait in a wheat field for a helicopter to supply water and food during a military operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on May 16.
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The road connecting El Calafate with Los Glaciares National Park is seen through a windshield in Argentina's Patagonia region on May 18.
Hundreds of vultures noisily feast on the dead rabbits that retired sailor Jose Ramon Moragrega dumped on a patch of gravel on April 22 near Valderrobres, eastern Spain. Moragrega, 57, has repeated this ritual each morning for the past 21 years at his property.
Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez adjusts his brassiere while getting dressed at his home in Havana on May 16, the International Day Against Homophobia. Alvarez is waiting his turn for a sex-change operation under the Cuban health care system. The surgery, like all other health care in Cuba, will be free.
A Guantanamo detainee yells behind his cell window after seeing a group of journalists who were visiting the Camp 5 maximum-security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on May 13.
A boy jumps into the sea at a fishing harbor on a hot day, in the southern Indian city of Chennai on May 15.
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Porsche cars are pictured in a mirror in the roof in front of the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart, Germany, on May 18.
Mick Campbell of Australia surfs during the Billabong Pro Teahupoo contest on May 19 in Teahupo'o, French Polynesia.
Women in wedding gowns smoke cigarettes in the shade during the "Bride Parade" in Bucharest, Romania, on May 17. The event gathered future and former brides under the slogan of "Be a bride for one more day."
A Spanish riot policeman guards the entrance of the building of a shipyard as a former worker looks through an opening in the door in Gijon, northern Spain, on May 19. Former shipyard workers who have taken early retirement occupied the shipyard's buildings, demanding assurances that they will be paid after the shipyard closes on May 31. Graffiti reads "Solution for early retirement workers."
Fishermen in murky water near the town of Lago Agrio, Ecuador, in May. Ecuadorans are suing oil giant Chevron, the owner of Texaco, because they say oil exploration in the Amazon jungle by Texaco polluted their environment.
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Members of a Cuban military band play their instruments on a square in Havana on May 17.
Heavy fog shrouds Chongqing, China, on May 14. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities due to the country's long-running economic expansion.
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