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Photos of the Week: 5/10-5/16


This week's edition includes images of the wildfires in southern California, a Sphinx in China, India's recent elections, a gold mine in Central African Republic, Brazil's new riot police uniforms, a HALO jump over the Philippines, and more. [35 photos]

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Student Frank Schreiber gives a sponge bath to a mannequin named Frau Schmidt, a mock patient used in an elderly care training program at the Edith Stein Catholic vocational training center on May 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The supply of caregivers for the elderly in Germany has not met the demand, as an aging population finds itself in need of qualified nurses. According to one study, estimates hold that there will be a shortage of up to 152,000 caregivers by the year 2025. Due to low fertility rates and increased longevity, the elderly population of the country is predicted to increase from 7% of the total population in the previous century to over 10% by the year 2020. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Student Frank Schreiber gives a sponge bath to a mannequin named Frau Schmidt, a mock patient used in an elderly care training program at the Edith Stein Catholic vocational training center on May 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The supply of caregivers for the elderly in Germany has not met the demand, as an aging population finds itself in need of qualified nurses. According to one study, estimates hold that there will be a shortage of up to 152,000 caregivers by the year 2025. Due to low fertility rates and increased longevity, the elderly population of the country is predicted to increase from 7% of the total population in the previous century to over 10% by the year 2020. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)
A UH-1Y Huey helicopter flies U.S. service members across the horizon near Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, during a special patrol insertion and extraction rigging exercise, on May 13, 2014. The exercise was conducted as part of the Helicopter Rope Suspension Training Master's Course, a 10-day course to train U.S. service members to land on the ground quickly in situations where aircraft may have difficulty landing. (USMC/Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg) #
Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton runs into a digital display on the outfield wall as he watches a home run hit by San Diego Padres' Will Venable during the first inning in San Diego, California, on May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) #
Low tide in the Loire Estuary, seen in an aerial view with cabins and their traditional hanging fish nets in Paimboeuf, France, on May 15, 2014. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe) #
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter drops water from a "bambi bucket" during aerial firefighting efforts in southern California on May 14, 2014. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 aircraft partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to conduct aerial firefighting against several wildfires ablaze in San Diego County. (USMC/Staff Sgt. Carl Atherton 3d MAW COMCAM) #
A miner is carried to an ambulance by rescue workers from the coal mine on May 14, 2014 in Soma, Manisa, Turkey. An explosion and fire in the coal mine killed at least 205 miners and trapped hundreds more. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 workers had been in the mine when the blast occurred. Turkey declared three days of mourning over the catastrophe. (Ozgu Ozdemir/Getty Images) #
Prospectors work at an open-pit at the Ndassima gold mine, near Djoubissi north of Bambari, Central African Republic, on May 9, 2014. (Reuters/Siegfried Modola) #
Mario Huettenhofer, chief of the German company 3D Fab, presents his own face as a 3d print during the international fairs FabCon 3.D and Rapid.Tech in Erfurt, Germany, on May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) #
Heidi, 27, cleans and inflates cow intestines which will be used for sausages as her daughter stands behind her, in the "Cholojeros" zone next to the railway lines in Zona 18, Guatemala City, on May 7, 2014. Most of the beef consumed in the city is produced in the Cholojeros zone, according to the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Food (MAGA) of Guatemala. The long-standing area got its name from the word "cholojo", which means animal intestines. (Reuters/Jorge Dan Lopez) #
Fresh snow from a spring snowstorm covers a hillside in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm has brought up to three feet of snow to the Rockies and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Female soldiers, acting as members of honour guards for the first time, stand in a line during a welcoming ceremony for Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, on May 12, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
In India, Chief Minister of western Gujarat state and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi flashes the victory sign as he arrives at a public rally after his victory in Vadodara on May 16, 2014. India's triumphant Hindu nationalists declared "a new era" in the world's biggest democracy Friday after hardline leader Narendra Modi propelled them to the biggest win in 30 years on promises to revitalize the economy. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) #
Yasothon residents look on as huge, handmade rockets are launched into the air during the Bun Bang Fai rocket festival on May 11, 2014 in Yasothon, Thailand. During the festival, Thai residents launch enormous home-made rockets into the air to gain Buddhist merit and to celebrate the beginning of the rainy season. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images) #
Calum Macdonald works in the blending room at the Harris Tweed Hebrides Company in Shawbost, Stornoway, Scotland, on May 13, 2014. Sales in one of Scotland's last cottage industries are soaring with Japan, Russia and Germany being some of the largest international importers of the cloth. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #
Soldiers take part in a ceremony presenting the troops who will provide security during the upcoming World Cup at Brigadier Sampaio Camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12, 2014. Rio de Janeiro is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament that starts on June 12. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) #
The head of a full-scale replica of the Sphinx, part of an unfinished theme park that will also accommodate the production of movies, television shows and animation, is seen behind trees on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China, on May 15, 2014. (Reuters/Petar Kujundzic) #
Bosnian people work to divert a stream of water from their home near Zenica, 120 kms north of Sarajevo, on May 15, 2014. Heavy rainfall caused the river Bosna to flood surrounding areas causing power cuts and road blockades in some suburban and rural areas. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) #
A rainbow appears to fall from a water bucket as a fire fighting helicopter works a fire on a hillside near San Marcos, California, on May 14, 2014. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest pose for a photo as they clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, on May 16, 2014. Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia insurgents to retreat from the government buildings they had seized in a major city in eastern Ukraine, giving residents hope that a wave of violence was over. Mariupol is the second-largest city in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, one of two regions that declared independence Monday from the central government in Kiev. Citizen patrols began there earlier this week as Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man, urged steelworkers at his factories to help police restore order. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) #
In this photo taken on Sunday, May 11, 2014, a "Maya" girl sits on an altar during the traditional celebration of "Las Mayas" in central Madrid, Spain. The festival originates from pagan traditions and dates back to the medieval age, taking place annually at the beginning of May to celebrate the beginning of spring. A girl aged between 7 and 11 is chosen as Maya and is required to sit still, serious, and quiet for a couple of hours on an altar on the street decorated with flowers and plants. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
A Palestinian man shouts for help moments after Palestinian teen, Mohammad Abu Daher, on the ground, was shot to death by Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 15, 2014. Medical officials say Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teens in a West Bank clash that erupted after Palestinians marked the anniversary of their uprooting in the war over Israel's 1948 creation. Officials at Ramallah Hospital say the two, ages 15 and 17, were shot in the upper body by live fire. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) #
People ride on a makeshift trolley that is pushed on the rails of the Philippine railroad in Manila, Philippines. Small-time entrepreneurs push commuters on their trolleys, charging a small fee for transporting them short distances, earning an average of about 6.75 USD a day, despite the potential threat they face from the trains that also use the rails. Usually, when a train is approaching, the passengers and operator of the trolley just get down, lift their vehicle off the rails and let the train go by. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images) #
Workers clean up after an above-ground oil pipeline ruptured causing some 10,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the streets of Los Angeles, on May 15, 2014. The oil was "knee deep" in some areas and spread over a half mile area in Atwater Village, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) #
Viewed from the 500-foot level of the newly-reopened Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, rear, and the National World War II Memorial below, in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2014. The monument, which sustained damage from an earthquake in August 2011, reopened to the public on the 12th. (AP Photo) #
A Carlsbad, California police officer turns traffic away as flames leap behind him on May 14, 2014. Weather conditions that at least temporarily calmed allowed firefighters to gain ground early Wednesday on a pair of wildfires that forced thousands of residents to leave their homes. (AP Photo) #
A girl rides a horse in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
A view of the interior of a supermarket after it was looted by residents during a police strike in Recife, Brazil, on May 15, 2014. Pernambuco state police called a strike over their demands for better salaries and benefits. (Reuters/Bobby Fabisak-JC Imagem) #
Ground personnel arrive at the landing site seconds after the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft landed with International Space Station Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA on May 14, 2014 near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Wakata, Tyurin and Mastracchio returned to Earth after more than six months onboard the ISS, where they served as members of the Expedition 38 and 39 crews. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images) #
Xie Guobiao, 11, tied to a pillar with a rope, cries as his grandmother and younger sister look on at his home in Daohui village of Lishui, Zhejiang province, China, on May 7, 2014. Xie was diagnosed as mentally handicapped when he was young, but the family was not able to provide him with sufficient medical treatment due to their poverty. At the age of six, Xie started to sneak out of his home when others were not looking, climbing on top of houses and smashing windows. Xie's family had to pay over 10,000 yuan ($1,606) in compensation to others for the damage he caused. Since then, the family has had to tie Xie up with a rope both at home and in public, they said. (Reuters/William Hong) #
Thai monks at Wat Pan Tao take part in a candle lighting ceremony celebrating Visak Day on May 13, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Visak Day is a Theravada Buddhist religious holiday commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images) #
A protester is kicked by Yusuf Yerkel (left), advisor to Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, as Special Forces police officers detain him during a protest against Erdogan's visit to Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa, on May 14, 2014. Four Turkish labor unions called for a national one-day strike on Thursday in protest against the country's worst industrial disaster that killed at least 282 people in a coal mine in western Turkey. (Reuters/Mehmet Emin Al/Depo Photos) #
A Bornean orangutan plays in the courtyard at Surabaya Zoo on May 13, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA) delegates and other animal experts will soon meet to share knowledge about how to handle animals properly. There have been ongoing conflicts within Surabaya Zoo internal management that have lead to numerous fatalities over the last four years due to malnourishment and improper housing. (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images) #
Israeli border policemen stand near a bulldozer as it demolishes a temporary structure in the West Bank Jewish settler outpost of Maale Rehavam, near Bethlehem, on May 14, 2014. Seven structures were razed on Wednesday by Israeli border police officers and no injuries or arrests were made during the incidences, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. The structures were demolished as part of Israel's continuing effort to remove settlements built without government authorization. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #
A woman wearing a white fox mask uses a mobile phone at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district, on May 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) #
Philippine Army Special Forces freefall jumpers with Special Operations Command, stationed at Fort Magsaysay jump from a KC-130J "Sumos", during High Altitude Low Opening military freefall jumps -- part of the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise for Balikatan 2014 at Crow Valley, Philippines, on May 15, 2014. This year marks the 30th iteration of Balikatan, an annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise. (USMC/Lance Cpl. Allison DeVries) #
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