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Our world in photos: May 28

A 21-day-old Spix's macaw chick is carried in a basket into its incubator at a breeding facility project in its native habitat in a rural area of Curaca, Bahia state, Brazil, Monday, March 11, 2024. A South African couple is reintroducing the Spix’s macaw to nature through breeding and reintroduction efforts. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Photo: Andre Penner/AP

BRAZIL — Rare close-up view of a nearly-newborn macaw:  A 21-day-old Spix’s macaw chick is carried in a basket into its incubator at a breeding facility project in its native habitat in a rural area of Curaca, Bahia state, Brazil, Monday, March 11, 2024. A South African couple is attempting to revive the Spix’s macaw population in its native habitat in northeastern Brazil through breeding and reintroduction efforts. Despite this, the species faces another long-term threat: the dwindling of the habitat itself — a tropical dry forest known as the caatinga. Globally, there are an estimated 177 captive Spix’s macaws after they were declared extinct in the wild in 2000.

Complicating the species’ preservation are legal loopholes allowing near-extinct animals to be moved across borders for breeding, such as to zoos or research organizations. But they have become trafficked in international trade, according to a Mongabay Series article published in January 2024. 

A Spanish fighting bull billboard, is painted with the colours of the Palestinian flag and a writing that reads "free Palestine", on the outskirts of Madrid, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Spain and Norway have moved to formally recognize a Palestinian state with Ireland to follow suit on Tuesday in a coordinated effort by the three western European nations. While dozens of countries have recognized a Palestinian state, none of the major Western powers has done so. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP

MADRID — Pro-Palestinian sympathy spreads to a new arena: A Spanish fighting bull billboard is painted with the colors of the Palestinian flag and a writing that reads “free Palestine” on the outskirts of Madrid, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Spain and Norway have moved to formally recognize a Palestinian state, with Ireland to follow suit on Tuesday in a coordinated effort by the three Western European nations. While dozens of countries have recognized a Palestinian state, none of the major Western powers has done so. The three countries said they had sought to accelerate efforts to secure a ceasefire in Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza, according to Reuters, and hope that their decision will incentivize other nations to follow their lead.

The nations hope that the symbolism behind their declaration will boost Palestine’s international standing and augment the pressure on Israel to open negotiations that could end the war.

In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide. (Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP)
Photo: Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP

PAPUA NEW GUINEA — Nature’s revenge — landslide and underground streams exacerbate health problems: In this photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea’s recent mass-casualty disaster because of water streams trapped beneath tons of debris and decaying corpses seeping downhill following the May 24 landslide, which sent boulders the size of shipping containers toward buildings, demolishing them and burying at least 60 homes and at least one elementary school.

Papua New Guinea, considered one of the world’s poorest countries, is especially vulnerable to natural disasters. Aid to the region has been hindered as the landslide disrupted the main highway into the region.

A boy bathes his cattle in the River Tawi on a hot summer day in Jammu, India, Tuesday, May 28, 2024.(AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Photo: Channi Anand/AP

JAMMU — A sacred cow cooling off: A boy bathes his cattle in the River Tawi on a hot summer day in Jammu, India, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Hinduism reveres the cow as a sacred animal that symbolizes wealth, strength, and motherly love. It is believed to be the earthly representative of the divine and nourishing Mother Goddess, who represents fertility and bountifulness. Hindus believe cow’s milk purifies the human body.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is considered the protector of cows.

Dorothea Barron, aged 99, who was a serving Wren at the time of D-Day sits in a Spitfire with pilot Jeremy Britcher at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans took WWII veterans, including Normandy veterans, to an event at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar just ahead of their trip to Normandy for the D Day 80th Anniversary. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

ENGLAND — Remembering D-Day 80 years later: Dorothea Barron, aged 99, who was a serving Wren at the time of D-Day, sits in a Spitfire with pilot Jeremy Britcher at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans took WWII veterans, including Normandy veterans, to an event at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar just ahead of their trip to Normandy for the D-Day 80th Anniversary. 

Established in 1948 following World War II, The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans aimed to help veterans of that war by giving them outings and other entertainment, as well as providing much-needed specialized equipment. The organization was formerly known as the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled.

Nowadays, The Taxi Charity assists all British veterans and organizes the annual outing to the seaside town of Worthing, which is just across the English Channel from Normandy Beach, France.

Patti Manley, 69, moves a shredded American flag as she gathers branches from the backyard of her mother's home on Morningdale Place in Mehlville, Mo. on Monday, May 27, 2024, following a violent storm and possible tornado Sunday evening. Manley was staying with her mother Jackie Moloney, 88, when the storm hit. She and her mother rode it out in an interior bathroom. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Photo: Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

MISSOURI — Nature’s revenge — Storms everywhere are more violent now: Patti Manley, 69, moves a shredded American flag as she gathers branches from the backyard of her mother’s home on Morningdale Place in Mehlville, MO. on Monday, May 27, 2024, following a violent storm and possible tornado Sunday evening. Manley was staying with her mother, Jackie Moloney, 88, when the storm hit. She and her mother rode it out in an interior bathroom. The tornado, which the National Weather Service categorized as an EF-1, was one of five that swept through the St. Louis area on Monday, according to NBC affiliate Channel 5.

The first five months of this year have already catapulted 2024 to the fourth-highest year for tornado touchdowns in the St. Louis region.

Ramón Martinez Prieto, on his horse Nikki, goes through the drive-through at the McDonald's in the Clark County village of Enon, Ohio, Saturday, May 25, 2024, to pick up lunch. (Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP)
Photo: Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP

OHIO — Daily life — A ‘ride through’ for a Big Mac, or is it a job? Ramón Martinez Prieto, on his horse Nikki, goes through the drive-through at the McDonald’s in the Clark County village of Enon, Ohio, Saturday, May 25, 2024, to pick up lunch. Incorporated in 1850, Enon is situated in the Springfield metropolitan area near Dayton. Although considered a suburb of Dayton, Enon is part rural as well.

One note of fame: Enon was the home of Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom while stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

A female eastern bluebird holds a clump of pine needles she is using to pad a nesting box, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP

MAINE — ‘Can’t stop and talk politics … I’m working here’: A female eastern bluebird holds a clump of pine needles she is using to pad a nesting box, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Freeport, Maine. The female eastern bluebirds have more subdued coloring. Some non-migratory birds of this species nest year-round.

Bluebirds, in many cultures and traditions, are considered a harbinger of joy and good fortune. 

Some 600 stolen works of art that where gave back by the United States of America to the Italian Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage are displayed during their presentation to journalists in Rome, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP

ROME — Stolen art, which found its way to U.S. outlets, repatriated back home: Some 600 stolen works of art returned by the U.S. to the Italian Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage are displayed during their presentation to journalists in Rome, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The artifacts, including ancient bronze statues, gold coins, mosaics and manuscripts valued at 60 million euros ($65 million), were looted years ago and sold to U.S. museums, galleries and collectors. The Carabinieri (a plural word for the Italian national police force) recovered them from criminal investigations.

The Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage is a specialized force that investigates crimes and incidents involving archaeology, antique dealing, fakes, and contemporary art. The United States government has pledged to work with them to get the artifacts to their rightful owners.

Former President Donald Trump awaits the start of proceedings in Manhattan Criminal Court, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, Pool)
Photo: Julia Nikhinson, Pool via AP

MANHATTAN — No matter what the outcome today, on Tuesday morning, these quotes and notes were covered by quiet hands: Donald Trump awaits the start of proceedings in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in New York.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, prosecuting attorney Joshua Steinglass was connecting the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape and Stormy Daniels’ payment, explaining to the jury the significance of the context of the deal paying off Daniels — just after the “Access Hollywood” tape leak had “caused pandemonium in the Trump campaign.” Meanwhile, defense lawyer Todd Blanche, in his almost two-hour closing argument, attacked the case’s foundation, arguing that the prosecution’s star witness lied on the stand and could not be trusted.

The jury, which will then have to evaluate 34 counts of falsifying business records, may take longer than this week to reach a verdict.

Robert De Niro, center, argues with a Donald Trump supporter after speaking to reporters in support of President Joe Biden across the street from Trump's criminal trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Photo: Seth Wenig/PA

MANHATTAN — ‘Move over President Biden, this is the guy your supporters want debating Trump …’: Robert De Niro, center, argues with a Donald Trump supporter after speaking to reporters in support of President Joe Biden across the street from Trump’s criminal trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The case currently in State Supreme Court deals with a hush-money scandal involving a porn actress. But DeNiro and the Democrats want to refocus on the incident that they say jeopardized American democracy: the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

DeNiro called Trump and his supporters “gangsters” and declared that if the defendant wins re-election, democracy ends.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of the German government guest house in Meseberg, north of Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, Pool)
Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi, Pool via AP

MESEBERG — ‘It’s so pleasant here … we’re safe, right?’: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of the German government guest house in Meseberg, north of Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. During Macron’s visit, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier awarded the French president the International Peace Prize of Westphalia, a private sector award recognizing individuals or institutions for their efforts toward sustained peace.

Although they fought on opposite sides during World War II, France and Germany have been friends and allies since the 1963 Elysée Treaty and are now key partners in Europe.

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