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Our world in photos: May 31

A girl looks on in the family home of the late Ousmane Sylla ahead of his body's arrival in Conakry, Guinea, Monday, April 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Misper Apawu)
Photo: Misper Apawu/AP

GUINEA — Individual migrant story ends in tragedy: A girl looks on in the family home of the late Ousmane Sylla ahead of his body’s arrival in Conakry, Guinea, Monday, April 8, 2024. Ousmane made his way to Italy through northern Africa and spent months in a crowded, squalid migrant detention center, unable to contact his family. He died by suicide in February after other detainees said he became depressed and withdrawn.

The detention centers, which Italy’s far-right premier pledged to build more of, are considered the “black holes of human rights. Migrants are held at these centers ahead of their repatriation and are considered ineligible for either refugee status or international protection.

Migrants enraged by Ousmane’s suicide rioted, setting mattresses on fire. Thirteen were arrested in the melee.

A Ukrainian serviceman hugs his comrade after returning from captivity during a POWs exchange in Sumy region, Ukraine, Friday, May 31, 2024. Ukraine returned 75 prisoners, including four civilians, in the latest exchange of POWs with Russia. It's the fourth prisoner swap this year, and 52nd since Russia invaded Ukraine. In all, 3 210 Ukrainian servicemen and civilians were returned since the outbreak of the war. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

UKRAINE — A sign of progress, a sign of hope: A Ukrainian serviceman hugs his comrade after returning from captivity during a POWs exchange in Sumy region, Ukraine, Friday, May 31, 2024. Ukraine returned 75 prisoners, including four civilians, in the latest exchange of POWs with Russia. It’s the fourth prisoner swap this year and 52nd since Russia invaded Ukraine. In all, 3,210 Ukrainian servicemen and civilians were returned since the outbreak of the war. Among the released prisoners, according to Reuters, were 19 defenders of Snake Island. Located in the Black Sea, Snake Island became a symbol of Ukrainian defiance in the early days of the war.

The United Arab Emirates brokered the prisoner exchange, the first to take place in almost four months. 

Russia's Andrey Rublev vents his frustration after missing a shot against Italy's Matteo Arnaldi during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Photo: Jean-Francois Badias/AP

PARIS — Rublev’s racket is the only thing having a smashing performance today: Russia’s Andrey Rublev vents his frustration after missing a shot against Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi during their third-round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2024. The 23-year-old Arnaldi, who isn’t even seeded but is the #3 player in his native Italy, advanced to the next round when he eliminated the #6-seed Rublev 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-4.

Rublev expressed consternation with his own performance, even breaking his racquet. But Arnaldi told reporters such histrionics are typical for Rublev.

Marvin Estela Pineda, originally from El Salvador and who is blind from glaucoma, poses for a photo at her home in Madera, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2024. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing criticism for his proposal to eliminate an optional Medicaid benefit for some disabled immigrants. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
Photo: Gary Kazanjian/AP

CALIFORNIA — Part of the tragedy of migration — limited resources at the final destination: Marvin Estela Pineda, originally from El Salvador and who is blind from glaucoma, poses for a photo at her home in Madera, CA, Thursday, May 30, 2024. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing criticism for his proposal to eliminate an optional Medicaid benefit for some disabled immigrants. However, Newsom had previously vowed he would not end the coverage for low-income adults who are in the U.S. without legal permission, angering his allies, who say he is breaking his word.

California was one of the first states to provide free health insurance to all low-income adults regardless of their immigration status.

Engineer Guillermo D. Christy photographs a steel pillar filled with concrete that was installed inside the Aktun Tuyul cave system to support the Maya Train track on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Sunday, March 3, 2024. Construction of the Maya Train is rapidly destroying part of the hidden underground world of caverns and sinkhole lakes, known as cenotes, already under threat by development and mass tourism. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP

MEXICO — Additional support pillars for rail line: Engineer Guillermo D. Christy photographs a steel pillar filled with concrete that was installed inside the Aktun Tuyul cave system to support the Maya Train track on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Sunday, March 3, 2024. Construction of the Maya Train is rapidly destroying part of the hidden underground world of caverns and sinkhole lakes, known as cenotes, already under threat by development and mass tourism. Environmentalists are criticizing the construction project — meant to boost tourism — accusing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’ of doing too little to protect the cenotes, according to Time Magazine.

Elections on Sunday, June 2, will change the country’s leadership. It remains to be seen whether the two leading women candidates will move to protect the caverns. Guzman, being pro-business, is likely to prioritize tourism, while Claudia Sheinbaum supports policies that would help needy Mexicans.

Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir service, listens to her lawyer during a court hearing in Kazan, Russia on Friday, May 31, 2024. A court in Russia on Friday ordered the detained Russian American journalist to be held until at least Aug. 5, pending investigation and trial, a further step in the Kremlin's crackdown on dissent and free speech. (AP Photo)
Photo: Associated Press

RUSSIA — Another journalist endures detention here: Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Tatar-Bashkir service, listens to her lawyer during a court hearing in Kazan, Russia, on Friday, May 31, 2024. A court in Russia on Friday ordered the detained Russian American journalist to be held until at least Aug. 5, pending investigation and trial, a further step in the Kremlin’s crackdown on dissent and free speech.

Kurmasheva was initially stopped on June 2 while departing Kazan International Airport after entering Russia the prior month to visit her ailing mother. Officials confiscated Kurmasheva’s U.S. and Russian passports and fined her for failing to register her U.S. passport.

Sheep graze in front of the Mont-Saint-Michel Friday, May 31, 2024 in Brittany. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)
Photo: Jeremias Gonzalez/AP

FRANCE — ‘Eat fast guys, the tide is about to come in …’: Sheep graze in front of the Mont-Saint-Michel Friday, May 31, 2024, in Brittany. Mont-Saint-Michel is a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France, although some would say it’s in Brittany, a neighboring region to the southwest. The island village is an active commune and has four small museums. Mass is offered daily.

Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the first sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Bruhat Soma, 12, of Tampa, Fla., stands amid confetti after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
Photo: Nathan Howard/AP

TAMPA — The words were much harder than ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’: Bruhat Soma, 12, of Tampa, FL, stands amid confetti after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 30, 2024. Bruhat’s winning word was abseil, the definition of which is a mountaineering tactic of rappelling by use of a rope looped over a protrusion.  The Spell-offs are special rounds called into play when a competition has exceeded regulation time, and there is still no champion. According to the Spelling Bee rules, the remaining contestants have 90 seconds to spell a group of words in rapid succession. The contestant who gets the most words correct becomes the winner.

Bruhat’s said he practiced the spell-off component for more than six months. His prizes include $50,000 in cash, a trophy and other items.

Cadet Jonathan Loh, left, from Singapore, and the class of 2024 at the United States Air Force Academy toss their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly over Falcon Stadium, Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
Photo: Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — Hats off, into the air, at military academy: Cadet Jonathan Loh, left, from Singapore, and the class of 2024 at the United States Air Force Academy toss their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly over Falcon Stadium, Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, CO. The commencement speaker was Vice President Kamala Harris, who urged the Academy’s Class of 2024 to uphold and build upon the nation’s dominance of the air, giving examples of how the Air Force is helping NATO and protecting the people of Ukraine.

This year’s graduating class matriculated during the pandemic and Women comprise 30% of it, though it was considered ethnically less diverse than in recent years.

Lava flow is seen in the town of Grindavik, Iceland, Thursday, May 30, 2024. Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday but the activity had calmed significantly from when it erupted a day earlier. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)
Photo: Marco di Marco/AP

GRINDAVIK — Visible here is the danger of hot lava so close to a town that was evacuated the day before: Lava flow is seen in the town of Grindavik, Iceland, Thursday, May 30, 2024. Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday, but the activity had calmed significantly from when it erupted a day earlier. The Icelandic Met Office reported as of 6 p.m. EDT on Friday that the lava flow was holding stable but warned of gas pollution in the area.

The activity on the eruption fissure extends from the location of the crater that erupted for the longest part of the previous eruption and to the north of it. Lava flows from the crater towards the area between Hagafell and Sýlingarfell, and it is also thickening near the crater.”

A road is covered by lava flow from a volcano in Grindavik, Iceland, Thursday, May 30, 2024. Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday but the activity had calmed significantly from when it erupted a day earlier.(AP Photo/Marco di Marco)
Photo: Marco di Marco/AP

GRINDAVIK — Relentless and fatal when live: A road is covered by lava flow from a volcano in Grindavik, Iceland, Thursday, May 30, 2024. Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday, but the activity had calmed significantly from when it erupted a day earlier.

The Icelandic Met Office “has updated the hazard assessment in light of the development of the volcanic eruption. Zones 1, 5, and 7 have been downgraded from high hazard to considerable (orange),” according to that government’s website.

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York. A day after a New York jury found Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony charges, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the conviction and likely attempt to cast his campaign in a new light. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Photo: Julia Nikhinson/AP

TRUMP TOWER — ‘34?? … 34 is nothing. I deal in billions’: Former President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York. A day after a New York jury found Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony charges, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the conviction and his likely attempt to cast his campaign in a new light.

Trump loyalists among the elected officials are saying the best way for him to win the White House includes a successful appeal of his conviction.

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