Week in Photos: June 1, 2013

From the spelling bee winner to France’s first gay married couple, see the week’s most striking images.

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Charlie Riedel/AP

Moore, Oklahoma

May 25, 2013
Tina Taylor salvages items at her brother-in-law’s tornado-ravaged home.

Molly Riley/AP

Arlington, Virginia

May 27, 2013
Heidi Heming, 27, left, of Chattanooga, Tenn., is comforted by volunteer Marina Clifford, 12, while visiting a loved one’s gravesite at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are buried in Section 60.

Rich Schultz/AP

McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey

May 28, 2013
A member of the Secret Service is reflected in the side of Air Force One as President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie departed for an appearance at Asbury Park, one of the many Jersey shore communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy.

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

National Harbor, Maryland

May 30, 2013
Arvind V. Mahankali, representing New York, speaks to reporters after winning the championship round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Mahankali won by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a German-derived Yiddish word, defeating Pranav Sivakumar, representing Illinois.

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Bazarak District, Afghanistan

May 29, 2013
Afghan security forces stand over the dead bodies of insurgents after a suicide attack in Panjshir province. Afghan security forces killed six suicide bombers who attacked the Panjshir provincial governor’s office early on May 29, officials said, in an assault on one the the most stable areas of the country.

Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty

Baghdad, Iraq

May 27, 2013
Smoke from explosions billows on the background as supporters watch Iraq playing a friendly match against Liberia at al-Shaab Stadium. Two of the blasts, which killed 58 people in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq, went off near the the al-Shaab stadium as Iraq’s national football team was playing Liberia the friendly.

Murad Sezer/Reuters, via Landov

Istanbul, Turkey

May 31, 2013
Turkish riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest in Taksim Square against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project.

Patrick Semansky/AP

White Marsh, Maryland

May 28, 2013
A fire burns at the site of a CSX freight train derailment. Fire officials say the train crashed into a trash truck, causing an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings, setting them on fire.

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Lashio, Burma

May 28, 2013
In this photo released by Daily Eleven Media, people gather around a burning mosque. There were no reported fatalities after Tuesday night’s rioting in the northeastern town, which was sparked by rumors that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman, state television reported Wednesday.

Keith Bedford/Reuters, via Landov

Brooklyn, New York

May 26, 2013
A woman lies on a bench along the boardwalk in Coney Island. Seven months after Hurricane Sandy, New York’s beaches reopened before the Memorial Day holiday.

Esteban Felix/AP

San Pedro Sula Prison, Honduras

May 28, 2013
A masked member of the 18th Street gang peers from behind a window of a prison door as other gang members give a press conference. Honduras’s largest and most dangerous street gangs have declared a truce, offering the government peace in exchange for rehabilitation and jobs. A Mara Salvatrucha gang spokesman says the gang and its rival, 18th Street, will commit to zero violence and zero crime in the streets as first step show of good faith.

Philippe Laurenson/Reuters, via Landov

Montpellier, France

May 29, 2013
Vincent Autin (L) and Bruno Boileau (R) kiss on the terrace of the city hall after they were married. The two men are the first same-sex couple to marry in France under a reform that has stoked some of the ugliest protests in the country in decades. The law, backed by most French and fêted by gay and lesbians as it came into force this month, makes France the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage despite heated street protests by conservatives, Catholics, and extreme-right groups.


Wuhan, China

May 29, 2013
Staff hold lion cubs during a media event at a zoo in Hubei province. The zoo said tourists could visit the four-month-old cubs starting on June 1, which is International Children’s Day.

John Minchillo/AP

Manhattan, New York

May 29, 2013
The sun sets along 42nd Street in Manhattan during an annual phenomenon known as “Manhattanhenge,” when the sun aligns perfectly with the city’s transit grid.