Week in pictures: From a Putin-Xi meeting to Cannes film festival

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin look toward each other as they shake hands prior to their talks in Beijing, China, Thursday, May 16

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin look towards each other as they shake hands prior to their talks in Beijing, China. [Sergei Bobylev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool via AP Photo]

Published On 19 May 2024

From a Nakba commemoration in Israel to historic protests in New Caledonia, here is the week in pictures.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken performs "Rockin' in the Free World" with members of The 1999 band at the Barman Dictat bar in Kyiv, Tuesday, May 14, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken performs the song Rockin' in the Free World with members of The 1999 band at the Barman Dictat bar in Kyiv, Ukraine. Blinken sought to rally the spirits of glum Ukrainians facing a fierce new Russian offensive, assuring them that they are not alone and that billions of dollars in US military aid are on their way to the country and would make a 'real difference' on the battlefield. [Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP Photo]

A demonstrator with draped Georgian national and EU flags stands in font of police blocking the way to the Parliament building, during an opposition protest against "the Russian law" in the center of Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, May 14

A demonstrator draped in Georgian and European Union flags stands in front of police blocking the way to the Parliament building, during an opposition protest against the so-called 'Russian law' in the centre of Tbilisi, Georgia. The divisive bill sparked weeks of mass protests, with critics seeing it as a threat to democratic freedoms and the country's aspirations to join the EU. [Shakh Aivazov/AP Photo]

Palestinians living in Israel hold Palestinian flags as they take part in the annual Return March to mark the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, the "catastrophe" of their mass dispossession in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation, near Haifa, in northern Israel, May 14

Palestinians living in Israel hold Palestinian flags as they take part in the annual Return March, near Haifa, in northern Israel, to mark the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, or 'catastrophe'. Commemorated every year on May 15, Nakba Day marks the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled from their homes and communities. [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Palestinians hold the body of a dead baby rescued from the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Nuseirat, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 14

Palestinians hold the body of a dead baby rescued from the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli attack in Nuseirat, the Gaza Strip. [Abdel Kareem Hana/AP Photo]

People examine the damage at an area badly affected by a flash flood in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, May 13

People examine the damage in an area badly affected by a flash flood in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Heavy rains and torrents of cold lava and mud flowing down a volcano's slopes on Indonesia's Sumatra island triggered flash floods. A number of people have been killed and others reported missing, officials said. [Ali Nayaka/AP Photo]

Burnt cars are lined up after unrest that erupted following protests over voting reforms in Noumea, New Caledonia, Wednesday, May 15

Burnt cars are lined up after unrest that erupted following protests over voting reforms in Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. Mass protests erupted in New Caledonia after France’s Parliament voted to allow French residents who have lived in the Pacific Islands territory for 10 years or more to vote in provincial elections. [Nicolas Job/AP Photo]

A person is detained after Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot at close range in an assassination attempt, after a government meeting in Handlova, Slovakia, May 15

A person is detained after Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot at close range in an assassination attempt, after a government meeting in Handlova, Slovakia. [Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters]

A drone view shows an airplane sitting on a flooded runway at the airport in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, May 17

A drone view shows a plane sitting on a flooded runway at the airport in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. [Adriano Machado/Reuters]

A member of the LGBTQ+ community participates in a protest to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in San Salvador, El Salvador, May 18

A member of the LGBTQ+ community participates in a protest to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in San Salvador, El Salvador. [Jose Cabezas/Reuters]

Meryl Streep poses for photographers during the honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14

Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers during the honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in southern France. [Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP Photo]

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