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Our World in Pictures: Week 20 of 2021

By Maverick Life Editors 21 May 2021

A view of a massive wildfire in Schino, Loutraki, Greece, 20 May 2021; wildfire broke out late on 20 May in a forested area in Schino, Loutraki. Sixty-two fire engines crewed by 182 firefighters, seven teams of firemen on foot, a special Fire Brigade vehicle and water-dropping helicopters were out battling the blaze. The settlements Schinos, Aghia Sotira, Vamvakes, Mavrolimni, Mazi and Paraskevas have been evacuated as well as the monasteries Aghios Ioannis Makrinos and Aghia Paraskevi as a precaution, according to the fire brigade. EPA-EFE/VASSILIS PSOMAS

Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of this week’s events around the world.

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Firefighters battle a forest fire in Schino, Loutraki, Greece, 20 May 2021. Sixty-two fire engines crewed by 182 firefighters, seven teams of firemen on foot, a special Fire Brigade vehicle and water-dropping helicopters were out battling the blaze.  EPA-EFE/VASSILIS PSOMAS
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target a governmental building, early on May 18, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. More than 200 people in Gaza and ten people in Israel have been killed as cross-border rocket exchanges intensified. (Photo by Fatima Shbair/Getty Images)
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops at the city center of the West Bank city of Hebron, 21 May 2021. EPA-EFE/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN
An Israeli man and his kids look at Israeli tanks after Israel and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire on May 21, 2021 in Sderot, Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
An Indonesian muslim carries a Palestinian flag as they gather in the streets during a rally in support of Palestine on May 21, 2021 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
South Africans perform Jumma (Friday prayer) outside the US Consulate on May 21, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Luba Lesolle)
A Palestinian child sits amid the rubble of family destroyed house after a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza fighters, in Beit Hanun town northern Gaza Strip, 21 May 2021.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER
A man checks the damage after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit near his house on May 17, 2021 in Ashdod, Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
Palestinians celebrate the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas on May 21, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. (Photo by Fatima Shbair/Getty Images)
Residents from the settlement Gatvol in Heidedal continue to protest during a shutdown protest on May 18, 2021 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Gallo Images/Volksblad/Mlungisi Louw)
A visitor views one of the works on display during the “The Art of Banksy” press call at Covent Garden on May 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Black Lives Matter Plaza on 16th Street is repainted following the removal of the lettering for a construction project on May 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The words “Black Lives Matter” was painted on the two-block section of 16th Street last year in the wake of the George Floyd protest. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
A general view of a Graffiti on a wall of Ortica District on May 19, 2021, in Milan, Italy. The Or.Me project, with the help of worldwide famous artists, is drawing graffiti over the Ortica district to tell the stories of the protagonists of the 20th century. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
A protester with tears of blood painted on her face poses for a photo while marching on May 19, 2021 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images)
Relatives carry a body for cremation past the graves of people, some of which are believed to be Covid-19 victims, that are partially exposed in shallow sand graves after rains washed away the top layer of sand at a cremation ground on the banks of the Ganges River on May 20, 2021 in Shringverpur, northwest of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/Getty Images)
Andreas Haukeland ‘TIX’ of Norway during the 65th Eurovision Song Contest dress rehearsal held at Rotterdam Ahoy on May 21, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Dancers from China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe perform at a Beijing 2022 themed activity during the National Day for Helping the Disabled on May 15, 2021 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)
Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Guerrero performs during a press preview of the show ‘Guerrero’ (warrior) at Corral de la Moreria venue in Madrid, Spain, 19 May 2021. EPA-EFE/Kiko Huesca
Amateur Boxer and Fitness Trainer Dennis Guerrero hits the heavy bag during a portrait session on May 16, 2021 in Long Beach, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
22-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang eats food from an enrichment toy at the Smithsonian National Zoo on May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A honeybee flies next to a lamb’s ear plant on May 16, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his ambitious $267.8 billion budget proposal this week that includes a record $11 billion towards environmental related causes.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A general view of colourful birds flying in the sky on May 17, 2021 in Pretoria. (Photo by Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu)
Raven Master Chris Skaife presents a new baby raven called Branwen at the Tower of London in London, Britain, 19 May 2021. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tries archery during a visit to The Way Youth Zone on May 13, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Jacob King – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Australian swimmer Matthew Temple poses at the Victorian Institute of Sport swimming pool on May 18, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Guests take part in a mass meditation class to celebrate World Meditation Day, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in Sydney, Australia, 21 May 2021. EPA-EFE/JOEL CARRETT
The first Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 race-winning car to come to the market goes on view at Sotheby’s on May 18, 2021 in London, England. The live auction takes place at the 2021 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday 17 July. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)
Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty exhibition installation view at Barbican Art Gallery on May 17, 2021 in London, England. The exhibition is open to the public 17th May – 22nd August 2021. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery )
Artist Hiroaki Nakayama’s ‘Blowing in the Wind’ sculpture is displayed as part of the Sculpture Rocks exhibition at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia, 20 May 2021. EPA-EFE/BIANCA DE MARCHI
Visitors look at Sakarin Krue-On’s art piece entitled ‘A Talebearer’s Tale’ at Art Basel Hong Kong 2021 in Hong Kong, China, 19 May 2021. The art fair is back in the city after cancellation last year and features 104 exhibitors from 23 countries. EPA-EFE/JEROME FAVRE
Pepper, the first robotic guide in Spain, poses for photographers during its launching at Modern Art European Museum (MEAM) in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 19 May 2021. Pepper is designed to accompany visitors and interact with them using its voice and a touch screen. EPA-EFE/Enric Fontcuberta
An interior view of the Spanish pavilion prior to the opening of the Architecture Biennale, at the Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy, 19 May 2021. The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run 22 May to 21 November 2021. EPA-EFE/ANDREA MEROLA
Visitors watch a preview of the presentation of the international exhibition ‘Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience’ on the eve of its opening in the 17th century San Potito church in Naples, Italy, 19 May 2021. EPA-EFE/CESARE ABBATE
A woman holds the Sakura Diamond during a preview at Christie’s in Hong Kong, China, 20 May 2021. The 15.81 Carat Fancy Vivid Purple Pink Internally Flawless Type lla Diamond Ring will be auctioned in Hong Kong on 23 May 2021 for an estimated 25 million to 38 million US dollars. EPA-EFE/JEROME FAVRE

Thank you to Kim McCarthy from Gallo Images for her generous help in the production of this image selection. DM/ ML

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