Activists hold a rainbow flag, the symbol of the gay rights movement, as they march through Moscow on May 29. The gay pride parade took place for the first time in the Russian capital without arrests or violence by counterprotesters.
Photo by Andrey Smirnov for AFP
The Soyuz space capsule returns to Earth near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on June 2, carrying three astronauts from the United States, Russia, and Japan.
Photo by Bill Ingalls for NASA/Reuters
For others, the journey was about to begin. Six scientists from Europe, Russia, and China were locked away from the outside world on June 3 in Moscow for the Mars-500 mission, an unprecedented experiment to simulate the effects of a mission to Mars over the next year and a half.
Photo by Alexander Nemenov for AFP
A woman stands by a car stuck in floodwaters in Ternopil, western Ukraine, on June 3 amid severe storms in the region.
A giant sinkhole opened up in Guatemala City on May 30, swallowing a three-story building, after heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha caused the ground to collapse. At least 175 people have died in Guatemala as a result of the storm.
Photo by Luis Echeverria for epa
Belarusian servicemen of a special Interior Ministry unit take part in tough physical tests near Volovshchina, west of Minsk, in a bid to join the elite Red Berets.
Photo by Vasily Fedosenko for Reuters
An activist leaves Ella prison in southern Israel as the country began expelling all detainees seized during a raid on an aid convoy sailing to Gaza. The raid, in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed, has drawn international condemnation.
Photo by Alberto Denkberg for Reuters
A hairdresser cuts a customer's hair at the "USSR" salon in the city of Barnaul in Russia's Altai region. The salon attracts elderly customers and veterans with its low prices and Soviet decor.
Photo by Andrei Kasprishin for Reuters
Sunset illuminates the Si-o-Se Pol ("33 arches") bridge in Isfahan, Iran.