Show Hide image

News in Pictures

The images from around the world that tell the stories of this week.

A protestor carries the US flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis on the third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody.  Photo by Julio Cortez/AP

Pro-democracy protesters are arrested by police in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 24, 2020, ahead of planned protests against a proposal to enact new security legislation in Hong Kong.  The proposed legislation is expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, and follows repeated warnings from Beijing that it will no longer tolerate dissent in Hong Kong.  Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP 

A protester outside the home of Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's Special Advisor in London, 24 May 2020.  Calls for Cummings resignation have increased since news broke that he breached lockdown regulations.  Photo by Andy Rain/EPA-EFE

Police wearing facemasks are seen with their car on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Amid the pandemic, police operations in the "war" on drug trafficking continue to claim lives. In April 2020 alone, the Rio de Janeiro state police killed 177 people, 43% more than in April 2019, a record year in terms of deaths by state agents.  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Doctors hold a silent protest during a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the coronavirus pandemic, outside Downing Street in London on May 28, 2020.  Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP

Twelve year-old Hasibur Rahman works in a silver cooking pot manufacturing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 30, 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the vulnerability of those children already at risk of child marriage, child trafficking, sexual exploitation and recruitment into criminal groups.  Photo by MD Manik/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

Security personnel keep watch before the start of the second plenary session of the National People's Congress, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 25, 2020.  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Brazilian Alexandre Schleier (C) speaks with his 81-year-old grandmother Olivia Schleier (R), next to his mother Eunice Schleier (L), through a window at the Premier Hospital, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 28, 2020. The hospital does not have any cases of Covid-19 but does not permit visits to try to prevent contagions of the new virus.  Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

 "iCub", an open source cognitive humanoid robot, at the Italian Institute of Technology ((IIT)) in Genoa, Liguria. It has 53 motors that move the head, arms and hands, waist, and legs. It can see and hear. The goal of RobotCub is to study cognition through the implementation of a humanoid robot the size of a 3.5 year old child.  Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Syrian children play at a makeshift amusement park as they celebrate the Eid al-Fitr feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib, on May 24, 2020.  Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Qomolangma, as they prepare to remeasure the world's highest peak, 28 May, 2020.  Photo by Xinhua/Shutterstock

A nurse makes a video in the maternity ward at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey to send to the baby's parents as visiting hours are restricted due to Covid-19.  Photo by Steve Parsons/PA

A woman wearing a facemask buys candles at the Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral during a second Easter service, in Constanta, Romania, May 26, 2020. Despite the just-lifted emergency state and the restriction regarding public gatherings and public health, Archbishop of Constanta, Teodosie, decided to organize a second Easter celebration for worshippers who were forbidden to take part in the first one.  Photo by Daniel Mihailescue/AFP

 A man tastes wine, on May 29, 2020 during the 105th tasting of the Chevaliers du Tastevin brotherhood in Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, in Vougeot.  Tastevin is an exclusive bacchanalian fraternity of Burgundy wine enthusiasts founded in 1934.  Photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Filippino artist Leeroy New poses with a makeshift mask he deisgned with recycled materials as he adapts to the affects of the coronavirus on the art industry, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 28 2020.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Reuters


Gerry Brakus is Creative Editor of the New Statesman and also writes on photography.