Israeli tank fire kills Palestine militants, wild horse wrangling in Germany, and other news in pictures

Migrants wait to disembark from Aquarius in the Sicilian harbour of Catania, Italy   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

 

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French Open 2018

Japan's Kei Nishikori in action during his first round match against France's Maxime Janvier at the French Open 2018.

Japan's Kei Nishikori in action during his first round match against France's Maxime Janvier at the French Open 2018.  

Japan's Kei Nishikori is playing his first Grand Slam after Wimbledon last year.  He is in action during his first round match at the French Open 2018,against France's Maxime Janvier.

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Baby “Miracle” born on rescue ship as Italy arrivals surge

Migrants wait to disembark from Aquarius in the Sicilian harbour of Catania, Italy

Migrants wait to disembark from Aquarius in the Sicilian harbour of Catania, Italy   | Photo Credit: Reuters

A baby boy named Miracle has been born on board a humanitarian ship - a bright spot as the tide of migrants risking sea crossings from Libya to Italy has increased as the weather has improved. The baby was born aboard the rescue ship Aquarius which is run by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF).

The Aquarius is setting off again later in the day for the waters off the coast of Libya.

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Israeli tank fire kills Palestinians in Gaza

 

Palestinians inspect damage at an observation post of the Islamic Jihad movement which was hit by Israeli tank fire earlier in the day that left two members killed, east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on May 27, 2018.

Palestinians inspect damage at an observation post of the Islamic Jihad movement which was hit by Israeli tank fire earlier in the day that left two members killed, east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on May 27, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AFP

 

 

Israeli tank fire at an Islamic Jihad observation post killed two Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on May 27, the enclave's Health Ministry and sources from the militant movement said.

The Ministry identified those killed as Hussein al-Amour, 25, and Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, 28. The incident happened east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, a Ministry spokesman said.

A relative of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant, who was killed in an Israeli tank shelling that targeted an observation post, reacts at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip on May 27, 2018.

A relative of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant, who was killed in an Israeli tank shelling that targeted an observation post, reacts at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip on May 27, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

 

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Wild horse wrangling in Germany

Wild horses are driven in Duelmen, Germany, that young men can separate the young stallions from one of Europe’s last herds of wild horses. About 400 native breed horses are left to find food and shelter, must cope with illness and death. Only once a year they have direct contact with humans when the young stallions are caught from the flock, that was first mentioned in chronicles 700 years ago.

Wild horses are driven in Duelmen, Germany, that young men can separate the young stallions from one of Europe’s last herds of wild horses. About 400 native breed horses are left to find food and shelter, must cope with illness and death. Only once a year they have direct contact with humans when the young stallions are caught from the flock, that was first mentioned in chronicles 700 years ago.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

A reserve about 40 km north of Germany’s industrial heartland is home to a herd of wild horses, which are left to their own devices all year except when wranglers come in late May to catch the young stallions.

The Merfelder Bruch reserve at Duelmen in western Germany, north of the densely populated Ruhr industrial region, is the last of what were once many areas where wild horses could roam. Documents mention wild horses there as far back as 1316, and the dukes of Croy set aside the reserve for them in the mid-19th century. According to local authorities, it is the only one on the European continent.

Today, around 400 horses live in a roughly 3.5-square km area. They’re left to fend for themselves with only trees and bushes for shelter, living conditions that have made the Duelmen horses particularly robust. Only when there’s heavy frost or snow is hay provided for them.

As a rule, humans intervene only once a year- when wranglers come to catch the young stallions by hand on the last Saturday in May, a sight that drew about 15,000 spectators this year to the arena where the event is held. The one-year-old stallions are rounded up and separated from the herd.

The aim is to preserve the herd for the future by keeping it to a sustainable size and warding off the danger of inbreeding and territorial fighting. Once they’re rounded up, the young stallions are auctioned off. They’re known as good-natured horses that, with good training, quickly adapt to human ownership.

On Saturday, 36 young stallions were caught.

 

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Colombian election to decide future of economy, peace deal

Colombians vote on Sunday in a deeply divisive presidential ballot that has stirred fears the winner could upset a fragile peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels or derail the nation's business-friendly economic model. In the first election since the peace deal was signed in 2016 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), voters will decide on a replacement for President Juan Manuel Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the five-decade-old conflict.

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Modi, Rahul honour Nehru

Congress president Rahul Gandhi (third from left), former President Pranab Mukherjee (third from right), former PM Manmohan Singh (right), former Vice-President Hamid Ansari (left), and other senior Congress leaders and activists paying homage to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 54th death anniversary in Shanti Van, New Delhi on Sunday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi (third from left), former President Pranab Mukherjee (third from right), former PM Manmohan Singh (right), former Vice-President Hamid Ansari (left), and other senior Congress leaders and activists paying homage to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 54th death anniversary in Shanti Van, New Delhi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid homage to the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 54th death anniversary on Sunday. “Tributes to our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary,” Mr. Modi tweeted. Mr. Rahul Gandhi paid homage to Nehru, who was also his great-grandfather, at Shanti Van. Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice-President Hamid Ansari, and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also visited Shanti Van.

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Man jailed in Venezuela returns to U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits beside Josh Holt, an American missionary who was released by Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits beside Josh Holt, an American missionary who was released by Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday, saying he was “overwhelmed with gratitude.” “Those two years, they were a very, very, very difficult two years,” said an emotional Mr. Holt, sitting next to Mr. Trump in the Oval Office. “Not really the great vacation that I was looking for ... I’m just so grateful for what you guys have done.”

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6 dead, 30 missing after cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen

People wait on a the other side of a road which has been cut by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman. Cyclone Merkunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting off power lines and leaving at least one person dead and 40 missing, officials said.

People wait on a the other side of a road which has been cut by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman. Cyclone Merkunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting off power lines and leaving at least one person dead and 40 missing, officials said.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighbouring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said. Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing.

A general view after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman on May 26, 2018.

A general view after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman on May 26, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

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Wonder-goal, gaffes, injuries as Real Madrid seals CL

Real Madrid supporters watch on big screens placed at the team's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, for the celebration of their team winning the Champions League final match against Liverpool played in Kiev, Ukraine. Real Madrid won 3-1.

Real Madrid supporters watch on big screens placed at the team's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, for the celebration of their team winning the Champions League final match against Liverpool played in Kiev, Ukraine. Real Madrid won 3-1.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

With his back to goal but eyes on the incoming cross, Gareth Bale connected with the ball while leaping in the air and sent a scissor-kick arcing into the top of the net. Fusing athleticism and technique, it was a mesmerizing sight to behold from the Real Madrid forward.

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