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Week in pictures: 13-19 May

A farmer smokes a cigarette with volcano Mount Merapi in the background

A farmer takes a cigarette break while volcanic activity on Mount Merapi in Central Java intensifies. Thousands of villagers have fled but others refuse to leave.

A Chinese construction worker in front of the Three Gorges Dam

The main wall of China's controversial Three Gorges Dam, due to be completed on Saturday, nine months ahead of schedule.

Sister Mary Michael stages a protest outside the Cannes Festival Palace

Sister Mary Michael, from Lincoln, England, stages a protest against the controversial Da Vinci Code film which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival.

Crowds of Turkish protesters at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Protesters mass at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, to condemn a deadly attack on a court in Ankara.

A Pakistani man pulling a cart piled with computer monitors

A Pakistani vendor pulls a cart piled high with monitors from discarded computers. An informal industry restoring computers has developed in Karachi.

Ba Si, a 26-year-old panda, lies on the examining table at the hospital in Fujian

An ailing 26-year-old panda receives a medical check-up at a hospital in southeast China's Fujian. The hospital normally treats humans but made a special exception for the panda.

Entering the Big Brother house

X marks the spot: This year's UK Big Brother housemates have begun their 13-week incarceration. First to enter the house was Bonnie, a 20 year-old care worker.

Indian soldiers participate in a drill on the outskirts of Ludhiana in India's Punjab

Indian army officers don chemical protection suits for a decontamination procedure during military drills in the Punjab.

A sculpture of books in Berlin as part of the Germany - Land of Ideas initiative for the World Cup

This Berlin sculpture of books by German writers is one of six created as part of an initiative for the football World Cup.

Actress Penelope Cruz attends a photocall at the film festival in Cannes, southern France

Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz faces the cameras during a photocall to promote her movie at the Cannes film festival.


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