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21 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

From the new restrictive abortion laws across the US to the destructive fury of a tornado in Jefferson City, Missouri, these are the most striking and memorable pictures from this past week.

Posted on May 24, 2019, at 3:44 p.m. ET

Abortion rights activists rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to protest new state bans on abortion services on May 21.
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Abortion rights activists rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to protest new state bans on abortion services on May 21.

Debris from destroyed homes after a tornado touched down overnight in Jefferson City, Missouri, on May 23.
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Debris from destroyed homes after a tornado touched down overnight in Jefferson City, Missouri, on May 23.

Keeley Frank, 9, holds stuffed animals her grandparents Al and Barb Scheidegger (left) salvaged from their storage unit May 23, in Jefferson City, Missouri, following a massive tornado in the area.
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Keeley Frank, 9, holds stuffed animals her grandparents Al and Barb Scheidegger (left) salvaged from their storage unit May 23, in Jefferson City, Missouri, following a massive tornado in the area.

Sen. Kamala Harris squeezes the cheeks of a young man after she had him shake her hand instead of making a high-five following her first organizing event in Los Angeles as she campaigns in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race, May 19.
Mike Blake / Reuters

Sen. Kamala Harris squeezes the cheeks of a young man after she had him shake her hand instead of making a high-five following her first organizing event in Los Angeles as she campaigns in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race, May 19.

President Donald Trump holds a stat sheet having to do with the Mueller report as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 22.
Andrew Harnik / AP

President Donald Trump holds a stat sheet having to do with the Mueller report as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 22.

Old Guard soldiers take part in “Flags-In,” an annual event where small American flags are placed in front of more than 240,000 headstones of US service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 23.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Old Guard soldiers take part in “Flags-In,” an annual event where small American flags are placed in front of more than 240,000 headstones of US service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 23.

Migrants are detained by Border Patrol, after crossing the US–Mexico border on May 17 in El Paso, Texas.
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Migrants are detained by Border Patrol, after crossing the US–Mexico border on May 17 in El Paso, Texas.

A woman supports her fellow plebes, or freshmen, as they build a human pyramid to climb the 21-foot vegetable shortening–covered Herndon Monument at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 20.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

A woman supports her fellow plebes, or freshmen, as they build a human pyramid to climb the 21-foot vegetable shortening–covered Herndon Monument at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 20.

Shane Lin (center) is comforted by his partner Marc Yuan (right) and a friend during their wedding ceremony in Taipei on May 24.
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Shane Lin (center) is comforted by his partner Marc Yuan (right) and a friend during their wedding ceremony in Taipei on May 24.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage reacts after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, on May 20.
Scott Heppell / Reuters

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage reacts after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, on May 20.

Tubagus Muhammad Tamyiz, a cleric, shows the mini-inked gold Qur’an at the Jami Darussalam Mosque in West Java, Indonesia, on May 20.
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Tubagus Muhammad Tamyiz, a cleric, shows the mini-inked gold Qur’an at the Jami Darussalam Mosque in West Java, Indonesia, on May 20.

Coral Springs Fire Department firefighters spray water as the Temple of Time art installation burns on May 19, in Coral Springs, Florida. The Temple of Time was constructed and scheduled to burn to help the communities heal following last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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Coral Springs Fire Department firefighters spray water as the Temple of Time art installation burns on May 19, in Coral Springs, Florida. The Temple of Time was constructed and scheduled to burn to help the communities heal following last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A dead gray whale lies on the beach May 23 in Point Reyes Station, California. A 13th gray whale washed up dead on a San Francisco Bay Area beach as scientists try to figure out what is killing the whales.
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A dead gray whale lies on the beach May 23 in Point Reyes Station, California. A 13th gray whale washed up dead on a San Francisco Bay Area beach as scientists try to figure out what is killing the whales.

A migrant looks out at the water off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, on May 17.
Handout / Nick Jaussi / Sea-Watch

A migrant looks out at the water off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, on May 17.

An injured police officer leaves the area with the help of his colleagues after clashes with protesters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 23.
Antara Foto Agency / Reuters

An injured police officer leaves the area with the help of his colleagues after clashes with protesters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 23.

Kashmiri villagers inspect a damaged house after a gun battle in Tral, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on May 24.
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Kashmiri villagers inspect a damaged house after a gun battle in Tral, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on May 24.

Visitors release paper lanterns during a ceremony on Vesak Day at the Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Indonesia, on May 19.
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Visitors release paper lanterns during a ceremony on Vesak Day at the Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Indonesia, on May 19.

An Indian man displays the ink on his index finger after casting his vote in the seventh and final phase of national elections in Varanasi, India, on May 19.
Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP / REX / Shutterstock

An Indian man displays the ink on his index finger after casting his vote in the seventh and final phase of national elections in Varanasi, India, on May 19.

A paddle steamer sails on Lake Geneva past a giant fork sculpture designed by Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg in Vevey, Switzerland, on May 21.
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A paddle steamer sails on Lake Geneva past a giant fork sculpture designed by Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg in Vevey, Switzerland, on May 21.

Fishing team members pull a fishing net with its catch at Huangshan Taiping Lake on May 21, in Huangshan, China.
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Fishing team members pull a fishing net with its catch at Huangshan Taiping Lake on May 21, in Huangshan, China.

Red Bull aerobatic helicopter pilot Aaron Fitzgerald performs flips, barrel rolls, and nose dives in front of the Statue of Liberty during the morning hours of May 18.
Predrag Vuckovic

Red Bull aerobatic helicopter pilot Aaron Fitzgerald performs flips, barrel rolls, and nose dives in front of the Statue of Liberty during the morning hours of May 18.



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