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22 Striking Photos You Missed This Week  

Featured Photo: Spanish divers try to cut an illegal drift net from a 12-meter-long humpback whale, who became entangled in it near Cala Millor beach off the island of Mallorca, Spain, on May 20, 2022. Pedrosub / Reuters

With the ever-changing news cycle, it’s easy to miss captivating images that fly under the radar. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world this past week.

Check them out:

Graduating cadets toss their hats in celebration at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, on Sunday, May 22. David Dee Delgado/Reuters

U.S. Naval Academy freshmen, known as plebes, work together to place an upperclassman’s hat atop the 21-foot-tall Herndon Monument (covered in vegetable shortening), a tradition marking the end of their first year, at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

U.S. sailors and Marines stand on the flight deck of the USS Bataan as the ship passes the Statue of Liberty during Fleet Week in New York Harbor. Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty

A rice farmer spreads a net to ward off birds in the Indonesian village of Cot Girek on Friday.Azwar Ipank/AFP/Getty Images

Baltimore’s Anthony Santander is doused by his teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to defeat the New York Yankees on Thursday. Nick Wass/AP

Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, looks at an executive order that US President Joe Biden signed at the White House on Wednesday, May 25. The order, signed on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, is aimed at federal policing reforms. Vice President Kamala Harris gifted Gianna with the pen that Biden used to sign the order. 

A massive dust storm advances into Kuwait City on Monday, Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

Fans of the Italian soccer club AC Milan hold plastic sheets as part of a huge tifo display before a match in Sassuolo on Monday. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A bird enthusiast from the Free Fly community catches a macaw in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Andry Denisah / AFP / Getty

A lion walks near the gate of a clinic in a residential compound of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Zinyange Auntony / AFP / Getty

Pearl mullets attempt to swim upstream in the Lake Van basin in Van, Turkey. Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty

People mourn at a makeshift memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022. Texas police faced angry questions over why it took an hour to neutralize the gunman who murdered 19 small children and two teachers in Uvalde, as video emerged of desperate parents begging officers to storm the school. Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke disrupts a press conference held by Governor Greg Abbott on May 25, 2022, the day after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Veronica Cardenas / Reuters

People react outside the the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24. The civic center is where students were transported after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Marco Bello/Reuters

Students in Uvalde, Texas, run to safety after law enforcement officers helped them escape from a window at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, May 24. A gunman was inside the school at the time. The mass shooting ended with 19 students and two teachers dead. Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News

Gabriella Uriegas, a soccer teammate of Tess Mata, who died in the shooting at Robb Elementary School, cries while holding her mother, Geneva Uriegas, as they visit a makeshift memorial outside the Uvalde County Courthouse in Texas. Parents say children who witnessed the shooting or have friends or relatives who died are struggling to process the tragedy. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

Esmeralda Bravo sheds tears while holding a photo of her granddaughter, Nevaeh, during a prayer vigil in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday, May 25. Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo was one of the 19 students killed in the school shooting Tuesday at Robb Elementary School. She was 10 years old. Jae C. Hong/AP

US President Joe Biden, speaking from the White House, addresses the nation about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24. He wondered why mass shootings are so prevalent in the United States, and he stressed the importance of “common-sense” gun laws. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he asked. “Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with and stand up to the lobbyists?” Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, on Saturday,Garry Lotulung/AFP/Getty Images

Wiggins Nordelus cuts his son Samuel’s hair outside of a migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday, May 23. Nordelus, who is from Haiti, has been waiting in Mexico as he hopes to apply for asylum in the United States. Gregory Bull/AP

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits in a cart while visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on Monday, May 23. She will soon be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee for her 70 years on the throne. Paul Grover/AP

Sheng Yi, a female panda, is seen inside the panda enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, May 25. Yi, the third cub of panda couple Xing Xing and Liang Liang from China, has finally been given her name before turning 1 on May 31. Her name means peace and friendship. Vincent Thian/AP

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