Belgian riot police clashed with protesters Tuesday at the end of a major anti-austerity demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people in central Brussels. The demonstration was called to protest against the center-right government’s social and economic policies, which trade unions say cut deep into the foundations of Belgium’s welfare state.
At 264 million pounds, and 217 feet, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’ is the world’s biggest-ever cruise ship. The widest cruise ship ever built, its 1,187-feet length makes it 164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The ship is headed for Southampton in southern England and is to embark on its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona.
Three Kenyan protesters were shot dead during demonstrations by opposition supporters in the western towns of Kisumu and Siaya, as protests demanding reforms to the country’s electoral authority gather pace in East Africa’s biggest economy, according to reports. Police also fired teargas at demonstrating supporters of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy party in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa.
The protests are led by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost the most recent election in 2013 to President Uhuru Kenyatta, according to AP. Odinga said polls in 2017 cannot be free and fair if the current election commission remains in place and called for the commissioners to be removed from office.
A volcano erupted near a village in North Sumatra, Indonesia, killing at least seven people and blasting clouds of volcanic ash two miles into the air, AP reports. The eruption of Mount Sinabung — perhaps the first of more eruptions to come, one official warned – unleashed a hellish scene on the Sumatran village of Gamber Sunday, with scenes reminiscent of Pompei. Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Firefighters contended with a fire burning on the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, Calif. on Friday, May 20, 2016. The blaze erupted early Friday at the end of the long wooden pier southeast of Los Angeles. Smoke was pouring out of holes in the roof, much of which had collapsed. The restaurant has been closed since 2013.
Golden Spike is an annual athletics event in the Czech Republic. It was first organized in 1961.