Talleen Abu Hanna, a 21-year-old Israeli from a Catholic Arab family, won Israel’s first transgender pageant.
Indian rescue personnel worked at the site of an explosion at a chemical factory in Dombivli, in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 26, 2016. The powerful explosion shattered windows in buildings near the factory. According to the Associated Press, at least two people were killed and 120 injured in the explosion.
At least seven people drowned when an overloaded cargo ship carrying migrants from Libya capsized near the coast of Sicily on May 25, 2016. The Italian Navy successfully rescued over 500 other passengers. The navy’s Bettica patrol boat spotted “a boat in precarious conditions off the coast of Libya with numerous migrants aboard,” it said in a statement.
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.
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.
Oscar Vasquez Morales, 44, weighs about 880 pounds and is considered the fattest man in Colombia. He is expected to lose 660 pounds in the next three or four years after to a medical procedure.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip commemorated Nakba, “catastrophe” in Arabic, the name given for the day of the creation of Israel on May 15, 1948. Adults and children held keys — either real or cardboard — signifying their homes in what is now Israeli-controlled land.