A hot air balloon from a fruit juice company, called Nudie, flies over Sydney Harbour. The roly-poly character of the Nudie company is drifting over Sydney as the company celebrates its 10th birthday. Rick Rycroft/AP
Honor guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Petar Kujundzic/Reuters
A musician from a military band rests before an official ceremony at a military base in the Russian southern city of Stavropol. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters
Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade during an exercise in the Golan Heights. Israel’s weekend airstrike on a military complex near the Syrian capital of Damascus killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, a group of anti-regime activists said, citing information from military hospitals. Ariel Schalit/AP
A farmer holds a bunch of freshly cut wheat while harvesting wheat on a field in Kathmandu, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Women and girls in traditional dress make wreaths from periwinkle leaves to prepare for a ritual celebrating the pagan god Yurya in the village of Pogost, some 155 miles south of Minsk. Locals believe that Yurya protects their harvest, and the annual tradition is devoted to praying for plentiful future harvests. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
Indian police officers walk after performing a march during the reopening of the state’s summer capital at the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar, India. Mukhtar Khan/AP
Winter swimmers wave on a piece of drifting ice with a Chinese national flag on the Amur River, in the Chinese border city of Heihe, Heilongjiang province. China Daily/Reuters
Family members of Diaa Mutashar al-Issawi chant anti-Jabhat al-Nusra and Free Syrian Army slogans during his funeral in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Nabil Al-Jurani/AP
A boy stands near sheep and lambs in the village of Baba i Bokes during celebrations for St George's Day, near Djakovica, 50 miles west of Kosovo's capital Pristina. Hazir Reka/Reuters
A man crosses a stream under the lanterns hanging for the upcoming Buddha's birthday on May 17, in Seoul, South Korea. Lee Jin-man/AP
A fan of Finland gestures at France's Treille Yorick during their 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Grigory Dukor/Reuters
The church, a minority faith in largely Orthodox Ukraine, has a long history of guarding the country's identity and independence. Now, it is doing so directly, by supplying ammo, medical kits, and armor to soldiers fighting in the east.
ByAmie Ferris-Rotman, Contributor
Joel van Houdt
As the train bringing the wounded soldier home from the front line grinds to a halt, the crowd on the platform bursts into patriotic song. Maj. Ruslan Androsyuk’s three-year-old son jumps into his arms, unsteadying him as he limps from the carriage.