A man takes a holy bath at Matathirtha to observe Mother's Day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Families whose mothers have passed away take a holy wash and offer prayer at Matathirtha to commemorate the departed. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
A Georgian military cadet speaks with a WWII veteran at a WWII memorial during Victory Day celebration in Tbilisi. Georgia celebrates the 68th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. Shakh Aivazov/AP
Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, south of Quito. Carlos Campana/Reuters
Actor Tom Cruise (c.) waves to Chinese fans as he arrives at a cinema to promote his new movie 'Oblivion' in Beijing. Andy Wong/AP
A daily wage worker carries bricks to repair a house in New Delhi, India. Saurabh Das/AP
A workers walks on a huge European Union flag, in Bucharest, Romania after installing it in front of the Romanian parliament building, formerly the House of the People, built during the rule of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Romania joined the European Union in 2007. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A Pakistani supporter of former cricket star-turned-politician, and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan, takes part during a rally in Khan's support in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan is scheduled to hold elections on May 11. The parliament's ability to complete its five-year term has been hailed as a significant achievement. Headband reads, 'Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.' Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Amazon Indians hold a meeting among themselves to discuss a government proposal to end their occupation of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam construction site, in the construction office at the dam in Vitoria do Xingu. Indians from the tribes have stopped the construction of the dam for the past seven days, claiming they oppose its impact on the environment and their livelihoods. Lunae Parracho/Reuters
Under a portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, two election staff, look at a computer screen at the election headquarters of the interior ministry in Tehran, Iran. Authorities on Tuesday officially opened the registration process for candidates in next month's election that will pick a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Vahid Salemi/AP
Afghan border policemen take their positions on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Goshta district of Jalalabad province east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Border tensions between the two countries have escalated dramatically in the last two weeks with both sides accusing the other of unprovoked attacks. Rahmat Gul/AP
A girl adds a balloon outside the home of Gina DeJesus in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and 2 other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held on $8 million bail. Tony Dejak/AP
Cadets of the Ukrainian Military academy preparing to celebrate the anniversary of victory over the Nazis at a memorial to World War II veterans in a memorial park in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians continue to celebrate the World War II anniversary and Victory Day on May 9 as a national holiday. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Workers stand outside an 11-story building that houses the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. factory and apartments after a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The fire broke out in the building Wednesday night, not long after the up to 300 workers of the factory went home for the day, killing at least eight people officials said. Ismail Ferdous/AP
Violin maker Jovan Popovic checks one still in production violin in his apartment in Belgrade, Serbia. For the past 42 years Popovic has been made around 172 string instruments and most of them were violins. His instruments today are played not only in Serbia and the region but all over the world. Darko Vojinovic/AP
People shelter by the rain under umbrellas with several slogans written on them against austerity measures and the new Spanish Education Law, reading, 'Stop LOMCE Law,' in Pamplona northern Spain. The Spanish Conservative Government will be approve a new Education Law on Friday. Alvaro Barrientos/AP
Advocates for both sides chant, sing and plead as they lined the entrance to the House floor as the House takes up the same-sex marriage bill in St. Paul, Minn. Glen Stubbe/The Star Tribune/AP
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man harvests wheat ahead of the Shavuot holiday, in a field outside the Israeli community of Mevo Horon. The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, commemorating Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and also a harvest holiday, begins next Monday sundown. Ariel Schalit/AP
A paraglider flies over the city of Vlore during the annual Balkan paragliding competition, some 150 km (94 miles) from Tirana, Albania. Arben Celi/Reuters
The Burundian election has a new date. But media and political crackdowns have made it difficult for both journalists and the opposition to work.
ByChristina Goldbaum, Contributor
Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters
Fabrice Nzohabonayo was out with a colleague in Musaga neighborhood last week, filming the now daily protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, when a police officer asked him to stop.
“So I put down my camera, but then he grabbed me and said, ‘you are the one making people protest!’" says Mr. Nzohabonayo. Throwing him to the ground, the police officer started beating him with his baton. Soon another police officer joined him.
In the last six weeks, the government clampdown on independent press has plunged the country in a virtual media blackout: independent radio broadcasts have gone off air, their studios have been destroyed, and an estimated 50 journalists have fled the country, citing death threats and intimidation.