Pictures of the Week: May 23 – May 30

Two bolts of lightning hit the antenna on top of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan as an ele
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May 23, 2014. Two bolts of lightning hit the antenna on top of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan as an electrical storm moves over New York.

From the Santa Barbara drive-by shootings and Ukrainian presidential elections to martial law in Thailand and Kim and Kanye’s wedding extravaganza, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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