5th May 2017: Protests in Venezuela, French presidential elections, funeral of fighters in Syria, victory day parade training in Russia, methane gas explosion in Iran and diplomatic relations between Vatican and Myanmar dominated the day today.
Russian Mi-35 attack helicopters fly above the Ivan the Great Bell Tower during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 4, 2017. (AFP)
In picture: This file photo taken on September 06, 2014 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip (L) attending the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, central Scotland. Britain's Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from public engagements later this year, Buckingham Palace said on May 4, 2017. (AFP)
Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg (R) and Hydro chairman Svein Richard Brandtzaeg (C) pose with a car door made of aluminum as they visit the Hydro plant in Grevenbroich, western Germany, on May 4, 2017. Merkel and Solberg inaugurated an assembly line for aluminum lightweight products. (AFP)
In picture: A demonstrator is run over by a riot control vehicle (left) A demonstrator catches fire during clashes with the police (right)
Venezuela: Rally in Caracas turned violent as masked youths hurled rocks and fire bombs as they took part in a march towards parliament. A teenager protester died, as police used rubber bullets and water cannons. The government has warned demonstrators that their right to cause street disruption is not absolute. The protest has been on for the past one month.
The demonstrators are furious over President Nicolas Maduro's recent decree that creates a 500-member constituent body to rewrite the constitution, a step that would bypass the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds either injured or arrested since the protest began.
Maduro succeeded the popular leader Hugo Chavez who introduced wide-ranging social welfare programmes . He died in 2013. Since then, falling prices for Venezuelan oil exports have cut government revenue and there have been shortages of food, baby milk, medicine and other basics. International Monetary Fund forecasts that inflation in will be more than 700% this year. (AFP)
In picture: French presidential election candidates Emmanuel Macron (right) and Marine Le Pen (left) pose prior to the start of a live broadcast face-to-face televised debate
France: The race to win the French presidential election has entered its final few days with Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen both vying to win over the electorate.
The two candidates will face off in the second round on May 7, where Macron is widely tipped to become the president of France.
It is expected that Macron - a centrist - should be able to attract a wider spectrum of second-round voters than Le Pen, pulling in left-leaning voters from Hamon and M�lenchon as well as those leaning to the right that voted Fillon in the first round. (AFP)
In picture: - Rescue workers try to resuscitate a coal miner after he was pulled out from a mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, following an explosion leaving dozens of miners trapped (Left) - Coal miners react following an explosion in a mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 3, 2017 (Right)
Iran: The mine in Golestan province collapsed when trapped methane gas exploded as workers tried to jump-start a locomotive engine, according to reports. (AFP)
In picture: Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis during a private audience on May 4, 2017 at the Vatican.
Vatican: The Vatican and Myanmar formally agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, the Vatican announced, confirming an accord that is the latest step in the South East Asian state's rehabilitation by the international community. (AFP)