A Nigerian teenager, who was the sole survivor of a Boko Haram attack on her family, was seen telling her horrible story on Capitol Hill, while Sao Paulo in Brazil witnessed a bus strike, highlighting growing doubts over the country’s ability to successfully host this year’s FIFA World Cup.
The past 24 hours also witnessed the Thai military taking over the country's government in a coup while Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was spotted waiting for a train somewhere in central England.
Nigerian teenager Deborah Peters, the sole survivor of a Boko Haram attack on her family in 2011, holds up a sign referring to the kidnapped Chibok secondary schoolgirls, while speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Peters was on Capitol Hill to attend a hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Boko Haram: The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls, Nigeria, and Beyond. Peters says she knows at least one of the kidnapped girls. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque Thai soldiers stand guard as they provide security at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief is holding a meeting with groups and organisations with a central role in the crisis, in central Bangkok on Thursday. Thailand's military chief will press political rivals on Thursday to end a drawn-out power struggle that has polarized the country and battered its economy, after neither side gave ground in a first round of army-brokered talks. Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha A general view shows a line of buses parked on Reboucas Avenue during a bus strike in Sao Paulo. Bus drivers in Sao Paulo went on strike for a second day on Wednesday, snarling transit and leaving hundreds of thousands stranded in South America's largest city less than a month before it hosts the opening World Cup soccer match. Photo: Reuters/Nacho Doce Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak sits next to his son Gamal (L) inside a dock at the police academy on the outskirts of Cairo on Wednesday. An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds. His sons were sentenced to four years in jail on the same charges. Photo: Reuters/Stringer Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station following a visit to the town, in central England on Wednesday. Cameron and Johnson travelled to Newark to campaign for next month's by-election. Photo: Reuters Demonstrators clash with police during a protest at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Workers were calling for higher wages and better work conditions. Photo: Reuters/Jim Young Actress Sophia Loren, guest of honor, holds her scarf as she poses during a photocall for the film "La voce umana" presented as part of Cannes Classics at in competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters/Regis Duvignau England's national soccer team player Wayne Rooney speaks with his son, Kai, after a training session in Almancil, near Faro on Wednesday. The England national soccer team will be in Portugal until May 25 in preparation for the upcoming World Cup. The 2014 World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Photo: Reuters/Rafael Marchante Workers peel papers off a wall as they re-paint the Chinese Communist Party flag on it at the Nanhu revolution memorial museum in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters/Chance Chan A light show featuring a ballet dancer and swans from Swan Lake is projected onto spraying water by the Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre during a preview of the Vivid Sydney light and music festival on Wednesday. For 18 days beginning on May 23 the Vivid Sydney festival, one of the world's largest creative industry forums, will combine outdoor lighting sculptures and installations. Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed
Here is a slideshow of 10 photos of events from around the world over the past 24 hours, selected by International Business Times editors.