While Hollywood celebrities were seen posing for the perfect picture at the 67th Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, protesters in Nigeria were marching to the presidential villa, calling for the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, who were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in April.
The past 24 hours also brought relief to migrants who arrived on an Italian Navy ship after being rescued from their sinking boat off the Sicilian coast Wednesday, while anti-government demonstrators in Caracas were seen embracing riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government.
Here is a slideshow of 10 photos of events from around the world over the past 24 hours, selected by International Business Times editors.
A protester addresses the "Bring Back Our Girls" protest group as they march to the presidential villa to deliver a protest letter to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, calling for the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibok who were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in April. Photo: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde A Thai soldier stands guard while Buddhist monks beg for alms outside a temple near Government House in Bangkok on Friday. Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha summoned ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting on Friday, a day after he seized power in a bloodless coup, saying he wanted to restore order following months of turmoil in the polarized country. Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha Protesters carry a man who was shot by French soldiers after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari on Thursday. Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on Thursday. More than 100 children were among the 488 migrants rescued by the Italian navy off the Sicilian coast on on Wednesday as the influx of arrivals continues, spurred on by the unrest in Syria and the unstable political situation in Libya. Photo: Reuters/Antonio Parrinello Anti-government demonstrators embrace riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on Thursday. Mediators from the Union of South American States, or UNASUR, urged Venezuela's government and opposition back to the negotiating table on Tuesday after failing to revive talks to stem months of protests in the polarized nation. Since anti-government demonstrations began in February, 42 people have been killed, more than 800 injured, and about 3,000 arrested, of whom more than 200 remain behind bars. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives for a lunch at a restaurant in Paris on Thursday. Kardashian and rapper Kanye West will celebrate their wedding in Florence on May 25, an official from the mayor's office confirmed on Friday. Photo: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes Director Asia Argento (3rdR) poses with cast members during a photocall for the film "Incompresa" (Misunderstood) in competition for the category "Un Certain Regard" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on Thursday. Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets people in the crowd gathered to watch him arrive on Air Force One at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York on Thursday. Obama will be highlighting the tourism industry during a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, before flying to Chicago to speak at Democratic party events. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Bosnia's national soccer team players (L-R) Miralem Pjanic, Jasmin Mujdza, Toni Sunjic, Emir Spahic, Tino-Sven Susic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Vedad Ibisevic, Sejad Salihovic, Asmir Begovic, Haris Medunjanin and Edin Dzeko pose for a photo before a humanitarian match against the Bosnia U21 team in Gradacac on Thursday. Bosnia will face Argentina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F of the World Cup finals in Brazil. Photo: Reuters/Dado Ruvic A voter poses for a picture with their dog as they leave a pub being used as a polling station in Christmas Common, southern England on Thursday. The UKIP party will likely top European elections on Thursday or come a close second, according to opinion polls that suggest a barrage of criticism accusing it of racial slurs and bigotry has failed to put off voters. Photo: Reuters/Eddie Keogh