Photos of the week: 5/5 - 5/12

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ELBERT COUNTY, CO - MAY 8: Tim Marshall, a 40 year veteran of storm chasing, monitors a supercell thunderstorm during a tornado research mission, May 8, 2017 in Elbert County near Agate, Colorado. With funding from the National Science Foundation and other government grants, scientists and meteorologists from the Center for Severe Weather Research try to get close to supercell storms and tornadoes trying to better understand tornado structure and strength, how low-level winds affect and damage buildings, and to learn more about tornado formation and prediction. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - MAY 12: One-day-old baby giraffe calf Gus looks at the camera at Noah's Ark farm on May 12, 2017 in Bristol, England. The baby giraffe was born yesterday at the zoo farm in North Somerset. In the wild, populations of giraffes are suffering from a continuing decline, with 97,500 estimated in Africa in 2015. Since 1985 the total giraffe population has fallen by 35%. New arrival Gus joins brothers George, 4 and Geoffrey, 2. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (L) poses for a 'selfie' with supporters after voting in Le Touquet, northern France, on May 7, 2017, during the second round of the French presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Philippe HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Protest posters are placed at President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as members of Refuse Fascism protest the firing of FBI director James Comey by US President Donald Trump in Los Angeles, California on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RINGO CHIU (Photo credit should read RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaks during press briefing on May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sanders fielded questions about President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Queen Elizabeth II with her horse Murthwaite Dawn Chorus during the Windsor Horse Show on May 12, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Before being fired by U.S. President Donald Trump, former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates said she had warned the White House about contacts between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russia that might make him vulnerable to blackmail. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This picture taken on May 10, 2017 shows a baby Sumatran elephant playing with a mahout from the Trumon Conservation Response Unit at the Leuser Ecosystem wildlife reservation area in south Aceh district. The baby elephant was born on March 16 in Trumon, a wildlife corridor located in the south of the Leuser Ecosystem, which is experiencing severe threats of encroachment due to its proximity to villages. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) is approached by members of the media as he arrives at the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the Capitol May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate Republican held a policy luncheon to discuss GOP agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 07: Fatih Mosque is seen as lightning strikes over the Istanbul skyline during a thunderstorm on May 7, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 9 : Fireworks illuminate the sky on Poklonnaya Hill marking the 72th anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 in Moscow, Russia on May 9, 2017. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken in Paris, on May 5, 2017, shows vandalised campaign posters of French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement, Emmanuel Macron. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
South Chungcheong governor An Hee-jung kisses South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyunghoon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The father of Miguel Castillo, who died during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, reacts during a tribute to his son in Caracas, Venezuela May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 05: View of a banner reading 'liberty, equality, fraternity' hung by Greenpeace activists on the Eiffel Tower to protest against the far-right Front National (FN) party, two days before the second round of the presidential election on May 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband senior adviser Jared Kushner walk along the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., as they accompanied U.S. President Donald Trump before his departure to New York May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Nairobi skyline is seen in the background as Hartebeests graze at the Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WUHAN, CHINA - APRIL 27: Chinese workers from Wuhan Guangsheng Photovoltaic Company install solar panels on the roof of a building on April 27, 2017 in Wuhan, China. As the world's most populated nation, China consumes more electricity and creates more carbon emissions than any other country. Yet it is also the world's leader in renewable energy, known for its sprawling solar fields and large-scale wind turbine projects in western rural areas. Greenpeace estimates that by 2030 renewable energy could replace fossil fuels as China's primary source of power. However, much of the energy being produced by rural projects is wasted during transmission to urban areas or by rising curtailment rates (a measure of potential supply lost to low consumption). To harness the potential for renewable energy to power China's expanding cities, solar and wind projects are increasingly being brought into urban areas where supplies can be generated and consumed locally. In Wuhan, a relatively small Chinese city with a population of 10.6 million, rooftop solar panel systems being installed on houses and buildings to provide energy and subsidies to owners. Any surplus energy is sold to the state power grid, though there are often delays in bringing new renewable projects into the grid system. Still, the concept is slowly gaining acceptance among urban consumers who find it increasingly accessible, according to Wuhan Guangsheng Photovoltaic Company, which is responsible for more than 80 percent of the city's installations. To ease the country's longtime dependence on coal and other fossil fuels, China's government has made strategic investments in the solar panel industry which has created intense global competition in the estimated $100 billion global solar energy market.(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
This picture shows a copy of the letter by U.S. President Donald Trump firing Director of the FBI James Comey at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 5, 2017. KCNA/ via REUTERSATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An AH-64D Apache attack helicopter flies in front of a wall of fire during the South Carolina National Guard Air and Ground Expo at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, U.S. on May 6, 2017. Picture taken on May 6, 2017. Jorge Intriago/Courtesy Air National Guard/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves after speaking at the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Politics dominated the news cycle once again this week.

In France, heated campaigning came to an end as the nation took to the polls to elect their next president. Emmanuel Macron, candidate from the En Marche! movement, defeated opponent Marine Le Pen of the country's National Front party.

Here in the United States, President Donald Trump made the decision to fire Director of the FBI James Comey upon the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not field questions about Comey's firing at the White House's press briefing -- deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the podium instead.

Elsewhere in the world, South Korea also elected a new president, severe weather was seen from Turkey to Colorado and former President Barack Obama made an appearance in Milan, Italy.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the coming seven days.

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