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Week in photos: The images you must see

Villagers and tourists enjoy food for free at a long-table banquet during a tourism festival at Baodu Village scenic area on May 13, 2018 in Luoyang, Henan Province of China. Tables were laid end to end along the street and about 200 diners sitting on either side of the ‘long table’ were treated to a feast. (Photo from VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Week in photos: The images you must see

This week saw smoke darken the sky in Gaza, which endured its deadliest day of violence since 2014, in Havana, where a passenger jet carrying 113 people crashed into a field shortly after takeoff, and on Hawaii’s Big Island, where lava continues to flow from newly opened fissures.

But it also brought festivals and Mother’s Day celebrations in China, Japan, and around the world.

From desperation and loss to peace and community, here are some compelling images from the week of May 12 to 18.