Top photos of the day: Thursday, May 15, 2014

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President Harry Truman stands in an open car and waves to crowds along State Street on May 15, 1950 while en route to Chicago Stadium to deliver an address at the National Democratic Conference. | Sun-Times file photo

A selection of some of the best photographs from around the world:

A woman places a hand on the names engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called “Ground Zero Cross,” the destroyed remains of Company 21’s New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. | Getty Images

A coalition of Kenyan women’s groups stage a protest in solidarity with their counterparts in Nigeria and demanding the release of the hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya . Nigeria’s government is ruling out an exchange of more than 270 kidnapped schoolgirls for detained Islamic militants, Britain’s top official for Africa said Wednesday, but Nigeria’s government will talk to the militants on reconciliation, British foreign office minister Mark Simmonds said, talking after a meeting with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. | AP Photo

Vincent Kompany, Captain of Manchester City lifts the Premier League trophy after the friendly match between Al Ain and Manchester City at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. | Getty Images

Friends and relatives of Lena Ott, 42, dig her grave in a cemetery in Starovarvarovka, Ukraine. Ott was killed the prevoius night when the car she was riding in was fired on by forces her family believes to be the Ukrainian military. | Getty Images

Workers clean up an oil from a pipe that burst causing 50,000 gallon of crude oil spill onto streets covering an area of about a half-mile in Los Angeles, California. A 20-inch above-ground pipe that was located next to a strip club called The Gentleman’s Club, ruptured overnight causing some staff members and patrons to be evacuated. | AP Photo

Relatives mourn during the funeral for the victims of a mining disaster in Soma, a district in Turkey’s western province of Manisa. Rescuers are still trying to reach parts of the coal mine in Soma, 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul, almost 48 hours after fire knocked out power and shut down the ventilation shafts and elevators, trapping hundreds underground. At least 282 people have been confirmed dead, mostly from carbon monoxide poisoning, and hopes are fading of pulling out any more alive of the 100 or so still thought to be inside. | Getty Images

Palestinian youth seen during clashes with the Israeli army during Nakba day near the Qalandia checkpoint at the outskirts of Ramallah, the West Bank. Palestinians mark Israel’s establishment in 1948 with ‘Nakba’ or ‘catastrophe’ day, to remember the thousands of Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the creation of the Jewish state and the subsequent war. | Getty Images

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic plays a forehand in his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day five of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis 2014 in Rome, Italy. | Getty Images

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is bathed in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. | Getty Images

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