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The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower testifies before the U.S. Senate; China unveils its $1 billion hotel in Macau; Toys ‘R’ Us customers attend the bankrupt company's final sales; and the world reacts to the killings in Gaza.

  

  

An attendee waves a People's Justice Party flag during a Pakatan Harapan alliance event celebrating the release of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, on Wednesday, May 16. Anwar became a free man just one week after his coalition's shock election win and after spending more than three years in jail.

Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg 

A hat rests on a blue agave plant at Becle SAB's Jose Cuervo farm in the town of Tequila, Jalisco State, Mexico. Jose Cuervo sales are benefiting from the trend toward premium spirits, with solid volume and higher average prices driving mid- to high-single-digit top-line growth.

Photographer: Mauricio Palos/Bloomberg

  

  

Visitors explore the Morpheus hotel, developed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd., during a media tour in Macau on May 15. Melco is seeking government approval in Beijing for more gaming tables in its new $1 billion hotel in the autonomous territory because the casino operator experienced an unexpected surge in demand at the world’s biggest gambling hub.

Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg  

  

  

Traditional houses line the Mutrah Corniche on the harbor side in the old city district of Muscat, Oman. The country's neutrality and independence have served it well, making the Persian Gulf nation a key conduit for trade and diplomacy in the Middle East. The problem is that Oman is succumbing to the all-too-familiar financial strains of countries that rely on petrodollars and must cope with the region's geopolitical turbulence.

Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg 

  

  

Sparks fly as robotic arms weld panels on the production line at a Kia Motors plant in Zilina. The factory assembles Kia's Sportage SUVs, as well as its Cee'd and Venga models. Last year, the Zilina plant produced 335,600 vehicles and 539,987 engines.

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg 

Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags and chant during a Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine protest in Chicago on May 15. Fifty-five Palestinians were killed in confrontations with Israeli troops on Monday after tens of thousands converged on the Gaza Strip border, throwing a pall over President Donald Trump's contentious inauguration of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. 

Photographer: Joshua Lott/Bloomberg

  

  

Sample lenses manufactured by Kantatsu Co. for smartphone cameras are arrayed in Tokyo. Kantatsu, maker of camera lenses for Apple Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co., expects sales to rise 15 percent, to 150 million units, in the year ending March 2019, according to Chief Executive Officer Keiju Akutsu.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg 

  

  

Yui Mitsuhashi, an engineering student at Osaka University, stands in the campus workshop of the university's formula racing club (left) while Natsuko Iwasaki, an engineer at Honda Motor Co., stands inside an anechoic chamber at the company's facility in Tochigi, Japan. Japan's carmakers, facing the worst labor shortage in decades, have seen the light: Hire more women. The problem is that the automakers are experiencing the epiphany at the same time, leaving them to fight over the world's smallest pool of female engineering graduates.

Photographer: Kentaro Takahashi, Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, left, speaks during a joint news conference with Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, inside number 10 Downing Street in London on May 15. Erdogan said he intends to tighten his grip on the economy and take more responsibility for monetary policy if he wins an election next month. 

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Cattle stand at the Texana Feeders feedlot in Floresville, Texas. During a summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, the American team welcomed such modest concessions as allowing additional U.S. beef imports and opening China's financial sector to greater U.S. investment. 

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Shipping cranes and containers rest in the port area at the refinery and petrochemical complex operated by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc), in Al Ruwais, United Arab Emirates, on May 14. Adnoc is seeking to create the world’s largest integrated refinery and petrochemical complex. 

Photographer: Christophe Viseux/Bloomberg

Matteo Salvini, leader of euroskeptic party League, arrives at a news conference following a meeting with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on May 14. Salvini and Luigi Di Maio of Italy's populist Five Star Movement have all but completed a governing plan that includes a flat tax as low as 15 percent, a guaranteed income for the poor and a lower retirement age as they prepare to seek a green light from the president on Monday. 

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Pedestrians walk in the rain near Argentina's national bank in Buenos Aires. Argentine investors are focusing on Tuesday's central bank auction of notes as a key test of President Mauricio Macri following the peso's worst week since he came to power in 2015. 

Photographer: Sarah Pabst/Bloomberg

Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower and former employee at Cambridge Analytica (right) tests a malfunctioning microphone in front of Eitan Hersh, an associate professor at Tufts University, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on May 16. Cambridge Analytica , a U.K.-based data broker that improperly gained access to tens of millions of Facebook users' personal data, announced its dissolution earlier this month after being exposed for having used the Facebook data in targeted influence campaigns for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Playthings await buyers at a Toys 'R' Us retail store at Times Square in New York on May 11 as the chain prepares to close or sell all of its U.S. outlets. While shoppers are being invited to attend the bankrupt company's final sales and snap nostalgic selfies with a Geoffrey the Giraffe banner, employees are demanding severance pay. 

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg