Kevin Vickers, Stephen Harper and Bismack Biyombo are in the week in pictures

The former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms-turned ambassador tackled a protester in Dublin and the Toronto Raptors are in a desperate playoff run against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are some of the top news images from around the world for the week of May 20-27.

Top photos from around the world for May 20-27

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Old habits die hard in Dublin.

Kevin Vickers, the man hailed as a hero for shooting a gunman on Parliament Hill in 2014, tackled a protester at a ceremony in Dublin Thursday morning. The former sergeant-at-arms was made Canada's ambassador to Ireland but, as CBC National Affairs Editor Chris Hall points out, "it would appear he remains a security officer at heart and in his mind."

(Brian Lawless/AP)

'The best is yet to come.'

Stephen Harper, who hasn't spoken publicly in months, gave a speech at the Conservative Party convention in Vancouver Thursday night. 

(Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The former prime minister said he quite enjoyed "being off centre stage" before thanking his wife, Laureen, and urging the grass roots to look ahead to 2019. 

(Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Greek police began evictions at the Idomeni refugee camp.

Shortly after sunrise on Tuesday, hundreds of heavily armed Greek police began clearing out some 8,400 people from the sprawling camp near the Macedonian border. Many were bussed from the tent city to purpose-built processing centres farther south in Greece.

(Yannis Kolesidis/AFP/Getty)

See you next season.

The Toronto Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 on Friday night, putting an end to their playoff run.

But earlier in the week, in one of the biggest games in the team's history, the Raptors dropped Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Cavaliers. 

(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

That's Toronto centre Bismack Biyombo rejecting Cavs forward LeBron James and a reaction by Raptors ambassador Drake.

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

Beyoncé was in Toronto, too.

While the odds are stacked against the Raptors advancing past the Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs, Toronto did play host to an undisputed winner this week. Beyoncé (whose record sales, and fans, are legion) packed the Rogers Centre with upbeat messages about girl power and pyrotechnic-backed tunes.

(Daniela Vesco/Invision/Parkwood Entertainment/AP)

A rose by any other name …

The country that gave us Shakespeare and the landscape garden is also home to the Chelsea Flower Show, which opened to the public in London on Tuesday. 

(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty)

In Sydney, the lights went on at a different kind of garden party.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, flicked the switch on Vivid Sydney on Wednesday — the biggest festival of light in the world, according to the event's organizers. 

(Brendon Thorne/Getty)

Barefoot and defiant, Nadiya Savchenko returned to Ukraine.

Captured by pro-Russian forces in 2014, the now 35-year-old military pilot-turned-politician arrived home to cheers on Wednesday after a prisoner swap approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin. She vowed to fight again for Kyiv. It was unclear why she wasn't wearing shoes. 

(Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

This shot of a boy holding the remains of a mortar on Tuesday was taken in Donetsk, where Savchenko was captured. On Thursday, NATO announced it would be helping with the removal of leftover weapons in the region.

(Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Meanwhile, in Kentucky.

The National Rifle Association, commonly known as the NRA, held its annual meeting in Louisville last Saturday. 

(Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Fleet Week in New York City.

The naval tradition coincides with the Memorial Day long weekend and sees U.S. Navy sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members come ashore in the Big Apple (and other U.S. cities at different times of the year) for a week-long release from ship life.

(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

With files from Reuters and The Associated Press


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