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A protest march in support of Palestinians near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on May 15. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of people rallied across the U.S. and the world Saturday following days of violence in Gaza and Israel that's killed at least 145 Palestinians, including 41 children, and eight Israelis, per AP.

The big picture: Most demonstrations were in support of Palestinians. There were tense scenes between pro-Israeli government protesters and pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Winnipeg, Canada, and Leipzig, Germany, but no arrests were made, CBS News and DW.com report.

Police arrest a protester in Jerusalem at a May 15 demonstration organized by the Standing Together Movement, which calls on Arab and Jewish people to unite and demands the end of attacks on both Israel and Gaza. Photo: Daniel Rolider/Getty Images
Thousands gather during a rally to support Palestininians at Copley Square in Boston on May 15. Photo: Joseph PreziosoAFP via Getty Images
A protester stands shrouded in tear gas at a Protest in Solidarity with Palestine rally in Paris, France, on May 15. Police arrested 44 people at the banned rally, per France 24. Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images
People gather in Brooklyn, New York, to demonstrate in support of Palestinians. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Thousands fill Nathan Phillips Square as the Palestinian Youth Movement leads a demonstration against the Israel-Gaza Strip clashes in Toronto, Canada, May 15. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images
People carry the Palestinian flag during a May 15 march to the Houston City Hall in Houston. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
A pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin, on May 15. Photo: Stefanie Loos/AFP via Getty Images
People demonstrate in support of Palestinians in Los Angeles on May 15. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Kensington Palace near the Israeli Embassy in London on May 15. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images
A pro-Israeli government supporter in Copley Square in Boston May 15. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images
Riot police use water cannon on pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Athens, Greece, May 15. Photo: Dimitris Lampropoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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Tokyo Paralympics kick off amid COVID state of emergency

Three torchbearers wave after lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 24, 2021. Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

The Tokyo Paralympics officially began on Tuesday as athletes representing 162 countries and a delegation of refugees processed in the parade of nations before the cauldron was lit.

Driving the news: The opening ceremony for the 16th Summer Paralympics took place in a spectator-less stadium and featured a smaller number of athletes compared to years prior as COVID-19 restrictions prohibit athletes from entering the Paralympic Village until five days before their competitions, per the New York Times.

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The U.S. Paralympic athletes to watch

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Data: Team USA; Cartogram: Connor Rothschild/Axios

The Paralympic Games officially kicked off in Tokyo on Tuesday after a yearlong delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: The roster of more than 230 U.S. athletes features 129 returning Paralympians, including four six-time Paralympians.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action at Harvard, UNC

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging the consideration of race in the college admissions processes.

Why it matters: The conservative high court's ruling could determine the future of affirmative action in higher education.