This Week in Pictures: July 4-10

  • An aerial view shows people relaxing on a floating platform at Silbersee lake on a hot summer day in Haltern, Germany, July 4, 2015. A widespread, long-lasting heatwave will affect much of France, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and western Germany.
  • The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks explode along the East River from the One World Trade Center Observatory on July 4, 2015 in New York City.
  • An aerial view shows people at a beach on the shores of the Silbersee lake on a hot summer day in Haltern, Germany, July 4, 2015.
  • People gather to watch fireworks at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Saturday, July 4, 2015.
  • Chile’s Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winning penalty kick in their Copa America 2015 final soccer match against Argentina at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, July 4, 2015.
  • An aerial view shows a harvester cutting corn on a hot summer day in Haltern, Germany, July 4, 2015.
  • Athletes during the Agegroup start the Ironman European Championship 2015 Frankfurt in the Langener Waldsee lake near Frankfurt Main, Germany, July 5, 2015.
  • United States forward Abby Wambach (20) celebrates with her wife Sarah Huffman after defeating Japan in the final of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at BC Place Stadium. The United States won 5-2.
  • A boy jumps into the Mediterranean Sea during the second heat wave of the summer on Sacaba beach in Malaga, southern Spain, July 5, 2015. As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. 
  • This 16-second time exposure shows a wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the Northern California city of Vacaville, in the early morning hours of July 5, 2015. The fire started Saturday night and embers were quickly spread by winds that gusted to 40 mph. Several homes were threatened and 125 people voluntarily evacuated, but no structures were burned.
  • Riot police detain masked youth during minor clashes in central Athens, Greece early July 6, 2015. Greeks voted overwhelmingly “No” on Sunday in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro.
  • Revelers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or ‘Chupinazo’ of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls fiesta on July 6, 2015 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 Ernest Hemingway novel “The Sun Also Rises,” involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring.
  • A supporter of the No vote waves a Greek flag as he celebrates after the results of the referendum in Synatagma square in central Athens, July 5, 2015. Voters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon car (3) crashes against the catch fence during the finish of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • King Willem Alexander, center, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, center right, watch the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships men’s final game in The Hague, Netherlands on July 5, 2015.
  • Priests take pictures as Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass at the Los Samanes park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. Pope Francis landed in Ecuador’s capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.
  • A pensioner argues with an official as he tries to enter a National Bank branch to receive part of his pension in Athens, Greece, July 6, 2015. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected conditions of a rescue package from creditors on Sunday, throwing the future of the country’s euro zone membership into further doubt and deepening a standoff with lenders.
  • Members of a local music group (R) perform next to revelers gathered on City Hall Square shortly before the firing of the ‘txupinazo’ rocket which marks the official beginning of the Fiestas de San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2015.
  • A colors team of the Army’s 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) stand, with the Washington Monument behind them, during the burial service of US Army Sergeant Joseph M. Snock, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, July 6, 2015. Snock, 21, of Apollo, Pennsylvania, was reported missing in late November 1950 while fighting in North Korea. In the identification of Snock, scientists used circumstantial evidence, dental comparison, and two forms of DNA analysis.
  • Rev. Jessie Jackson watches the South Carolina senate debating a bill that calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, July 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The state’s Republican governor, Nikki Haley, signed the bill into law Thursday, authorizing the removal of the Civil War symbol from the capitol.
  • A thunderstorm is seen northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on July 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The monsoon storm dropped heavy rain and hail in parts of the valley causing street flooding and power outages.
  • Revelers celebrate during the launch of the ‘Chupinazo’ rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 6, 2015. Revelers from around the world kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls.
  • A Palestinian man walks in the Shejaia neighborhood after clearing the rubble of houses, that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, ahead of the first anniversary of the war, in the east of Gaza City, July 6, 2015. July 8 marks the one-year anniversary of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
  • Students sing together during an event to mark the 53rd annual memorial ceremony of the suppression of a student movement, Yangon, Myanmar, July 7, 2015. Dozens of students and activists gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the 1962 crackdown on students who were protesting the rules imposed by the new regime on Rangoon University, which left dozens dead. Student leaders were detained by police after the ceremony.
  • Children jump off the ruin of an old building into the Tigris River to beat the heat in Baghdad, Iraq, July 7, 2015.
  • A stock investor takes a nap beside a line of computer screens showing stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing city, China, July 7, 2015. China’s shares dropped as the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.29 percent, or 48.78 points, to finish at 3,727.13 points and the Shenzhen Component Index dropped 5.8 percent, or 700.17 points, to close at 11,375.60 points.
  • People watch as Jandilla fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2015. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls.
  • People enjoy a sunny weather at lake ‘Puchheimer Meer’ near Fuerstenfeldbruck, southern Germany, July 7, 2015.
  • Pope Francis is seen on a big screen as he arrives at the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis on Tuesday said protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty and called for a new “social justice” where access to the earth’s resources would be based on equality instead of economic interests.
  • Pope Francis arrives to meet members of civil society at the San Francisco Church in Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis on Tuesday said protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty and called for a new “social justice” where access to the earth’s resources would be based on equality instead of economic interests.
  • Lightning strikes during a heavy storm over Poznan on the night of July 7, 2015. Severe storms passed last night over Poland causing damage to buildings, trees, electricity and railways.
  • A child looks out the window of a train at Senen Train Station in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 8, 2015. Millions of Indonesian Muslims across the country are expected to leave the major cities in the coming days and head to their hometowns to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan with their families.
  • Ball boys and ball girls remove the rain cover from No. 1 Court during the men’s quarterfinal singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, July 8, 2015.
  • A Greek woman pauses by a broken marble National Bank sign outside a branch in Athens, July 8, 2015. Euro zone members have given Greece until the end of the week to come up with a proposal for sweeping reforms in return for loans that will keep the country from crashing out of Europe’s currency bloc and into economic ruin.
  • An anti-government protester is pulled between police and fellow protesters during a demonstration demanding fair elections, near the Supreme Electoral Council in Managua, Nicaragua, July 8, 2015. Demonstrators are demanding clean elections for Nicaragua’s 2016 general elections slated for November.
  • A Filipino girl tries to keep herself warm as she wades in floodwaters in the coastal village of Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines on July 8, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom is passing over the northeastern waters of the Philippines and heading to northern Taiwan, dumping heavy rains over the capital, Manila, and the northern provinces.
  • United States’ Margaret Steffens, center, Makenzie Fischer, right, and teammates gather for instructions during a water polo match against Cuba at the Pan Am Games in Markham, Ontario, July 8, 2015. 
  • Activists of India’s Congress party’s youth wing shout slogans from a bus as they are detained during a protest against Shivraj Singh Chauhan, chief minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in New Delhi, India, July 8, 2015. Protests against Chauhan and his administration has peaked in recent days after several witnesses in a case alleging a massive scheme to manipulate the results of entrance examinations for government jobs and medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh died under mysterious circumstances.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews watch the funeral procession of prominent Jewish Rabbi Eliezer Hager in Haifa, Israel, July 8, 2015. Thousands of people have poured out onto the streets to mourn for Hager, who represented the Vizhnitz Hasidic dynasty, founded in the mid-19th century and named for a village in present-day Ukraine. He was 91.
  • A South Sudanese police officer sits with his uniform covered with national flags, as he attends an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2015. South Sudan marked four years of independence from Sudan on Thursday, but the celebrations were tempered by concerns about ongoing violence and the threat of famine.
  • A pro-Euro demonstrator is seen behind a European Union flag during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, July 9, 2015. Hopes that Greece can get a rescue deal that will prevent a catastrophic exit from the euro rose on Thursday, after key creditors said they were open to discussing how to ease the country’s debt load, a long-time sticking point in their talks. 
  • A model presents a wedding dress creation by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad as part of his Haute Couture Fall Winter 2015/2016 fashion show in Paris, France, July 9, 2015.
  • Antonio Brown (R) is comforted at a prayer vigil for his son 7-year-old Amari Brown, who was shot and killed in Chicago, Ill., July 9, 2015. The boy was the youngest of 10 people killed and more than 50 injured in gun violence over the Independence Day weekend, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner and local media reports. 
  • A Syrian refugee child, who has been living in Jordan with family since 2.5 years after fleeing the violence in their Syrian hometown of Idlib, poses in front of the family residence in Madaba city, near Amman, Jordan, July 9, 2015. 
  • A woman cries near coffins containing the bodies of newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at the Memorial Center in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 10, 2015. The bodies of the 136 recently identified victims will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves in Europe’s worst massacre since World War Two.

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The week ended on an historic note, as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law that enabled the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds on Friday. New Yorkers prepared to celebrate the U.S. women’s national soccer team, which won the World Cup on Sunday, with a ticker tape parade.

America celebrated its 239th birthday, the annual running of the bulls took place in Spain, and a massive heat wave left Europeans in search of relief. In South America, Pope Francis made a trip to the region, drawing massive crowds in Ecuador and Bolivia before he heads to Paraguay.

Financial markets around the world suffered the ongoing lack of a resolution over Greece’s debt repayment, the Chinese stock market continued its precipitous fall this week, and the New York Stock Exchange was shut down for hours due to a technical glitch on the same day that United Airlines flights across the country were grounded due to a technical problem.

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