This Week in Pictures: June 14-20
The week began with runoff elections in Afghanistan, between Abdullah Abdullah, who is expected to win, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. But the country’s first democratic transition of power came to a standstill, as Abdullah Abdullah accused his opponent of mass election fraud.
International attention on the elections was quickly overshadowed by rapid developments in Iraq, where Sunni extremists launched a blitz southward toward Baghdad, overtaking cities along the way, as Iraqis loyal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s regime took up arms in a marked response.
But the world over couldn’t turn away from the premiere attraction of the month: the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With Spain’s stunning defeat and the USA’s surprising victory, no one can deny the allure of this captivating sport, and of the excuse worldwide to gather en masse to watch underdogs rise and victors fall in the month-long competition to be the best futebol team in the world.