This Week in Pictures: June 20-26

  • A participant rests while people take part in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York, June 20, 2015. The annual parade, founded in 1983, seeks to bring mythology to life for residents, create confidence in the district and to allow artistic self-expression in public, according to the parade’s website.
  • Children play basketball in a field near Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 20, 2015.
  • A worker in a grain depot rests on June 20, 2015 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The head of Burundi’s influential rights group, Aprodeh, says at least 70 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and hundreds of others wounded following weeks of political unrest in the small, impoverished country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa.
  • Winner Nicki Pedersen of Denmark celebrates on the podium after the 1st round of Speedway European Championships in Torun, Poland, June 20, 2015.
  • Players of Greece warm up prior to their Women’s Waterpolo bronze medal match during day eight of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena on June 20, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Williams Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland makes a pit stop during the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 21, 2015.
  • A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of Pinckney and eight others on June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
  • Athletes prepare for their races in the practice pool on day four of the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at the George F. Haines International Swim Center on June 21, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • A picture made available on June 23, 2015 shows people standing in front the Heidar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 22, 2015. The building was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and was finished in 2014, becoming one of the modern symbols of Baku.
  • Brazil’s Willian pauses during the first round Copa America 2015 soccer match against Venezuela at Estadio Monumental David Arellano in Santiago, Chile, June 21, 2015.
  • In this photo taken by Dr. Naqibullah Faiq, an Afghan member of parliament, lawmakers leave the main hall after a suicide attack in front of the main gate of Parliament, during clashes with Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 22, 2015. The Taliban launched a complex attack, with a suicide car bomber striking at the entrance and gunmen battling police as lawmakers were meeting inside to confirm the appointment of a defense minister, police and witnesses said.
  • Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road at Jyoti Talkies Road after a heavy rainfall on June 22, 2015, in Bhopal, India. In the first heavy shower of this season, the city recorded 3.3 inches of rain in a span of just one day – the city’s third-highest 24-hour rainfall record in the last 10 years.
  • Fire fighters throw flame-retardant on June 22, 2015 at an inferno that gutted a petrol depot in Nairobi’s industrial district.
  • A pro-Euro demonstrator is silhouetted behind a Greek flag during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, June 22, 2015. Thousands of people gathered to show support for the country’s future in the Eurozone and the European Union.
  • A mural of author Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro shaking hands covers a downtown parking lot in Havana, Cuba, June 22, 2015. Cuban architects, engineers and workmen will construct a two-story laboratory where thousands of photos, books and letters to and from Hemingway can be treated and preserved.
  • In this late Monday, June 22, 2015 photo, Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic flows as seen from Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano has been at the highest alert level since June 2.
  • Harvesters pick strawberries in a field near the Upper Palatinate district of Regensburg, Germany, June 22, 2015.
  • Women take a selfie as they rest underneath a bridge at the Han river park in Seoul, South Korea, June 22, 2015.
  • A man cools off from a public tap after filling bottles during intense hot weather in Karachi, Pakistan, June 23, 2015. A devastating heat wave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said on Tuesday, as paramilitaries set up emergency medical camps in the streets.
  • Two men wade through a flooded portion of West Daisy Place, June 23, 2015 after a tornado ripped through portions of Coal City, Illinois, Monday night. Strong storms that swept across the northern part of the state spawned tornadoes, severely damaged homes and forced first responders to pull survivors from basements, officials said Tuesday.
  • Police officers wearing masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are reflected on windows in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. South Korea’s MERS outbreak originated from a 68-year-old man who had traveled to the Middle East, where the illness has been centered, before being diagnosed as the country’s first MERS patient last month.
  • A reveler holds fireworks as he takes part in ‘Correfoc’ (Run with fire) party during the night of San Juan in Barcelona, Spain, June 23, 2015. The San Juan night coincides with the Summer solstice and it’s the welcome to Summer. This celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year in almost all cities and towns of Spain.
  • Protesters are hit by a jet of water released from a riot police vehicle during a rally against a recent decision to increase the tariff on electricity, in Yerevan, Armenia, June 23, 2015. Armenian police used water cannons to disperse thousands of people protesting in the capital city of Yerevan on Tuesday against a hike in electricity prices and detained more than 200 of them. The protest, which was organized by young activists with no affiliation to any political parties, was triggered by the state regulatory commission’s decision last week to increase the tariff on electricity by up to 22% from August 1.
  • Children dressed as witches dance as they celebrate The Night of Saint John the Baptist in the Basque coastal town of Mundaka, June 23, 2015. Celebrants throughout Spain throw unwanted objects into the flames of the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of Saint John) and leap across the fire in a purification ceremony that coincides with the summer solstice.
  • A migrant lies on the deck of the Belgian Navy Vessel Godetia after being rescued during a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coasts, Italy, June 23, 2015. Hundreds of migrants were rescued on Tuesday by the Godetia, which is among a EU Navy vessels fleet taking part in the Triton migrants rescue operations.
  • A sailor of the Belgian Navy Vessel Godetia helps a migrant board the ship during a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coasts, June 23, 2015. Hundreds of migrants were rescued on Tuesday by the Godetia, which is among a EU Navy vessels fleet taking part in the Triton migrants rescue operations.
  • A family sits inside a car as they prepare to leave a danger zone area, as ash spews from Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption at Tiga Serangkai village in Karo Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, June 24, 2015. More than 10,000 people from 12 villages, who are living around the slopes of Mount Sinabung, left their homes and moved to refugee camps, local media reported on Friday.
  • A long exposure picture shows molten lava spilling from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from Berastepu village in Karo, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, June 24, 2015.
  • Iranian worshipers recite verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, some 140 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran, June 24, 2015. Muslims throughout the world are marking Ramadan - a month of fasting during which the observants abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset.
  • A reveler jumps over a bonfire during the night of San Juan in Alcobendas near Madrid, Spain, June 24, 2015. The San Juan night coincides with the Summer solstice and it’s the welcome to Summer. This celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year in almost all cities and towns of Spain.
  • Migrants share cups of milk on the deck of the Belgian Navy vessel Godetia, after they were saved at sea during a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coasts, June 24, 2015. Hundreds of migrants were rescued on Tuesday by the Godetia, which is part of a EU Navy vessels fleet taking part in the Triton migrants rescue operation.
  • Fans cheer next to a giant flag of Chile, top, during a Copa America quarterfinal soccer match between Uruguay and Chile at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • A religious devotee, dressed in banana leaves and with her face covered in mud, prays during a holy Mass surrounded by banana leaves worn by other devotees as she takes part in the “Taong Putik” (Mud People) festival to celebrate the feast of Saint John the Baptist at Bibiclat farming village, in Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines, June 24, 2015.
  • Mourners pay their respects at the casket of the late South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney as he lies in state inside the rotunda of the State Capitol in Columbia, S.C., June 24, 2015. Pinckney, the late pastor of Emanuel AME Church, was one of nine people killed inside the Charleston church in a mass shooting.
  • Guests hold up cell phones as President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by White House chief technology officer Megan Smith as he arrives for a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • A boy, who was wounded by what activists said was violence caused by Islamic State fighters in Kobani, waits inside a vehicle to cross into Turkey at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, Syria, June 25, 2015. Syrian state television said on Thursday that Islamic State fighters who carried out a deadly assault on the predominantly Kurdish border town of Kobani had entered Syria from Turkey.
  • French taxi drivers clash with riot police as they attempt to disrupt rush hour traffic on the ring-road around Paris, during a demonstration against the app-based transportation network and taxi company Uber’s UberPop service in Paris, France, June 25, 2015. The protest caused traffic disruption in Paris and its region. Despite a law making UberPop service illegal, the US-based company continues to develop in French cities, provoking reactions of taxi drivers.
  • In this June 24, 2015 photo, Isabel Gideon holds her eight-month-old daughter Naika Doctor inside the tin-roofed wooden shack the family built on a steep, rocky hillside in Canaan, Haiti. Gideon and her partner live with four of their children, three from previous relationships, in their well kept one room shack that they divided in two with a decorative curtain. For furniture they use two single beds, a table, and a portable crib, beside which hang two pairs of baby sandals. Several of their neighbor’s shacks have blown down in recent high winds. 
  • An aerial view shows flood victims standing atop their submerged houses in Amreli district of Gujarat, India, in this June 24, 2015 handout provided by the Indian Air Force. At least 24 people have died due to heavy rains and flood related incidents in the western state of Gujarat, local media reported.
  • An Indian man carries a boy to move to a safer place after their neighborhood was flooded in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2015. Authorities advised people living in low-lying areas to shift to safer places Thursday as rain-swollen rivers swamped several parts of the disputed Himalayan region.
  • Interns with media organizations run with the decision upholding the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court in Washington, June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.
  • Mourners gather before the funeral service for Ethel Lance, one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston, June 25, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C.
  • Gay rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, 2015. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. 



The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of recognizing marriage between same-sex couples, one day after the justices upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in another landmark decision.

Extreme weather around the world made headlines this week, with hundreds dying in Pakistan from the heat, severe thunderstorms and flooding in the United States. 

Family and friends of the nine victims killed in last week’s brutal attack in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, continued to mourn as funeral services for the victims began this week. 

Islamic State fighters carried out a deadly assault on the predominantly Kurdish border town of Kobani and gunmen carried out a vicious attack on a beach resort in Tunisia that has left at least 27 people dead. 

The European Games continued in Azerbaijan.

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