This week in pictures: June 21-27

  • People practice yoga in Times Square as part of a Summer Solstice celebration in New York, June 21, 2014.
  • Runners attend a 5k race, through clouds of colorful powder thrown by volunteers during the Color Run 2014 at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in Moscow, Russia, June 21, 2014. 
  • A man watches protesters pass during a demonstration called by the main Portuguese union General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP) demanding that the minimum wage to be increased to 515 euros, that early elections be organized and that the government resign, in Lisbon, June 21, 2014. 
  • Relatives holding weapons mourn Ibrahim al-Arqan, a Palestinian man and member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, who died after an explosion caused the collapse of a tunnel under the Israeli border, on June 21, 2014, in Gaza City. In addition to tunnels dug under the border with Egypt to smuggle goods, militant Gaza groups use tunnels to infiltrate beyond Israel’s lines. 
  • A woman rides the subway before the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, June 21, 2014. 
  • People take part in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, June 21, 2014. 
  • People gather around a bonfire and watch the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Germany and Ghana on an outdoor film projector, during the Sonnwendfeuer (Midsummer) Festival at Mt. Kampenwand in Bavarian Alps, Aschau, 62 miles south of Munich, June 21, 2014.
  • Truck drivers wait in a long line to cross the border into Iraq, near Silopi, Turkey, June 21, 2014. Some trucking companies have stopped transporting goods into Iraq since 31 truckers were kidnapped in Mosul. Clashes have increased between Islamist militants and Iraqi security forces in recent weeks.
  • Faded team photographs adorn the walls of the ‘Artur Alvim’ football club’s office in the poor neighborhood of Itaquera, adjacent to the ‘Arena de Sao Paulo’ stadium, June 21, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
  • Trassexual contestants and viewers prepare before transsexual beauty contest in Istanbul, June 21, 2014. The contest runs for first time in Turkey and it is organized by Istanbul’s ‘Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals’ (LGBTT).
  • Trapeze artist Bebeto Fuentes, left, and his brothers, Alex, center, and Juventino, right, perform at the Fuentes Gasca Brothers Circus in Mexico City, June 22, 2014. For five generations, the Fuentes family has been running the Fuentes Gasca Brothers Circus in Mexico City, but a new law has them worried about the future. Last week Mexico City’’s legislative assembly banned the use of animals in circuses, responding to months of pressure from animal activists.
  • Interior Ministry security force members walk in line during a pro-Ukrainian, anti-separatist rally near Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery, in Kiev, June 22, 2014. 
  • An Israeli soldier is seen during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 22, 2014. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Palestinian medics said, as Israel continued its crackdown on Islamist group Hamas, blamed for abducting three Israeli youths. Hamas, which refuses to recognise Israel’s existence, has neither claimed nor denied responsibility for the disappearance of the youths, who went missing near an Israeli settlement on June 13. 
  • A relative grieves over the body of 26-year-old Ahmed Abu Shino, who was allegedly killed by Israeli soldiers at Al Ein Refugee Camp, at Rafedya Hospital Morgue near Nablus, the West Bank, June 22, 2014. According to Palestinian medical sources, Israeli soldiers killed Abu Shino near his home after they raided the refugee camp in search of three missing Israeli teenagers. Raids have been taking place since the teens went missing on June 12 from a common hitchhike stop near a settlement block south of Jerusalem. Neither Hamas nor any other group has claimed responsibility for the disappearances. 
  • Cameroon’s Joel Matip (L), Nicolas Nkoulou and goalkeeper Charles Itandje react after conceding a fourth goal during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Brazil at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, June 23, 2014.
  • Women from the female-only 106 unit of the Peshmerga’s 2nd Battalion ride on the back of a pick-up truck inside the General Command Peshmerga base in Sulimaniyah in eastern Kurdistan, June 22, 2014.
  • Kosovo Albanians walk past a burning police van during clashes between protesters and anti-riot police on June 22, 2014 in the divided town of Mitrovica. Kosovo police used tear gas today to disperse stone-throwing protestors demanding the removal of a blockade of flower pots on a bridge linking ethnic Albanians and Serbs in this flashpoint town. Anti-riot police, backed by security units of NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo (KFOR), sealed off the bridge in a bid to prevent demonstrators from crossing on the northern side, populated by minority Serbs.
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces take position near Taza Khormato as they fight jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positioned about three miles away in Bashir, approximately 12 miles south of Kirkuk, June 23, 2014.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Monday that the United States would provide “intense” support to Iraq to help it battle a militant offensive. 
  • Iraqi Shiite volunteers, with the Labayk ya Hussein Brigade (Hussein at your service), take part in a training session in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq, June 23, 2014 after they volunteered to protect the Shiite holy sites in central and south Iraq in case of an attack by militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said that Sunni jihadists who have overrun swathes of territory must be expelled from the country before it is too late. 
  • A woman walks on the shore in Donostia, San Sebastian, Basque Country, June 23, 2014.
  • A woman says goodbye before her friend is sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion “Azov”, during a ceremony to take the oath of allegiance to Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 23, 2014. 
  • The streets and houses Baghdad, Iraq are seen in this aerial picture taken from the helicopter transporting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, June 23, 2014. 
  • A man walks in front of a mosque on June 23, 2014 in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. While Lebanon has escaped much of the recent violence sweeping through neighboring countries, recent arrests of Islamist militants have heightened the fears of many residents. On June 20, security forces arrested 17 men in two Beirut hotels on suspicion that they were plotting to kill a prominent Lebanese Shiite leader.
  • Tourists enjoy the sunshine and the sea at a beach on Zakynthos island, Greece, June 23, 2014. 
  • A picture taken aboard a helicopter shows an U.S. State Department helicopter flying over Baghdad as it transports Secretary of State John Kerry on June 23, 2014. Kerry pledged “intense” support for Iraq against the “existential threat” of a major militant offensive pushing toward Baghdad from the north and west.
  • U.S. Marines carry the remains of Staff Sgt. David Stewart from an C-17 aircraft to a transfer vehicle at Dover Air Force Base, June 23, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Members of the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, Stewart, Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant of Peterborough, New Hampshire; and Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were killed Friday when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. 
  • Australia’s reserve players watch as Spain’s Jordi Alba (top) and Australia’s Matthew Leckie fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba, Brazil, June 23, 2014. 
  • U.S. Army honor guards wait to carry the remains of PFC Aaron Toppen from Vandenberg Funeral Home to his visitation at Parkview Christian Church on June 23, 2014 in Mokena, Illinois. Toppen, 19, was killed alongside four other American soldiers and an Afghan soldier in a friendly fire airstrike while they were engaged in a firefight earlier this month in Afghanistan. 
  • Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (1st L) and Australian journalist Peter Greste (1st R) stand behind bars as they listen to the verdict at a court in Cairo, June 23, 2014. An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists – Greste, Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed – to seven years in jail over charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. 
  • Dancers wait during a visit by American actor Forest Whitaker (not seen) inside the UN House IDP Camp in Juba, South Sudan, June 23, 2014. 
  • Civil Defense members gather at the site of an explosion, as Lebanese army soldiers secure the area, in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, June 23, 2014. A suicide bomber blew up his car in southern Beirut on Monday night near a security forces checkpoint, killing himself and damaging a nearby cafe, security sources said. 
  • A dog sits near a cardboard cutout of Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, placed as a scarecrow to deter intruders, at a farm near a garbage recycling center in Managua, Nicaragua, June 23, 2014. 
  • An Iraqi woman walks in a field beside a temporary displacement camp for Iraqis caught in the fighting in and around the city of Mosul, on June 24, 2014 in Kalak, Iraq. Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP (internally displaced persons) camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. 
  • People start to form a human tower called “castells” during the Sant Joan festival at Plaza del Blat square in Valls, south of Barcelona, June 24, 2014. 
  • Aquarium fish on Yihe Market in Guangzhou, China, June 24, 2014. Besides being the Capital city of Guangdong, Guangzhou is the most important commodity distribution center in south China. In this area some of the world biggest wholesale markets could be found, such as the Yihe Fish, Bird and Stonework Market, seen in these photos.
  • Men carry a person who fainted while lining up to receive food supplies at a distribution point for those fleeing the military offensive against militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan, June 25, 2014.
  • Italian supporters gather in Rome, Italy, June 24, 2014, for the public viewing of the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Italy and Uruguay, played at the Estadio Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. 
  • A plane drops fire retardant to extinguish a flames in a forest in Jerusalem, Israel, June 25, 2014. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says there have been no injuries or damage to structures. But authorities have closed six area roads and evacuated residents from the area. He says the blaze is not yet under control. He said the cause of the fire, which began Wednesday afternoon, is under investigation. 
  • Workers clean a building’s glass wall bearing a reflection of other buildings at a financial district in Beijing, June 24, 2014. 
  • Ernest St. Pierre, a lunch guest of Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese businessman and philanthropist, yells at the director of the New York City Rescue Mission after there was confusion about money that Chen had promised his guests in New York, June 25, 2014. Chen, known for his sometimes eccentric gestures, served up a fancy lunch Wednesday to hundreds of homeless New Yorkers at a Central Park restaurant and serenaded them with “We are the World.” 
  • Fleeing Iraqi citizens from Mosul and other northern towns are seen silhouetted as they walk on a desert field to cross to secure areas, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, June 25, 2014. Sunni insurgents who seized Iraq’s second largest city attacked a nearby Christian village on Wednesday, bringing their fight closer to the largely Kurdish regions of northern Iraq, which had remained so far largely untouched from the chaos sweeping the country.
  • A girl carries a bucket of water on top of her head at a river in Minkaman, Lakes State, June 25, 2014. About 94,000 people have sought refuge in Minkaman after fighting broke out in neighboring states, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
  • A boy looks at a woman as they sit in a bus to flee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, June 25, 2014. 
  • People attend a party held during the night of the San Juan bonfire on the beach of Playa de Poniente in Gijon, June 24, 2014. Fires formed by burning unwanted furniture, old school books, wood and effigies of malign spirits are seen across Spain as people celebrate the night of San Juan, a purification ceremony coinciding with the summer solstice.
  • Internal security members detain a man following a bomb attack at Duroy hotel in Raouche, in western Beirut, Lebanon, June 25, 2014. A suicide bomber killed himself and wounded at least four security officers at the hotel in Beirut close to the Saudi Arabian embassy on Wednesday, Lebanese security sources said, the third blast in Lebanon in less than a week. 
  • Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with fans from different countries during the match between France vs. Ecuador, June 25, 2014.
  • Guests staying in the Duroy hotel cover their noses as they look out from windows following a bomb attack in the hotel in Raouche, in western Beirut, Lebanon, June 25, 2014. A suicide bomber killed himself and wounded at least four security officers at the hotel in Beirut close to the Saudi Arabian embassy on Wednesday, Lebanese security sources said, the third blast in Lebanon in less than a week. 
  • A Palestinian boy removes shattered glass from a window following an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis, in the central Gaza Strip, on June 25, 2014. The Israeli air force carried out 12 raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after militants fired more rockets at southern Israel, Palestinian security sources said.
  • A Nigerian soldier, center, walks, at the scene of an explosion in Abuja, Nigeria, June 25, 2014. An explosion rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday and police say at least 20 people have been killed and many wounded. Witnesses say body parts were scattered around the exit to Emab Plaza, in the upscale Wuse 11 suburb. 
  • North Koreans sit along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, June 25, 2014. 
  • Thai prisoner Chanmansuk P.U Suphap (R) fights with Mnajande Msidmata of Myanmar (L) during their fight in “Fighting Backwall” at Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok, June 26, 2014. Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison organized the “Fighting Backwall” contest to “return good people to society” and fight drug abuse by training inmates in Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, and getting them to compete with professional boxers from outside. Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport and is said to be 2,000 years old.
  • Vanderbilt Commodores John Norwood (10) and first baseman Zander Wiel (43) celebrate after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers during game three of the College World Series Finals at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, June 25, 2014. Vanderbilt won 3-2.
  • A woman suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) holds her baby, who suffers from TB and malnutrition, in a hospital in Mingkaman, Lakes State, June 26, 2014. About 94,000 people have sought refuge in Mingkaman after fighting broke out in neighboring states, according to the International Organization for Migration. 
  • A tourist holds an umbrella to protect from the sun as she walks in front of the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis Hill in Athens, June 26, 2014. Temperatures around the Greek capital reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), in one of the hottest days of this summer in Greece, reported local media. 
  • A Palestinian man rides his bicycle past the office of the Ministry of Education in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, June 26, 2014. Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza on Thursday in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government, formed just weeks ago under the Islamist group’s unity pact with President Mahmoud Abbas. All government offices in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip were closed as a result of the one-day strike, but hospital emergency rooms remained open and police continued to patrol the streets. The sign (L) reads: “comprehensive strike for all workers in the education sector.” 
  • Policemen enter a home during the demolition of shanties in Quezon City, the Philippines, June 26, 2014. The local government ordered the dismantling of shanties along waterways to avoid flood during the rainy season. 
  • An Egyptian dancer in a traditional costume performs while holding clothes to act as if he were holding a baby during a night show marking the holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, June 26, 2014. The traditional dance is locally known as “whirling dervish.” Muslims observe the dawn-to-dusk fasting during the holy month of Ramadan starting Saturday or early next week. 
  • Afghan policemen inspect the site of blast in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar, June 26, 2014. Four people were wounded Thursday morning in an explosion in Kandahar city, the provincial capital of southern Afghan province of Kandahar, sources said. 
  • The crowd cheers during Tiesto’s set at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, June 26, 2014.
  • Morning fog glows above the Alpine foothills near Bernbeuren, Germany, June 26, 2014. 
  • Indian Muslim children participate in a special prayer for rainfall, in Mumbai, India, June 26, 2014. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted below average rains for the monsoon season, which runs from June to September and accounts for about 80% of India’s annual rainfall.
  • Algerian fans celebrate the end of their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia, in Algiers, June 26, 2014. 
  • Afghans shout slogans during a demonstration to support presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, in Kabul, June 27, 2014. Thousands of angry protesters marched on the Afghan president’s palace on Friday in support of candidate Abdullah’s allegations that mass fraud had been committed during the presidential election by organisers and state officials.
  • A displaced Pakistani mother and daughter wait to get relief supplies at a distribution center in Bannu, Pakistan, June 27, 2014. Thousands of Pakistani tribal people fled their villages in North Waziristan following a massive crack down operation against militants launched by the Pakistan army.

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As summer officially began this week, the FIFA World Cup continued to hold a grip on the attention of fans across the world.

Spain – the defending champion – was defeated from the tournament. And Costa Rica made history, tying England, and beating Italy and Uruguay.

In Iraq, Sunni extremists continued their push toward Baghdad. Tensions heightened between Israel and Palestine over the kidnapping of three Israeli boys and the killing of a Palestinian man.

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