Photo Essay

  • African asylum seekers gather in the shade of trees during a protest after leaving Holot open detention center in southern Israel’s Negev desert, June 28, 2014. 
  • Brazil soccer fans celebrate after their team defeated Chile during a live broadcast of the World Cup round of 16 match inside the FIFA Fan Fest area in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 28, 2014. 
  • A Syrian man sits with a wounded child at a makeshift hospital following a reported car bomb explosion at a popular market in the rebel-held town of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, June 28, 2014. 
  • Muslims attend an evening mass prayer session called “tarawih” at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta to mark the beginning of Ramadan, June 28, 2014. 
  • Shi’ite volunteers stand with their weapons as they secure the area from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the desert region between Kerbala and Najaf, south of Baghdad, June 28, 2014. 
  • Iraqi families wait outside of a displacement camp in Khazair, Iraq for those caught-up in the fighting in and around the city of Mosul, June 28, 2014. Khazair is now home to an estimated 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDP’s) with the number rising daily. 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. 
  • A participant reacts, during the annual Gay Pride march in Barcelona, Spain, June 28, 2014. 
  • Guards stand near a smoke bomb thrown during a protest calling for an end to the ceasefire against separatist rebels outside the Presidential Administration Building in Kiev, Ukraine, June 28, 2014. 
  • Rescue workers carry an injured man at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building that was under construction on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai, June 28, 2014. Two building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu states killed at least 11 people on Saturday and left dozens trapped, highlighting the need for increased monitoring of construction across India.
  • A Muslim woman at Al Markaz Al Islami Mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province uses her phone before the start of an evening mass prayer session called “tarawih” that marks the holy fasting month of Ramadan, June 28, 2014. 
  • Jockeys ride their horses during the 19th annual Bray in Bray, South Africa, June 28, 2014. The event is organised and hosted by the community of Bray to raise funds for the local school. 
  • Local residents at the fan zone in Recife, Brazil react after the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Brazil and Chile, June 28, 2014. 
  • A fan reacts after Chile loses their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Brazil at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, June 28, 2014. 
  • A child sleeps in an improvised bed in Recife, Brazil as Brazil soccer fans celebrate their team’s victory against Chile during a 2014 World Cup round of 16 game, June 28, 2014. 
  • A Brazilian family dances on the street in Olinda, Brazil after the penalty shoot-out during Brazil’s Round of 16 soccer match against Chile, June 28, 2014.
  • A young Muslim girl attends an evening prayer called ‘tarawih’ marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 28, 2014. 
  • Remnants of an Iraqi border guards brigade rest at the ancient Al-Ukhaidir fortress west of Karbala, Iraq, June 29, 2014. Members of the unit said they left their posts on the Syrian frontier after supplies of food and water were cut off – a portrait of an Iraqi Army so undercut by cronyism that it fought Sunni insurgents for less than two weeks before descending into venomous internal disputes. 
  • Simon Santosa of Indonesia hits a return to Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles final at the Australia Open badminton tournament in Sydney, June 29, 2014. Lin Dan won the match 22-24 21-16 21-7. 
  • A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison soldier prepares dummies for mock shooting practice at Shek Kong airbase in Hong Kong, June 29, 2014. 
  • Devotees dance and sing as they take part in the annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, in New Delhi, commemorating a journey by Hindu god Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, June 29, 2014. 
  • Chinese women holding toy guns dance for a revolutionary song during their daily exercise at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing, June 29, 2014. About 30 local residents formed this “Nanguan” art group that enjoys performing to revolutionary songs and dance performances as part of their daily fitness activities.
  • Models walk the runway during the Saint Laurent show, part of the Paris Fashion Week, June 29, 2014.
  • Desperate Iraqi’s at the Khazair displacement camp chase a Red Crescent society truck delivering food and other items, June 30, 2014. Khazair, Iraq is now home to an estimated 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDP’s) with the number rising daily. 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. 
  • Costa Rica’s Waylon Francis (facing camera) and teammate Jose Miguel Cubero embrace after their team won a penalty shootout 5-3 in the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Greece at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 29, 2014. 
  • U.S. marines of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment rest on a beach facing the South China sea, at San Antonio, Zambales north of Manila, during the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014, a U.S.-Philippines military exercise, June 30, 2014. 
  • In Sao Paulo, Brazil, an association working with refugees organized its own World Cup, including participants from Mali, Syria, Congo, Colombia and Ivory Coast, June 29, 2014. 
  • A Palestinian member of Hamas’ armed wing takes part in militant Hamas Mohammed Ebeid’s funeral in Deir El-Balah, Gaza Strip, June 30, 2014. 
  • Tourists look at water cascades generated by the Xiaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River in Jiyuan, China, June 30, 2014. 
  • Brazil’s national soccer team practices drills during a training session in Teresopolis, Brazil, 30 June 2014. 
  • New police officers celebrate graduating from the New York Police Academy, June 30, 2014. 
  • An Egyptian police officer looks on following a bomb blast in the vicinity of the Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo, Egypt, June 30, 2014. Almost a year ago two Egyptian police officers were killed defusing bombs near the presidential palace in Cairo after a military takeover unleashed a wave of repression and militant attacks. 
  • Indian rescuers take a break during the search for workers believed to be buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, June 30, 2014. Although rescuers have pulled at least 41 people from the wreckage, police said 30 other people are likely still trapped. 
  • Activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, pelt stones at the police during a protest over the law and order situation of Uttar Pradesh in front of State Assembly in Lucknow, India, June 30, 2014. 
  • A photo made available by the Italian navy on June 30, 2014 shows a boat packed with migrants after they were picked up between Sicily and North Africa on June 29, 2014. More than 5000 migrants have been picked up by the Italian navy in the past 48 hours. Around 30 bodies were found in one of the boats.
  • A Ukrainian woman cries in front of her house which was destroyed by shelling in Slaviansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 30, 2014. 
  • Pozzallo, Italy - July 1st 2014 - African immigrants just landed in the port of the town, rescued on the sea by the italian navy during the operation Mare Nostrum.
Pozzallo, 1 luglio 2014 ? Immigrati africani appena atterrati presso l?aeroporto della citt??. Gli immigrati sono stati tratti in salvo dalla Marina italiana nel corso dell?operazione Mare Nostrum.
  • A man grieves over the body of a policeman shot during the assault at a Donetsk Regional Police Department in Donetsk, Ukraine, July 1, 2014. A group of pro-Russian rebels tried to seize control of a police department in Donetsk but were repelled by the Ukrainian policemen.
  • Iranian women perform their evening prayers, at the shrine of Shiite Saint Saleh during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in northern Tehran, Iran, July 1, 2014. Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of fasting during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset. It’s the time Muslims believe God started to reveal the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. For believers, Ramadan is meant to be a time of reflection and worship, remembering the hardships of others and being charitable. 
  • Clashes erupt in Abu Saiba village west of the capital Manama, Bahrain, between riot police and protesters, July 1, 2014. 
  • Fans gather at Soldier Field to watch USA take on Belgium in a World Cup match being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers said 28,000 people were in attendance at Soldier Field.
  • Prospective plebes learn how to properly wear their covers during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, July 1, 2014, in Annapolis, Md. More than 1,200 young men and women reported for “I-Day,” where they received haircuts, medical examinations, new uniforms and instructions on how to salute before taking an oath of office to become members of academy’s newest class.
  • People hold placards reading, “Don’t kill the youngsters!”, left, and “You have no right to reinterpret the constitution,” top right, and shout anti-war slogans during their protest outside the Japanese prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo as the Cabinet approved reinterpreting the constitution on military affairs, July 1, 2014. Japan took a step away Tuesday from an American-drafted constitution that has long kept its military shackled, approving a plan to allow greater use of a force that was vanquished at the end of World War II. 
  • Palestinians shop at a market during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 01, 2014. 
  • A handout photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team (AU-UN IST), shows members of the Somali National Army’s military police waiting on the sidelines before performing at an Independence Day ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 1, 2014. 
  • African and Syrian immigrants rescued by the Italian navy are seen in the port town of Pozzallo, Italy, as they are transported by bus to detention centers in the city, July 1, 2014. 
  • An Israeli woman cries during the funeral for three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, in the Israeli town of Modiin, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners converged Tuesday in central Israel for a funeral service for three teenagers found dead in the West Bank after a two week search and crackdown on the Hamas militant group, which Israeli leaders have accused of abducting and killing the young men.
  • A USA supporter reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, July 1, 2014. 
  • A police officer looks on as he joins others to search for victims at a plane crash site in a suburb in Nairobi, Kenya, July 2, 2014. All four occupants of a cargo plane where killed when it crashed near the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (L) take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Belarussian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk, July 2, 2014. 
  • A protester is taken away by police officers after staying overnight at Hong Kong’s financial Central district July 2, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters gathered for a mass march in Hong Kong on Tuesday, with one burning a photograph of the city’s leader and another calling for him to be sacked, in what could be the biggest challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule in more than a decade. 
  • A man fishes on the banks of Dambovita river in Bucharest, July 2, 2014.
  • Mexican apprentice bullfighter Luis David Adame looks on while waiting for the start of a master class bullfight, given by Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez “El Juli” (not pictured), at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga, southern Spain, July 2, 2014.
  • A taxi driver is silhouetted as she passes a poured paint public artwork by artist Ian Davenport in central London, July 2, 2014. 
  • Greyhounds in action at the Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium on July 2, 2014 in Romford, England. 
  • Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York, July 2, 2014. 
  • People walk along a wind swept beach in Coney Island at the Brooklyn borough of New York, July 2, 2014. 
  • A man covers his nose from odors near the scene of a bombing where an Afghan military transport bus was targeted in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 2, 2014. Authorities said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near the bus killing eight and wounding 13. 
  • Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic serves during her women’s singles semi-final tennis match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, July 3, 2014. 
  • Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard outside the entrance of a military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 3, 2014. Two rockets struck Kabul airport on Thursday.
  • Men rest as others arrive to pray inside Baitul Mukarram, Bangladesh’s national mosque, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Dhaka, July 3, 2014. 
  • A Palestinian woman walks by the Israeli separation barrier on her way to Jerusalem through the Qalandia security checkpoint, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 4, 2014.
  • Buddhist monks carry kettles of tea to serve devotees during the second day of Kalachakra initiations near Leh, India, Friday, July 4, 2014. Buddhist devotees from across the globe have arrived in this Himalayan region of Ladakh to attend the “Kalachakra” or Wheel of Time initiations by the Dalai Lama that began Thursday.
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This Week in Pictures: June 28-July 4

Updated

The U.S. won’t be playing in the World Cup on Friday as hoped, but Americans will undoubtedly celebrate their country’s birthday with plenty of fireworks and barbecue. 

Tensions rise between Israel and Palestine, sparked by the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli boys who were abducted more than two weeks earlier on their way home from school in the West Bank. And the crisis in Iraq continued to grow this week, with a rising number of refugees fleeing their homes as Sunni militants continued their vicious campaign.

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