This Week in Pictures: June 7-13

  • Volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's Hindu nationalist organisation, take part in a drill during a training camp in the central Indian city of Bhopal, June 7, 2014.
  • Members of the Central African Armed Forces pray during an assembly at their base at Camp Kasai, in Bangui, June 7, 2014. Sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in the former French colony has left tens of thousands dead and displaced around a quarter of the country's 4.6 million people.
  • Young people gather before a soccer game during a tournament at the Sao Carlos slum in Rio de Janeiro, June 7, 2014. The 2014 World Cup soccer tournament will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 until July 13.
  • People sunbathe and swim in the river Aare on a hot summer day in Bern, Switzerland, June 7, 2014.
  • People shout slogans as they march during an anti-monarchy demonstration in Madrid, Spain, June 7, 2014. King Juan Carlos said on June 2 he would abdicate in favor of his son Prince Felipe, aiming to revive the scandal-hit monarchy at a time of economic hardship and growing discontent with the wider political elite.
  • Young people play soccer during a tournament at the Sao Carlos slum in Rio de Janeiro, June 7, 2014.
  • Racegoers arrive at the Epsom Derby Festival in Epsom, southern England, June 7, 2014.
  • Joel Rosario aboard Tonalist (11) wins the 2014 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park as Javier Castellano aboard Commissioner (8) and Robby Albarado aboard Medal Count (1) finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, June 7, 2014 in Elmont, NY.
  • Locals play with dirt before a dip to cool off in a nearby canal on a hot day in Lahore, Pakistan, June 8, 2014. The temperature reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit in the eastern city, as the weather remained hot and dry in other parts of the country, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said on its website.
  • Afghan women attend an election campaign by Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Kabul, June 8, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14.
  • A member of Scotland Yard works with a sniffer dog in an area during the search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, June 8, 2014. McCann was three when she disappeared from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, prompting a global hunt and worldwide headlines.
  • People shelter from tear gas during a clash between Kurdish protestors and Turkish riot policemen on June 8, 2014, in the Bagcilar district of Istanbul. The demonstration followed the death of a man during clashes with Turkish soldiers the night before in Lice, southeastern Turkey. Two Kurdish protesters died of gunshot wounds sustained during fierce clashes with Turkish soldiers in the country's southeast on June 7.
  • A woman walks past Free Syrian Army flags painted on metal garage doors in Aleppo, Syria, June 8, 2014.
  • A vendor talks to potential customers at an antique market in front of the MASP museum of arts in central Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 8, 2014.
  • A boy collects bullets and empty cartridges next to abandoned buildings of the Ukrainian border guard regional headquarters damaged in a recent fight with pro-Russian separatists, on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, June 8, 2014.
  • Fire illuminates the sky above Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, where security forces fought with attackers, June 8, 2014. Gunmen disguised as police guards attacked a terminal with machine guns and a rocket launcher during a five-hour siege that killed a number of people as explosions echoed into the night, while security forces retaliated and killed all the attackers, officials said Monday.
  • A Brazilian slackliner artist performs at a beach in Guaruja, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 8, 2014.
  • Nadia (L-R), Julia and Patrizia enjoy the water in the public bath in Winterthur, Switzerland, June 8, 2014. Switzerland is expected to continue experiencing summer weather over Pentecost with highs around 86 degrees Farenheit.
  • A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah holds an Afghan flag during an election campaign rally in Paghman district of Kabul, June 9, 2014.
  • Rescue workers move the body of a policeman in plainclothes, who was killed during an attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, June 9, 2014.
  • Orthodox clergymen and worshipers take part in a prayer for peace in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, June 9, 2014.
  • Members of the Brazilian army put on gas masks during a simulated chemical and radiological attack exercise at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, June 9, 2014.
  • A man washes his face using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, India, June 9, 2014. Temperatures in Allahabad on Monday reached 112.6 degrees Fahrenheit, according to information posted on India's meteorological department website.
  • Bedouin Arab Israeli Defense Force soldiers return to base after conducting a nighttime tracking drill near Tze'elim in southern Israel, June 9, 2014. In addition to hi-tech surveillance and intelligence capabilities, Israel relies on the Bedouin volunteers to secure its border regions against "terrorists, illegal immigrants and smugglers," according to the IDF spokesperson. Traditionally nomadic desert people, the Bedouin, who are Muslim, have passed down tracking skills across generations.
  • Seleka fighters stand in their base before a mission in the town of Lioto in the Central African Republic, June 9, 2014.
  • People protest outside the closed entrance of Ana Rosa subway station during the fifth day of metro worker's protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 9, 2014. Subway workers went on strike in Sao Paulo for a fifth day on Monday even after a court ruled the stoppage illegal, spreading chaos across Brazil's biggest city just days ahead of the opening match of the World Cup soccer tournament.
  • Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is escorted by his bodyguards after an election campaign rally in Paghman district of Kabul, June 9, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14.
  • A young boy collects drinking water from a leaking pipeline in the outskirts of Jammu, India, June 9, 2014. A strong heat wave has the northern plains of the country in its grips with temperatures crossing 113 degrees Fahrenheit in several places leading to scarcity of water and frequent disruptions in power supply.
  • People play soccer in a small floodlight stadium in the Ondina suburb of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, June 10, 2014.
  • Gaming enthusiasts watch a Nintendo Super Smash Bros. invitational tournament at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California, June 10, 2014.
  • Pallbearers carry the casket of one of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, who were killed last week, during a regimental funeral in Moncton, New Brunswick, June 10, 2014. Justin Bourque, 24, was charged with murder on Friday in the slayings of the three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, Constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45; David Joseph Ross, 32, and Douglas James Larche, 40, during a shooting spree in the eastern Canadian city of Moncton.
  • A Palestinian girl peers through the gate of her home in Beit Lahia, in the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2014. Some 1.6 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, of whom almost 1 million are UN-registered refugees who were driven from or left their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • Masked Palestinian gunmen from the Al Mujahideen Brigades jump and run on an obstacle course during a refresher military exercise in their camp in the region of Johr Al-Deak, near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip in the east of Gaza City on June 10, 2014.
  • Lightning bolts illuminate the sky near high voltage power lines in Sehnde, near Hanover, northern Germany, June 10, 2014.
  • Students clash with riot police during a protest against the government's education reform in Santiago, Chile, June 10, 2014.
  • A pile of tires in Kiev's Independence Square, June 10, 2014.
  • A vendor blows a plastic horn at a shop selling team Brazil souvenirs in a Rio de Janeiro market, June 10, 2014.
  • An aerial view of a flooded neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, June 10, 2014. Heavy rains caused flooding across the country, affecting some 30,000 families in the Paraguyan capital and 150,000 across the country, according to official sources.
  • A Seleka fighter smokes during a patrol, close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, June 10, 2014.
  • Demonstrators calling for the resignation of Haitian President Michel Martelly march during an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince on June 10, 2014.
  • Chilean students march in front of La Moneda presidential palace during a protest against the government's education reform, in Santiago, Chile, on June 10, 2014.
  • An Indian boy holds an umbrella to protect himself from the sun as he cools off along with his buffalos in a pond on the outskirts of Jammu, India, June 10, 2014.
  • A man walks next to a scaffolding with a banner of Spain's soccer players Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos ahead of the FIFA World Cup, June 10, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. Spain will play its first match of the FIFA World cup against Netherlands in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on June 13, 2014.
  • A picture taken with a mobile phone shows uniforms reportedly belonging to Iraqi security forces scattered on the road on June 10, 2014,  after hundreds of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a major assault on the security forces in Mosul. Some 500,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in Mosul after Jihadist militants took control, the International Organization for Migration said.
  • A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier adjusts a hat of a member of a guard of honor as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi held outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 11, 2014.
  • An ultra-orthodox Jew climbs up a ladder to watch celebrations after the wedding ceremony of Esther Rokeach and Avraham Safrin (not pictured) in Jerusalem, June 11, 2014. Thousands gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the wedding between Safrin and Rokeach, the granddaughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world.
  • A picture taken with a mobile phone shows Iraqi soldiers talking as smoke billows behind them on a road in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq on June 11, 2014. Jihadists seized all of Mosul and Nineveh province, long a militant stronghold and one of the most dangerous areas in the country, and also took areas in Kirkuk province, to its east, and Salaheddin to the south.
  • Yemenis set tires on fire during a protest demanding basic services from the government in Sanaa, Yemen, June 11, 2014. The country's Electricity Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that assailants attacked power lines located along the road linking the capital, Sanaa, with Marib, immediately causing the power outage early Monday. The ministry said the whole country of 23 million people was without power after the attack.
  • Rescuers search for victims on a flooded street in Qinzhou, in southwest China's Guangxi province on June 11, 2014. Strong storms hit areas of the Guangxi region, leaving the Qinzhou municipality heavily flooded, local media reported.
  • Yemeni protesters demand basic services from the government on June 11, 2014, in the capital Sanaa. The absence of reliable electricity supplies has further complicated the lives of Yemenis, who already suffer water and food shortages. Sanaa residents have also faced severe fuel shortages for weeks, with motorists having to queue for hours at petrol stations.
  • Russia's largest national flag measuring 1052 square meters and weighing 120 kiloggrams is unfurled during a theatrical performance ahead of Russia Day celebration at Moskvich Stadium in Moscow, Russia, June 11, 2014.
  • A boy plays soccer with a Brazuca ball on a street decorated with references to the 2014 World Cup in the neighborhood of Ceilandia in Brasilia, Brazil, June 11, 2014.
  • Students listen to U.S. President Barack Obama deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony in Worcester, Massachusetts, June 11, 2014.
  • A woman walks through Tiergarten park while the morning sun shines through the trees in Berlin, Germany, June 12, 2014.
  • A man looks at burnt vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces one day after radical Sunni Muslim insurgents seized control of city of Mosul, June 11, 2014. Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group extended their control from the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday to an area further south that includes Iraq's biggest oil refinery in a devastating show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government.
  • Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah cheer during the last day of election campaigns in Kabul, June 11, 2014.
  • Military police officers keep watch as fans wait to catch a glimpse of the Brazilian team bus departing outside Itaquerao stadium, also known as Arena de Sao Paulo and Arena Corinthians, June 11, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Indigenous faces of Brazil are seen at a street painting gallery in Natal, Brazil, June 11, 2014.
  • Spain's congressmen vote on a legislation to allow the abdication of King Juan Carlos and the accession of Crown Prince Felipe at Spanish parliament in Madrid June 11, 2014. King Juan Carlos said on June 2 he would abdicate in favor of his son Prince Felipe, aiming to revive the scandal-hit monarchy at a time of economic hardship and growing discontent with the wider political elite.
  • Aspiring young Indian soccer players continue with their practice during a dust storm in Jammu, India, June 11, 2014. Soccer fans around the world are gearing up to watch the Soccer World Cup that begins in Brazil Thursday.
  • Afghan election commission workers prepare plastic ballot boxes at a warehouse in Herat province on June 11, 2014. Afghanistan's election will go to a run-off vote between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, results confirmed, as the country enters a new era without NATO combat troops. The runoff election, scheduled for June 14, will determine a successor to President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power.
  • People take a nap on the floor of a bus station on a hot summer day in Jammu, June 12, 2014. Swathes of north India are sweltering under the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespread breakdowns in the supply of electricity and increasingly angry protests over the government's failure to provide basic services.
  • Young Palestinians swim in a pool as they take part in a military-style exercise at a summer camp organized by the Hamas movement in Gaza City, June 12, 2014. Hamas stages dozens of military-style summer camps for young Palestinians in Gaza strip to prepare them to confront any possible Israeli attack.
  • A worker strolls down some stairs at the Dunas arena soccer stadium in Natal, Brazil, June 12 , 2014. Mexico will face Cameroon in their 2014 World Cup soccer match here on June 13.
  • A Iraqi refugee fleeing from the city of Mosul prays at a checkpoint as he awaits for hours before entering Kurdistan. June 12, 2014.
  • Performers dance in costumes during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 12, 2014.
  • Croatia's players react after conceding a goal to Brazil during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 12, 2014.
  • Participants in costumes and make up dance during the opening of the 36th Bali International Arts Festival on June 13, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
  • A dolphin jumps out of the water to knock a soccer ball in the air as part of an event in support of Japan's national soccer team at the 2014 World Cup during a show at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo, June 13, 2014.



The world’s attention this week has turned to Brazil, the host country of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where, starting on Thursday, 32 teams began the month-long competition that will take place in 12 different cities across the country. 

A brutal attack on the main international airport in Karachi shook Pakistan’s capital on Sunday, when Taliban militants disguised as police guards attacked a terminal with machine guns and a rocket launcher, killing at least 34 people.

In a sudden and shocking turn of events, Iraqis were sent fleeing as a coalition of Sunni extremists tore through the Shiite-governed country, seizing Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city – before taking Tikrit, on their southward tear through the country. The insurgents’ sights are set on Baghdad, their ultimate goal. 


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