This Week in Pictures: July 2-8
Violence rocked communities across the globe this week. Early Saturday morning, Bangladeshi Army troops moved in to end an 11-hour standoff at a restaurant in Dhaka after heavily armed militants stormed a restaurant and took hostages. At least 20, mostly foreigners, were killed, 30 were injured, and two police officers also died. Bangladeshi forces rescued 13 captives during their operation, and killed six gunmen. The terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives in a crowded shopping center of the Karrada district in central Baghdad as Iraqis were gathered to celebrate breaking their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State, is the deadliest in Baghdad in years with nearly 300 people killed. The attack happened just after Iraqi forces celebrated gaining back control of Fallujah from the Islamic State.
With the violence casting a shadow over the normally celebratory holiday, Muslims across the globe marked the end Ramadan with Eid-al Fitr this week.
In the United States, two fatal shootings occurred this week, sparking outrage and protests against police brutality. On Tuesday, Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by police during a confrontation at a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Barely 24 hours later on Wednesday, Philando Castile, 32, was shot dead by an officer in front of his girlfriend and her child in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook in graphic detail as a man is seen in a blood-soaked white T-shirt slumped in the driver’s seat of a car. The form of what appears to be an officer is at the window, pointing a gun inside. Both police shootings are being investigated.
In Dallas, Texas, a peaceful protest in response to the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana on Thursday night ended in chaos, as at least one sniper killed five police officers and wounded seven others in a “ambush-style” attack according to officials. Officials said one suspect was killed while three others are in police custody. It was the greatest single loss of police lives since Sept. 11, 2001.
In the political world, FBI Director James Comey announced they would not recommend charges against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state. Comey said Clinton was careless when she used a personal email server during her time in the State Department — but there is no evidence she committed a crime. Later that same day Clinton took the stage with President Barack Obama for their first campaign appearance together in Charlotte, North Carolina. With just more than a week remaining before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump met with GOP members on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In South Africa, people gathered at the Greyville Race Course in Durban to see the biggest horse racing event on the African continent. It attracts thousands of spectators as well as celebrities.
Wimbledon continued in England as favorites Roger Federer and Andy Murray each reached the semifinals on the men’s side. Those rooting for a Venus Williams comeback and a potential all-Williams sisters final for the women were saddened when Venus was defeated by Angelique Kerber in two sets during their semifinal match. It was Venus’s first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2010 U.S. Open. Younger sister Serena Williams cruised to the finals.
After a month of competition the finals for the 2016 UEFA European Championship are set as Portugal and France will face off this Sunday for the championship. Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced by a South African judge to six years in prison on Wednesday for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.