This Week in Pictures: July 2-8

  • Members of the public and models showcase outfits from local South African designers during the pre race fashion show on the Greyville Race Course in Durban on July 2, 2016. The Durban July horse race is the biggest horse racing event on the African continent and a high social event where South African celebrities dress up and watch the race. It attracts close to 100,000 spectators and bets are placed in excess of 30 million U.S. dollars.
  • An injured Bangladeshi policeman being assisted after a granade attack at a restaurant nearby in the early hours of July 2, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Gunmen took at least 20 foreigners hostage at a restaurant in the diplomatic area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. So-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack, which has reportedly left at least 2 police officers dead and many more people injured.
  • Colored papers are tossed over a line of of Peruvian police officers as members of the LGBT march during the 15th edition of the Gay Pride in center Lima, Peru, on July 2, 2016. Citizens, organizations and LGBT groups mobilized to demand respect for their rights.
  • Fans of Germany celebrate victory as they watch the Euro 2016 match between Germany and Italy in France at a public screening of the match in Berlin, Germany, July 2, 2016.
  • Planes of various types of the Polish aerobatic team ‘Zelazny’ perform during an air show within the so-called ‘Szczecin Air Picnic’ of the local Aeroclub in Szczecin, Poland, July 2, 2016.
  • Jockeys compete on the finish line after winner jockey Pierre Strydom during the Durban July horse race on July 2, 2016, in Durban, South Africa. The Durban July horse race is the biggest horse racing event on the African continent and a high social event where South African celebrities dress up and watch the race. It attracts close to 55,000 spectators and bets are placed in excess of 30 million U.S. dollars.
  • A woman looks across as a gay parade participant poses for pictures during Gay Pride parade in Madrid, Spain, July 2, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of people defied high temperatures and relative security concerns and turned out in Madrid to march in Saturday’s LGTB Pride parade, one of the biggest in Europe, along the streets of the Spanish capital, just three weeks after members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community were tragically victimized in a shooting massacre at a United States nightclub.
  • Visitors play with mud during the music festival Openair St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland, July 2, 2016. The 40th Openair St. Gallen takes place until July 3.
  • France fans react as midfielder Paul Pogba comes over to greet them after France beat Iceland 5-2 in the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between France and Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on July 3, 2016.
  • Iraqi women wait to hear about family members who went missing after a car bomb hit Karada, a busy shopping district in the center of Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2016. Dozens of people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in two separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Sunday morning, Iraqi officials said.
  • Iraqi firefighters and civilians carry bodies of victims killed in a car bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2016. Bombs went off early Sunday in two crowded commercial areas in Baghdad.
  • A Bangladeshi policeman keeps guard near a group of peace activists who had come together to sing and light candles in a park following an attack and siege in Dhaka on July 3, 2016. 
  • A model walks the runway during the Lan YU Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France.
  • One World Trade Center lights up blue and white colors for the Israeli flag to honor the life of noted author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel died in New York on July 2, 2016 at age 87. Photograph is taken from Jersey City, N.J., on July 3, 2016.
  • A Bangladeshi woman begs for alms at an intersection in Dhaka on July 3, 2016. According to the United Nations (UN), about 30.5 percent of the estimated 156 millions population of the country live in poverty. The UN indicates that structural changes in rural Bangladesh have spurred rapid economic migration with the related complexities of rising urban poverty, lack of decent work and adequate shelter in urban areas.
  • An Afghan vendor prepares sweets at a traditional bakery for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in the old part of Kabul, Afghanistan, July 3, 2016.
  • A Malaysian swings around fireworks to celebrate the last day of the Muslims’ Holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late July 4, 2016. Malaysian government decided the celebration of Eid al Fitr will fall on July 6, 2016. Eid al-Fitr is the celebration following the holy fasting month of Ramadan when Muslims stop fasting from sunrise to sunset.
  • A steward keeps watch on an entrance to no 1 court on the eighth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2016.
  • A boy stands under an overflowing dam along the Powai lake after heavy rains in Mumbai, India, July 4, 2016.
  • Sam Kendricks competes on his way to placing first in the Men’s Pole Vault Final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on July 4, 2016 in Eugene, Ore.
  • A child reacts as he watches fireworks during the 4th of July Independence Day celebrations at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., July 4, 2016.
  • A man wears decorative socks while riding a vintage bicycle during the 4th of July Parade in Alameda, Calif., on July 4, 2016.
  • Bathers gather along Ipanema beach on July 4, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country.
  • A relative cries after attending the funeral prayer of the victims who were killed in the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery and the O’Kitchen Restaurant, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 4, 2016.
  • Retired Adolfo Lopez, 66, talks to neighbours (not pictured), as he checks the remains of his house after the passage of waterspouts at the beach town of Playa Caimito in Cuba, July 4, 2016.
  • Employees save pigs from a flooded farm in Lu’an, Anhui Province, China July 5, 2016.
  • Syrian children run amidst heavily damaged buildings during an activity organised by a charity group in Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, ahead of Eid al-Fitr holyday in the war-torn country on July 5, 2016. More than 280,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 with protests demanding Assad’s ouster. Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
  • People stand in the windows of an overcrowded passenger train as they travel home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a railway station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 5, 2016.
  • Performers in medieval costumes take part in the procession of ‘Ommegang’, at the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium, July 5, 2016. Ommegang is Brussels’ traditional pageant to mark the Joyous Entry of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
  • Monks polish the wooden corridor of the walkway that connects between temple buildings at Soji-ji in Yokohama, Japan, one of the largest temples of Zen Buddhism school in the country, July 5, 2016.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) hold a campaign in Charlotte, N.C., July 5, 2016.
  • Muslim men rest inside Istiqlal mosque on the last day of the holy fasting month Ramadan, in Jakarta, Indonesia July 5, 2016.
  • Cyclists of Spain’s Movistar cycling team (L) and of Great Britain’s Sky cycling team ride in the pack during the 237,5 km fouth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 5, 2016 between Saumur and Limoges.
  • Israeli paratroopers jump from an Israeli Air Force C-130J Super Hercules plane during a military exercise at the Palmachim air force base near Tel Aviv, Israel, July 5, 2016.
  • A demonstrator kicks a riot police vehicle during an unauthorized march called by the Chilean student federations to protest against government’s education reform, in Santiago, Chile July 5, 2016.
  • Female soldiers with their faces painted march during a military parade to celebrate the 205th anniversary of Venezuela’s independence in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2016.
  • Food affected villagers cross flood waters through a bamboo bridge in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam state, India, July 5, 2016. Continuous rain since last couple of days inundated six districts of Assam effecting more than 100 thousand people in the second wave of floods in Assam state.
  • Iraqis light candles on July 5, 2016 at the site of a suicide car bomb attack which took place early on July 3 in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood killing at least 213 people and wounding more than 200. Iraq’s interior minister submitted his resignation as authorities sought to contain the fallout from a bombing in Baghdad that triggered widespread anger.
  • Cameron Sterling, son of Alton Sterling, is comforted by hands from the crowd at a vigil outside the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., July 6, 2016. Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police outside the store where he was selling CDs.
  • South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) speaks with relatives as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016 after being sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter.
  • A man sits on top of his horse in the Emirs palace grounds waiting for the Durbar Festival to start in Kano, northern Nigeria on July 6, 2016. Kano is Nigeria’s largest Muslim city and celebrates Eid al-Fitr with the Durbar festival, an event that sees a parade of the Emir and his entourage go through the streets of the city on horseback accompanied by musicians.
  • An Indian girl crosses flood waters with a country boat in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam state, India, July 6, 2016. Continuous rain over the past days has inundated six district of Assam.
  • Greg Skipper competes during qualifying for men’s hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, July 6, 2016, in Eugene Ore.
  • People celebrate at City Hall Square during the beginning of Sanfermines 2016 festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2016. At noon, a banger was fired from the City Hall’s balcony in an event called ‘txupinazo’ to mark the beginning of the nine-day ‘fiesta’. 
  • Kashmiri Muslim women offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, July 6, 2016. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
  • Supporters of Portugal during the public viewing of the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Portugal and Wales at Terreiro do Paco in Lisbon, Portugal, July 6, 2016.
  • Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam competes in the Women’s High Jump qualification round during the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam on July 6, 2016.
  • People jump over a campfire during a celebration on the traditional Ivana Kupala (Ivan the Bather) holiday, the ancient tradition, originating from pagan times, is usually marked with grand overnight festivities during which people sing and dance around campfires, believing it will purge them of their sins and make them healthier, in Kiev, Ukraine, July 6, 2016.
  • The Radio City Rockettes perform “Finale” in the 2016 New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York on July 6, 2016. The show is running now through Aug. 7, 2016.
  • Roger Federer is pictured in action during a match against Marin Cilic at Wimbledon in Londo, England, on July 7, 2016.
  • Sailors get ready around an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the US navy’s super carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (“Ike”) in the Mediterranean Sea on July 6, 2016. The US aircraft carrier is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 6th Fleet area of operations. Air Wings embarked aboard conducted strikes against the terrorist group ISIL in Libya, Iraq and Syria.
  • A reveler is chased by a Fuente Ymbro’s ranch fighting bull in the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2016. Revelers from around the world turned out here to kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls.
  • Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile of St. Paul, cries outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul, Minn., on July 7, 2016. Castile was shot and killed after a traffic stop by police in Falcon Heights, Wednesday night. A video shot by Reynolds of the shooting went viral.
  • Students wearing masks burn flares during a protest demanding better education and protesting the money spent on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 6, 2016. With the Olympics set to start on Aug. 5, the games and the city have been overshadowed by security threats, violence, the Zika virus and a national political corruption scandal.
  • A participant prepares his hot air ballon before taking part in the 20th European Balloon Festival in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, July 7, 2016. The event runs from July 6 to 10.
  • South African honor guard get prepared ahead of President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrival at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on July 8, 2016. 
  • The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, July 7, 2016.
  • France supporters celebrate with smoke flares after France won the Euro 2016 semi-final football match against Germany on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on July 7, 2016.
  • A Nepalese Muslim woman with henna tattoo on her hands attends Eid al-Fitr prayers at Kashmiri Mashjid in Kathmandu, Nepal, July 7, 2016.
  • Germany’s Angelique Kerber returns to U.S. player Venus Williams during their women’s semi-final match on the eleventh day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2016.
  • Demonstrators raise their hands toward a line of police officers on Highway 880 during a protest against the police shootings that lead to two deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, in Oakland, Calif., July 7, 2016.
  • Emergency responders administer CPR to an unknown patient on a stretcher as law enforcement officials stand nearby at the emergency receiving area of Baylor University Medical Center, early July 8, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.
  • Standing a block away from the shooting scene, Dallas Police Officer Camille Munoz reacts as she talks about her fellow officers killed by a sniper in downtown Dallas, July 8, 2016. According to Munoz, one of the deceased officers introduced her to her husband.
  • Israeli Arabs stand under a waterfall during the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the Gan HaShlosha national park near the northern Israeli Town of Beit Shean, July 8, 2016. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.



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.