Week in Pictures: July 9-15
This week ended on what was has traditionally been one of the most celebratory days in France, but instead became the scene of a tragedy and what French
President Francois Hollande said was “obviously a terrorist attack.” As revelers flocked to the streets of Nice, France in honor of Bastille Day, a truck barreled into pedestrians as it was driven through crowds for over a mile, killing at least 84 people. This marks the third major attack in France in 19 months.
The United States remained on edge from the killing of five Dallas police officers, and two police shootings involving black men a week ago. Tense protests took place across the country in response to the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling while marches were also organized around the globe in solidarity. After addressing the deaths of the black men earlier in the week, President Barack Obama cut his trip in Europe short and traveled to Texas Monday to speak along with former President George W. Bush at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas honoring the officers killed.
In politics, this week marked the eve of the official kick off for the 2016 general election, as preparations were underway for the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, followed by the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton picked up a key endorsement from primary rival Bernie Sanders, while Donald Trump announced his pick of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
In the United Kingdom, David Cameron officially stepped down as Britain’s prime minister, paving the way for Theresa May to became the country’s new leader. She joins Margaret Thatcher to become the second woman to hold that job.
In sports, Serena Williams made history with her championship win at Wimbledon in England. It marked the 22nd major title for Williams, tying her with tennis legend Steffi Graf for the all-time record in the Open Era. She’ll go for her 23rd win in August at the U.S. Open. Great Britain’s own Andy Murray defeated Milos Raonic on the men’s side. After roughly a month of competition, the European Championship ended as Portugal was crowned champions with their 1-0 defeat of France. They were able to overcome the loss of star captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the game in the first half on a stretcher, but was able to return to the pitch to watch his team win from the sidelines.