This Week in Pictures: June 11-17

  • An artist performs during the annual Kiev Fire Fest in Kiev, Ukraine, June 11, 2016.
  • French soldiers open fire with their muskets during an historical reenactment recreating the siege of Burgos Castle battle during the Peninsular War (1808-1814), part of the Napoleonic Wars, in Burgos, central northern Spain on June 11, 2016. An Anglo-Portuguese Army 35,000 strong led by general Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Wellington attempted to seize the castle of Burgos from its French garrison under the command of brigadier general Jean-Louis Dubreton, but the French repulsed every attempt to seize the fortress, resulting in the loss of some 2000 men to Duberton’s 600.
  • A wounded man is treated at a medical center of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) following reported air strikes on June 11, 2016 in the town of Kfar Batna, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
  • A guardsman faints at Horseguards Parade for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, Britain June 11, 2016. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honor Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year.
  • Children look at a gathering in Soweto on June 11, 2016 at a march held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising - when police opened fire at black students protesting against the use of Afrikaans as the primary language in their schools - marking one of the defining moments of the anti-apartheid struggle. On June 16, 1976, security forces opened fire on black youngsters protesting in Soweto township against a government order that schools could only teach in the Afrikaans language used by whites.
  • Barefoot runners wearing tunics take part in a footrace in the ancient stadium of Nemea, southwest of Athens on June 11, 2016. Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, participants from around the world are taking part in very different kind of sporting tournament. The races, only include a 90 meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and a 7.5 kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules, god of strength, sport and fertility, slayed a fearsome lion.
  • A man cleans a damaged room with a picture of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad after a suicide and car bomb attack in south Damascus Shi’ite suburb of Sayeda Zeinab, Syria June 11, 2016.
  • A participant dives into the mud pool during the Mud Day athletic event at El Goloso Military base on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, June 11, 2016. Thousands of athletes got covered in mud as they celebrated International Mud Day running a 13-kilometer obstacle course on a sunny Saturday with heatwave-like temperatures up to a 29 degrees Celcius (around 84 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Orlando police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., June 12, 2016.
  • Lebanese security forces cordon off an area covered in debris following an explosion near a major bank in the western part of the Lebanese capital Beirut late on June 12, 2016. An AFP correspondent saw almost all the entire glass facade of a branch of the BLOM BANK, one of the country’s largest, blown out, with debris littering the ground. 
  • An Indian Hindu devotee runs on burning coals at the Maa Maariamma Mela event in Jalandhar on June 12, 2016. Devotees run on burning coals after fasting for seven days to prove their religious devotion.
  • Iranian women perform their noon prayers in a mosque at the shrine of Shiite Saint Abdulazim during Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, June 12, 2016. Ramadan is an Islamic holy month of fasting in which Muslims are expected to abstain from food, drink smoking and sex during daylight.
  • Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando police headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club, in Orlando, Fla., June 12, 2016.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim looks on during the annual Hindu festival at the Khirbhawani temple in Tullamulla village, some 30kms east of Srinagar on June 12, 2016. Thousands of Kashmiri Hindus, many of whom were displaced more than two decades ago, attended the festival in order to worship the Hindu goddess Mata Khirbhawani on the day of her birth. Some 200,000 Kashmiri Pandits fled the region in the early nineties at the start of an insurgency against Indian rule, mainly to the Hindu-dominated southern city of Jammu and they return yearly for the festival.
  • A Palestinian boy reads the Koran at the Old room in Gaza City on June 12, 2016 on the Seventh day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Islamic authorities across much of the world – from the most populous Muslim-majority country Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, home to the faith’s holiest sites – announced the start of the fasting month with the sighting of the crescent moon. Marking the divine revelation received by Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, the month sees Muslim faithful abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk.
  • In this June 12, 2016, photo, Imran, 11, works at a factory that makes metal utensils in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The World Day Against Child Labor, which was initiated in 2002 by the International Labor Organization to highlight the plight of child laborers, is observed across the world on June 12.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after their 3-1 victory to win the Stanley Cup against the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 12, 2016 in San Jose, Calif.
  • Puppeteers perform with a puppet model which is presenting a creation at the Aitor Throup catwalk show in London, Britain June 12, 2016.
  • Fishermen work on traditional wire fishing baskets at Jumeirah Beach on June 12, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Mourners gather outside of the iconic New York City gay and lesbian bar the Stonewall Inn to light candles, lay flowers and grieve for those killed in Orlando last evening on June 12, 2016 in New York. N.Y. An American-born man who’d recently pledged allegiance to ISIS killed 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.
  • Malaysian Muslims perform a prayer inside the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque during the holy month of Ramadan on June 13, 2016 in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Muslims around the world are observing the fasting month of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. They celebrate the end of the Ramadan with the Eid al-Fitr festival.
  • A Bangladeshi man arrested during a nationwide crackdown on militants looks out of a prison van outside a court in Dhaka on June 13, 2016. Bangladesh police said June 13 they have arrested more than 8,000 people in a nationwide crackdown launched after a wave of murders targeting minorities and secular activists.
  • A boy plays with a damaged soccer net in the makeshift camp at the old Athens airport on June 13, 2016. The Greek asylum service launched the registration of the migrants inside some of the camps, to speed up the asylum process. The United Nations said on June 13 it will try to resettle a record 170,000 refugees urgently in need of a new home next year as it grapples with an unprecedented displacement crisis. 
  • Hundreds of people gather at a candle light vigil outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to place tributes and flowers in honor to the victims of a mass shooting, in Downtown, Orlando, Fla., on June 13, 2016. A total of 50 people including the suspect were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter was killed in an exchange of fire with the police after taking hostages at the club.
  • Czech Republic’s forward Tomas Necid (L) and Spain’s defender Sergio Ramos vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group D football match between Spain and Czech Republic at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse on June 13, 2016.
  • New recruits attend a training given by the Furqat al-Abbas brigades at the brigade’s headquarters east of the southeastern Iraqi city of Basra on June 13, 2016. The training includes fitness and how to handle a weapon.
  • Friends mourn the loss of Christina Grimmie during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. 
  • An Indian worker dries seviiyan (thin vermicelli), which is used for the preparation of the traditional sweet dish sheerkhurma by the Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan, at a factory in Agartala on June 13, 2016. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk.
  • A rebel fighter from the Failaq al-Rahman brigade sits in front of a bullet riddled wall as he waits to break his fast during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on June 13, 2016.
  • Gianluigi Buffon of Italy celebrates his team’s 2-0 win after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Italy at Stade des Lumieres on June 13, 2016 in Lyon, France.
  • Palestinians rush to receive food cooked for free during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in the West Bank city of Hebron June 13, 2016.
  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he walks offstage after delivering a campaign speech about national security in Manchester, N.H. June 13, 2016 in response to the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
  • A man sleeps on the sidewalk of Leme beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 13, 2016.
  • Iceland fans cheer before the game against Portugal in the European soccer championships at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne, France on June 14, 2016.
  • Visitors watch the Tokyo skyline at night while a projection of the summer sky is seen inside the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower on June 14, 2016. The two and half month long projection mapping show, called “Tokyo Tower summer light fantasia,” will officially start June 15.
  • Protesters take cover behind bins as they clash with riot police using water canons during a national demonstration and strike against the labor law reform in Paris, France, on June 14, 2016. Labor unions demonstrated during a national strike across France to protest against about employment law reforms in the so-called El Khomri bill.
  • Balasz Dzsudzsak (R) of Hungary celebrates with supporters at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Austria and Hungary at Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France, on June 14, 2016. Hungary won the match 2-0. 
  • South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius leaves the Pretoria High Court, on June 14, 2016 on the second day of his pre sentencing hearing set to send him back to jail for murdering his girlfriend three years ago. The double-amputee killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet. 
  • A Kashmiri boy cools himself under a waterfall to beat the heat on a hot day on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on June 14, 2016. The weather is getting hotter in Indian Kashmir while Muslims are fasting from dawn to dusk during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
  • A participant shouts slogans as activists of India’s LGBT community and their supporters hold a candle light vigil condemning the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., as they gather in Bangalore, India, June 14, 2016.
  • Homeless people sleep next to a mural painted as part of a program of the municipality that aims at revitalizing public spaces of the historical center in Mexico City on June 14, 2016. The murals were made on shops’ metallic shutters.
  • Smoke covers the area after The Monaco Tower at the Riviera Hotel and Casino crumbled to the ground during a controlled demolition, June 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. The casino opened in 1955 and was closed last year to make room to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • Opposition supporters react in front of a burning barricade they set up in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, as they protest against an MP Moses Kuria of the ruling Jubilee coalition who allegedly called for the assassination of opposition leader Raila Odinga, on June 14, 2016. Kenyan police are investigating MP’s Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu after they were captured on video making inflammatory remarks against members of the Luo community. The incident comes after weeks of protests led by opposition leader Raila Odinga against the country’s electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
  • An injured demonstrator is detained by police officers during a protest against proposed labour reforms in Paris on June 14, 2016. Strikes closed the Eiffel Tower and disrupted transport in France on June 14 as tens of thousands prepared to march against labor reforms with the Euro 2016 football championship in full swing.
  • A Salvadoran army soldier sits inside a military vehicle during an official ceremony prior to their deployment to deal with gang violence in San Salvador, El Salvador June 14, 2016. 
  • Hundreds of people take part in a funeral ceremony on Independence Square in Kiev on June 14, 2016 to pay tribute to fighters of Ukrainian volonteers battalion of Right Sector Yuriy Gnatyuk and Robert Masley died as a result of pro-Russian separatists shelling in Donetsk region.
  • Rubber masks in the likeness of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are stacked at the Ozawa Studios Inc. factory on June 14, 2016 in Saitama, Japan. The rubber mask maker manufactures the mask which go on sale to the local market at the price of 2,400 yen (US$ 22.65) ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
  • A Chinese girl gets a princess makeover at the Disney Resort in Shanghai, China, June 15, 2016. The debut of Shanghai Disneyland offers Walt Disney Co. “incredible potential” for boosting its brand in the world’s most populous market, Disney’s chief executive said Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s grand opening for the $5.5 billion park.
  • A Muslim family board a ferry loaded with baskets of oranges on Ukerewe Island, Lake Victoria on June 15, 2016. 
  • A Buddhist woman spins a prayer wheel at the Tibetan refugee colony, known as Majnu-ka-tilla in the capital New Delhi on June 15, 2016. President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House on June 15, in a move likely to enrage China, which sees the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader as a separatist.
  • Jan Durica of Slovakia and Artem Dzyuba of Russia batlle for possesion during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Russia and Slovakia at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 15, 2016 in Lille, France.
  • Rescue boats, tents and police vehicles are seen along the shoreline at the Grand Floridian after a two-year-old boy was dragged by an alligator into the lagoon at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Fla., on June 15, 2016.
  • Pope Francis greets a child as he arrives to lead his general audience at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, on June 15, 2016.
  • A member of Kew staff poses with Wolfgang Buttress’ sculpture The Hive at Kew Gardens in London, Britain June 15, 2016.
  • Indian protesters ring bell and shout slogans during protest demonstration in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, on June 15, 2016. According to the news reports, mobile internet services were suspended in all 10 districts of Jammu region after the protests against the desecration of an ancient temple of Lord Shiva by youth of the other community whom was blamed for smashing the window panes and doors of a temple.
  • Iraqi security forces evacuate an injured soldier during heavy fighting against Islamic State group militants in Fallujah, Iraq, June 15, 2016. Fallujah has been locked in a cycle of conflict since 2003, when it emerged as a bastion of the insurgency against the Americans. Militant attacks and bombings were followed by sweeping arrest raids, which further stoked local grievances. In 2004, U.S. troops launched two massive assaults on the city, where they fought their bloodiest battles since Vietnam.
  • Washington Nationals center fielder Ben Revere (9) dives in an attempt to catch a ball hit by Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (not pictured) in the first inning at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 2016.
  • Mourners join hands while standing outside the visitation for Pulse nightclub shooting victim Javier Jorge-Reyes, June 15, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
  • LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a dunk in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Forensics police officers collect a woman’s shoes on the ground behind a police cordon in Birstall near Leeds, June 16, 2016. Jo Cox, a lawmaker for Britain’s opposition Labour Party, has died after she was attacked on Thursday, police said.
  • A monk from the controversial Wat Dhammakaya temple is seen through the closed and netted gate as supporters gather at the temple grounds in northern Bangkok on June 16, 2016. Thousands of supporters of the wealthy and controversial Thai Buddhist sect gathered at the temple’s space-age headquarters on June 16 as police made an attempt to arrest the movement’s elderly abot on fraud charges.
  • Kevin Streelman watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on June 16, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa.
  • Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders prepares to speak for a video to supporters at Polaris Mediaworks on June 16, 2016 in Burlington, Vt.
  • A French police officer holds a rose and an candle to pay homage to the two slain colleagues during a white march in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, June 16, 2016. French police officials Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion Jessica Schneider were killed Monday by an Islamic State extremist.
  • A Hotshots member from the U.S. Forest Department sets a back fire while battling the the so-called “Sherpa Fire”, which has grown to over 1100 acres overnight, in the hills near Goleta, Calif., on June 16, 2016.
  • President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden depart a makeshift memorial after placing flowers in memory of shooting victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., June 16, 2016. 
  • A woman, who fled from Falluja because of Islamic State violence, carries her child during a dust storm at a refugee camp in Ameriyat Falluja, south of Falluja, Iraq, June 16, 2016. 
  • Muslims pray on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 17, 2016. Observant Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the entire month of Ramadan. A single sip of water or a puff of a cigarette is enough to invalidate the fast.
  • Hungarian pole dancing champion Zsofia Komenda performs during the rehearsal of her unique show on a suspended pole in Budapest’s Grand Circus, Hungary, June 17, 2016.
  • A man prays inside the Santo Domingo Catholic church in Santiago, Chile, June 17, 2016.



On Sunday, news broke in the middle of the night of another mass shooting in the United States. At 2 a.m. a gunman entered an Orlando gay nightclub and opened fire, killing 49 people who were mostly young, gay and Latino and wounding dozens more in what is among one of the worst mass shootings in American history. As many struggled to make sense of the tragedy, vigils were held across the country and world to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community. In the days that have passed since the shooting in Orlando, the renewed calls for tighter gun control has grown, but so too has the opposition.

In politics, the contrast between the responses of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, to the Orlando shooting was stark. On Tuesday, Clinton won the final Democratic primary in the District of Columbia, where she and Bernie Sanders met that evening to discuss their future in the general election.

Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar continued as devotees fasted from sunrise to sunset. In Paris, protesters and police officers clashed amid demonstrations by people opposed to a proposed labor law. 

It was a busy week in the world of sports as the NHL season ended with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins lifting the Stanley Cup after a win over the San Jose Sharks. The European soccer championships and the Copa America Centenario kicked off this week, but violent clashes between fans of opposing teams and police became a recurring occurrence during the first few days of the tournament. The NBA Championships between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors continued when Cleveland defeated Golden State in Game 6, 115-1-1, fighting off elimination for the second time this week. The series is now tied 3-3 as the two teams face off in a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.

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