This Week in Pictures: June 18-24

  • A youth practices parkour at the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18, 2016. 
  • People take part in the 17th Lisbon gay pride parade against the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, in Lisbon, Portugal, June 18, 2016. 
  • Australia’s Rory Arnold is sent off bleeding during the Second Test between Australia and England at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia, June 18, 2016. 
  • A boy rides his scooter past a ‘Vote Leave’ poster in the back alley next to his home in the West Yorkshire town of Batley, in the constituency of murdered MP Jo Cox on June 18, 2016 in Batley, United Kingdom. 
  • A firefighting BAE-146s jet drops fire retardant, June 18, 2016 at the Sherpa Fire near Santa Barbara, Calif. The so-called Sherpa fire in the Los Padres National Forest is raging full speed, fanned by strong winds, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency and intermittently shut highways.  
  • Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, raises his hands inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, June 18, 2016. 
  • Mohammed Tofeeq holds his 10-month-old daughter, Gulshan Tofeeq, while he prays at the grave of his wife Muqadas Tofeeq, who local police say was killed by her mother for marrying against the wishes of her family, in Butrawala village on the outskirts of Gujranwala, Pakistan, June 18, 2016. 
  • The procession with the casket of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, enters the Cathedral Church of St. Luke for his funeral service on June 18, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. 
  • Lucyvette Padro grieves during the burial of her son Angel Candelario Padro, a 28-year-old nurse and National Guard member and one of 49 persons slain in the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., at the Guanica municipal cemetery in Puerto Rico, June 18, 2016. 
  • Congolese children play soccer on a dirt field in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 18, 2016. One goal was scored with the old deflated ball the children use to play with. 
  • Participants jump into the water at the start of the swimming stage of the Tel Aviv Triathlon in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 28, 2016. According to the organizers more than 1,500 athletes took part in the multi-sport competition. 
  • Supporters of Portugal during the public viewing of the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Austria in Terreiro do Paco in Lisbon, Portugal, June 18, 2016. 
  • An England fan gestures as he drinks with other fans ahead of Monday’s England vs. Slovakia Euro 2016 Group B match, on June 19, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. 
  • A Syrian man works at a bakery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus on June 19, 2016, as a part of an initiative to distribute bread to impoverished families in the Eastern Ghouta area during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. 
  • People pray as they wait to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Karachi, Pakistan, June 19, 2016. 
  • A riot police officer walks past a burned truck carrying chickens after clashes with protesters from the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) teacher’s union during a protest against President Enrique Pena Nieto’s education reform, in the town of Nochixtlan, northwest of the state capital, Oaxaca City, Mexico, June 19, 2016. 
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after beating the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif., June 19, 2016. 
  • Virginia Raggi, first female mayor in the history of Rome, candidate for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), reacts to caucus news suggesting her win in Rome, Italy, June 19, 2016. 
  • Civilians, who fled the violence in Manbij city, arrive to the southeastern rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, June 19, 2016. 
  • Indonesian soldiers search for landslide victims in Purworejo, Indonesia, June 19, 2016. Floods and landslides in Central Java over the past few days have killed more than 20 people and left dozens missing. 
  • A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket propelled grenade during clashes with Islamic State group fighters as they try to enter the eastern Askari neighbourhood of Fallujah during a military operation to clear the city of IS fighters still holed up in the former jihadi bastion, June 19, 2016. 
  • Young people wearing Belarus traditional clothes and wreaths dance around a bonfire as they celebrate the Ivan Kupala night, an ancient heathen holiday, held in the countryside near Minsk, on June 19, 2016. 
  • Rebel fighters from ‘Mujahideen Horan brigade’ carry their weapons as they take part in military training in the western rural area of Deraa Governorate, Syria, June 19, 2016. 
  • A biker and his 12-year-old cat “Chiquinho” – which always rides with him on his motorbike– in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 19, 2016. 
  • Stallions fight for leadership of the herd in Aschau in the Austrian province of Tyrol, June 19, 2016. Establishment of a stable hierarchical system is important to reduce aggression and increase group cohesion. 
  • A Romanian fan passes through a security check before the UEFA EURO 2016 group – a preliminary round match between Romania and Albania at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France, June 19, 2016. 
  • A Turkish anti-riot police officer steps on a rainbow flag during a rally staged by the LGBT community in Istanbul, June 19, 2016. Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up the rally in defiance of a ban. 
  • Club goers embrace at the approximate time one week ago that the Pulse nightclub mass shooting began as the music is turned off on the dance floor to observe a moment of silence at Parliament House, an LGBT nightclub early on June 19, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. 
  • A model walks the runway at the Gucci show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on June 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy. 
  • A bird sits on the branch of a tree in front of a full moon with a slight reddish tint in Jacobsdorf near Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, June 20, 2016. The natural occurance of the June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon. 
  • Indian water yoga expert Laxmi Yadav performs water yoga in a pool in preperation for the International Day of Yoga in Bhopal, India, June 20, 2016. The United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.
  • Rain drops land on a framed photograph of murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, who was shot dead in Birstall, at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 20, 2016. 
  • Democratic Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy breaks the news that the Senate failed to pass any of the four procedural votes on new gun legislation to Erica Smegielski (R), daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, outside the Senate floor of the US Capitol, June 20, 2016. 
  • Waste collectors ride their loaded tricycles on the streets in Shanghai on June 20, 2016. 
  • Firefighters work a wildfire burning along the foothills in Duarte, Calif., June 20, 2016. Police in the city of Azusa and parts of Duarte ordered hundreds of homes evacuated. Others were under voluntary evacuations. 
  • A female England fan wears a mask of Queen Elizabeth II in Saint Etienne ahead of her team’s match against Slovakia, June 20, 2016. 
  • Armed tribesmen, loyal to the Houthi Group, attend a gathering mobilizing more fighters to confront the Saudi-backed Yemeni forces, in Sana’a, Yemen, June 20, 2016. 
  • Relatives of Palestinian Aref Jaradat, a 22-year old who was injured during clashes with Israeli security forces in May 2016, mourn during his funeral in Sair village near the West Bank city of Hebron, June 20, 2016. 
  • Women in South Korean traditional “Hanbok” attire fix their make up at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul, South Korea, June 20, 2016. 
  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James, center, holds up the NBA Championship trophy alongside teammates Kyrie Irving, left, Kevin Love, rear right, J.R. Smith, right, and Tristan Thompson, front, at the airport in Cleveland, June 20, 2016. 
  • A vendor waits for buyers as he closes a cage with a dog for sale at a market in Yulin city, southern China’s Guangxi province, June 20, 2016. Yulin dog meat festival will fall on June 21, 2016, the day of summer solstice, a day that many local people celebrate by eating dog meat. 
  • British Prime Minister, David Cameron delivers a speech outside number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain on June 21, 2016, urging Britons to vote Remain in the coming EU referendum. 
  • A Palestinian muslim girl looking on during the fifteenth day of the holy month of Ramadan in Khan Younis town in the southern Gaza Strip, June 21, 2016. 
  • Girls jump off a pier along the beach, June 21, 2016, in Wongson, North Korea. Wonsan, about 125 miles from Pyongyang, is a port city located in Kangwon Province, North Korea along the eastern side of the Korean Peninsula and was one of the cities chosen to be developed into a summer destination for locals as well as tourists. 
  • Residents from Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, set a truck alight due to their dissatisfaction with the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) nominations on the candidates list for the upcoming municipal elections, on June 21, 2016 in Pretoria. 
  • An Indian Hindu sadhu (holy man) dances in a religious procession on the eve of the annual Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati on June 21, 2016. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets get ready to bat in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on June 21, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German invasion, by the Kremlin walls in Moscow on June 22, 2016. 
  • A Syrian refugee from Aleppo sits with his children in a makeshift tent in a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Kab Elias in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on June 20, 2016. The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015. 
  • A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. House Rep. Katherine Clark shows Democratic members of the House staging a sit-in on the House floor “to demand action on common sense gun legislation” on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2016. U.S. 
  • Azat Shajbyrov reacts with a baby falcon on his head in a village of Bokonbaevo, Issyk-Kul area, Kyrgyzstan, June 22, 2016, as he dreams of continuing a family tradition of golden eagle hunting. Eagle and falcon hunting is an old Kyrgyz tradition. 
  • Seventeen-year-old Laura Hunter, and Highland Cow Molly prepare for the Royal Highland show at Ingliston showground on June 22, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The 176th Royal Highland Show, one of the UK’s premier agricultural shows, will run over four days from 23-26 June. 
  • A railroad trestle burns near the tiny town of Haswell, Colo., June 22, 2016. For days, wildfires have raged amid spiking heat across Southern California and much of the West, forcing many to evacuate. 
  • Family members cry near coffins containing the bodies of Nepali nationals, who were killed when a suicide bomber struck a minibus in Kabul, lined up after being flown from Afghanistan at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 22, 2016. 
  • Soldiers of Belarusian army carry portraits of fortress’ defenders in front of the most important Soviet WWII war monuments, during a ceremony to mark the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow, on the 75th anniversary of Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union, Minsk, Belarus, June 22, 2016. 
  • Supporters hold posters with a photo of Bahrain’s leading Shi’ite cleric Isa Qassim during a sit-in outside his home in the village of Diraz west of Manama, Bahrain, June 21, 2016. 
  • Displaced children, who fled from Islamic State violence, and the needy receive free food distributed during the fasting month of Ramadan at a restaurant in Baghdad, Iraq, June 22, 2016. 
  • Myanmarese migrants cheer for the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to leave after meeting with the Myanmarese community at Talad Talay Thai in the Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, June 23, 2016. 
  • Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. 
  • A North Korean delegate (back C) takes pictures of journalists gathered to cover a stand-up press conference by a North Korean Talks representative at the gate of North Korea’s Embassy in Beijing on June 23, 2016. 
  • A demonstrator is detained during a “March by the Education” called by the Chilean student federations requesting free and quality public education, in Santiago Chile, June 23, 2016. 
  • Chelsea pensioners enter a polling station to vote in the EU Referendum in London, Britain, June 23, 2016. Britons will vote on whether to remain in, or leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum on June 23. 
  • Filipino Catholic devotees covered in mud and dressed in dried leaves, attend a holy mass to mark the ‘Taong Putik’ (Mud People) Festival and the feast of Saint John the Baptist at the farming village of Bibiclat in the town of Aliaga, Nueva Ecija province, Philippines, June 24, 2016. 
  • Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage leaves a ‘Leave.EU Referendum Party’ in London, Britain, June 23, 2016. Britons await the results on whether they remain in, or leave the European Union (EU) after a referendum. 
  • A pedestrian reacts in front of a monitor displaying the Tokyo stock index in Tokyo, Japan, June 24, 2016. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 495.95 points, or 3.05 percent, to end the morning session at 15742.40 after Britain closed the polls to vote on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. 
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, next to his wife Samantha, announces his resignation after losing the vote in the EU Referendum outside No. 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, June 24, 2016. 


The week has been a historic one, with Britain’s referendum vote, in an unprecedented and unexpected turn of events, calling for the U.K. to leave the European Union.

More than a week before the vote, Labour MP Jo Cox was killed outside Birstall Public Library. Her suspected killer, who appeared before the court on Saturday, said, “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when asked to give his name.

In the hours leading up to the historic vote, the British pound rose and fell as the “remain” and “leave’” camps alternated reported leads. The decision to leave the EU, though not yet officially declared to the EU by the Brits, devastated global markets and led to the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he will leave office by the fall.

Elsewhere, Rome elected anti-establishment Five Star Movement candidate Virginia Raggi as its first female mayor, and LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the first ever 3-1 NBA finals comeback, winning the championship over the Golden State Warriors. It is the first championship title for the city of Cleveland since 1964. 

A searing heat wave killed at least six people as a dozen wildfires burned through parts of the western United States. Mexico saw by violent clashes between riot police and protesters from the National Coordination of Education Workers who are demonstrating against President Enrique Pena Nieto’s education reform. And the fight for gun policy reform surged forward in the United States. House Democrats revolted after measures to introduce gun legislation introduced after the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting earlier this month failed. Civil Rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on gun policy reform, but the act of disobedience came to an abrupt end after nearly 26 hours, despite not having reached a deal on a vote.

Meanwhile, funeral services began and mourning continued for some of the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre.

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to an additional 25 years in prison, along with six people, two of which are Al Jazeera employees, who were sentenced to death for allegedly passing national security documents to a Qatar and Doha-based TV network. Morsi had previously been sentenced to death in other cases.