This Week in Pictures: June 25-July 1
On Tuesday, a series of explosions and gunfire at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport in Istanbul killed 41 people and injured 239. Officials have been investigating whether the attacks were carried out by ISIS. As of Thursday, 13 people had been arrested in connection with the attack.
On Sunday, New York City held its 46th annual Gay Pride Parade. Over 1.6 million people attended, including a surprise visit from the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sunday was especially poignant as it marked the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriage legal across the United States, and came only a few days after President Obama declared the Stonewall Inn as a national monument. The parade came only a few weeks after an attack on an Orlando gay nightclub killed 49 people and injured 53 others.
The Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law this week that would have imposed severe restrictions on abortion clinics in the state, allowing dozens of clinics that had been previously shuttered to reopen.
In West Virginia, extreme flooding has killed at least 23 people and has destroyed more than 1,000 homes. In the western part of the U.S., severe heat and wildfires have killed at least four people and scorched at least 60,000 acres.
After a two-year, $7 million investigation, House Republicans released a more than 800-page report on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The report faulted the military’s response the attack and cited a disconnect between goings-on in Washington and events on the ground in Benghazi but, notably, the report cited no new evidence of Hillary Clinton’s direct involvement in the controversial death of four Americans. Clinton campaigned in Ohio this week with Democratic Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, fueling hopes among some progressives that Warren may be the former Secretary of State’s Vice Presidential pick.
Chile won the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament for the second year in a row in a penalty shootout against Argentina shockingly similar to last year’s final.
After last week’s referendum, the aftershock of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union resulted in a weakened pound, plunging global markets into chaos. On Thursday morning, former mayor of London and leader of the Leave movement Boris Johnson announced unexpectedly that he would not run for prime minister, paving the way for Home Secretary Theresa May to become the next Conservative favorite.
Muslims across the globe continue to celebrate Ramadan, the holiest month on the Muslim calendar marked by abstinence from food and drink during daylight hours and intense prayer.