Week in Photos: Protests, Pilgrimages, Wildlife

author_image Kamaran Aziz
Varanasi, India - A man sleeps in the river Ganges on a hot summer day in Varanasi on June 18, 2024. (Photo by Niharika KULKARNI / AFP)
Varanasi, India - A man sleeps in the river Ganges on a hot summer day in Varanasi on June 18, 2024. (Photo by Niharika KULKARNI / AFP)
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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – This week’s global events captured in photos showcase a range of emotions and experiences, from protests and conflicts to cultural celebrations and wildlife sightings.

Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya police officers surround a protester during a demonstration against tax hikes as Members of Parliament vote on the Finance Bill 2024 in downtown Nairobi on June 20, 2024. Thousands of mostly young demonstrators took to the streets across Kenya to protest contentious tax hikes, with police deploying tear gas and water cannon in the capital.

(Photo by LUIS TATO / AFP)
(Photo by LUIS TATO / AFP)

 

Khan Yunis, Palestinian Territories

A Palestinian girl poses with a wedding dress found amid the rubble of buildings destroyed during Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 20, 2024. The conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas continues to cause devastation.

(Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
(Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)

 

Niterói, Brazil

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) leaps at the coast of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on June 20, 2024. This awe-inspiring display highlights the beauty of marine life.

(Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)
(Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

 

Amritsar, India

Youths participate in a yoga practice session in a swimming pool on the eve of the International Day of Yoga, in Amritsar on June 20, 2024. This event emphasizes the global embrace of yoga as a practice for physical and mental well-being.

(Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)
(Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)

 

Leipzig, Germany

France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappe adjusts his face mask during a training session at the Leipzig Stadium in Leipzig on June 20, 2024. This session is in preparation for their UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match against the Netherlands.

(Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
(Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

 

Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun as they arrive at the base of Mount Arafat during the annual hajj pilgrimage on June 15, 2024. The pilgrimage continued despite the rising death toll from extreme heat.

(Photo by Fadel SENNA / AFP)
(Photo by Fadel SENNA / AFP)
(Photo by Fadel Senna / AFP)
(Photo by Fadel Senna / AFP)
(Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)
(Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)

 

El Khiyam, Lebanon

Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the village of Khiam in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on June 19, 2024. The cross-border tensions continue as fighting persists between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

(Photo by RABIH DAHER / AFP)
(Photo by RABIH DAHER / AFP)

 

Kyiv, Ukraine

Recruits of the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade take part in military training at one of the training bases in Kyiv on June 18, 2024, amidst the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

(Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)
(Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)

 

Paris, France

France's Paralympic triple jumper Arnaud Assoumani poses in front of The Louvre Pyramide in Paris on April 20, 2024, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

(Photo by Franck FIFE / AFP)
(Photo by Franck FIFE / AFP)

 

Bilbao, Spain

British artist Anthony McCall is silhouetted in his artwork "Split Second (Mirror) IV, 2024" during the presentation of the "Split Second" art exhibition at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum on June 19, 2024.

(Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)
(Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)

 

Other notable events

  • N'Djamena, Chad: A deadly fire at an ammunition depot.
    (Photo by Joris Bolomey / AFP)
    (Photo by Joris Bolomey / AFP)

 

  • London, United Kingdom: Princess Catherine attends the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour".
    (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
    (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

 

  • Nantes, France: Demonstrators rally against far-right movements following legislative elections.
    (Photo by Sameer Al-Doumy / AFP)
    (Photo by Sameer Al-Doumy / AFP)

     

These images provide a snapshot of the diverse and dynamic events occurring around the world, highlighting both moments of beauty and instances of strife.