June 26, 2013

    Published June 26, 2013


    A student is hit by a jet of water sprayed by riot police during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system, in Santiago, Chile.


    A shepherd boy is silhouetted in Qunu, a rural village where former South African President Nelson Mandela grew up.


    Lisa Dazols (R) and Jenny Chang celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, outside the city hall in San Francisco, California. The U.S. Supreme Court handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognizing that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits and paving the way for same-sex marriage in California.


    Members of the gallery cheer and chant as the Texas Senate tries to bring an abortion bill to a vote as time expires in Austin, Texas, USA. Amid the deafening roar of abortion rights supporters, Texas Republicans huddled around the Senate podium to pass new abortion restrictions, but whether the vote was cast before or after midnight deadline is in dispute.


    Soccer balls representing the Brazilian lawmakers sit in rows in front of Congress as a protest against spending on the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in Brasilia.


    Chinese astronauts, from left, Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping celebrate after getting out of the re-entry capsule of Shenzhou 10 spacecraft following its successful landing at the main landing site in Siziwang Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.


    Captivity in Giza zoo in Cairo, Egypt (Photo taken by Dr.Salem Serag/Egypt/VOA reader)


    A worker pours water to extinguish a fire that is burning through his pineapple plantation in the haze-affected district of Tanah Putih in Rokan Hilir, Indonesia's Riau province. Indonesia's president apologized for the raging forest that have blanketed its neighbors, Singapore and Malaysia, with thick smog in Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.


    A girl helps her mother wash a large piece of fabric, outside Sana'a, Yemen.


    Maria Sharapova of Russia slips during her women's singles tennis match against Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London.


    Humanoid communication robot Kirobo talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo, Japan. The world’s first space conversation experiment between a robot and humans is ready to be launched.

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