June 19, 2014

    Published June 19, 2014


    Spain's Queen Letizia holds the hands of her husband King Felipe VI during the swearing-in ceremony at the Spanish Parliament. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated to enable younger royal blood to rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent.


    A Christie's employee poses with Albert Giacometti's "Le Main" at Christie's auction house in London. The piece is estimated to achieve 15 million pounds ($25 million) when it comes to auction as part of the Christie's Impressionist and Modern art evening sale on June 14.


    Pakistani shopkeeper Talib Hussain displays a giant sized money garland to customers in Bannu, June 18, 2014. These traditional garlands are made of local currency notes and are gifted to grooms by their friends and relatives in marriages. The garlands usually are worth between rupees 5,000-10,000 (US$60-100).


    A vendor walks down the stairs as fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Colombia at the Brasilia national stadium in Brazil.


    Men watch the 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match between the Netherlands and Australia on a laptop, at a camel market in Daba near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, June 18, 2014.


    People watch the "Flying Carpet", an artwork created by French artist Moussa Sarr, as it takes off from the Saint Jean fort in Marseille, southern France. It's part of "L'artiste dans la cite" ('The Artist in the City') events organized by the MUCEM, "Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et la Méditerranée."


    A U.S. soldier walks past burning trucks at the scene of a suicide attack at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, Nangarhar province.


    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with eco-friendly urban furniture designer Sandra Richter while hosting the first-ever White House "Maker Faire" in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2014. The solar-powered bench allows people to charge their phones while resting.


    The latest installment in the blockbuster series of "Transformers" films is making its world premier not in the usual entertainment hubs of Los Angeles and New York but in the wealthy Chinese metropolis of Hong Kong.


    A pangolin carries its baby at a Bali zoo, Indonesia.


    Tibetans on horseback throw praying papers as they gather for a traditional praying festival called "Wei Sang", in Hongyuan county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, June 18, 2014.


    A giant statue of U.S. actress Marilyn Monroe is seen at the dump site of a garbage-collecting company in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, June 18, 2014. The eight-meter-tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tons, was made by several Chinese artists for over two years, based on the famous scene from her movie "The Seven Year Itch".


    A fisherman casts his fishing net into the waters of a lake at Panangad, on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi.


    Constance Peach, center, poses with friends for photographers on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting, which is traditionally known as Ladies Day, at Ascot, England.


    Opponents of same-sex marriage and supporters of traditional marriage between one man and one woman rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)

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