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Our world in photos: June 17

June 17, 2021 By Michaela Keil
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MOROCCO — Drill: U.S and Moroccan special forces took part in a drill as part of the African Lion military exercise, in Tafraout base, near Agadir, on Monday. With more than 7,000 participants from nine nations and NATO, African Lion is U.S. Africa Command’s largest exercise.
Photo: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP


CHINA — Liftoff: A Long March-2F Y12 rocket carrying a crew of Chinese astronauts in a Shenzhou-12 spaceship lifted off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan on Thursday. China launched the first three-man crew to its new space station in its ambitious program’s first crewed mission in five years.
Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP


FRANCE — Election: Far-right leader Marine Le Pen gestured as she campaigned at an open air market in Six-Fours-les-Plages on Thursday. Although the winner of the June 20 and June 27 regional elections will only deal with local issues, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (National Rally) party could for the first time capture one of France’s 13 regions.
Photo: Daniel Cole/AP


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SOUTH KOREA — Over the border: Visitors viewed the North Korea side from the Unification Observation Post in Paju, near the border with North Korea, on Thursday. The official North Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un warned about possible food shortages and urged the country to brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference to discuss national efforts to salvage a broken economy.
Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP


THAILAND — Training: Bravo, a Labrador Retriever, sat in front of a sample of human sweat after detecting the COVID-19 coronavirus at a mobile canine unit in Bangkok, on Thursday. Thailand deployed a canine virus detection squad to help provide a fast and effective way of identifying people with COVID-19.
Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Behind closed doors: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of the key Senate infrastructure negotiators, rushed back to a basement room at the Capitol as he and other Democrats worked behind closed doors on Wednesday.
Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP


GEORGIA — Crash: Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, right, collided with right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. as he caught a fly ball from Boston Red Sox’s Hunter Renfroe during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, in Atlanta.
Photo: John Bazemore/AP


INDIA — Crashing waves: A man took a selfie standing near high tide waves crashing onto the Marine drive promenade on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, on Thursday.
Photo: Rajanish Kakade/AP

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