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Our world in photos: June 12

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

MECCA — Pilgrimages are here to stay when the image is powerful enough: Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The Kaaba, meaning “cube,” allegedly dates back to the pre-Islamic period. Some Muslims believe that the patriarch of the three faiths, Abraham (Ibrahim) and his son Ishmael, originally built the Kaaba.

Mecca is situated in a desert valley in western Saudi Arabia. 

Nadia Castillo, of Chile, adds an arm to her display during the Coupe de Monde de la Patisserie, or World Pastry Cup, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Matthew Perschall/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
Photo: Matthew Perschall/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP

NEW ORLEANS — International flavor in ‘The Big Easy’: Nadia Castillo, of Chile, adds an arm to her display during the Coupe de Monde de la Patisserie, or World Pastry Cup, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Through June 13, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is hosting two continental selections of the most prestigious international culinary and pastry competitions, showcasing the best pastry chefs and cooks from all over the American continent. The participating candidates in the pastry category represent, in addition to Chile, Argentina, Canada, Columbia, Mexico and Paraguay.

Each team made up of one candidate in the chocolate category and one in the sugar category, is given 5 hours and 30 minutes to create 16 tasting desserts, two artistic pieces, and a buffet.

Mujinga Kambundji, of Switzerland, reacts after winning the gold medal in the women's 200 meters final at the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP

ROME — ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing …’: Mujinga Kambundji, of Switzerland, reacts after winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 meters final at the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The gold medal is an early birthday gift for Kambundji, who turns 32 next Monday. Before winning her gold medal, Kambudji Kambundji was already the Swiss record holder for the 100 m and 200 m and the Swiss indoor record holder for the 60 m. She won almost 30 national titles.

Her siblings are also athletes. Mujinga’s younger sister, Ditaji, represented Switzerland at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Photo: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

VATICAN — The powerful touch of a papal blessing: Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Pope Francis, in his sermons and encyclicals, has been outspoken about the sanctity of human life and ethics issues surrounding it. During his January 2023 homily, at a Sunday Angelus service, the pontiff lamented a culture that “throws away” unborn children, the elderly and the poor if they are not useful.

However, this Wednesday, the Pope’s message was for the priests, urging brevity in their homilies. Injecting humor into his message, the 87-year pontiff quipped, “The homily must not go beyond eight minutes because after that time, attention is lost, and people go to sleep. They fall asleep, and they are right to do so.”

Students take part in a flash mob held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Rubik's Cube organized by the National Innovation Agency at Szent Istvan Square in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Hungarian professor, architect and inventor Erno Rubik invented the so-called Magic Cube 50 years ago, in the spring of 1974, which originally served for educational purposes. The game later became popular as Rubik's Cube worldwide. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
Photo: Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP

BUDAPEST — Is it a cult? No, these are smart kids! Students take part in a flash mob held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Rubik’s Cube, organized by the National Innovation Agency at Szent Istvan Square in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. In the spring of 1974, Hungarian professor, architect and inventor Erno Rubik invented the so-called Magic Cube, originally for educational purposes. The game later became popular as Rubik’s Cube worldwide.

Rubik created the game during the time that he was a professor of architecture at the Budapest College of Applied Arts. It reportedly took him a month to solve his own puzzle.

The Bolaños children, from left, Sebastian, Kamila and Miguel Angel, from Venezuela, watch videos on a mobile phone outside the bus terminal where they are living with their single mother Keilly and one other sibling, along with other migrants in Villahermosa, Mexico, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Their mother was captured in the northern state of Juarez, where she said she was beaten by the military in front of her children, loaded on a bus for two days, and left in Villahermosa. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Photo: Felix Marquez/AP

MEXICO — The promise of America: The Bolaños children, from left, Sebastian, Kamila and Miguel Angel, from Venezuela, watch videos on a mobile phone outside the bus terminal where they are living with their single mother, Keilly, and one other sibling, along with other migrants in Villahermosa, Mexico, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Their mother was captured in the northern state of Juarez, where she said she was beaten by the military in front of her children, loaded on a bus for two days, and left in Villahermosa.

Villahermosa is the capital of the Tabasco state in southern Mexico. Ironic to their situation, Villahermosa translates to English as “beautiful town.”

United States' Saurabh Nethralvakar, right, celebrates the dismissal of India's Virat Kohli, left, during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between United States and India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Photo: Adam Hunger/AP

NEW YORK — See what happens when you bring a genteel British sport to America — macho! United States’ Saurabh Nethralvakar, right, celebrates the dismissal of India’s Virat Kohli, left, during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match between the U.S. and India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Even with the phrase “World Cup,” cricket shares some similarities with baseball, which many consider a descendant of the British game. The two sports share terms such as innings, umpires, runs and outs, which are called dismissals.

However, the cricket bat is wider and flatter than its American counterpart.

Teachers dance as they march to Congress to protest against the Statutory Law on Education, a government initiative for education reforms being considered by lawmakers, on the first day of a teachers' strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Photo: Fernando Vergara/AP

BOGOTA — Teachers find unique lobbying technique: Teachers dance as they march to Congress to protest against the Statutory Law on Education, a government initiative for education reforms being considered by lawmakers, on the first day of a teachers’ strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. 

According to some reports, lawmakers have until June 20 to approve the plan, of which much of the text has been revised or stricken.

Houston Astros' Alex Bregman (2) runs to first base on an RBI single as San Francisco Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores, left, cannot catch a throw by third baseman Matt Chapman, who was charged with an error, which allowed a second run to score during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP

SAN FRANCISCO — The physics and repercussions of an offline throw blocked by a moving target: Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (2) runs to first base on an RBI single as San Francisco Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores, left, cannot catch a throw by third baseman Matt Chapman, who was charged with an error, allowing a second run to score during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

As of press time Wednesday, the two teams were again duking it out in a matinee game, with the Giants hosting and leading 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning.

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales, left, and right fielder Connor Joe collide as they are unable to catch a pop up in foul territory by St. Louis Cardinals' Jose Fermin during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

LOUIS — ‘Yours … mine … OMG …’: Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales, left, and right fielder Connor Joe collide as they are unable to catch a pop-up in foul territory by St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Fermin during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in St. Louis. The Pirates won the game 2-1, however, and are second in the National League Central Division.

The winning pitcher, Colin Holderman, has a .79 ERA for the 2024 season.

A voter has dozens of booths to choose from as she prepares to cast her ballot in Maine's primary election, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP

MAINE — Democracy beckons — where IS everybody? A voter has dozens of booths to choose from as she prepares to cast her ballot in Maine’s primary election on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Bangor, Maine. In the Republican primary, state lawmaker Austin Theriault, an avid gun-rights proponent endorsed by Trump, beat his opponent for the Congressional race and will now face one of the House of Representatives’ most conservative Democrats, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

The 2nd District is where Maine’s deadliest mass shooting broke out last year.

Anti-government protesters challenge police outside Congress where lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by Argentine President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP

BUENOS AIRES — Protest and law enforcement meet in democratic setting: Anti-government protesters challenge police outside Congress where lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by Argentine President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The police did have to don riot gear, however, as the protests grew more volatile. There is much anger over the main bill, which incorporates plans for privatizing public firms, granting special powers to the president and spurring investment.

The upper house of Congress is expecting a “marathon” debate, as its members are split down the middle, according to a Reuters article published on Wednesday.

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