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Our world in photos: June 14

Sitting alone in a sea of empty red velvet chairs, a 6-meter-tall giant 'Inflatable Refugee' is photographed at Barcelona's Gran Teatre de Liceu opera house, Spain, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Created by Belgian visual artists Schellekens & Peleman in 2015 following the refugee crisis in Europe by, they hope it to spark debate around the plight of refugees. The artistic intervention coincided with an alarming record: 120 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and other protracted crises, the U.N. Refugee announced on Thursday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

BARCELONA — Capturing the power of an international issue in a theatrical setting: Sitting alone in a sea of empty red velvet chairs, a 6-meter-tall giantInflatable Refugeeis photographed at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre de Liceu opera house, Spain, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Created by Belgian visual artists Schellekens & Peleman in 2015 following the refugee crisis in Europe, they hope it will spark debate around the plight of refugees. The artistic intervention coincided with an alarming record: 120 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and other protracted crises, the U.N. Refugee announced on Thursday. 

The inflatable figure, made of the same material as the delicate rubber boats used by smugglers to send migrants to European shores, will remain on public display for operagoers until June 28 in the theater’s hall of mirrors. The artists hope its outsize dimensions will lead people to reflect on their perceptions of asylum seekers.

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, greets Pope Francis ahead of a working session on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Energy, Africa-Mediterranean, on day two of the 50th G7 summit at Borgo Egnazia, southern Italy, on Friday, June 14, 2024. (Christopher Furlong/Pool Photo via AP)
Photo: Christopher Furlong/Pool Photo via AP

ITALY —Then we agree — God made the human brain too big …’: U.S. President Joe Biden, right, greets Pope Francis ahead of a working session on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Energy, Africa-Mediterranean, on day two of the 50th G7 summit at Borgo Egnazia, southern Italy, on Friday, June 14, 2024. Pope Francis became the first Pontiff to address a G7 summit of the seven most developed and wealthy nations, a gathering Italy is hosting. (The Vatican, although a separate political and diplomatic state, is geographically in Rome). Pope Francis warned the leaders that they must first and foremost honor human dignity as they develop and use artificial intelligence. He warned that AI technology has the potential to risk turning human relations themselves into mere algorithms.

He emphasized that the world’s leaders must take steps to ensure that AI remains human-centric so that it is always people (and not machines) making decisions about using AI, whether in weapons of war or tools of commerce.

Kimberly Nobille, 26, cries during a protest against an anti-abortion bill in Brazil's Congress, in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
Photo: Bruna Prado/AP

RIO DE JANEIRO — The face of anguish, a global issue: Kimberly Nobille, 26, cries during a protest against an anti-abortion bill in Brazil’s Congress, in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Women’s rights groups took to the streets across Brazil on Thursday to protest a bill that aims to charge any abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy with homicide. With certain exceptions, Brazil’s Criminal Code imposes between one and three years of prison time for women who terminate a pregnancy. If the lower house’s bill becomes law, that sentence would increase to between six and 20 years of detention if an abortion is performed after 22 weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape.

South America’s largest nation currently allows abortions in cases of rape, an evident risk to the mother’s life or if the fetus has no functioning brain.

Thousands of fishermen fill a large muddy pond and cast their nets in the southern Mali town of San, Thursday, June 6, 2024, for Snake mon, a collective fishing rite that begins with animal sacrifices and offerings to the water spirits of Sanké pond. For several hundred years, people have gathered for the rite, which is on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage. Heatwaves in Mali in recent years have caused the pond to start drying out. (AP Photo/Moustapha Diallo)
Photo: Moustapha Diallo/AP

MALI — A dramatic and arresting image of fishing: Thousands of fishermen fill a large, muddy pond and cast their nets in the southern Mali town of San, Thursday, June 6, 2024, for Sanké mon, a collective fishing rite that begins with animal sacrifices and offerings to the water spirits of Sanké pond. The ritual takes place every second Thursday of the seventh lunar month to commemorate the town’s founding. Then, after a sacrifice of roosters, goats and other offerings, the townspeople participate in a collective fishing session lasting more than 15 hours, followed by a masked dance with an established choreography. The Sanké mon also bolsters collective values of social cohesion, solidarity and peace between local communities.

For several hundred years, people have gathered for the rite, which is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. However, heat waves in Mali in recent years have caused the pond to start drying out. 

Xander Schauffele hits from the native area on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)
Photo: George Walker IV/AP

PINEHURST, NC — Powering out of the rough:  Xander Schauffele hits from the native area on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament on Friday, June 14, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. Schauffele is the third player in a powerhouse trio that includes #1-ranked Scottie Scheffler and his golfing partner Rory McIlroy, the Associated Press reported on Friday. Xander Schauffele finished at even par, meaning he matched the designated number of strokes for each respective hole. Surprisingly, Scheffler found himself over par (exceeding the number of needed strokes for a player of his rank). 

Pinehurst is about an hour and 15 minutes by car to the northwest of Fayetteville in central North Carolina.

Pilgrims leave after offering prayers outside at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Friday, June 14, 2024. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. Some Muslims make the journey more than once. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

MECCA — Striking image of passionate human gathering: Pilgrims leave after offering prayers outside the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Friday, June 14, 2024. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required once in a lifetime for every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. Some Muslims make the journey more than once. 

This year’s Hajj comes against the backdrop of the raging Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip, now past the eighth-month mark. The war has also pre-empted the annual pilgrimage for Palestinians, as Israeli forces closed the Rafah crossing last month.

Dead periodical cicadas and nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

CHARLESTON, IL — Insect graveyard, post-invasion: Dead periodical cicadas and nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once-hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people’s shirts, hats and even faces. The U.S. South and the American Midwest have been particularly hit, with three to five million cicadas making noise just in the Chicago area, let alone other parts of Illinois.

One youngster, 6-year-old Lily Tolley of Springfield, Illinois, has a solution to her neighborhood’s cicada infestation, the Associated Press reports. She feeds them to her pet lizard, named Dart.

Chris Rock, left, and Conan O'Brien arrive for an audience with Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall at The Vatican, Friday, June 14, 2024. Pope Francis is meeting with over 100 comedians from 15 countries aiming to establish a link between the Catholic Church and comic artists. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Photo: Riccardo De Luca/AP

VATICAN CITY —If he slaps me in the face, I’m leaving …’: Chris Rock, left, and Conan O’Brien arrive for an audience with Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall at The Vatican, Friday, June 14, 2024. Pope Francis is meeting with over 100 comedians from 15 countries, aiming to establish a link between the Catholic Church and comic artists and celebrate the importance of humor. Among the other luminaries from 15 nations are Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert.

Theconfirmation slap(on one’s cheek) was once an unofficial part of the Confirmation liturgy before Vatican II. For the past six decades or so, the local bishops presiding at confirmations have instead shaken the hands of those receiving the sacrament, one of seven recognized in the Roman Catholic Church.

Crews start the demolition of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building, Friday, June 14, 2024, where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Officials plan to complete the weekslong project before the school's 3,300 students return in August from summer vacation. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP

PARKLAND, FL — Demolition of bad memories, starting over: Crews start the demolition of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building, Friday, June 14, 2024, where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Officials plan to complete the weekslong project before the school’s 3,300 students return to school in August from summer vacation. 

The Broward school board has not decided what will replace the building. The decision to tear it down was not unanimous within the community, with some parents having preferred that it be kept intact as both a memorial and an example of safety measures implemented at the school since the massacre. 

Lori Alhadeff, current chair of the Broward County School board who lost her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa in the shooting, wanted the school building gone altogether, she told the Associated Press.

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