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Our world in photos: June 20

A masked protester shouts to his colleagues as they block a street with burning tires as part of the national strike by the construction union, SUNTRACS, in Panama City, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
Photo: Matias Delacroix/AP

PANAMA — Economic activism takes a violent turn: A masked protester shouts to his colleagues as they block a street with burning tires as part of the national strike by the construction union SUNTRACS in Panama City, Thursday, June 20, 2024. According to some sources, members of the National Union of Workers of Construction and Similar Industries (Sindicato Unico Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de la Construccion y Similares, SUNTRACS) are staging a 24-hour strike and associated protests across Panama between 7:00 a.m. June 20 and 7:00 a.m. June 21.

Their purpose was to denounce the reported closure of bank accounts linked to the organization. The plan was to block main thoroughfares in several areas, including Panama City.

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
Photo: R. Parthibhan/AP

INDIA — Sadly reminiscent and reflective of the fentanyl problem in other parts of the world: A relative of a man who died after drinking liquor brewed illegally cries over a casket containing his body in the Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state’s chief minister, M K Stalin, said 34 people died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. More than 100 people are being treated in various hospitals, according to top district official M S Prasanth, who warned that the number of those who are in critical condition keeps changing, suggesting that the death toll could rise.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India, where the poor cannot afford licensed brands from government-run shops. The people brewing the illegal liquors often spike it with chemicals, including poisons such as pesticides, and have profited from the cheap sales.

Two of four Myanmarese fishermen, stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel, rest inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Photo: Dita Alangkara/AP

INDONESIA — Trapped by economic and bureaucratic stalemate: Two of four Myanmarese fishermen, stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel, rest inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. 

Even though Indonesia has a long history of accepting refugees, the Southeast Asian archipelago nation is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol. The Indonesian government does not permit refugees and asylum-seekers to work.

A woman rides her bike on a small road on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises on Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Photo: Michael Probst/AP

FRANKFURT — Striking view of a peaceful dawn ride while the rest of the world remains tempestuous: A woman rides her bike on a small road on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises on Thursday, June 20, 2024. Thursday marked the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Frankfurt, for the time being, is being spared the extreme heat that other parts of Europe and several parts of the world are experiencing this week, including in Romania.

Temperatures in Frankfurt and other parts of Germany are forecast to range from highs in the mid-80s to lows in the upper 50s, with rain in the picture.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Vietnam's President To Lam wave as they pose for photos at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, June 20, 2024. (Nhac Nguyen/Pool Photo via AP)
Photo: Nhac Nguyen/Pool Photo via AP

VIETNAM — Putin continues to trek the Far East, looking for allies: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Vietnam’s President To Lam wave as they pose for photos at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, June 20, 2024. Putin was scheduled to meet on Thursday with Vietnam’s most powerful politician, Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, and new President To Lam, as the Russian leader seeks to strengthen ties with a longtime partner. Even though Vietnam has been working to improve its relationship with Europe and the United States, the southeastern Asian nation still values its historic ties with Russia that date back to the Soviet-era, according to the BBC.

While the U.S. has denounced Putin’s visit to Vietnam, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the United States’ upgraded partnership with Vietnam does not require Vietnam to sever ties with Russia, China or other countries.

Britain's Prince William, left, talks to King of Denmark Frederik X before a Group C match between Denmark and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Photo: Michael Probst/AP

FRANKFURT — ‘You know, Highness, we could save lots of pain and money if soccer could replace wars’: Britain’s Prince William, left, talks to King of Denmark Frederik X before a Group C match between Denmark and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. 

According to a New York Times article explaining the rankings, published on Wednesday, “England’s 1-1 draw with Denmark secured at least a third-spot finish with four points from two games. Denmark is third, two points behind England and level with Slovenia.”

The two nations’ royals watched the game together on the eve of Prince William’s 42nd birthday, which falls on June 21.

Serbia's players celebrate their sides first goal against Slovenia during a Group C match between Slovenia and Serbia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP

MUNICH — Could soccer matches between countries ever replace wars? — Think of the money it would save: Serbia’s players celebrate their side’s first goal against Slovenia during a Group C match between Slovenia and Serbia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. Also in Group C are Great Britain (England) and Denmark. Final matches between England and Slovenia and Denmark and Serbia are scheduled for June 25.

Slovenia and Serbia are neighboring countries in a region that comprises the former Yugoslavia. 

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin throws to first base as he trips on the mound fielding a ground ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning of a baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

BOSTON — Sometimes the batter gets to knock the pitcher off the mound: Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin throws to first base as he trips on the mound fielding a ground ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. No runs were scored in that ninth inning, and Boston won the game 7-3. Each team had 10 hits, and Toronto was charged with four errors.

The Boston Red Sox, with a 40-35 record, currently rank third in the American League East, behind the New York Yankees (51-25) and the Baltimore Orioles (48-25). The Blue Jays, which rank at the bottom of the same division, have some major catch-up to do.

Sissa de la Cruz, left, and Sisa Guandinango, fight for the ball during a "handball with anaco" match in the Indigenous community of Turucu, Ecuador, Friday, June 14, 2024. One year ago, a group of women decided to create a new version of soccer: handball with anaco, an ancient skirt worn by Indigenous women. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP

ECUADOR — Where there’s a ball and a willingness to run, new games can be born: Sissa de la Cruz, left, and Sisa Guandinango, fight for the ball during a “handball with anaco” match in the Indigenous community of Turucu, Ecuador, Friday, June 14, 2024. One year ago, a group of women decided to create a new version of soccer: handball with anaco, an ancient skirt worn by Indigenous women. They weren’t allowed to play traditional soccer, a game dominated by men in Ecuador. So, they created their own playful and joyful version of the game.

“The match, consisting of two 25-minute halves, begins when the ball is thrown into the air. Screams and laughter erupt almost immediately, even more so when one of the players takes possession of the ball and begins to run to the opposite side of the field to score in a small arc,” reports the Associated Press’ Gonzalo Solano.

Weapons provided by the Soviet Union to North Korean military, left, and the United States to South Korean military during the Korea War are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The new agreement between Russia and North Korea reached by their leaders at a Pyongyang summit requires both countries to use all available means to provide immediate military assistance in the event of war, North Korean state media said Thursday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP

SEOUL —A reminder, on the heels of renewed Russian alliances in North Korea: Weapons provided by the Soviet Union to the North Korean military, left, and the United States to South Korean military during the Korean War are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The new agreement between Russia and North Korea reached by their leaders at a Pyongyang summit requires both countries to use all available means to provide immediate military assistance in the event of war, North Korean state media said Thursday. However, the two nations have had their own complicated relationships since World War II.

One section of the War Memorial of Korea, The Exhibition Hall for Donated Artifacts, has on display 986 of the 15,000 artifacts that more than 1,100 people have donated since the museum’s opening in 1989.  Each artifact offers a history of lessons learned by the Republic of Korea through the war and chronicles stories of those who directly or indirectly participated in the war.

Phoebe Bacon swims during a Women's 200 backstroke preliminary heat Thursday, June 20, 2024, at the US Swimming Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Photo: Darron Cummings/AP

INDIANA — Total immersion for a champion: Phoebe Bacon swims during a Women’s 200 backstroke preliminary heat on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at the US Swimming Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. 

Earlier in the week, Sarah Bacon and Kassidy Cook secured their spots for Paris with a victory in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard on Monday, making them the first divers on the American team.

The two women are close friends, and Cook, who was a past (2016) Olympian champion, presented her teammate with an Olympic ring when they won the trials as part of an Olympian tradition.

 

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