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Our world in photos: June 21

People gather around the Heel Stone ahead of sunrise, as they take part in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Friday, June 21, 2024. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA via AP)
Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA via AP

UNITED KINGDOM — Centuries later, still a popular gathering place: People congregate around the Heel Stone ahead of sunrise as they take part in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Friday, June 21, 2024, as part of a celebration that began the previous day. Stonehenge was built to align with the sun on the solstices, according to the website English Heritage. On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone in the northeast part of the horizon, beaming the first rays into the heart of Stonehenge. Conversely, on the winter solstice, the sun sets to the southwest of the stone circle.

Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, a ceremonial county in Southwest England. Gloucestershire sits to Wiltshire’s north.

A Ukrainian child makes a heart sign ahead of a Group E match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Photo: Andreea Alexandru/AP

GERMANY — With all of the war-torn worries at home, soccer in Europe still rules: A Ukrainian child makes a heart sign ahead of a Group E match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. The Ukraine’s team, after suffering a lost match against Romania earlier this week, demonstrated its resiliency with a 2-1 win against Slovakia on Friday.

Ukraine’s ability to fight, overcome obstacles and winis exactly what Ukraine’s National Football Team is doing today,President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted on social media after the game, the Associated Press reported.

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth celebrates as he nears home after hitting a game-winning solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)
Photo: Derrick Tuskan/AP

SAN DIEGO — A skip in his step, headed home: San Diego Padres’ Jake Cronenworth celebrates as he nears home after hitting a game-winning solo home run, breaking a 6-6 tie against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2024, in San Diego. The Padres won that game 7-6 on home turf, further balancing the team’s 39-40 record. The Padres play the Brewers for three more games this weekend in a four-game set. 

Even with one more loss than win so far this season, the Padres are second in the National League West division, although still behind the LA Dodgers with their 47-30 record.

A bottlenose dolphin swims off the coast of Niteroi during a whale-watching tour in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The whale-watching season has begun for tourists taking part in expeditions to get close to the humpback whales coming from Antarctica in search of warm waters to breed and have their babies. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP

BRAZIL —An extra treat for whale-watchers — it’s a dolphin: A bottlenose dolphin swims off the coast of Niteroi during a whale-watching tour in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The whale-watching season has begun for tourists taking part in expeditions to get close to the humpback whales coming from Antarctica in search of warm waters to breed and have their babies. As Antarctica is in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere, the continent just marked the winter solstice.

The journey between Antarctica and the northern Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro is about 2,5000 miles. 

According to the taxonomy classification of animal and vegetation life, whales and dolphins are aquatic mammals in the order cetaceans.

Spiritual leader Jose Mamani blesses a person with water during a New Year's ritual after receiving the first rays of sunlight on Turriturrini Mountain on the outskirts of Huarina, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2024. Aymara Indigenous communities are celebrating the Andean New Year 5,532 or "Willka Kuti" which translates to "Return of the sun" in Aymara. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Photo: Juan Karita/AP

BOLIVIA — Water serves as a universal blessing medium: Spiritual leader Jose Mamani blesses a person with water during a New Year’s ritual after receiving the first rays of sunlight on Turriturrini Mountain on the outskirts of Huarina, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2024. Aymara Indigenous communities are celebrating the Andean New Year 5,532 orWillka Kuti,which translates toReturn of the sunin Aymara. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the land-locked country of Bolivia is currently in its winter season, with the coldest months between June and September. The winter solstice marks longer times between sunrise and sunset. 

The Aymara are a large South American indigenous group living on the Altiplano — a vast, windy plateau of the central Andes in Peru and Bolivia. They are accustomed to a harsh climate and grow mainly potatoes, corn, quinoa, barley and some wheat.

Ukraine's Roman Yaremchuk, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group E match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP)
Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP

GERMANY — Two heads are better than one … mostly: Ukraine’s Roman Yaremchuk, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during a Group E match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. Ukraine took the match 2-1. The team, fans and Ukrainian citizens are looking up to Yaremchuk to restore hopes of reaching the European Championship knockout stages. The Ukrainian team’s comeback is seen as symbolic of Ukraine’s resiliency in both athletics and war back at home.

The 28-year-old Yaremchuk has been on loan from Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge and the Ukraine national team. His teammate on the Ukraine national team, Andriy Yarmolenko, is credited with rescuing Yaremchuk’s in-laws when the war broke out in February 2022. 

Cadets from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform yoga on International Day of Yoga at Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Center in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
Photo: Dar Yasin/AP

INDIA — Yoga clears all minds … possibly: Cadets from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform yoga on International Day of Yoga at Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Center in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 21, 2024. This year marks the 10th International Day of Yoga with the themeYoga for Self and Society.”

More than just physical exercise and stretching, yoga is believed to integrate the body, mind, spirit and soul, offeringa holistic approach to health and well-being,according to the United Nations’ International Day of Yoga’s webpage.

Alan Study stands next to his fallen tree as a neighbor photographs the size comparison, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Beverly Hills, Mich. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP

MICHIGAN — Decades of growth, carbon storage and shelter, killed in severe weather: Alan Study stands next to his fallen tree as a neighbor photographs the size comparison, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Beverly Hills, Michigan. A severe storm with straight-line winds clocking in between 65-80 mph hit this suburb to the north of Detroit Wednesday night, knocked down other trees and trapped people in cars as power lines came down.

Straight-line winds often are as destructive as tornadoes, according to experts at the National Weather Service.

Maijuna mourners gather around the coffin that contains the remains of Rosario Rios during her burial service in the cemetery of Sucusari, Peru, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. A federal highway project in an untouched area of the Peruvian Amazon is facing mounting opposition from Indigenous tribes, including the Maijuna. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP

PERU — A casualty of unwanted progress: Maijuna mourners gather around the coffin that contains the remains of Rosario Rios during her burial service in the cemetery of Sucusari, Peru, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. A federal highway project in an untouched area of the Peruvian Amazon is facing mounting opposition from Indigenous tribes, including the Maijuna. The government plans the bridge to connect Iquitos, in Peru’s northeast, to the El Estrecho district on the Colombian border, about a 117-mile stretch. The indigenous tribes fear that the construction will lead to land grabbing, deforestation and drug trafficking, as has happened in other parts of Peru’s rainforest.

The Maijuna asserts that the government never consulted them before starting the project, which is now paused as a study is conducted.

Students of the Jedi Knight Academy learn to use lightsabers at a park in Mexico City, late Saturday, June 15, 2024. The academy is a lightsaber combat and choreography school founded in 2019 and a dream come true for fans of Star Wars. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP

MEXICO CITY — Living the fantasy without fatal repercussions: Students of the Jedi Knight Academy learn to use lightsabers at a park in Mexico City late Saturday, June 15, 2024. The academy, founded in 2019, is a lightsaber combat and choreography school and a dream come true for fans of Star Wars. The school offers daily three-hour sessions, where fans of the George Lucas saga can learn how to perform lightsaber combat in true Luke Skywalker style.

More than a game and performance, lightsaber combat is, among Star Wars fans,a complex discipline that integrates elements of martial arts like kendo, aikido and tai chi,” the Associated Press reports.

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