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Our world in photos: June 28

A youngster dives into the Bosphorus to cool off during a summer day in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, June 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Photo: Francisco Seco/AP

ISTANBUL — Free diving: A youngster dives into the Bosphorus to cool off during a summer day in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday, June 27, 2024. The Bosphorus, which separates the European and Asian (Anatolia) parts of Turkey, is a strait on the peninsula on which Istanbul is situated. The Bosphorus also unites the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

Strategically important throughout history, the Bosphorus is also a seasonal migration route for fish to and from the Black Sea.

Brooklyn Eagle photo by Brian Stanley

THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Coney Island mermaid sighting in the Caribbean: Brooklynite Suzanne Akceylan, of Southern Brooklyn, is seen swimming amidst the Caribbean Sea off Cooper Island of the British Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) consist of over 50 islands and cays, the main ones being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.

At Cane Garden Bay, visitors can find the only operational rum distillery of Tortola, Callwood Rum Distillery. Rum has been a product of BVI since the 1600s, and this distillery offers five distinct types. They provide $5 distillery tours, with an optional rum tasting for $1. Despite recent years’ hurricane devastations, Callwood continues to operate in its original historic building and use its centuries-old machinery.

Children cool off in a public fountain in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, June 27, 2024. A heat wave continues in Lithuania as temperatures rise to a high of 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP

LITHUANIA — Costco-grade shower heads: Children cool off in a public fountain in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday, June 27, 2024. A heat wave continues in Lithuania as temperatures rise to a high of 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Lithuania, being a northern European country on the Baltic Sea, has a humid continental climate, with temperatures normally ranging from 34.5 degrees in January to about 64 degrees in July. While some of the fountains in Vilnius and other parts of Lithuania are decorative with their classical European designs, others, like the ones pictured, have the function of keeping people and the surroundings cool. The fountain by the Vilnius Opera House is designed like a waterfall, for example.

However, the proliferation of fountain construction has caused a stir in Lithuania, with some people asserting that private companies should fund the fountains rather than EU funds.

David Abrahams swims the men's 100 breaststroke at the 2024 U.S. Paralympic Swim Team Trials in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Jackson Ranger)
Photo: Jackson Ranger/AP

MINNEAPOLIS — Vision is not required to win a swimming competition: David Abrahams swims the men’s 100 breaststroke at the 2024 U.S. Paralympic Swim Team Trials in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 27, 2024. Abrahams, of Havertown, Pennsylvania, is 23 years old, 6’3” tall and has been a member of Harvard University’s swim team. He won silver at the 2020 Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB13.

A mathematics major, Abraham was recruited to Harvard specifically for his swimming potential, according to a webpage for the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo from July to August 2021 after a pandemic-related postponement.

A woman fills out her ballot during the Iranian presidential election in a polling station at the shrine of Saint Saleh in northern Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 28, 2024. Iranians were voting Friday in a snap election to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, killed in a helicopter crash last month, as public apathy has become pervasive in the Islamic Republic after years of economic woes, mass protests and tensions in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP

IRAN — Exercising the right to vote in many parts of the world: A woman fills out her ballot during the Iranian presidential election in a polling station at the shrine of Saint Saleh in northern Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 28, 2024. Iranians were voting Friday in a snap election to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, killed in a helicopter crash last month, as public apathy has become pervasive in the Islamic Republic after years of economic woes, mass protests and tensions in the Middle East.

Although women in Iran have had the right to vote since 1963 and to be elected to parliament since the late 1979s, hardliner leaders in government have instituted strict laws for women, including the mandate to wear hijab in public. The government has punished women who resist this requirement.

A sedated rhino is prepared to be tranquilized, before a hole is drilled into its horn and isotopes carefully inserted, at a rhino orphanage in the country's northern province of Limpopo, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. Researchers have started the final phase of a research project aimed at reducing rhino poaching by inserting radioisotopes into rhino horns to devalue one of the most highly trafficked wildlife commodities. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Photo: Denis Farrell/AP

LIMPOPO — We have now entered the era of the nuclear rhino: A sedated rhino is prepared to be tranquilized before a hole is drilled into its horn and isotopes are carefully inserted at a rhino orphanage in the country’s northern province of Limpopo, a province of South Africa, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. Researchers have started the final phase of a research project aimed at reducing rhino poaching by inserting radioisotopes into rhino horns to devalue one of the most highly trafficked wildlife commodities. Radiation detectors already in place at national borders would detect the horns and help authorities arrest poachers and traffickers.

Some critics of the plan question its effectiveness since poachers have ways of circumventing the border crossings. At least one scientist at Witwatersrand said the radioactivity levels were not high enough to impact the rhino’s health.

Israeli police officers disperse Ultra-Orthodox Jews blocking a highway during a protest against army recruitment in Bnei Brak, Israel, Thursday, June 27, 2024. Israel's Supreme Court unanimously ordered the government to begin drafting ultra-Orthodox Jewish men into the army — a landmark ruling seeking to end a system that has allowed them to avoid enlistment into compulsory military service. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Photo: Oded Balilty/AP

ISRAEL — This is how Israel hand selects citizens for its army: Israeli police officers disperse Ultra-Orthodox Jews blocking a highway during a protest against army recruitment in Bnei Brak, Israel, Thursday, June 27, 2024. Israel’s Supreme Court unanimously ordered the government to begin drafting ultra-Orthodox Jewish men into the army — a landmark ruling seeking to end a system that has allowed them to avoid enlistment into compulsory military service. While an enlistment exemption for the ultra-Orthodox dates back to Israel’s founding 76 years ago, in 1948, so that small groups of gifted scholars would not have to fight, politically powerful religious groups have increased the number of exemptions.

Roughly 1.3 million ultra-Orthodox Jews comprise about 13% of Israel’s population. The ultra-Orthodox oppose enlistment because they believe full-time studying in religious seminaries is their most important duty.

Children wearing hats with cartoon faces wait in a car outside a polling station in a ger district on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Friday, June 28, 2024. Voters in Mongolia are electing a new parliament on Friday in their landlocked democracy that is squeezed between China and Russia, two much larger authoritarian states (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP

MONGOLIA — Election outfit inspiration from the other side of the globe: Children wearing hats with cartoon faces wait in a car outside a polling station in a ger district on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Friday, June 28, 2024. Voters in Mongolia are electing a new parliament on Friday in their landlocked democracy that is squeezed between China and Russia, two much larger authoritarian states.

As of Friday afternoon, the ruling party won the election by a razor-thin margin in the first election since the number of parliament members expanded to 162, some 50 more seats than for the 2020 election. Opposition parties made gains this time around.

Jacardo Ralston, 47, from Pennsylvania, looks up to a television to watch the presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at Tillie's Lounge on Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

CINCINNATI — Americans watch in horror as their nation crumbles before their eyes: Jacardo Ralston, 47, from Pennsylvania, looks up to a television to watch the presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at Tillie’s Lounge on Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Cincinnati. Biden came across as hoarse and, at times, disoriented during the debate, missing the chance to offer rebuttals to his opponent’s claims.

However, key Democratic leaders have told reporters that they stand behind the current President, who turns 82 about two weeks after the election in November, and they disagree that he should be asked to step aside for a younger candidate.

President Joe Biden, right, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, left, participate in a presidential debate hosted by CNN, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP

ATLANTA — Trump demonstrates, for the American public, how to properly hold a golf club: President Joe Biden, right, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, left, participate in a presidential debate hosted by CNN, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. The presumptive Republican nominee, who is vying to get his old job back, displayed a scowl on his face for most of the debate. He used ad hominem, which debaters have utilized to refute an argument by attacking the person’s character instead of the logic or premise of the argument itself.

Trump also didn’t give direct answers to the moderators’ questions: When asked how he would administer the deportation of illegal immigrants  — even those who pay taxes and have built roots in the United States — Trump instead launched an attack on immigrants in general, accusing them of committing crimes. He omitted the fact that his wife and former first lady, Melania, is also an immigrant.

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