A a glass slide 1,000 feet above the ground in Los Angeles, teachers protesting in Mexico, an emu is helped away from a California wildfire, LeBron James and the Cavaliers get a champion’s welcome in Cleveland, a selfie in the 125 degrees Fahrenheit heat of Palm Springs, a Hello Kitty face grown on a melon in Japan, and much more. (Editor’s note: I will be out, taking a much-needed vacation, until the end of July. Until then, the Photo section will be in the capable hands of our visuals editor, Emily Epstein. Welcome Emily!)
People celebrate the summer solstice at the Kokino megalithic observatory, near the city of Kumanovo, Macedonia, on June 21, 2016. #
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Seventeen-year-old Laura Hunter and Highland Cow Molly prepare for the Royal Highland show at Ingliston Showground on June 22, 2016, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The 176th Royal Highland Show, one of the UK's premier agricultural shows, will run over four days from June 23-26.
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Cars drive west on the 210 freeway in Pasadena, California, as heavy smoke from the Reservoir Fire and the Morris Fire is seen in San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest, June 20, 2016.
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Workers clean the inside of a kiln at the Kufa cement plant in the Iraqi city of Najaf, on June 22, 2016.
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Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar catches a fly ball for an out during the fourth inning in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, on June 21, 2016.
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The moon rises behind fans attending a Copa America soccer game between Colombia and Peru at MetLife Stadium on June 17, 2016, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Hello Kitty face grown on a melon, produced in Hokkaido, Japan, photographed at the Sanrio headquarters in Tokyo on June 23, 2016.
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Demonstrators are sprayed with a police water cannon during clashes that erupted at the end of a education reform march in Santiago, Chile, on June 23, 2016. Students are demonstrating to demand free access to school for all ages, including university level.
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A girl wears dolphin-decorated sunglasses in the Oncupinar camp for Syrian refugees at the border crossing with Syria, near the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, on June 20, 2016. The UN refugee agency, marking World Refugee Day on Monday, said persecution and conflict in places like Syria and Afghanistan raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record 65.3 million by the end of 2015.
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A horse rears in the crowd during the traditional San Juan, or Saint John, festival in the town of Ciutadella, on the Balearic Island of Menorca, on the eve of Saint John's day on June 23, 2016. During the festival, Minorcan race horses gallop and prance on their hind legs through the streets of Ciutadella to honor of the town's patron saint. As the caixers, or horse riders, ride together in a parade, spectators attempt to pat the horses' chests to get good luck.
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President Barack Obama speaks about the National Park Service at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016.
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People visit the memorial at Hero fortress as they mark the 75th anniversary of the Nazi Germany invasion, in Brest, Belarus, on June 22, 2016.
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Palm Springs resident Benito Almojuela takes a selfie near a thermometer sign which reads 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius) in Palm Springs, California, on June 20, 2016.
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A close-up of the head of a “Cyber Horse,” made from thousands of infected computer and cell phone bits, on display at the entrance to the annual Cyberweek conference at Tel Aviv University, Israel, on June 20, 2016.
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An aerial view of the installation ‘The Floating Piers’ by Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev known as Christo, on Lake Iseo, northern Italy, on June 18, 2016. Some 200,000 floating cubes create a 3-kilometer runway clad in bright yellow fabric, connecting the town of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the Iseo Lake for a 16-day outdoor installation opening June 18 through July 3.
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A Syrian refugee from Aleppo holding her son's hand walks past an advertising banner used as a makeshift tent in a Syrian refugee camp in Kab Elias, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on June 20, 2016.
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Bales of cotton sit in a paddock located in the Macquarie Valley Irrigation Area near Trangie, New South Wales, Australia, on June 21, 2016.
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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 championship victory parade and rally on June 22, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Fans scale the side of a parking garage to get a better view during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 championship victory parade on June 22, 2016, in Cleveland.
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An aerial view shows people practicing yoga on a glass sightseeing platform ahead of the International Day of Yoga, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, on June 20, 2016.
Steam rises from a scrum during the Super Rugby Exhibition match between the Rebels and the Hurricanes at Harlequins Rugby Club on June 23, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia.
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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer Constantino Zarate tries to herd an emu off the highway as a wildfire continues to burn north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, on June 21, 2016.
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Bystanders watch as Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) satellite CARTOSAT-2, along with 20 other satellites from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Indonesia on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34), is launched from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on June 22, 2016.
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The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft capsule carrying International Space Station crew members Timothy Peake of Britain, Yuri Malenchenko of Russia, and Timothy Kopra of the U.S., descends beneath a parachute near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, on June 18, 2016.
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A panoramic view of the city of La Paz pictured from El Alto, Bolivia, on June 21, 2016.
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“Yorkshire Rose,” a boat filled with flowers to honor the murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, who was shot dead in Birstall, is towed down the River Thames in London, England, on June 22, 2016.
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A King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) chick, born after its egg was artificially incubated for 58 days, is fed by a volunteer at Santa Fe Zoo in Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, on June 17, 2016.
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Angela Cox, a reporter with Seven Network Australia, takes a photo with her phone as she takes ride down a glass slide during a media preview day at the U.S. Bank Tower building in downtown Los Angeles, on June 23, 2016. Starting this weekend, thrill-seekers can begin taking the “Skyslide,” a 1,000 feet high slide perched on the outside of the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. All that separates riders from the dizzying space below is a piece of glass just 1.25 inches thick.
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A boy rests on concrete blocks near the small port of Ginostra on June 16, 2016, on the island of Stromboli. Stromboli is part of the Aeolian Islands a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily.
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Alpha Saliou Diallo, a refugee from Guinea, holds his daughter Aisha after he became a U.S citizen during a special naturalization ceremony commemorating World Refugee Day at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in New York, on June 20, 2016.
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Members of Mexican Federal Police clash with teachers holding a protest against an education reform and the arrest of two of their leaders, in Oaxaca State, on June 19, 2016. At least three people were killed and dozens injured when police clashed with thousands of teachers blocking roads in a protest in southern Mexico on Sunday, leaving some officers with bullet wounds.
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A hand is raised in worship at the Metropolitan Community Church one week after the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 19, 2016.
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Seven-year-old female panda Huan-Huan, before undergoing an ultrasound test on June 23, 2016, at the zoological park of Beauval in Saint-Aignan, France, after showing signs of pregnancy over the past few weeks.
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A municipal worker covers graffiti with gray paint before a demonstration near the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Ozgur Gundem newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 21, 2016. Turkey stepped up its crackdown on the media Monday, detaining and charging the local representative of international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two intellectuals for “terrorist propaganda.” The RSF representative Erol Onderoglu, the journalist Ahmet Nesin, and the rights activist and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci were charged for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the newspaper in May.
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Young people wearing Belarus traditional clothes and wreaths dance around a bonfire as they celebrate Ivan Kupala Night, an ancient pagan holiday, held in the countryside near Minsk, on June 19, 2016. People celebrate Kupala Night with bonfires that last throughout the night with some leaping over the flames as it is believed that the act of jumping over the bonfire cleanses people of illness and bad luck.