The most impressive pictures of the month

Police officers stop a man during a demonstration near Kathmandu. Residents of Banchare demonstrated against the dumping of waste in their area. In protest, they blocked the road so that the garbage trucks could not reach their village.

Photo by Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

A group of patients are waiting for their free cataract surgery at the Community Eye Center in the village of Chame, 270 kilometers from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Ophthalmologist Sanduk Ruit founded the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in 1994 and performs the surgeries. Cataracts are an eye disease in which the lens of the eye becomes blurred. Without treatment, this can lead to visual impairment and even blindness.

Photo Narendra Shrestha / EPA

The British celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum anniversary in early June. Street parties, pop concerts and military parades were held all over the country. The anniversary was also celebrated at Buckingham Palace: Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge (the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton) keeps his ears closed as he stands next to the British Queen, and military planes fly overhead as part of Trooping of the World ceremony Color.

A group of boys jump from an old wreckage and swim in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which forms where the Euphrates and Tigris meet in Iraq’s southern city of Basra. Basra is currently one of the hottest cities in the country, with summer temperatures often exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.

This month there were heavy demonstrations in Ecuador, mainly by native Ecuadorians. They oppose the economic policies of President Guillermo Lasso and are united under the leadership of Conaie, the largest indigenous organization in Ecuador. It is especially the rise in fuel and food prices that is the reason for the protest. More than once, the demonstrations turned violent.

Photo by Cristina Vega RHOR / AFP

A man on the balcony of a building in the Central Business District of Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese economy is expected to grow by “about 5.5 percent” by 2022. Prime Minister Li Keqiang said this earlier this year at the opening of the annual plenary session of the National People’s Congress. It is the lowest growth target in 30 years, but higher than expected by the World Bank and IMF.

Photo by Mark R. Cristino / EPA

Zierikzee in Zeeland was shaken by a whirlwind this week. One person was killed and several others injured. Flying roof tiles, fallen trees and (partially) collapsed houses caused damage.

Photo by Jeffrey Groeneweg / ANP

European leaders Emmanuel Macron (France), Mario Draghi (Italy), Olaf Scholz (Germany) and Klaus Iohannis (Romania) visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev in June. It was the first time that the leaders of the three countries jointly visited Ukraine. Among other things, they discussed the country’s candidate for EU membership. In this photo, Macron hugs his Ukrainian colleague.

Willy Quispe rides on skateboards on the halfpipe that his father built on top of their house in the suburb of Villa María del Triunfo in Lima, the capital of Peru.

Photo by Ernesto Benavides / AFP

Ukrainian soldiers shoot at Russian positions on a front line in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. There are fierce fighting in the area, possibly resulting in hundreds of deaths a day. The humanitarian situation there is “extremely alarming” and continues to deteriorate, according to the UN.

Authorities in the U.S. city of Texas are investigating a truck near San Antonio. A drama unfolded in the car this week: At least 46 people, presumably migrants from Latin America, were found dead in the truck. Several dozen victims were found alive. They suffered from heatstroke and were taken to hospital.

Photo Jordan Vonderhaar / AFP

People walk through the water in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. Extreme rainfall has caused rivers to burst their banks, killing at least 25 people in the northeast over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people were also evacuated, and millions are in urgent need of help.

Coach Andrea Fuentes rescues 25-year-old American swimmer Anita Alvarez during the World Swimming Championships at Alfred Hajo’s swimming complex in Budapest. Alvarez had lost consciousness after swimming and had sunk to the bottom of the pool in Budapest. She had also briefly lost consciousness during an Olympic qualifying tournament in Barcelona last year.

Asylum seekers from Central and South America are seen by border guards near Roma in the US state of Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico just before the photo was taken. Migration from Latin America to the United States is a well-known phenomenon: in 2021, border police found about 1.6 million migrants who wanted to cross the border illegally.

Photo Address Latif / Reuters

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