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The Week in Pictures

Turkey protesters clash with police in Taksim Square, lightning illuminates the Chicago skyline, a mother and daughter are separated by a border fence, and more.

Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) on June 12, in downtown Chicago. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes was expected to move into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest later in the week. Scott Olson / Getty Images
A protester is hit by water spray from a water cannon during clashes in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey on June 11. Police used water cannons and tear gas as they moved into Taksim Square, where two weeks of protests have been held, as demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails. Authorities used construction machinery to clear barricades erected by the protesters around the central square as police entered it for the first time since June 1 after a crackdown on the demonstrations drew international condemnation. Kerim Okten / EPA
People run away as Turkish riot policemen fire tear gas on Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 11. Turkish police fired massive volleys of tear gas and jets of water to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators after apparently earlier retreating, an AFP reporter said. The gas sent the crowd scrambling, raising tensions on a twelfth day of violence after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he had "no more tolerance" for the mass demonstrations. Bulent Kilic / AFP - Getty Images
Riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square on June 11, in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul has seen protests rage on for days, with two protesters and one police officer killed. What began as a protest over the fate of Taksim Gezi Park has turned, with the heavy-handed response by police, into a protest over what is being seen as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian agenda. Lam Yik Fei / Getty Images
Blanka Vlasic of Croatia competes in the women's high jump event during the Golden Gala IAAF Diamond League at the Olympic stadium in Rome on June 6. Giampiero Sposito / Reuters
Cliff diver Hector Adrian Estrada, 38, dives into the Pacific Ocean in Mazatlan, Mexico on June 10. Estrada has been making a living in Mazatlan for the last 26 years as a cliff diver by collecting gratuities from tourists who stop to watch Estrada and other divers peform.


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A boy covered in reef-mud reacts as he stands with other boys in the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati on May 25. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just meters above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies.


Editor's note: Photo taken May 25, but made available to NBC News on June 13. David Gray / Reuters
An Afghan refugee man, center, covers his face as he and others get caught in a sandstorm at a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on June 11. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Muhammed Muheisen / AP
A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe River during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt on June 10. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region's worst floods in a decade. Thomas Peter / Reuters
An elderly Pakistani woman holds a plastic bag, while standing at a window of a food distribution center, hoping to receive a ration of rice at a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 7. People who visit shrines and pray that their wishes are fulfilled usually offer food to be distributed to the poor. Muhammed Muheisen / AP
Renata Teodoro, 25, right, holds hands with her mother, Gorete Borges Teodoro, who was deported six years ago from the U.S., through the bars of a border fence in Nogales, Ariz. on June 11. The meeting, between parents and a group of young immigrants who grew up in the U.S. without legal status who call themselves Dreamers, was to highlight their support for a bill in the Senate to overhaul the immigration system.


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Police officers watch gay rights activists kiss near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia on June 11. Protesters attempted to rally outside the Russian State Duma before what is expected to be a final vote on the bill banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." More than two dozen activists were detained in Moscow on Tuesday as they were protesting a bill that stigmatizes the gay community and bans the giving of information about homosexuality to children. Ivan Sekretarev / AP
Competitors at the Gladiator Rock N' Run maneuver the "beast," a wall they must scale to make it to the finish line on June 8, in Irvine, Calif. Mindy Schauer / The Orange County Register via AP
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Dinkins with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is hugged by his daughter Olivia Chastain after a welcome home ceremony on June 11, at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. The aviation brigade deployed 2,200 soldiers to Afghanistan in December on a 9-month mission, but came home earlier than expected because of the readiness of the Afghan National Security. Stephen Morton / AP