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Revelers gather amid the monolithic stones of Stonehenge on Thursday evening, the eve of the summer solstice. Thousands of people come to the 5,000-year-old stone circle every year to witness the sunrise on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.


People celebrate sunrise on the summer solstice amid the astronomical markers that fill the rocky crest of the megalithic observatory of Kokino. The ancient observatory dates back more than 4,000 years.


Miami Heat players and coaches hold the O'Brien Trophy aloft after winning their second consecutive NBA championship Thursday night by defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.


Fans celebrate in the streets after the Miami Heat won the NBA title against the San Antonio Spurs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Pro-choice demonstrator Ross Ribaudo holds signs outside Hoag Hospital to protest the hospital's decision to stop performing elective abortions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton can't make the catch on Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager's fourth hit of the game in the eighth inning at Angels Stadium on Thursday night. The Angels, after trailing 8-1, rallied for a 10-9 victory.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Protesters wave flags on Paulista Avenue where crowds gathered to celebrate the reversal of a fare hike on public transportation in Sao Paulo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Antoine / Associated Press

Brazilians participating in a national protest against corruption and rising prices block a street outside the stadium in Salvador where Nigeria played Uruguay on Thursday in a FIFA Confederations Cup match.


A pair of boaters float down a canal near the village of Raddusch in the touristic Spreewald region, a nature preserve known for its unspoiled inland delta and network of waterways.


A dog wearing sunglasses sits on a scooter near Taksim Square in Istanbul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petr David Josek / Associated Press

A Balinese girl performs a traditional dance during the 35th Bali Art Festival in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.


Border police use a rope to help stranded pilgrims cross a flooded river in northern India, where hundreds have been killed by monsoon-driven flooding and landslides. The pilgrims were headed to Kedarnath, one of the holiest Hindu temples, in Uttarakhand, but it was under water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Pedestrians in Singapore's central business district wear face masks in response to heavy smog that has blanketed the city-state from forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Munshi Ahmed / Bloomberg

A backhoe loader methodically destroys elephant tusks that had been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines.


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Friday is the first day of summer and our Pictures in the News feature begins in England, where revelers gather to celebrate the summer solstice amid the monolithic stones at Stonehenge. Thousands annually meet at the 5,000-year-old stone circle to witness the sunrise on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Miami, fans were celebrating until the sun came up after the Miami Heat won the NBA title against the San Antonio Spurs.

In Brazil, demonstrators wave their country’s flag as crowds gathered to celebrate the reversal of a fare hike on public transportation. More photos

Elsewhere, residents of Singapore continues to cope with a thick smog blanketing the city-state from forest fires raging in Indonesia; elephant tusks seized from illegal shipments are destroyed in the Philippines; and a Balinese girl performs a traditional dance during the 35th Bali Art Festival.

Add stops in Germany, Turkey, India and Newport Beach to round out the report.

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