Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in Southern California, where a Mexican immigrant prays during a 24-hour vigil calling on Congress to pass immigration reform outside of the federal building in downtown Los Angeles. The bill passed, 68 to 32 in the Senate, but conservative House Republicans aren’t sold.
South Africans are maintaining a vigil at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria. More photos
In Europe, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2013 in England is underway; a skateboarder goes airborne during a Big Air practice session on Day 2 of the X-Games at Olympic Park in Germany; gay couples in St. Petersburg apply for same-sex marriage registration in vain, since there is no legal recognition of homosexual couples in Russia and same-sex marriages are not allowed.
Elsewhere, demonstrators protest in front of the Piratini government palace in downtown Porto Alegre, Brazil; thick smog envelopes the Chinese capital of Beijing, where air quality is rated as ‘hazardous;’ and a man performs with a flyboard in Porto-Vecchio on the French island of Corsica.