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Mercedes Montano, 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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Rosie Melendez, 9, strikes a pose as she dives into a small pool in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles as triple-digit temperatures baked some parts of Southern California, which is bracing for a heat wave.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after his two-run single in the seventh inning to retake the lead in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

With his face painted in the colors of the national flag, South African Lesibana Kekana, 5, sits with his family and other well-wishers at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / AFP/Getty Images

Pedestrians walk past a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela in downtown Johannesburg. Mandela, who will be 95 next month, was rushed to the hospital three weeks ago with a recurrent lung disease.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER JOE / AFP/Getty Images

A festivalgoer awaits the performance of British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2013 in England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA / EPA

The sculpture "Secretary" (1972) by Allen Jones is on view at an exhibition in eastern Germany that focuses on one of the main representatives and co-founders of British Pop art.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated Press

A skateboarder goes airborne during a Big Air practice session on Day 2 of the X-Games at Olympic Park in Munich, Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alex Grimm / Getty Images

Young models present creations by Il Gufo during the Pitti Immagine Bimbo 77 fashion fair in Florence, Italy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAURIZIO DEGL'INNOCENTI / EPA

A gay couple in Russia kisses while a lesbian couple fills out an application form in St. Petersburg. The couples, among others, applied 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. Meanwhile in the U.S., the Supreme Court took a major step toward legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANATOLY MALTSEV / EPA

A daredevil takes off in a flyboard in Porto-Vecchio on the French island of Corsica. The 100th edition of the Tour de France bicycle race kicks off on Saturday in Corsica -- its first time hosting the cycling event -- and runs until July 21 in Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators protest in front of the Piratini government palace in downtown Porto Alegre, Brazil. The nationwide mass demonstrations, which began more than two weeks ago against a background of anemic economic growth and rising inflation, have coincided with the Confederations Cup -- a dry run for the 2014 World Cup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VINICIUS COSTA / AFP/Getty Images

Pedestrians wear masks as smog engulfs the city of Beijing. Thick smog regularly envelops the Chinese capital, where on many days air quality is rated as "hazardous."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPA

Carlos Jimenez, left, and Mike Dardenelle kiss during a gathering Wednesday celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on Proposition 8. Jimenez and Dardenelle, who met online, have been dating for 15 years and plan to get married as soon as possible.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of people celebrate the Supreme Court ruling striking down California's Proposition 8 during a rally Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Glendale Howard Grey, 57, uses a tape recorder to document the opening of the renovated Dunbar Hotel on Wednesday. Built in 1928 by John Somerville to serve African Americans seeking accommodations on their visits to Los Angeles, the historic Dunbar hosted many of jazz music's luminaries, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Kosovo police splashed with paint clash with demonstrators during a protest against the ratification of an agreement with Serbia in front of parliament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMEND NIMANI / AFP

A woman holds the portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela as she gathers with others in front of the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital. Mandela remained in critical condition despite tentative signs of improvement.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP

Phaphama Nxumalo, left, 12, and Natasha Mbatha, 9, members of the Alexandra Trampoline Club, practice in an alleyway between apartment blocks Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Models present creations by Rick Owens during the men's spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear fashion show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP

The guitarist from the band Lightningfan, Wang Hongbin, creates lightning with a Tesla Coil earlier this week. The Tesla Coil, invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891, is a transformer that produces vast amounts of voltage at high frequencies that creates long bolts of electricity like lightning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP

Team Oracle sails its AC-72 Racing Yacht while testing out the course in preparation for the upcoming America's Cup competition Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSH EDELSON / AFP

Supporters of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) wave during the general election campaign. Political parties kicked off campaigning ahead of a July general election that strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to win.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP

Josh Dugan of the Blues is tackled by Cameron Smith of the Maroons during Game 2 of the ARL State of Origin rugby series at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Injured rebel fighters hide from sniper fire as they wait to be evacuated by their comrades during clashes with pro-government forces last Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from the war has now reached 100,191.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABO AL-NUR SADK / AFP

Demonstrators throw Molotov cocktails and rocks at an institute of technology during a nationwide protest over education reform and wider distribution of the country's copper wealth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Hidalgo / Associated Press

Men hold umbrellas as pallbearers walk with a casket carrying the body of actor James Gandolfini at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano in the HBO show "The Sopranos," died while vacationing in Italy last week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Gay marriage supporters celebrate outside the Equality California offices in West Hollywood after Wednesday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the sponsors of California's controversial Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to appeal a 2010 ruling against the measure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

From right, David Cooley, Brandon Brown, Colby Melvin, Cory Leech and Wildran Quesada celebrate the Supreme Court decision to strike down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sunrise in anticipation of two major rulings on same-sex marriage that were handed down Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

School children carry a giant get well painting to the wall where well-wishers are leaving cards and flowers for former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is hospitalized in critical condition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM LUDBROOK / EPA

Members of the gallery cheer and chant, disrupting an attempt in the Texas Senate to bring an abortion bill to a vote as time expired on a special legislative session. The bill passed but the vote came after the midnight deadline.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Gay / Associated Press

Early arrivals at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts queue up at Worthy Farm, a Somerset dairy farm playing host to the massive music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace bury one of three dead harbor porpoises, victims of Danish fishing nets on the Baltic Sea, during a protest/mock funeral in front of the German Agricultural Ministry.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Berry / Getty Images

Free Syrian Army fighters rest in a house with a small arsenal of weapons on the outskirts of Aleppo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated Press

Former Taliban militants attend a ceremony during which they surrendered their arms under a U.S.-backed Afghan government amnesty program.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JALIL REZAYEE / EPA

Indian social workers help Bijlee, a 54-year-old Asian female elephant, after she collapsed and was unable to stand on her own. Bijlee, who has been forced by her owners to help them beg on the streets of India for years, is currently being attended by veterinary staff from India’s largest animal rescue and conservation organization, Wildlife SOS.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press

Liquor bottles are smashed in the air as part of International Anti-Drug Day in the Shahkas area of the Jamrud Khyber Agency, one of Pakistan's federally administered tribal areas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: A MAJEED / AFP/Getty Images

A pile of seized narcotics is set on fire during a ceremony commemorating International Anti-Drug Day in Iran.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ebrahim Noroozi / Associated Press

Astronauts wait to be helped out of the reentry capsule of their Shenzhou X spacecraft after a successful touchdown at the Chinese space program's main landing site in Inner Mongolia. The astronauts returned after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images AsiaPac

A drug addict receives treatment at Mukti rehabilitation center near Calcutta. Hundreds of addicted men and boys stay at least three month in the center for mental and physical treatment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIYAL ADHIKARY / EPA

A Nepalese farmer wearing a ghoom, a traditional umbrella, heads toward his paddy field at the beginning of the monsoon season on the outskirts of Katmandu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA

Fans celebrate on the streets after the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Boston to win the Stanley Cup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Armando L. Sanchez / Associated Press

The plane carrying the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks is welcomed with water cannons after arriving at O'Hare International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL BEATY / Associated Press

Members of the Indo-Tibetan border police rescue stranded people with the help of mountaineering ropes and ladders in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images / AFP

Indians protect themselves with umbrellas during high tide. The monsoon rains which usually hit India from June to September are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press

Lightning strikes the Pacific Ocean on Panama Bay.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

The Brandenburg Gate is seen in raindrops covering a car window.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLE SPATA / DPA

Two Tengananese men fight each other using thorny pandanus leaves. Every year Tengananese people on the island of Bali celebrate a monthlong ceremony called Usabha Sambah to demonstrate respect to Indra, the Hindu god of war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Putu Sayoga / Getty Images

A security guard tackles to the ground a Femen activist as she tried along with two other feminist activists to stop the car of the Tunisian prime minister from leaving the EU commission building after his working session with European Commission president. The European Commission urged Tunisia to reform criminal laws from its previous authoritarian regime as three topless feminist activists staged a protest by jumping on visiting Prime Minister Ali Larayedh's car. Larayedh was visiting on the eve of an appeals hearing for three European activists from the feminist group Femen who were sentenced to four months in prison for baring their breasts in Tunis in a protest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGES GOBET / AFP

Afghan security officials and Polish soldiers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force inspect the site of a roadside bomb blast targeting a Polish armored vehicle. Reports state that one person was injured in this roadside blast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAWEED HAQJOO / EPA

A Muslim Shiite woman carries a candle near the shrine of Imam Abbas, one of Shiite Islam's most revered figures, during the Shaabaniya ceremony commemorating the birth of Imam al-Mahdi, the 12th holiest figure for Shiite Muslims. The Imam al-Mahdi is the 12th Imam, who disappeared in the 9th century and Shiites believe that he will appear before the end of time to establish justice and true Islam in the world.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

A Los Angeles police officer stops traffic at a roadblock as the LAPD searched for a gunman who opened fire on two detectives outside the Wilshire Division.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Yolonde Tassin, mother of Christine Darlene Calderon, at the site on Hollywood Boulevard where Calderon was fatally stabbed last week. "I just want people to know that Christine was a good person," Tassin said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Oscar Eagle, 70, glides past some of the murals he helped organize in 1973 that decorate the homes in Estrada Courts located at Olympic Boulevard and Lorena Street in Boyle Heights Some of the murals painted 40 years ago have been repainted in an effort to preserve them. Since 2002 the city has banned all mural painting on private buildings. Now, after years of lawsuits and negotiations, the ban is likely to be lifted if the City Council passes a new mural ordinance Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

City Councilman Tom LaBonge, second from left, surrounded by John Szabo, left, Johathan Pitre, right, and Eloisa Sarao, second from right, unveils a historic library monument built in 1926. LaBonge recently discovered it neglected in a city storage yard. It once stood outside the central library in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

The first Friday prayers are offered at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Ashley Ellsworth and Celeb Hecht enjoy a skating break at the World on Wheels.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A bicyclist and a natural navigator make their way down Wilshire Boulevard during CicLAvia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A hula-hoop contest was part of the festivities at the annual L.A. Trans-Pride Weekend at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center Village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A supermoon rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

Skylines are covered under thick haze.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lai Seng Sin / Associated Press

Karla Borger of Germany bumps the ball during the women's main draw of FIVB World Tour Grand Slam at Foro Italico.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Residents are sprayed with water as they celebrate the feast day of Saint John the Baptist.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP

An Indian rickshaw puller bikes through the rain. Heavy rains arrived early this year, catching many by surprise.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Lebanese army soldiers help injured troops after clashes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Zaatari / Associated Press

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka falls against Portugal's Maria Joao Kohler during a first- round match.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP

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Jubilant reaction in West Hollywood to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and essentially void Proposition 8. The court said supporters of the initiative had no standing to defend the measure after state leaders — who opposed the law — had refused to do so. Also in the Southland, 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. And the renovated Dunbar Hotel opened as a senior-living facility in South Los Angeles. Built in 1928 by John Somerville to serve African Americans seeking accommodations on their visits to Los Angeles, the historic Dunbar hosted many of jazz music’s luminaries, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

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.

In India, social workers help Bijlee, a 54-year-old Asian female elephant, after she collapsed and was unable to stand on her own in Mumbai. Bijlee, who has been  on the streets of India for decades, is currently being attended by veterinary staff from Wildlife SOS. Also, Indo-Tibetan border police rescued stranded people with the help of mountaineering ropes and ladders in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state.  Indian officials stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded.

Skylines are covered under thick haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities declared a state of emergency Sunday in a southern district where a smoky haze blamed on Indonesian forest fires has triggered one of the country’s worst pollution levels in years.

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