Pictures of the Week: June 21 – June 28

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June 24, 2013. A window seat scheduled to be occupied by U.S. fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden sits empty on a flight from Moscow to Havana. Snowden did not board, but dozens of journalists did.

From a landmark victory for gay rights and Obama’s visit to Africa to a string of Wimbledon upsets and a radio controlled Superman plane, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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