Top photos of the day: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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From the archives:The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews (bottom) rides in a double-decker bus with the Stanley Cup during a parade on June 11, 2010. The Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers to win the cup for the first time since 1961. | AP file photo

A selection of some of the best photographs from around the world:

A Brazil soccer fan performs on a vehicle where a mannequin soldier rides at the top and the side reads in Portuguese “Brazil on the way to the sixth World Cup,” referring to Brazil’s five previous World Cup titles, outside Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. | AP Photo

Leila de Matos holds her cat, Yandu, as it wears a Brazilian flag hat as they visit Copacabana beach while waiting for the start of the World Cup tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | Getty Images

A man performs outside Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. | AP Photo

Militias of the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) deploy in an area in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Qaida-inspired militants seized effective control Wednesday of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents. | AP Photo

Taxis blockade Whitehall in London, England. London’s licensed black taxi drivers are campaigning against the introduction of the ‘Uber’ taxi smartphone app in the United kingdom. Drivers say that there is a lack of regulation behind the new app. | Getty Images

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves to members of Congress before testifying to the House Armed Services Committee about the about the prisoner exchange that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The trade of Bergdahl for five senior Taliban officials has angered some members of Congress because they were not informed of the swap beforehand. | Getty Images

New Chicago police officers take the Oath of Office at the Chicago Police Department’s ceremony at Navy Pier. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Nicolas Colsaerts hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. | Getty Images

Supporters of Afghanistan’s presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah perform a traditional dance during his last campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan. The second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election will take place on Saturday. | AP Photo

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs with Mayor Rahm Emanuel after he missed her hand during a high-five attempt during an event promote her new book. | AP Photo

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