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A worker of the Security Services Archive searches files in the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. When Czechs threw off communism in 1989, they adopted strict rules marginalising anyone with ties to the repressive old regime. But now they are asking whether it’s time to move on. The soul-searching has been stirred by Andrej Babis, a businessman-turned-politician poised to join a new coalition government despite allegations – which he denies – of past collaboration with the communist secret police.
People show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.
Television cook Nigella Lawson arrives at Isleworth Crown Court in London to give evidence at the fraud trial of her former personal assistants
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Cabinets full of curiosities, including Sir Isaac Newton’s death mask and shells collected by Charles Darwin, will feature in an exhibition which opens on Friday and runs until March 2014 at the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library Exhibition Gallery. Pictured are a cast of the brain of grave robber William Burke, the death mask of Sir Isaac Newton, an 18th century walking stick that transforms into a violin and a clay brick fragment from ancient Babylon with an inscription in praise of King Nebuchadnezzar.
People supporting an EU integration attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday.
Fisherman Horst Schaber, 79 (right) and Philipp Boess (left) haul in their nets with whitefish at lake Chiemsee near Prien, southern Germany. Mr Schaber is one of the oldest fishermen on the lake
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Children wait to receive aid distributed by the Bulgarian Red Cross and the Medical University of Sofia at the recently opened Vrazhdebna refugee shelter in Sofia on Tuesday. More than 11,100 refugees, most of them Syrians, have entered Bulgaria illegally this year, crossing the porous 274 kilometre border with Turkey.
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French president François Hollande speaks during an awards ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace on Tuesday in Paris
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A Palestinian farmer tosses compost at his field near the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on Tuesday
Police stand guard outside the parliament in Kiev on Tuesday. Ukraine’s government survived a no-confidence motion, dashing hopes of thousands of demonstrators calling for its resignation after the government’s decision to turn its back on an integration agreement with the EU.