Two nuns look on as workers erect a Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The tree comes from Bavaria, Germany, is 25 metres high and weighs 7.2 tonnes.
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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 supporting an EU integration attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday.
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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
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.
Former Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is escorted by a policemen at Meshansky district court in Moscow, Russia. Dmitrichenko was found guilty of masterminding an acid attack on the world-renowned Moscow theatre’s artistic director Sergei Filin on 17 January 2012. The attack left Filin with severe burns and nearly blinded him.
A man throws a flare in the direction of Ukraine interior ministry members, during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev.
Workers dismantle a Louis Vuitton pavilion shaped like a giant suitcase, with the Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower in the background, in central Moscow Read more
A base jumper glides through a hangar in a parachute at Tropical Islands in Brand, Germany, venue for the second Indoor Base World Cup. Sixty of the world’s best jumpers, from 16 countries, will be competing from November 29 to December 1.