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France's newly appointed Prime minister Manuel Valls (L) speaks with French President Francois Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on April 4, 2014.

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Manuel Valls (left), France’s newly appointed prime minister, meets President François Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.

Empty luggage carts stand Frankfurt am Main airport, western Germany. German airline Lufthansa, which is currently battling the biggest strike in its history, expects normal services to be up and running on Saturday, 5th April 2014.

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Luggage carts stand empty at Frankfurt am Main airport, as German airline Lufthansa is hit by the biggest strike in its history. Normal services are expected to resume on Saturday.

People walk over the millennium bridge today as air quality in London was unusually bad.

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Two men in green costumes stand out of the crowd on Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday, as smog shrouded the UK capital. Air quality was unusually bad as Saharan dust drove up pollution levels Read more

France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Ma...France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) waves as he leaves the Hotel Matignon after the take over ceremony, on April 1, 2014 at in Paris. France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls faced a delicate balancing act as he set about forming a new government tasked with reviving the economy and reining in public financesAFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low. Read more

REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 0904 GMT ON MARCH 31, 2014    FAB01  Pupils take mobile phone 'selfies' with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as she arrives for a visit at Robert-Jungk Europe high school as part of the Europe-Project Day, in Berlin.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch     REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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Pupils take “selfies” with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, as she arrives at Robert-Jungk Europe high school as part of the Europe-Project day, in Berlin.

Members of the Ukrainian far-right radical group Right Sector stand outside the parliament in Kiev...Members of the Ukrainian far-right radical group Right Sector stand outside the parliament in Kiev March 28, 2014. Ukrainian authorities carried out an inspection tour of Kiev's bomb shelters on Friday as lawmakers accused Russia of fomenting trouble in the Ukrainian capital after having annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea. The slogan on the face mask reads "Victory or death". REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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Members of the Ukrainian far-right radical group Right Sector stand outside the parliament in Kiev. Ukrainian authorities carried out an inspection tour of Kiev’s bomb shelters on Friday as lawmakers accused Russia of fomenting trouble in the Ukrainian capital after having annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea. The slogan on the face mask reads “Victory or death”. Read more

A man carries "Schwarze Spitzen" by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937  on display at Christie's auction house in London...A man carries "Schwarze Spitzen" by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937, on display at Christie's auction house in London March 28, 2014. The painting is expected to earn 2.4-3.6 million GB pounds (4-6 million U.S. dollars)  when auctioned in New York on May 6. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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A man carries “Schwarze Spitzen” by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937, on display at Christie’s auction house in London. The painting is expected to earn 2.4-3.6 million GB pounds (4-6 million U.S. dollars) when auctioned in New York on May 6 Read more

VELUX Lovers of Light photo competition...Undated handout photo issued by VELUX of a competition entry entitled 'Winter sunrise over West Dorset', taken in Bridport, West Dorset, that came third in the 'VELUX Lovers of Light' photography competition taken by finalist Stephen Banks, from Bridport, West Dorset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Stephen Banks/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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‘Winter sunrise over West Dorset’, taken in Bridport, West Dorset, that came third in the ‘VELUX Lovers of Light’ photography competition taken by finalist Stephen Banks, from Bridport, West Dorset. Read more

Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Friday March 28, 2014. Officials said several hundred African migrants tried to cross barbed-wire border fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco but most were turned back by security forces from both sides. An Interior Ministry spokesman in Melilla said the migrants attempted to scale the fences several times early Friday and a handful managed to get across. Thousands of migrants seeking a better life in Europe are living illegally in Morocco, hoping they can enter Melilla and Spain's other north African coastal enclave, Ceuta. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

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Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Officials said several hundred African migrants tried to cross barbed-wire border fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco but most were turned back by security forces from both sides. An Interior Ministry spokesman in Melilla said the migrants attempted to scale the fences several times early Friday and a handful managed to get across. Read more

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport...U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito  (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS)

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome‘s airport. Read more