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A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz on Tuesday
A man adds the final touches to a giant figure of Mick Jagger during preparations for the 131st Nice carnival parade in the south of France
Dimitris Koutsoumpas, general secretary of the Communist party of Greece (right), and religious officials attend a swearing-in ceremony of the new parliament in Athens. Greece’s parliament met for the first time after last month’s election amid market jitters sparked by an ECB block on a key source of funding for Athens’ banks.
People walk past snow and ice-covered trees on top of the Feldberg mountain during a winter day, about 20km from Frankfurt, Germany
The Bonhams car and moto auction on Wednesday in Grand Palais in Paris. Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motor cars, motorcycles and car memorabilia
Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday
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Demonstrators from grassroots environmental network Friends of the Earth Europe stage a protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP) in front of the European institutions in Brussels, on Wednesday. US and EU negotiators began their latest round of talks on February 2 seeking to push through the world’s biggest-ever free trade deal, which after nearly two years remain bogged down by public opposition.
A gardener is silhouetted against the sun as he trims the grass at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens on Wednesday
Cuirassier presidential guards line up at the Vittoriano (Unknown Soldier) monument prior to the arrival of Italy’s new President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Tuesday. President Mattarella has vowed to fight corruption, organised crime and embrace economic and electoral reform
A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday
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A combination of pictures shows the beards of skaters, out of some 1,100 athletes, covered with ice and snow during the 200 km (124 miles) speed skating race in the Carinthian village of Techendorf on Friday
Starlings fly in the sky of Rome at sunset
In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city’s various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets – which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings – also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine’s Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece’s debt crisis
A man walks through the still empty rows of chairs before the beginning of the annual general meeting of Siemens AG in Munich on Tuesday
Auschwitz survivor Miroslaw Celka walks out the gate with the sign saying “Work makes you free” after paying tribute to fallen comrades at the “death wall” execution spot in the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp on Tuesday
Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, a victim of Saturday’s shelling, stand near a grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September
Two men stroll at the Kronsberg hill near Hannover, northern Germany on Friday morning
A model wears a creation by Japanese fashion designer Yusuke Takahashi for Issey Miyake’s men’s fall-winter 2015-16 fashion collection presented in Paris, France
Local people inspect the site of an explosion near a bus stop in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early on Thursday, pro-Russian separatists said.
Auschwitz death camp survivor Danuta Bogdaniuk-Bogucka (maiden name Kaminska), 80 has her photo taken in Warsaw. Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was 10-years-old when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with her mother. Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was part of Josef Mengele’s experiments when she was in Auschwitz. After the war she met her mother again and they discovered they had both been at Ravensbruck camp at the same time, but they had not realised this. As the liberation of Auschwitz approaches its 70th anniversary this month, Reuters photographers took portraits of now elderly survivors. About 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, were killed at the Nazi camp which has became a symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust and World War Two, which ravaged Europe. The camp was liberated by Soviet Red Army troops on January 27, 1945 and about 200,000 camp inmates survived.