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Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco, Thursday, Dec.11 , 2014.  For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate. Monaco's Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality's future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco's laws of succession.

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Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco on Thursday

Copies of the French Civil Code are placed amongst a frieze depicting the "Oath of the Jeu de Paume" (June 20, 1789) on the Republic statue as French lawyers, notaries and bailiffs attend a national protest in Paris against a government reform plan to deregulate their profession.

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Copies of the French Civil Code are placed amongst a frieze depicting the “Oath of the Jeu de Paume” (June 20, 1789) on the Republic statue as French lawyers, notaries and bailiffs attend a national protest in Paris against a government reform plan to deregulate their profession.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai poses with the medal and the diploma during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo December 10, 2014. Pakistani teenager Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for refusing to quit school, and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi received their Nobel Peace Prizes on Wednesday after two days of celebration honouring their work for children's rights.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 is the youngest recipient of the gong, poses with her medal and diploma on Wednesday at the awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo. The Pakistani education activist is the joint winner of this year’s award, alongside Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner

Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a  a demonstration in Rome against the government's Jobs Act labour reform bill. Three protesters were injured in a police charge at the demonstration. The protest organized by the self-styled National Social Strike Laboratory said high school students occupying their schools this week also participated in the march through central Rome, which turned into a melee when protesters tried to break through a police cordon around the Senate building, setting off flares and throwing eggs at law enforcement. The government's Jobs Act labour reform bill now on the floor of the Senate, where the administration of Premier Matteo Renzi looks set to call a confidence vote.

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Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill

A bench covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest, December 3, 2014. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of Budapest went without electricity this week as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power lines, Hungary's Disaster Relief Agency said.

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A bench covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest on Wednesday. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of Budapest went without electricity this week as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power lines

A sheep stands amidst ice covered plants on the Hohen Meissner mountain 750 meters above sea level near Hessisch Lichtenau, northeast of Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The temperature in this area is around one degree Celsius below zero (30 degrees Fahrenheit).

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A sheep stands amid ice-covered plants on the Hohen Meissner mountain 750 meters above sea level near Hessisch Lichtenau, northeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The temperature in this area was around -1C (30 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday.

Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on December 1, 2014. Official statistics shows the country needs a million tonnes of anthracite coal per month to feed its power stations. By November 24, only 1.8 million tonnes were left in the reserves. Russia announced it was stopping coal supplies to Ukraine last week, claiming "force majeure" but offering no explanation.

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Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Monday

A flash of lighting lights up the sky above the "Baie des Anges" in Nice, southeastern France.

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A flash of lighting lights up the sky above the “Baie des Anges” in Nice, southeastern France

Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea.

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Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea

Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Roemerberg square on its opening day on November 26, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition, open across the country this week

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Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Roemerberg square on its opening day on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition

A couple chat as they sit in swings during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in downtown Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain on Tuesday.

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A couple chat as they sit in swings during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in downtown Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain on Tuesday.

Pope Francis addresses the European Parl...Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament at the institution's headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. Pope Francis urged European lawmakers to do more to help migrants and not to allow the Mediterranean to become a "vast cemetery.

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Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament at the institution’s headquarters in Strasbourg. Pope Francis urged European lawmakers to do more to help migrants.

Workers, near smoke from a flare, block an entrance of the port of Antwerp, one of the world's biggest port, during a strike in Antwerp November 24, 2014. A strike in parts of Belgium on Monday disrupted rail services and one of Europe's largest ports as trade unions and workers voice their anger over austerity measures announced by the country's new government.

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Strikers, near smoke from a flare, block an entrance at Antwerp port, one of the world’s biggest, on Monday. Trade unions and workers voiced anger over austerity measures announced by Belgium’s new government.

A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev...A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev November 21, 2014. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of Ukrainian pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

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A woman reacts as she walks inbetween photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes in Kiev. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of the country’s pro-EU mass protests that caused the removal of former president Viktor Yanukovich

Senegal's President Sall in Italy...epa04496358 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobiel phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal's President Macky Sall (not pictured) at Chigi's Palace, Italy, 20 November 2014. Senegal's President Macky Sall is on an official visit to Italy.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobile phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal’s President Macky Sall at Chigi’s Palace, Italy 

Portuguese Air Force fighter F-16 (R) and Canadian Air Force fighter CF-18 Hornet patrol over Baltics air space, from the Zokniai air base near Siauliai November 20, 2014. NATO pilots practised scrambling their jets on Wednesday, in preparation for potential further unauthorised Russian jets encountered on Baltic patrols. The flight drills were part of theNATO Baltic Air Policing Mission, a collective defence project which has been running for a decade.

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Portuguese Air Force fighter F-16 (R) and Canadian Air Force fighter CF-18 Hornet patrol over Baltics air space, from the Zokniai air base near Siauliai on Thursday

A tower of Ettal Abbey is seen in front of the snow-covered landscape on November 18, 2014 in Ettal, southern Germany.

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Ettal Abbey tower is viewed in front of the snow-covered landscape in Ettal, southern Germany

People walk the stairs of the European Parliament building, in Brussels.

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People walk the stairs of the European Parliament building, in Brussels. 

A man walks on the debris of a gutted and destroyed apartment, damaged by shelling, in the kuibachevsky district of the eastern Ukranian city of Donetsk, on November 17, 2014, as artillery fire continues to rock the eastern Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel bastion. Seven Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers were killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev.

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A man walks on the debris of a gutted and destroyed apartment, damaged by shelling, in the eastern Ukranian city of Donetsk, as artillery fire continues to rock the pro-Russian rebel bastion

 Protesters show symbolical red cards during a prostest against Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague, Czech Republic 17 November 2014. The Czech Republic is marking the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. On 17 November 1989, riot police moved in the Prague University to break up anti-communist speeches. The Velvet Revolution was a non-violent transition of power in former Czechoslovakia taking place from 17 November to 29 December 1989

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Protesters show symbolical red cards during a protest against President Miloš Zeman in Prague, Czech Republic. The country is marking the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution