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An elephant stretches its trunk towards the photographer's lens during a photo call at the Circus Charles Knie in Hanover, central Germany, on March 24, 2014. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.

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An elephant stretches its trunk towards the photographer’s lens during a photo call at the Circus Charles Knie in Hanover, central Germany, on Monday. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.

World Leaders Gather For Nuclear Security Summit 2014...AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 24: US President Barack Obama (L) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte (C) visit the Rijksmuseum ahead of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 24, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Nuclear Security Summit, held March 24-25, will be attended by world leaders and is aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism.

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Barack Obama, US president (left), and Mark Rutte, Netherlands prime minister (centre), meet in front of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam before the start of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. The summit, held March 24-25, will be attended by world leaders and is aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism.

Chinese artist  Zhang Xun  poses in a installation created in a special 3D-technique during a press preview in the exhibition 'You Are The Art' ('Du bist die Kunst') by a Chinese artist group at Augustusburg castle in Augustusburg, Germany, Friday, March 21, 2014. Visitors are invited to take pictures of themselves interacting with the art and to share the results on social networks. The exhibition includes 23 paintings and lasts from  March 22, 2014  to June 22, 2014.

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Chinese artist Zhang Xun poses in a installation created in a special 3D-technique during a press preview in the exhibition ‘You Are The Art’ (‘Du bist die Kunst’) by a Chinese artist group at Augustusburg castle in Augustusburg, Germany. Visitors are invited to take pictures of themselves interacting with the art and to share the results on social networks. The exhibition includes 23 paintings and lasts from Saturday until June 22.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel looks through her window as she arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels March 21, 2014. EU leaders added 12 people to a list of those subject to travel bans and asset freezes for their part in Russia's seizure of Crimea on Thursday and begin preparations for economic sanctions if Russia expands its footprint in Ukraine.

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel looks through her car window as she arrives at the EU leaders summit in Brussels

Russian officers walk to meet Ukrainian colleagues on the ship Slavutich in Sevastopol...Russian officers walk to meet Ukrainian colleagues on the ship Slavutich in Sevastopol, March 20, 2014. The legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia will be completed this week, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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Russian officers walk to meet Ukrainian colleagues on the ship Slavutich in Sevastopol. The legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia will be completed this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. Read more

Budget 2014...A photographer adjusts a camera as media wait outside 11 Downing Street, the official London residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of George Osborne's Budget speech in the House of Commons. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 19, 2014. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Media wait outside 11 Downing Street, the official London residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of George Osborne’s Budget speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Andreas Vosskuhle (4th R) President of Germany's Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht ) and his colleagues of the second senate, take of their hats prior to the pronouncement of the verdict on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) at the constitutional court in Karlsruhe, March 18, 2014. Germany's Constitutional Court confirmed on Tuesday the legality of the euro zone's bailout fund, upholding a preliminary ruling from the height of the debt crisis in 2012 that gave an initial green light to the ESM.  The court in Karlsruhe reiterated that the 700 billion euro ($975 billion) fund did not violate the rights of the Bundestag to decide on budgetary matters as long as the lower house of parliament had sufficient oversight powers over the ESM.     REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

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Germany’s constitutional court on Tuesday lifted a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the eurozone bailout fund by ruling that it was legal, as long as the German parliament had enough supervision rights

Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi...German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, left, for German and Italian government consultations at the chancellery in Berlin, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).

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German chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, for intergovernmental consultations at the chancellery in Berlin on Monday. Read more

A woman hangs a red blanket out of her window in Belgrade on March 14, 2014. Serbs will vote in snap polls on March 16 with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalize on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the European Union. Some 6.7 million voters will elect new deputies for the 250-seat parliament in early legislative elections called by the SNS after Brussels opened accession talks with the Balkan country on January 21.

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A woman hangs a red blanket out of her window in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbs will vote in snap polls on Sunday with the ruling Serbian Progressive party tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the EU

A woman  takes the  stairs   with  the logo  of the Leipzig International Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, March 13, 2014.  More than 2,000 exhibitors of 42 countries present their novelties from March 13 until March 16, 2014. (

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A woman takes the stairs with the logo of the Leipzig International Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany. More than 2,000 exhibitors from 42 countries present their works until Sunday. Read more