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A soldier kisses goodbye as more than 90 Dutch troops depart from Eindhoven airbase for Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, to replace forces stationed in Kunduz.
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Members take part in a vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. Read more
A sign on a ski slope at Zauchensee, Austria, where the skiing World Cup is taking place. The second training run for the women’s downhill event in Altenmarkt was cancelled due to heavy snowfall overnight, organisers said on Friday
Pope Francis waves to visitors as he arrives at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. Read more
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the annual reception for carolers at the chancellery in Berlin on Tuesday on crutches. Ms Merkel suffered a pelvis injury while skiing in the Swiss Alps and has been advised to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks
Men perform a traditional dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha River in the town of Kalofer, Bulgaria, as part of the Epiphany Day celebrations. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross into the river and it is believed that the person who retrieves it will be healthy throughout the year, as will those who dance in the icy waters Read more
An airplane approaches the airport while the clouds are turned red by the rising sun in Frankfurt, Germany
People visit the Step into the Void glass skywalk overlooking the French Alps on top of a 3,842m peak in Chamonix on Monday. The installation, which opened to the public after three years of development, is made of three layers of glass and can withstand winds of up to 200kmph.
Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades, German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso pose for a picture during an EU summit focused on common security, defence policy and economic and monetary union, in Brussels on Thursday. The EU took a historic leap towards greater integration, with a deal on a banking union to prevent a re-run of the eurozone’s recent crisis.
Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO’s of the Basque Country in Bilbao. The organization, an umbrella group for 84 Basque NGO’s, performed Quien es Quien (Who’s Who), an improvised theatrical piece, dressed as bankers, the wealthy and military personnel, handing out fake money to motorists and passers-by. The action was designed to draw attention to what the coordinator claims are the causes of poverty and inequality in the world. Read more