Europe

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to explanations and looks at an exhibit as he visits the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow, Russia, 11 April 2014.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visits the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics day which marks Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space.

A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves of the Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France

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A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves at Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France. The cemetery is the largest single French military burial place of the first world war.

Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, 10 April 2014. Pro-Russian protesters continued to hold seized Ukrainian administrative buildings in Donetsk and Lugansk, which were occupied by them some days ago.

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Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday

TOPSHOTS Soldiers of the Presidential Re...TOPSHOTS Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment march during the Change of Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, on April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

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Aerial view of flowers fields near the Keukenhof park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse April 9, 2014. Keukenhof, employing some 30 gardeners, is considered to be the world's largest flower garden displaying millions of flowers every year.

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Aerial view of flowers fields near the Keukenhof park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse. Keukenhof, employing some 30 gardeners, is considered to be the world’s largest flower garden displaying millions of flowers every year.

A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens on April 9, 2014. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike today shutting down ferry services to the country's world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices. They protest new labour reforms demanded by the country's EU-IMF creditors.

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A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.

Charlie the Clown played by 75 year old Karl Brenner, currently the oldest working professional clown in the world, waits backstage in Huntingdon, England. Mr Fips Wonder Circus is a small, family run circus, who during their latest season will travel up the east of England until their season draws to a close in November. They are a company of around 20 performers, all family and friends from the circus community and their youngest member is 12 years old and their oldest is 75 years old. The troupe formed three years ago when Jan Erik Brenner and his wife Carolyn decided that they wanted to return the circus to the intimacy and magic of their childhood memories, and now play to audiences of between 100 and 500 adults and children.

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Charlie the Clown played by 75 year old Karl Brenner, currently the oldest working professional clown in the world, waits backstage in Huntingdon, England. Mr Fips Wonder Circus is a small, family run circus, who during their latest season will travel up the east of England until their season draws to a close in November.

A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their  official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes. They are constructed of structural steel with a stainless steel outer skin, they pay homage to the tradition of working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland's canals.  They stand at the entrance to the North Sea at the Forth and Clyde canal.

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A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes.

Tulip farmers look for weeds in a field of tulips left to blossom for growing bulbs near the city of Noordwijkerhout, western Netherlands, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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Tulip farmers look for weeds in a field of tulips left to blossom for growing bulbs near the city of Noordwijkerhout, western Netherlands.

Deputies clash during a session of the parliament in Kiev

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Deputies clash during a session of the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday