Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday. Ukraine’s embattled prime minister today accused Russia of trying to “dismember” his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.
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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.
Manuel Valls (left), France’s newly appointed prime minister, meets President François Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.
A boy carries election material to polling stations inaccessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, Afghanistan. Presidential elections will be held on Saturday.
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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union” sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015
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Luggage carts stand empty at Frankfurt am Main airport, as German airline Lufthansa is hit by the biggest strike in its history. Normal services are expected to resume on Saturday.
Two men in green costumes stand out of the crowd on Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday, as smog shrouded the UK capital. Air quality was unusually bad as Saharan dust drove up pollution levels Read more
Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more
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Divers check the bow of the vehicle-carrier Baltic Breeze, damaged following a collision with a fishing boat, in the harbour at Vigo, northern Spain. Three fishermen were killed and two were missing after the 164m cargo ship crashed into a 34m trawler.
France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low. Read more