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A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece June 29, 2015. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures. REUTERS NEWS PICTURES.  TEMPLATE OUT

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A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.

A woman walks past a graffiti by Greek street artist Cacao Rocks in Athens...A woman walks past a graffiti by Greek street artist Cacao Rocks in Athens, Greece, June 26, 2015. Greece failed again to clinch a deal with its international creditors on Thursday, setting up a last-ditch effort on Saturday to avert a default next week or start preparing to protect the euro zone from financial market turmoil. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

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A woman walks past a graffiti by Greek street artist Cacao Rocks in Athens. Greece failed again to clinch a deal with its international creditors on Thursday, setting up a last-ditch effort on Saturday to avert a default next week or start preparing to protect the euro zone from financial market turmoil 

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (...Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) is welcomed with a friendly tap by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of an emergency leader's summit on Greece at the European Commission in Brussels, on February 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

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Greece‘s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is welcomed with a friendly tap by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of an emergency leader’s summit on Greece at the European Commission in Brussels 

A young woman walks past a graffiti reading "Mrs Merkel we still love you - Greece" in central Athens on June 19, 2015. The European Central Bank's decision-making governing council will hold an emergency session on June 19 to discuss a request from the Bank of Greece for an increase in liquidity to Greek banks

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A young woman walks past a graffiti reading “Mrs Merkel we still love you – Greece” in central Athens on Friday

Bolivian President Evo Morales takes part in a football match with the Bolivian Roots FC football club, a team made of Bolivian expatriates, on the eve of a two-day EU-CELAC (Latin America/Caribbean) summit in Brussels, on June 9, 2015

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Bolivian President Evo Morales takes part in a football match with the Bolivian Roots FC football club, a team made of Bolivian expatriates, on the eve of a two-day EU-CELAC (Latin America/Caribbean) summit in Brussels, on Tuesday

  Migrants gather outside the police station to collect documentation to facilitate their onward journey into Europe on June 01, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey who's shoreline lies approximately 5 Km away. Around 30,000 migrants have entered Greece so far in 2015, with the country calling for more help from its European Union counterparts

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Migrants gather outside the police station to collect documentation to facilitate their onward journey into Europe on Monday in Kos, Greece. Migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey, the shoreline of which is approximately 5km away

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) makes a joke with tie-less Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) during the second day of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, 22 May 2015

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) makes a joke with tie-less Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) during the second day of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia on Friday

Pensioners wait outside the National Bank of Greece to get their monthly pensions on April 29, 2015. Greece has been trying to negotiate a deal that would unlock 7.2 billion euros (7.8 billion USD) in remaining EU-International Monetary Fund bailout money that the debt-ridden Mediterranean country needs to avoid default and a possible exit from the euro. So far, Athens has resisted new pension caps, the elimination of some VAT exemptions and no longer wants to use privatisation proceeds to repay state debt

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Pensioners wait outside the National Bank of Greece to get their monthly pensions on Wednesday. Greece has been trying to negotiate a deal that would unlock €7.2bn ($7.8bn) in remaining EU-International Monetary Fund bailout money that the debt-ridden Mediterranean country needs to avoid default and a possible exit from the euro

Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday, April 20, 2015. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early on Monday. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action 

A marble craftsman from the island of Tinos adds the words "Mediterranean" and "Aegean" onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens...A presidential "Evzon" stands guard (L) as Giorgos Paganis, 52, a marble craftsman from the island of Tinos, adds the words "Mediterranean" and "Aegean" onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under a list of places where Greeks fought modern history battles, outside the parliament in central Athens, February 24, 2015.  Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRAVEL)

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A presidential “Evzon” stands guard (L) as Giorgos Paganis, 52, a marble craftsman from the island of Tinos, adds the words “Mediterranean” and “Aegean” onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under a list of places where Greeks fought modern history battles, outside the parliament in central Athens. Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday.

A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter's facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe's services sector to cross-border competition.

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A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe’s services sector to cross-border competition

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.

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

Yes supporters await the arrival of  First Minister Alex Salmond to meet Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and "Scotland's continued EU membership with a Yes vote" at Parliament Square in Edinburgh.

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Yes supporters await the arrival of First Minister Alex Salmond to meet Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and “Scotland’s continued EU membership with a Yes vote” at Parliament Square in Edinburgh

Jean-Claude Juncker receives David Cameron, British Prime Minister...epa04319307 A handout photograph made available by the European Commission showing new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) receiving British Prime Minister, David Cameron as EU leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, 17 July 2014.  Jean-Claude Juncker, confirmed by the European Parliament on 15 July 2014 as the next European Commission president with only David Cameron and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban. EU leaders failed on 16 July 2014 to agree on top political appointments, successors need to be found most urgently for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and President Herman Van Rompuy.  EPA/LIEVEN CREEMERS / EUROPEAN COMMISSION / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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A handout photograph made available by the European Commission shows Jean-Claude Juncker and David Cameron giving each other a high five. 

Ukip poster campaign...Ukip leader Nigel Farage stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party's European election bilboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 22, 2014. The anti-European Union (EU) party is using £1.5 million of funding from millionaire ex-Tory donor Paul Sykes to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the May 22 poll which many observers believe it could win. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage (centre) stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party’s European election billboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The anti-European Union party is using £1.5 million of funding from Mr Sykes, a millionaire ex-Tory donor, to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the EU elections on May 22. 

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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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.

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

An anti-Yanukovych protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with the police at Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a new government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president. Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchinov, who was named Ukraine's interim leader after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, said that a new government should be in place by Thursday, instead of Tuesday, as he had earlier indicated.

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An anti-Yanukovich protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with police at Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of Ukraine’s unrest. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president.

German Economy Minister and vice-chancel...German Economy Minister and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (C) gives a statement on February 12, 2014 in Berlin. The German government expects growth of Europe's top economy to pick up sharply this year and next, driven largely by domestic demand, Gabriel said.     AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

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Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s energy and economy minister, gives a statement in Berlin. The German government expects growth to pick up sharply this year and next, driven largely by domestic demand, Mr Gabriel said.