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Cloud factory...epa05109046 An aerial view from a small plane on the steam emission of the brown coal power plant of Vattenfall AG in Janschwalde, Germany

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An aerial view from a small plane on the steam emission of the brown coal power plant of Vattenfall AG in Janschwalde, Germany 

Silberberg Tunnel on the new ICE route...epa05058295 Construction workers stand next to the tracks for the future German high-speed ICE train route inside the 'Silberberg Tunnel' near Grossbreitenbach, Germany, 07 December 2015. The Silberberg Tunnel is 7,391 meters long and the second longest tunnel on the new route between Ebensfeld and Erfurt.  EPA/MARTIN†SCHUTT

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Construction workers stand next to the tracks for the future German high-speed ICE train route inside the Silberberg Tunnel near Grossbreitenbach, Germany 

Migrants Refuse To Leave Train Stopped By Police At Hungarian Station...BICSKE, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 04:  Migrants protest outside a train that they are refusing to leave for fear of being taken to a refugee camp from the train that has been held at Bicske station since yesterday on September 4, 2015 in Bicske, near Budapest, Hungary. According to the Hungarian authorities a record number of migrants from many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia are crossing the border from Serbia. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called Balkans route has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The massive increase, said to be the largest migration of people since World War II, led Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to order Hungary's army to build a steel and barbed wire security barrier along its entire border with Serbia, after more than 100,000 asylum seekers from a variety of countries and war zones entered the country so far this year.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Migrants protest outside a train that they are refusing to leave for fear of being taken to a refugee camp from the train which has been held at Bicske station since yesterday in Bicske, near Budapest, Hungary. According to the Hungarian authorities a record number of migrants from many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia are crossing the border from Serbia. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called Balkans route has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The massive increase, said to be the largest migration of people since World War II, led Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to order Hungary’s army to build a steel and barbed wire security barrier along its entire border with Serbia, after more than 100,000 asylum seekers from a variety of countries and war zones entered the country so far this year.

Migrants from Syria sit along a road as they wait for a bus in the village of Miratovac near the town of Presevo, Serbia August 24, 2015. Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe

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Migrants from Syria sit along a road as they wait for a bus in the village of Miratovac near the town of Presevo, Serbia. Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos reacts as deputies attempt to disrupt his speech during a night parliamentary session in Athens...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHTGreek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos reacts as deputies attempt to disrupt his speech during a night parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, early August 14, 2015. Greek lawmakers debated a draft bill on the latest bailout deal, which the government hopes will be approved ahead of a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYREUTERS 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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Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos reacts as deputies attempt to disrupt his speech during a night parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, early on Friday. Greek lawmakers debated a draft bill on the latest bailout deal, which the government hopes will be approved ahead of a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday. 

Migrants sleep outside a train station in Budapest...Migrants sleep outside a train station in Budapest, Hungary, August 3, 2015. While Hungary is an avenue rather than a destination for the migrants, the central European country is increasingly weary and polarised as the influx grows. Conflicts have begun to appear, and the government is taking an ever harder line. Picture taken August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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Migrants sleep outside a train station in Budapest, Hungary. While Hungary is an avenue rather than a destination for the migrants, the central European country is increasingly weary and polarised as the influx grows

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 

Baughn and Bartlett of Britain compete during the acrobatic gymnastics mixed pair final at the 1st European Games in Baku...Hanna Baughn and Ryan Bartlett of Britain compete during the acrobatic gymnastics mixed pair final at the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19 , 2015.

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Hanna Baughn and Ryan Bartlett of Britain compete during the acrobatic gymnastics mixed pair final at the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday

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 protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt...A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. The news conference was disrupted on Wednesday when a woman in a black T-shirt jumped on the podium.   REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt. The news conference was disrupted on Wednesday when a woman in a black T-shirt jumped on the podium. 

A nighttime view of Europe using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite in seen in a NASA handout...A nighttime view of Europe made possible by the ìday-night bandî of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is seen in a global composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite in 2012 and released by NASA October 2, 2014 .  The VIIRS detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, wildfires, and gas flares.   REUTERS/NASA/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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A night time view of Europe made possible by the iday-night bandi of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is seen in a global composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. 

US fans watch players on the 14th tee during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

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US fans watch players on the 14th tee during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland on Wednesday

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. 

Lightning is pictured on June 10, 2014 o...Lightning is pictured on June 10, 2014 over Algermissen, Germany. Violent storms killed at least six people in western Germany overnight, felling trees and snarling road and rail traffic, authorities said Tuesday.  AFP PHOTO / DPA/ JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE /GERMANY OUTJULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images

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Lightning is pictured over Algermissen, Germany. Violent storms killed at least six people in western Germany overnight, felling trees and snarling road and rail traffic, authorities said on Tuesday 

Ill irregular immigrant lies on the ground as a blanket is placed over him at Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour...An ill irregular immigrant lies on the ground as a blanket is placed over him at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour, early June 8, 2014. A group of 130 Sub-Saharan African migrants were rescued by the AFM south of the Maltese islands when their boat ran into difficulties, according to army sources.  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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An unwell immigrant lies down at the Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron’s base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour. A group of 130 Sub-Saharan African migrants were rescued by the AFM south of the Maltese islands when their boat ran into difficulties, according to army sources. 

REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 0904 GMT ON MARCH 31, 2014    FAB01  Pupils take mobile phone 'selfies' with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as she arrives for a visit at Robert-Jungk Europe high school as part of the Europe-Project Day, in Berlin.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch     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.

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Pupils take “selfies” with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, as she arrives at Robert-Jungk Europe high school as part of the Europe-Project day, in Berlin.

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. 

A picture shows a road sign in the city ...A picture shows a road sign in the city centre of Dax, southwestern France, almost entirely submerged by the rise of the Adour river, on January 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GAIZKA IROZGAIZKA IROZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A road sign in the city centre of Dax, southwestern France, is almost entirely submerged in water from the Adour river

A model presents a creation by designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo for their fashion house Ralph & Russo, as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris...A model presents a creation by designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo for their fashion house Ralph & Russo, as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)

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A model presents a creation by designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo for their fashion house Ralph & Russo, as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris

Commuters cast long shadows as they walk along Lisbon's Comercio square during a partial strike by Lisbon's subway workers, Thursday, Nov. 28, 3013. The strike is against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to the 2014 national budget

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Commuters cast long shadows as they walk along Lisbon’s Comercio square during a partial strike by the city’s subway workers. The strikers are protesting against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to Portugal’s 2014 national budget