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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan president Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul. Abdullah on Tuesday told thousands of supporters he was the winner of last month’s run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.
Outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, is watched by photographers as he reads his papers on the second day of plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,
Viktor, 68, and his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk. Residents are fleeing Slavyansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold that faces ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a ceasefire in the insurgency-torn eastern regions of Ukraine, in a sign that dialogue is continuing in spite of worsening violence in the conflict.
Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the state opening of parliament. She will reveal the coalition government’s legislative programme in a speech delivered to members of parliament and peers in The House of Lords.
UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for Ukip