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Viktor hold his granddaughter Alissa as they wait for a bus to leave Slaviansk...Viktor, 68, hold his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa as they wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slaviansk June 17, 2014. Residents flee Slaviansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold, what faced with ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. Ukraine's president said on Monday he had ordered troops to regain control of the frontier with Russia to pave the way for a truce and peace talks after weeks of fighting with pro-Russian separatists. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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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.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the State Opening of Parliament. Queen Elizabeth II will unveil the coalition government's legislative programme in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords.

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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.

David Cameron...Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron looks up during a visit to a construction site in central London, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Cameron will travel to Brussels later today to meet European counterparts after resounding victories for the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark, and a strong performance by populist or Eurosceptic groups in many other EU countries in European elections. (AP Photo/Andrew Winning, Pool)

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Britain’s prime minister David Cameron visits a construction site in central London. Mr Cameron will travel to Brussels on Tuesday to meet European counterparts after election victories for the far right in Britain, France and Denmark Read more

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for UKIP.

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UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for Ukip

UKIP candidate for Croydon, Winston waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end. Picture shows Mr McKenzie apparently on the phone to Mr Farage.

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Ukip candidate Winston McKenzie waits for Nigel Farage, the anti-Brussels party’s leader, in Croydon, South London. Mr Farage decided not to attend the event in the end. The party is expected to gain a landslide victory in the European elections Read more

A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper in front of closed shops during shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Chairman of the hardline faction of separatist group Syed Ali Geelani had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.

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A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader, had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.

Anti-government protesters marching in the city centre celebrate shortly after a Thai court delivered its verdict on PM Yingluck, in Bangkok...Anti-government protesters marching in the city centre celebrate shortly after a Thai court delivered its verdict on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in Bangkok May 7, 2014. The Thai court found Yingluck guilty on Wednesday of violating the constitution and said she had to step down, although ministers not implicated in the case can remain in office.  REUTERS/

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Anti-government protesters marching in the city centre celebrate shortly after a Thai court delivered its verdict on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai court found Yingluck guilty of violating the constitution and said she had to step down, although ministers not implicated in the case can remain in office Read more

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. Read more

Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district...Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh April 10, 2014. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi's popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. For many of the 815 million registered to vote, Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) represent a promise of better governance, industrial growth and job creation.   REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi’s popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. Read more

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul...A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday Read more