AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Dec 16, 2021, 9:46 AM | Updated: 11:51 pm
Acrobats dressed as Super heroes come down from the roofs to make a surprise greeting at the window...

Acrobats dressed as Super heroes come down from the roofs to make a surprise greeting at the windows of the rooms of the little patients in Pediatrics and of all the patients, at the San Paolo hospital in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

DEC. 8-DEC. 16 2021

The rise in omicron variant infections across Europe takes up most of this week’s offering, along with skiing in Germany and Austria and extreme weather in South Africa and Spain; this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa.

The selection was curated by AP photographer Alessandra Tarantino in Rome.

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CIA unveils model of al-Qaida leader al-Zawahri’s hideout

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Opposition leads in 1st round of Czech Senate election

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GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

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‘We got our miracle’: Freed Americans back home in Alabama

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India stays neutral on Ukraine war, previews G-20 term at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — India’s foreign minister laid out the country’s plans for its turn at the G-20 presidency during his speech Saturday in front of the U.N. General Assembly. India assumes the mantle of the consortium of leading developed and developing nations in December. Subramanyam Jaishankar said India’s approach would be “based on principles […]
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Biden administration launches environmental justice office

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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa