AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Feb 3, 2022, 9:47 AM | Updated: 11:51 pm
A Ukrainian serviceman, seen through a camouflage mesh, stands at a frontline position in the Luhan...

A Ukrainian serviceman, seen through a camouflage mesh, stands at a frontline position in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. High-stakes diplomacy continued on Friday in a bid to avert a war in Eastern Europe, the urgent efforts coming as 100,000 Russian troops are massed near Ukraine's border and the Biden administration worries that Russian President Vladimir Putin will mount some sort of invasion within weeks. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

JAN. 28-FEB. 3, 2022

From an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin used as a target in Ukraine to families seeking refuge in a church during fighting in Congo, and Senegal fans before an African Cup of Nations 2022 soccer match, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the week by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa. The selection was curated by Europe Africa Photo Editor Anne-Marie Belgrave.

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Judge tosses charges against 7 people in Flint water crisis

A Michigan judge dismissed charges Tuesday against seven people in the Flint water scandal, including two former state health officials blamed for deaths from Legionnaires’ disease. Judge Elizabeth Kelly took action three months after the Michigan Supreme Court said a one-judge grand jury had no authority to issue indictments. Kelly rejected efforts by the attorney […]
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German gas price plan exposes EU divisions over energy

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Biden consults Japan PM Kishida after N. Korea missile test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss their next steps after North Korea conducted its longest ever test launch by firing a nuclear-capable ballistic missile over Japan. The White House in a statement said the leaders condemned North Korea’s missile test in the “strongest terms, […]
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Arms factory explosion in Bulgaria kills 1, leaves 2 missing

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An explosion in a weapons factory in southern Bulgaria killed a 55-year-old man and left two women missing Tuesday. Health officials have confirmed the death of the man and said one woman was taken to hospital with a severe brain injury. Regional prosecutor Todor Deyanov said rescue teams expected to find […]
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3rd Iowa teen takes plea deal in killing near high school

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A third teenager charged with murder in a drive-by shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside a Des Moines high school in March has agreed to plead guilty to lesser crimes. The plea agreement accepted by a state court judge on Monday may allow Gumaro Marquez-Jacobo, 18, to avoid prison […]
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Ex-trooper missing after sentencing in protester’s unmasking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee state trooper has gone missing after he was sentenced for a misdemeanor assault conviction on a charge that he pulled the face mask off a protester during the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020. In a Facebook post Monday, Columbia Police said 54-year-old Harvey Briggs was last seen in […]
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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa