AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Dec 8, 2022, 9:23 AM | Updated: Dec 9, 2022, 3:39 am
An apartment burns after Russian shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2...

An apartment burns after Russian shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)

(AP Photo/LIBKOS)

Dec. 2 – Dec. 8

A week in which fans celebrated and commiserated as their teams competed in soccer’s World Cup in Qatar, Russian shelling continued in the Donetsk region of Ukraine and the sculpted Apollo’s Chariot Fountain was lifted out of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles for restoration. 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 Madrid Photographer Bernat Armangue.

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Injured skiers, behind a blue sheet, get into an ambulance at a ski resort in the village of Otari,...
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2 foreign skiers hit by Japan avalanche found, presumed dead

TOKYO (AP) — Two foreign men hit by an avalanche while backcountry skiing were found without vital signs in a famous ski resort in central Japan, police said Monday. Nagano Prefectural police said the two men were among five foreign skiers who were caught in an avalanche Sunday afternoon on the eastern slope of Mount […]
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Muslim protesters burn posters during a rally outside the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Mo...
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Indonesian Muslims protest Quran burning in Sweden

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Indonesian Muslims marched to the heavily guarded Swedish Embassy in the country’s capital on Monday to denounce the recent desecration of Islam’s holy book by far-right activists in Sweden and the Netherlands. Waving white flags bearing the Islamic declaration of faith, more than 300 demonstrators filled a major thoroughfare […]
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Report: Slovenia authorities detain 2 alleged Russian spies

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian authorities have apprehended two alleged Russian spies who used an agency dealing in real estate and antiques as a front for their activities, media reported Monday. Slovenia’s respected Delo newspaper and the Siol news portal cited the public prosecutor’s office as confirming the arrests. According to the media outlets, the […]
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FILE - Protestors march during a demonstration against pension changes, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in ...
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France braces for major transport woes from pension strikes

PARIS (AP) — France’s national rail operator is recommending that passengers stay home Tuesday to avoid strikes over pensions that are expected to cause major transport woes but largely spare high-speed links to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands. Labor unions that mobilized massive street protests in an initial salvo of nationwide strikes earlier this month […]
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India's opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, center right and his sister and party leader...
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Indian opposition’s ‘unity march’ ends in disputed Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s main opposition Congress party ended a five-month cross-country “unity march” in disputed Kashmir on Monday with hundreds of members of various opposition groups joining in a public rally in freezing temperatures. The march led by Rahul Gandhi, an opposition leader and scion of the influential Gandhi family, sought to challenge […]
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FILE - Visitors wearing face masks talk near a display for Chinese online retailer JD.com at the Ch...
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Chinese e-retailer JD.com leaving Thailand, Indonesia

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc. is pulling out of Indonesia and Thailand amid intense competition in Southeast Asia. JD.com will stop taking orders Feb. 15 in both countries and shut down the following month, according to announcements Monday on the two websites. The company gave no reason for the closures, but e-commerce […]
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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa