AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Jan 5, 2023, 9:20 AM | Updated: 11:54 pm
An emergency worker walks in front of a damaged hotel following a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, ...

An emergency worker walks in front of a damaged hotel following a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

              Rowing athletes practice on lake Pamvotis in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
            
              The body of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lies in state inside St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Pope Benedict, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. He was 95. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
            
              The body of late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is lied out in state inside St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Pope Benedict, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. He was 95.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
            
              Mourners queue to see the body of late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, his head resting on a pair of crimson pillows, lied out in state in St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, as thousands of people filed by to pay tribute to the pontiff who shocked the world by retiring a decade ago. Benedict died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. He was 95. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Nuns arrive at dawn to view the body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as it lies in state in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict died on Dec. 31, 2022, aged 95, and that his funeral will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
            
              General view over the ski track with only a few patches of snow on Bjelasnica mountain near Sarajevo, Bosnia, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)
            
              Fireworks light-up the sky over the London Eye in central London to celebrate the New Year on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Members of a Turkish dance club perform during New Year's Eve celebrations in a public garden in Turkish capital Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
            
              People gather at Ortakoy square next to the Bosphorus for the New Year celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
            
              Kayakers wearing Santa Claus costumes paddle on the Sava river in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              People wearing bear fur costumes prepare for a parade in Comanesti, Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, toured from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              An emergency worker walks in front of a damaged hotel following a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

DEC. 30, 2022 – JAN. 5, 2023

This was a week in which Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died on the eve of the new year and the faithful gathered at the Vatican to pay their last respects. Crowds celebrated the start of the 2023 with a fireworks display in London as people in Turkey and Serbia dressed up in Santa Claus outfits to see in the new year. Russian strikes continued in Ukraine, while the lack of snow halted skiing in Bosnia.

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 Zagreb-based photographer Darko Bandic.

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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa