The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016

Updated: May 16, 2016, 13:23 IST
  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites lifts off from the launch pad at the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kms from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    Emilia Pechinkova, a 24-years-old Bulgarian Pomak (Bulgarian speaking Muslims) bride poses for a photograph following the 'gelina' or face painting ceremony carried out by female guests and relatives in preparation for her three-day wedding ceremony in the village of Draginovo, 100 kms southeast of Sofia. Bulgaria's Muslim population is one of the highest in the European Union. During the Communist regime religious rituals were not tolerated, and Muslims were forced to abandon wearing their traditional wedding outfits. Recently, more young Pomak women want to include traditional wedding customs that were forbidden during the regime, regardless of their secular lifestyles and the high cost of such a wedding. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    A two months old white tiger cub stands in its enclosure at a zoo in the city of Liberec, Czech Republic. The eight-year-old female tiger, Surya Bara, gave birth to four cubs on February 25, 2016. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    The Olympic flame burns in a cauldron in front of the ancient temple of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill during the Olympic torch relay in Athens. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    Refugees queue for food at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni. The United States on Monday offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    A demonstrator throws a glass bottle to riot policemen during a protest following the Nuit Debout ("Up All Night") movement in Paris. The Nuit Debout 'Up All Night' protests that are sweeping France are increasingly being marred by violence and police have warned the organisers not to let their peaceful cause be hijacked by troublemakers. The "Nuit Debout" demonstrations began in March in opposition to the government's proposed labour reforms, but the movement has now embraced a range of grievances and begun to take on a revolutionary feel. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    People visit the exhibition 'Antartica' in the Confluences Museum in Lyon, central-eastern France. French director Luc Jacquet and two nature photographers, Laurent Ballesta, who worked underwater and under the ice, and Vincent Munier, who photographed on land and ice, explored Antartica during a 45-day long expedition to capture the polar continent's land and marine biodiversity through their own eyes. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    A collapsed building in Pedernales, Ecuador. Nearly 650 people are now known to have died in the strong earthquake that hit Ecuador one week ago, President Rafael Correa said Saturday, as the toll jumped yet higher. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    A girl plays with bubbles before undergoing surgery in Managua. Some 200 Nicaraguan children born with a cleft lip or palate – a congenital defect that prevents them talking, eating and breathing properly – are being operated on this week by doctors with the charity Operation Smile, with the support of the Nicaraguan government. Pic/AFP
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  • The world in pictures: April 25-May 1, 2016
    A Serbian Orthodox pilgrim immerses himself in the waters of the Jordan River at the Qasr al-Yahud baptismal site, near the West Bank city of Jericho, as part of an Easter pilgrimage to the holy Land. According to the gospels Jesus Christ was baptised in the waters of the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Pic/AFP
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