EU parliament votes on German nominee to fill Brussels top job | AFP

German minister Ursula von der Leyen’s fate hangs in the balance as sceptical European lawmakers vote on whether she is right for Brussels’ top job. IMAGES

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EU nominee von der Leyen faces sceptical parliament | AFP

Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels? The 60-year-old conservative will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission if she secures a majority in the Strasbourg assembly. IMAGES

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Macron showcases European Military prowess despite growing US-Europe tensions | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to showcase European military cooperation during the annual Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions between Europe the United States.

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Stars react to royals Meghan and Harry at ‘The Lion King’ premiere

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the European premiere of ‘The Lion King’ much to the wonder and amusement of the movie’s cast. (July 14)

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France celebrates Bastille Day with parade

French President Emmanuel Macron has overseen the annual Bastille Day celebrations which this year showcased European defense cooperation. (July 14)

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Images before the beginning of Bastille Day military parade | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron put European military cooperation at the heart of the Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions with the United States. Key EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, are to join Macron to watch the annual parade down the Champs Elysees that marks the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris in the French Revolution. IMAGES before the parade

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Rome is hit by new rubbish crisis | AFP

In the Italian capital of Rome, piles of rubbish in the streets worry medical experts and exasperate residents, while tourists wonder how a European capital can put up with such a smelly burden.

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Ukraine inaugurates giant dome over destroyed Chernobyl reactor | AFP

Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort. Branded as the world’s largest moveable metal structure, the so-called New Safe Confinement seals the remains of the fourth reactor at the nuclear plant that was the site of the massive Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

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