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February 17, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Fierce fighting persisted in eastern Ukraine last week even as a cease-fire brokered by European leaders was declared, and there were no clear signs that the conflict which has claimed more than 5,600 lives will end.

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine held marathon talks that resulted in a cease-fire deal for eastern Ukraine. But despite the peace deal, fighting between rebels and government troops continued in some key areas, mainly focused on a strategic railway hub.

In Denmark, two shootings in Copenhagen — the country’s worst terror attack in decades — sent shockwaves through Europe. Danes mourned the two people killed in the weekend attacks, which saw a 22-year-old gunman target a free speech event and a synagogue. The suspect was then killed in gunfire.

In Spain, style mavens celebrated the 30th anniversary of Madrid Fashion Week while in the small village of Luzon people put on traditional costumes for a carnival — one of many celebrated in hundreds of Spanish and Portuguese villages.

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