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AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

June 9, 2015

LONDON (AP) — The spring surge in migrants flooding across the Mediterranean hit Italy and Greece hard again last week, with thousands either picked up in small smugglers’ boats at sea or landing on a number of Greek islands.

President Barack Obama and five other world leaders met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Bavarian Alps for this year’s Group of Seven annual summit.

Pope Francis traveled to Sarajevo, urging Bosnia’s Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox Serbs to put the deep wounds of their past behind and work together for a peaceful future.

Turkey held a national election that delivered a surprising rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. The party won only 41 percent of the vote and will now have to seek a coalition partner to form the country’s next government.

In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, a police clashed with those opposing a gay rights march, while in Rome, the Italian Air Force flew over the Colosseum and the Roman Forum on Republic Day to celebrate the birth of the Italian republic in 1946.

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