European elections: French far-right National Rally beats Emmanuel Macron's centrists

France’s far-right National Rally party has beaten Emmanuel Macron‘s centrists in a close-run EU election.

Marine Le Pen’s party, a rebranding of the National Front, won around 23.5 per cent of the vote to Mr Macron’s allies’ 22.5 per cent, according to vote share projections released on Sunday night.

Projections showed Matteo Salvini’s right-wing League Party gaining in strength in Italy with nearly 34 per cent of the vote. He calculated that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament.

But in countries such as Denmark and Germany, groups such as the Danish People’s Party and AfD have stood still or fallen back compared to recent elections – despite predictions of a far-right populist surge.

Even in France the National Rally victory is a mixed one: the almost 24 per cent of the vote is roughly in line with, or even slightly down on what the National Front won in 2014 – meaning Ms Le Pen has made little progress on previous years against an unpopular president.

1/51 26 May 2019

Former Italian PM and leader of the right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi looks at photographers as he casts his vote at a polling station in Milan.

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An Indian paramilitary soldiers stands guard in front of closed shops during restrictions in downtown area of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir

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3/51 24 May 2019

Pope Francis gestures as he participates alongside thousands of soccer-mad children in a project to promote the values of sport and soccer, at the Vatican

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4/51 23 May 2019

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate their party’s potential win as votes are counted for the Lok Sabha election in Bangalore, India. The Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, elections, began on 11 April and held for 542 of the 543 lower house seats. A party or alliance needs 272 seats to form a government. It was announced that Narendra Modi was to retain the position of Prime Minister along with the BJP

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Palestinian children help their father sort through arugula produce before he heads to sell it at a market, in an impoverished area in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip

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Indonesia’s Incumbent President from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo takes a selfie with local residents after his victory speech following the announcement of the election results at a slum area in Jakarta. Joko Widodo was re-elected after beating his rival, retired General Prabowo Subianto

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7/51 20 May 2019

President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky holding an ancient Bulava (historical symbol of the state power) during his inauguration in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Mr Zelensky with 73,22 percent of the votes beat out the current president Petro Poroshenko, who received 24,45 percent of the votes during the second tour of presidential elections in Ukraine which was held on 21 April

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8/51 19 May 2019

Sudanese protesters gather for a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Talks between Sudan’s ruling military council and protesters are set to resume, army rulers announced, as Islamic movements rallied for the inclusion of sharia in the country’s roadmap

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9/51 18 May 2019

James Hinchcliffe of Canada rolls his car after hitting the wall during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race in Indiana, US

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10/51 17 May 2019

Taiwan became first state in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament in Taipei during the debate

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11/51 16 May 2019

Spectators watch as riders take the start of stage six of the 102nd Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy, race, 238kms from Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo

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12/51 15 May 2019

Buildings in Hung Hom district are shrouded in coastal fog in Hong Kong, China. In springtime, Hong Kong is affected by alternate cold and warm air. As cold air from the north recedes, warm and humid air comes in from the sea and as the water near the coast is still rather cold, the warm and humid air may be cooled sufficiently by the underlying cold water

EPA

13/51 14 May 2019

An Indian worker packs mangos for sale at a wholesale fruit market in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir. Mango is regarded as the national fruit of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines. India is one of the leading producers of tropical and subtropical fruits in the world and is said to be the world’s largest mango producer

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14/51 13 May 2019

A nurse carries a newborn baby after a fire broke out on the terrace of a children’s hospital building in Ahmedabad, India

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15/51 12 May 2019

Members of the action group Extinction Rebellion hold banners in front of the Eiffel Tower after spilling fake blood on the Trocadero esplanade during a demonstration to alert on the state of decline of biodiversity, in Paris. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse

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16/51 11 May 2019

An armed police officer greets members of the Muslim community in front of Al Noor mosque as they arrive for the iftar, the evening meal, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Muslims around the world are observing the holiest month of Ramadan, fasting from sunrise to sunset for a month. Ramadan this year will be slightly sombre for New Zealand Muslims – especially those in Christchurch – in the wake of the mosque terror attacks where 51 people died after a gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at Linwood and Al Noor Mosques on March 15

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17/51 10 May 2019

Muslims perform prayers on a road outside a mosque on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Srinagar

Reuters

18/51 9 May 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets people after posing for a family photo during the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania

Reuters

19/51 8 May 2019

Smokes rises after a huge explosion near the offices of the attorney general in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two police officials say Wednesday’s explosion was followed by a gunbattle between militants and security forces

AP

20/51 7 May 2019

Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo wave as they walk to Insein prison gate as they were freed, after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon, Myanmar

Reuters

21/51 6 May 2019

Students sit in circles as they read the Koran on the first day of Ramadan at Ar-Raudhatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the revelation of the first verse in Koran was during its last 10 nights

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22/51 5 May 2019

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte ignites the liberation fire during the Liberation festival in Almere, The Netherlands.

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23/51 4 May 2019

Demonstrators wearing bees masks and costumes lie on the ground during a demonstration for biodiversity called by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Paris.

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24/51 3 May 2019

Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women’s 800m at the IAAF Diamond League competition in Doha

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25/51 2 May 2019

Children chant slogans as they watch a demonstration outside the army headquarters in Khartoum. Crowds of Sudanese protesters began converging in Khartoum for a “million-strong” march to press for a civilian administration after talks with military rulers ran into trouble

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26/51 1 May 2019

People hold blue, white and red smoke bombs as they demonstrate to mark May Day in Toulouse. France’s zero-tolerance approach to protest violence will be tested, when a mix of labour unionists, “yellow vest” demonstrators and hardline hooligans are expected to hit the streets on Labour Day

AFP/Getty

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Opponents to Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro face off with Bolivarian National Guards in armored vehicles, loyal to the president, during an attempted military uprising in Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops in a call for the military to rise up and oust Madur

AP

28/51 29 April 2019

In this aereal view officials measure a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and 4 tons of weight, which entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind in Xonacatlan, Mexico state.

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29/51 28 April 2019

Competitors ride their bikes along sand dunes during the Stage 1 of the 14th edition of Titan Desert 2019 mountain biking race around Merzouga in Morocco

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30/51 27 April 2019

Greenpeace activists hold banners reading “Climate urgency: Think, vote, act” on top of the Columbus (Colon) Monument in Barcelona on April 27, 2019 as part of an awareness campaign on the eve of Spain’s general elections. – Spain returns to the polls on April 28 for unpredictable snap elections marked by the resurgence of the far-right after more than four decades on the outer margins of politics.

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31/51 26 April 2019

A security officer stands guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Reuters

32/51 25 April 2019

Palestinian beekeepers inspect beehives at the honey-bee farm in the east of Khan Younis town, near the border with Israel, southern Gaza Strip. The beekeepers collect honey and wax from beehives at this time of this year

EPA

33/51 24 April 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a Russian honor guard after arriving at a railway station in Vladivostok, for the summit to be held with Russian President Vladimir Putin

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34/51 23 April 2019

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he holds the granddaughter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah after he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station during the third phase of general election in Ahmedabad

Reuters

35/51 22 April 2019

A woman living near St Anthony’s shrine runs for safety with her baby after police found explosive devices in a parked vehicle in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Bombings on Easter Sunday ripped through churches and luxury hotels killing at least 290 people

AP

36/51 21 April 2019

Police and security personnel stand guard outside the Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lankan capital Colombo after a bombing attack; one of eight across the country on Easter Sunday

EPA

37/51 20 April 2019

A protester walks amid tear gas deployed by security services on the 23rd week of Gilets Jaunes protests in Paris

Getty

38/51 19 April 2019

Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leaven in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, in Jerusalem

Reuters

39/51 18 April 2019

Christian worshippers take part in the procession of the holy Thursday, during the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony on Easter Holy Week, at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s old city

EPA

40/51 17 April 2019

A young girl runs past UWSA military contingents before a parade held to mark the 30th anniversary of Wa State in Panghsang, also called Pang Kham of autonomous Wa region, north-eastern Myanmar. Wa declared itself as an independent State on 17 April 1989. Although the government of Myanmar does not recognize the sovereignty of Wa State, Myanmar military has adopted a ceasefire with the state since 9 May 1989. Wa State has been notorious for drug smuggling in the Golden Triangle of the last 30 years, although it declared its region a drug-free zone in 2005

EPA

41/51 16 April 2019

Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The huge blaze that devastated the cathedral is “under control”, the Paris fire brigade said early on April 16 after firefighters spent hours battling the flames

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Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris

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43/51 14 April 2019

Indonesian soldiers and police at a general security roll call for the upcoming general elections in Jakarta. Some 192 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot in the world’s third-biggest democracy, with a record 245,000 candidates vying for positions from the presidency and parliamentary seats all the way down to local council jobs

AFP/Getty

44/51 13 April 2019

Hindu devotees throw holy flammable powder onto a fire as they perform rituals during Gajan Festival celebrations in Kolkata. The festival falls on the last day of the Bengali calendar which also coincides with the birth of Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology

AFP/Getty

45/51 12 April 2019

A woman visits the exhibition ‘Mirrors: In and Out of Reality’ in Barcelona, Spain. Maths, physics and photonics melt in this exhibition presented by Cosmocaixa in which visitors can enter a big kaleidoscope to walk through and experience with the effects and particularities of mirrors. The exhibition will be open to public until 6 June 2019

EPA

46/51 11 April 2019

Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of general election in Alipurduar district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India

Reuters

47/51 10 April 2019

The first ever photo a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no mater or light can escape

Event Horizon Telescope/National Science Foundation/Reuters

48/51 9 April 2019

Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum. Sudan’s police ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators’ demands for a political transition plan in the country

AFP/Getty

49/51 8 April 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plays with a handball given to her by the German Handball Federation’s president as she received the German national handball team at the Chancellery in Berlin

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50/51 7 April 2019

People hold candles as they attend a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda. April 7 begins 100 days of mourning for more than 800,000 people who were slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world, a quarter of a century on from the day it began

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51/51 6 April 2019

A portion of the field of 1,500 participants begins the trek to the highest point over the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s longest span during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday. The event features entrants running a course over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico and helps to raise funds for local youth athletic programs

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1/51 26 May 2019

Former Italian PM and leader of the right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi looks at photographers as he casts his vote at a polling station in Milan.

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2/51 25 May 2019

An Indian paramilitary soldiers stands guard in front of closed shops during restrictions in downtown area of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir

EPA

3/51 24 May 2019

Pope Francis gestures as he participates alongside thousands of soccer-mad children in a project to promote the values of sport and soccer, at the Vatican

Reuters

4/51 23 May 2019

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate their party’s potential win as votes are counted for the Lok Sabha election in Bangalore, India. The Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, elections, began on 11 April and held for 542 of the 543 lower house seats. A party or alliance needs 272 seats to form a government. It was announced that Narendra Modi was to retain the position of Prime Minister along with the BJP

EPA

5/51 22 May 2019

Palestinian children help their father sort through arugula produce before he heads to sell it at a market, in an impoverished area in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip

AFP/Getty

6/51 21 May 2019

Indonesia’s Incumbent President from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo takes a selfie with local residents after his victory speech following the announcement of the election results at a slum area in Jakarta. Joko Widodo was re-elected after beating his rival, retired General Prabowo Subianto

EPA

7/51 20 May 2019

President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky holding an ancient Bulava (historical symbol of the state power) during his inauguration in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Mr Zelensky with 73,22 percent of the votes beat out the current president Petro Poroshenko, who received 24,45 percent of the votes during the second tour of presidential elections in Ukraine which was held on 21 April

Presidential Press Service/EPA

8/51 19 May 2019

Sudanese protesters gather for a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Talks between Sudan’s ruling military council and protesters are set to resume, army rulers announced, as Islamic movements rallied for the inclusion of sharia in the country’s roadmap

AFP/Getty

9/51 18 May 2019

James Hinchcliffe of Canada rolls his car after hitting the wall during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race in Indiana, US

AP

10/51 17 May 2019

Taiwan became first state in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament in Taipei during the debate

EPA

11/51 16 May 2019

Spectators watch as riders take the start of stage six of the 102nd Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy, race, 238kms from Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo

AFP/Getty

12/51 15 May 2019

Buildings in Hung Hom district are shrouded in coastal fog in Hong Kong, China. In springtime, Hong Kong is affected by alternate cold and warm air. As cold air from the north recedes, warm and humid air comes in from the sea and as the water near the coast is still rather cold, the warm and humid air may be cooled sufficiently by the underlying cold water

EPA

13/51 14 May 2019

An Indian worker packs mangos for sale at a wholesale fruit market in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir. Mango is regarded as the national fruit of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines. India is one of the leading producers of tropical and subtropical fruits in the world and is said to be the world’s largest mango producer

EPA

14/51 13 May 2019

A nurse carries a newborn baby after a fire broke out on the terrace of a children’s hospital building in Ahmedabad, India

Reuters

15/51 12 May 2019

Members of the action group Extinction Rebellion hold banners in front of the Eiffel Tower after spilling fake blood on the Trocadero esplanade during a demonstration to alert on the state of decline of biodiversity, in Paris. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse

AFP/Getty

16/51 11 May 2019

An armed police officer greets members of the Muslim community in front of Al Noor mosque as they arrive for the iftar, the evening meal, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Muslims around the world are observing the holiest month of Ramadan, fasting from sunrise to sunset for a month. Ramadan this year will be slightly sombre for New Zealand Muslims – especially those in Christchurch – in the wake of the mosque terror attacks where 51 people died after a gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at Linwood and Al Noor Mosques on March 15

Getty

17/51 10 May 2019

Muslims perform prayers on a road outside a mosque on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Srinagar

Reuters

18/51 9 May 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets people after posing for a family photo during the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania

Reuters

19/51 8 May 2019

Smokes rises after a huge explosion near the offices of the attorney general in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two police officials say Wednesday’s explosion was followed by a gunbattle between militants and security forces

AP

20/51 7 May 2019

Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo wave as they walk to Insein prison gate as they were freed, after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon, Myanmar

Reuters

21/51 6 May 2019

Students sit in circles as they read the Koran on the first day of Ramadan at Ar-Raudhatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the revelation of the first verse in Koran was during its last 10 nights

EPA

22/51 5 May 2019

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte ignites the liberation fire during the Liberation festival in Almere, The Netherlands.

EPA

23/51 4 May 2019

Demonstrators wearing bees masks and costumes lie on the ground during a demonstration for biodiversity called by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Paris.

AFP/Getty Images

24/51 3 May 2019

Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women’s 800m at the IAAF Diamond League competition in Doha

AFP/Getty

25/51 2 May 2019

Children chant slogans as they watch a demonstration outside the army headquarters in Khartoum. Crowds of Sudanese protesters began converging in Khartoum for a “million-strong” march to press for a civilian administration after talks with military rulers ran into trouble

AFP/Getty

26/51 1 May 2019

People hold blue, white and red smoke bombs as they demonstrate to mark May Day in Toulouse. France’s zero-tolerance approach to protest violence will be tested, when a mix of labour unionists, “yellow vest” demonstrators and hardline hooligans are expected to hit the streets on Labour Day

AFP/Getty

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Opponents to Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro face off with Bolivarian National Guards in armored vehicles, loyal to the president, during an attempted military uprising in Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops in a call for the military to rise up and oust Madur

AP

28/51 29 April 2019

In this aereal view officials measure a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and 4 tons of weight, which entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind in Xonacatlan, Mexico state.

AFP/Getty Images

29/51 28 April 2019

Competitors ride their bikes along sand dunes during the Stage 1 of the 14th edition of Titan Desert 2019 mountain biking race around Merzouga in Morocco

AFP/Getty

30/51 27 April 2019

Greenpeace activists hold banners reading “Climate urgency: Think, vote, act” on top of the Columbus (Colon) Monument in Barcelona on April 27, 2019 as part of an awareness campaign on the eve of Spain’s general elections. – Spain returns to the polls on April 28 for unpredictable snap elections marked by the resurgence of the far-right after more than four decades on the outer margins of politics.

AFP/Getty

31/51 26 April 2019

A security officer stands guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Reuters

32/51 25 April 2019

Palestinian beekeepers inspect beehives at the honey-bee farm in the east of Khan Younis town, near the border with Israel, southern Gaza Strip. The beekeepers collect honey and wax from beehives at this time of this year

EPA

33/51 24 April 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a Russian honor guard after arriving at a railway station in Vladivostok, for the summit to be held with Russian President Vladimir Putin

EPA

34/51 23 April 2019

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he holds the granddaughter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah after he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station during the third phase of general election in Ahmedabad

Reuters

35/51 22 April 2019

A woman living near St Anthony’s shrine runs for safety with her baby after police found explosive devices in a parked vehicle in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Bombings on Easter Sunday ripped through churches and luxury hotels killing at least 290 people

AP

36/51 21 April 2019

Police and security personnel stand guard outside the Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lankan capital Colombo after a bombing attack; one of eight across the country on Easter Sunday

EPA

37/51 20 April 2019

A protester walks amid tear gas deployed by security services on the 23rd week of Gilets Jaunes protests in Paris

Getty

38/51 19 April 2019

Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leaven in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, in Jerusalem

Reuters

39/51 18 April 2019

Christian worshippers take part in the procession of the holy Thursday, during the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony on Easter Holy Week, at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s old city

EPA

40/51 17 April 2019

A young girl runs past UWSA military contingents before a parade held to mark the 30th anniversary of Wa State in Panghsang, also called Pang Kham of autonomous Wa region, north-eastern Myanmar. Wa declared itself as an independent State on 17 April 1989. Although the government of Myanmar does not recognize the sovereignty of Wa State, Myanmar military has adopted a ceasefire with the state since 9 May 1989. Wa State has been notorious for drug smuggling in the Golden Triangle of the last 30 years, although it declared its region a drug-free zone in 2005

EPA

41/51 16 April 2019

Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The huge blaze that devastated the cathedral is “under control”, the Paris fire brigade said early on April 16 after firefighters spent hours battling the flames

AFP/Getty

42/51 15 April 2019

Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris

AFP/Getty

43/51 14 April 2019

Indonesian soldiers and police at a general security roll call for the upcoming general elections in Jakarta. Some 192 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot in the world’s third-biggest democracy, with a record 245,000 candidates vying for positions from the presidency and parliamentary seats all the way down to local council jobs

AFP/Getty

44/51 13 April 2019

Hindu devotees throw holy flammable powder onto a fire as they perform rituals during Gajan Festival celebrations in Kolkata. The festival falls on the last day of the Bengali calendar which also coincides with the birth of Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology

AFP/Getty

45/51 12 April 2019

A woman visits the exhibition ‘Mirrors: In and Out of Reality’ in Barcelona, Spain. Maths, physics and photonics melt in this exhibition presented by Cosmocaixa in which visitors can enter a big kaleidoscope to walk through and experience with the effects and particularities of mirrors. The exhibition will be open to public until 6 June 2019

EPA

46/51 11 April 2019

Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of general election in Alipurduar district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India

Reuters

47/51 10 April 2019

The first ever photo a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no mater or light can escape

Event Horizon Telescope/National Science Foundation/Reuters

48/51 9 April 2019

Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum. Sudan’s police ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators’ demands for a political transition plan in the country

AFP/Getty

49/51 8 April 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plays with a handball given to her by the German Handball Federation’s president as she received the German national handball team at the Chancellery in Berlin

AFP/Getty

50/51 7 April 2019

People hold candles as they attend a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda. April 7 begins 100 days of mourning for more than 800,000 people who were slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world, a quarter of a century on from the day it began

AFP/Getty

51/51 6 April 2019

A portion of the field of 1,500 participants begins the trek to the highest point over the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s longest span during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday. The event features entrants running a course over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico and helps to raise funds for local youth athletic programs

AFP/Getty

The lack of progress suggests it will be hard for Ms Le Pen to win a future presidential election, where she must gain a majority for the vote. The far-right leader declared victory on Sunday evening, calling for a “powerful” EU-wide far-right group in the parliament.

In Spain, the Socialists won 20 of the 54 seats allocated to Spain in the European Parliament. Caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez Mr Sanchez said Spain would the leading delegation of Socialists on the European stage, calling it “an enormous opportunity for us but also an enormous responsibility.” 

Provisional results from Austria pointed to a big win for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right party, days after a scandal involving the far-right Freedom Party brought down his governing coalition. Election officials said that Mr Kurz’s People’s Party won 35.4 per cent of the vote.

In Germany the governing parties slid to their worst post-World War II showing in a nationwide election. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc won 28.9 per cent of the vote and their coalition partners Social Democrats got only 15.8 per cent. The Greens powered past the Social Democrats into second place.

Leader of Italy’s far-right League party Matteo Salvini speaks on election night (REUTERS)

The centre-right and centre-left groupings in the European have lost their combine majority in the European Parliament. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) was projected to win 179 seats, down from 216, while the Socialists and Democrats looked set to fall from 191 seats to 150 seats.

Negotiations will start Monday between groups in the parliament that sits in Brussels and Strasbourg to find a coalition with a workable majority.

The close result between Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen’s parties in France was predicted by most opinion polls.

Elsewhere in France, results show the centre-right Republicans hitting a record low of around 8 per cent – a terrible result for the Gaullists, who not long ago governed the G8 member.

One surprise of the election was a strong result for the country’s Green party, Europe Eologie-Les Verts, who won over 13 per cent – echoing good results for Greens all over Europe.

Source : The Independent

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