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Europe: 2004 in pictures
Women wearing headscarves
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A law banning Islamic headscarves and other overt religious symbols from French state schools triggers protests throughout the country.
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on his first to Europe for 15 years
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The Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, returns to the international fold and is seen here during a landmark visit to Brussels.
Greek Cypriots hold signs reading 'okhi' ('no' in Greek) during a rally in the divided capital, Nicosia
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Greek Cypriots overwhelmingly reject a UN plan to reunite Cyprus, divided for 30 years. Turkish Cypriots vote in favour of the plan.
Life Ball
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The spectacular Life Ball, one of Europe's largest and liveliest Aids charity nights, takes place in Vienna.
Moments after the explosion in Grozny
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Pro-Moscow Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov dies in a bomb blast during a World War II Victory Day parade in Grozny.
Celebrations in Latvia
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Ten countries, mostly ex-communist states, join the European Union - the biggest expansion in the bloc's history.
Portuguese fan
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Euro 2004 ends with another shock win. Greece beat hosts Portugal - a crushing disappointment to this Portuguese fan.
Protesters flee as tear gas is fired
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Police use batons, tear gas and water cannon to stop protesters getting near the Nato summit conference hub in Istanbul.
Fighting fires in Spain
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Young and old join the efforts to extinguish devastating summer blazes in Portugal and Spain.
Pope John Paul II is seen during his traditional weekly general audience in the Vatican Aula Nervi
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Pope John Paul II celebrates 9,281 days in office. Over the past 2,000 years, only two men have served longer.
Women grieving at a funeral in Beslan
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The grief-stricken people of Beslan bury their dead, following a mass hostage-taking in a school which turned into a bloodbath.
Berlusconi after the opening session of the signing ceremony at Rome's Capitoline Hill
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Momentous day... Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wipes his brow at the signing ceremony for the EU Constitution in Rome.
Candles with a portrait of Yasser Arafat at a shrine outside the Percy military hospital
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Candles surround a portrait of Yasser Arafat at a makeshift shrine outside the hospital in Paris where the Palestinian leader died.
An elderly supporter of Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko cheers during a demonstration at Independence Square in Kiev.
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The orange revolution: Massive protests following disputed presidential elections in Ukraine lead to a re-run being ordered by the country's supreme court.
Viktor Yushchenko in July (left) and in December (right)
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Austrian doctors confirm that dioxin poisoning scarred the face of opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko shortly before Ukraine's elections.
The Millau Bridge
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France opens the world's highest road bridge. The Millau Bridge over the River Tarn, in the Massif Central mountains, is more than 300m (984ft) high.

Libyan leader embraces West
27 Apr 04 |  Europe
Cyprus 'spurns historic chance'
25 Apr 04 |  Europe
Greeks hail historic triumph
05 Jul 04 |  Greece


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