FILE- In this file photo dated Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, a combination photo produced with different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency ESA, shows Rosetta’s lander Philae after landing safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae, FILE) (AP)

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

November 18, 2014 9:30PM (UTC)

LONDON (AP) — The world looked on in awe last week as European scientists — for the first time in history — placed a spacecraft on a comet hundreds of millions of miles (kilometers) from Earth.

Back on the planet, protests broke out in Warsaw amid Poland's Independence Day celebrations, police hauled a Femen demonstrator away from St. Peter's Square in Rome and children in Athens sat on a monument honoring pro-democracy activists. A refugee center near Rome was attacked in the latest wave of anti-immigrant violence, floods coursed through the streets of Milan and a fire bull ran after a reveler during a festival in Spain.


In Africa, a blast devastated a gas station in Nigeria and a child used a mosquito net as a soccer goal in Zambia.

Black Pete figures greeted children in Antwerp despite critics' claims the holiday character is racist, Syrian children played in a refugee camp and a tiny model walked the runway at Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk.

On the financial front, European banks faced stress tests.


Stars of "The Hunger Games" film series appeared at a premiere in London and top Russian skaters performed at a competition in Moscow.

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