In this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, samples of hand-crafted artillery equipment are on display during a demonstration of seized weapons and equipment belonging to the militants of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist alliance formerly known as Nusra Front, in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian army troops have significantly expanded the control zone over the surroundings of Aleppo this week, which are located on both sides of the strategic highway Damascus - Aleppo. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
From left to right, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Moldova Vladimur Turcan, Moldovan President Igor Dodon and Secretary General of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio attend the International Conference on the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova.
French labour union members and workers on strike take part in a demonstration against French government's pensions reform plans, in Paris, France. The legal retirement age in France will remain 62 with the new French retirement plan, but workers will need to work until 64 to get a full pension, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced shortly before Christmas.
Former prime minister Vano Merabishvili waves to his supporters as he leaves a prison in Tbilisi, Georgia. Merabishvili, who headed the government of former pro-Western president Mikheil Saakashvili, spent almost seven years in prison on several charges including public funds embezzlement, abuse of office and organizing to have then-Georgian parliament member physically beaten.
From left, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini talk to the media during a news conference after bilateral talks between Italy and Russia at Villa Madama in Rome, Italy.
Trains of public transport are parked at the main station of Piraeus during the 24-hour strike against the new social insurance bill forwarded to the Greek Parliament from the government, in Athens, Greece. The strike paralyzed public transport in Athens, intercity trains and ferry ship services.
Newly-appointed French Health and Solidarity Minister Olivier Veran delivers a speech during the opening debate on the French government's pensions reform bill at the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, in Paris, France. The government wants the lower house to put the original draft to vote before the first round of municipal elections on March 15. The bill is expected to go to the Senate, the upper house of parliament, in April or May.
Pilots unveil a stone, where the memorial complex will be opened, during a ceremony to commemorate the victims of Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed outside Tehran, Iran, at the Boryspil International airport, in Kiev, Ukraine. The plane which was bound for Ukraine's capital of Kiev with 176 people on board, crashed on January 8, 2020 after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. All passengers and crew lost their lives.
From left, Germany's Denise Herrmann, placed second, Italy's Dorothea Wierer, placed first, and Norway's Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, placed third, pose during a flowers ceremony after the women's 10 km pursuit race at the World Biathlon Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
From left, silver medalist Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe, gold medalist France's Emilien Jacquelin and bronze medalist Russia's Alexander Loginov pose for a photo after the men's 12.5 km pursuit race at the World Biathlon Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
From left, silver medalist France's Quentin Fillon Maillet, gold medalist Russia's Alexander Loginov and bronze medalist France's Martin Fourcade pose for a photo after the men's 10 km sprint race at the World Biathlon Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
From left, silver medalists Aleksandr Denisev and Vladislav Antonov, gold medalists Germany's Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken and bronze medalists Germany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arit celebrate during a medal ceremony after the doubles final competition at the Luge World Championships in Sochi, Russia.
Police officer stand guard on a street in the village of Masanchi, in Jambyl region, Kazakhstan. Ten were killed and 40 others sustained injuries in a mass brawl on the evening of February 7 in Kazakhstan's southern province of Jambyl, where mostly ethnic minority Dungans live. In addition, more than 30 houses, 15 shops and 23 vehicles have been damaged during the clashes.
A woman leaves a voting booth during snap Parliamentary elections at a polling station, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Polling places are opened across Azerbaijan for early parliamentary elections, with 19 political parties competing for seats in the 125-member unicameral parliament.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a joint meeting of the State Council and the Council for Science and Education at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office Sergei Kiriyenko, is at left, and Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, is at right.
Ukraine's Parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov, centre, makes his speech as lawmakers block the tribune during a Parliament's session to discuss the land reform, in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian Parliament plans to lift the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land from October 1, 2020.
In this handout photo released by the Operational headquarters of Tyumen Region for the coronavirus prevention, members of medical staff check passengers, evacuated from the China's Hubei province, upon their arrival at Roschino airport, in Tyumen, Russia. 144 people were evacuated from China, including 128 nationals of Russia and 16 CIS citizens. As the newly emerged strain of coronavirus continues spreading in China and beyond, many countries arranged for the evacuation of their citizens from Wuhan. The coronavirus outbreak has killed nearly 500 people and infected more than 24,000 in mainland China and beyond. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout video grab released by the Russian Defence Ministry, an Ilyushin Il-76 takes off from the Baikal International Airport to evacuate Russian citizens from China's Coronavirus-Hit Hubei Province, in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Members of the working group attend a meeting on proposals for amendments to the Russian Constitution in Moscow, Russia. In the address to the Federal Assembly, in mid-January, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered important changes to the constitution, including reducing the presidency to two terms and expanding the role of the legislature.
A demonstrator carries flag during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump's plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict near the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The "deal of the century" was revealed by Trump on January 28 in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The U.S. plan heavily favored Israel, granting the Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank while allowing Israel to annex all its settlements there and keep nearly all of east Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as the capital of a future Palestinian state. It also includes the naturalization of Palestinian refugees in their current countries of residence, which Lebanon strongly rejects as it shelters 600,000 Palestinian refugees, as well as 1.5 million refugees from Syria, despite having a population of four million.
An employee of Hygiene and Epidemiology Centre holds a test system for detecting the coronavirus developed by Russia's biological research center Vector, in Chita, Russia. The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 300 people and infected more than 14,000 in mainland China and beyond.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, left, congratulates Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on the day of the 11th anniversary of his enthronement in Moscow, Russia. Metropolitan Kirill was elected Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church and enthroned on 1 February 2009 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.