AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 8:06 AM
AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

LONDON (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition was still bombing Islamic State positions in Kobani last week, blunting the extremists' drive to capture the town in northern Syria.

Violence erupted in Kenya when extremists attacked a bus near the Somali border, killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed. Kenyan women also staged protests, demanding the right to wear whatever clothing they want.

The foreign ministers of neighboring Russia and Germany met in Moscow, where top landmarks were shrouded in an evening haze. In the volatile Russian province of Chechnya, conscripts were being drafted for the first time since a separatist war.

Far-right supporters remembered former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco on the 39th anniversary of his death and a French right-winger spoke at a rally in Madrid. The effects of Europe's debt crisis lingered as an 85-year-old woman was evicted from her apartment in Madrid after her son lost his job.

In sports, Lionel Messi was lifted by his teammates when he set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals; the Swiss team celebrated after defeating France in the Davis Cup final; a surfer went airborne as he rode a big wave off Nazare, Portugal; Rika Hongo of Japan skated at a competition in Moscow; and a small boy played with a ball in Guinea.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban held hands in London at the world premiere of the film "Paddington."