AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2014 10:55 AM
AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

LONDON (AP) — Bomb blasts and gunfire in Nigeria this week killed more than 100 people at the main mosque in the northern city of Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city. Islamic group Boko Haram is suspected in those and other recent attacks, which have prompted thousands of people to flee their homes and seek shelter in camps for internally-displaced people.

Pope Francis went on a three-day trip to Turkey, where he met with the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. Francis bowed to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and asked for his blessing "for me and the Church of Rome," a remarkable display of papal deference to an Orthodox patriarch that underscored Francis' hope to end a nearly 1,000-year schism. Bartholomew kissed Francis' head.

French shepherds brought flocks of sheep to the Eiffel Tower to demonstrate against a government policy that protects wolves they say attack their herds.

A freighter carrying nearly 600 migrants, including families with children, lost power in international waters in the Mediterranean and drifted at sea until it was towed for 40 hours by a Greek navy frigate to Crete. Many of the migrants were fleeing to Europe from the conflict in Syria.

French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea, saying there is a commitment to ending the Ebola epidemic. He was the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola. Residents greeted Hollande with clapping, drumming and dancing.

American actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring at age 62 and defeated an opponent less than half his age in an exhibition bout.