AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

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Posted: May 26, 2015 11:43 AM
AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

LONDON (AP) — Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by a national referendum, prompting crowds on the streets of Dublin to erupt in joy and cheers last week.

In Burundi, refugees fleeing political unrest waited anxiously to board a U.N. ship on Lake Tanganyika.

Local elections were held across Spain, with voters punishing the two main political parties — the ruling Popular Party and the opposition Socialists — for years of austerity measures and a string of corruption scandals.

In Moscow, the Russian Orthodox Church honored the two saints considered to be the founders of the Cyrillic alphabet.

On the arts scene, Sweden's entry won the Eurovision contest after a close battle with Russia and Italy, and the French movie "Dheepan" by director Jacques Audiard won the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Formula One Grand Prix came to the winding streets of Monaco, prompting spectators to try to grab a glimpse of the action anyway they could.