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Policemen detain a man taking part in a protest against Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as Russia's president. A backlash has followed the elections that put Putin back in power after the four years during which his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, served as president.


Russia's President Vladimir Putin enters Andreyevsky (St. Andrew's) Hall at the Great Kremlin Palace during his inauguration ceremony.


Members of the pro-Putin Nashi youth movement celebrate the Russian leader's inauguration to a third term.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Sekretarev / Associated Press

A woman displays her ink-dipped finger after casting her vote in parliamentary elections. Polling stations opened Monday in a time of unrest. During a shaky cease-fire, opposition to the presidency of Bashar Assad continues to press for his ouster.


Supporters of Francois Hollande, France's Socialist presidential candidate, celebrate his victory in Sunday's election. Hollande surpassed President Nicolas Sarkozy with about 51.7% of the vote.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balint Pornezci / Bloomberg

In Greece, supporters of the leftist Syriza party celebrate its showing in elections that produced a fragmented Parliament as Greece struggles with debt and its membership in the Eurozone.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Simon Dawson / Bloomberg

Buddhist monks release a lantern after praying at the Borobudur temple during the Vesak festival, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing of Buddha.


Poppy buds provide raw opium, likely to be processed into heroin.


Visitors pose for a picture in front of a UEFA EURO 2012 Cup placard displayed in Independence Square, the city's central square. Ukraine is co-hosting Euro 2012.


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In Russia, policemen detain a protester voicing opposition to Vladimir Putin’s inauguration to his third presidential term. Inside the Kremlin, Putin took his oath of office at a glittering ceremony.

In Syria, a woman shows her ink-dipped finger after casting her vote in parliamentary elections. Despite violence, opponents continue to call for the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

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  1. May 7, 2012, 4:06 pm

    The world has changed.
    Russia has changed.
    Vladimir Putin has changed.
    But not enough.
    Not enough for the Russians, and not enough for anybody else.
    Putin either has to shift gears — fast — or get out of the way. Staying the course can only hatch problems that neither the Russians nor the rest of us would ever want to face.

    By: kafantaris
  2. May 7, 2012, 6:42 pm

    That's a very actiony picture!!!!!!

    By: falcons98

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