AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

MAY 7 - MAY 13, 2021

From women singing a blessing for fish in Senegal to Victory Day celebrations in Russia, the solo State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II in London and the Pope trying on a new hat at the Vatican, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the week by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa.

The selection was curated by AP Photographer Markus Schreiber in Berlin.

Siny Gueye, center left, is joined by other women fish processors to sing a blessing and thankful song at Bargny beach, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Dakar, Senegal, Thursday April 1, 2021. (AP PhotoLeo Correa)

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Russian cadets of Nakhimov Naval Academy march along Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 7, 2021. The parade will take place at Moscow's Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 76 years of the victory in WWII. (AP PhotoPavel Golovkin)

People stand near a school with flowers after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP PhotoDmitri Lovetsky)

Volunteers hold wooden mock rifles as they receive instructions during a training camp held by National Corps party in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP PhotoFelipe Dana)

Elena, 7, left, plays a game of checkers using soda bottle tops with friend Hailemariam, 12, right, at a reception and day center for displaced Tigrayans in Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Sunday, May 9, 2021. The Tigray conflict has displaced more than 1 million people, the International Organization for Migration reported in April, and the numbers continue to rise. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)

Children and other congregants pray during a Sunday morning service of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church at the Church of St. Mary in Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Sunday, May 9, 2021. The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abune Mathias, in a video shot last month on a mobile phone and carried out of Ethiopia, sharply criticized Ethiopia's actions in the conflict in the country's Tigray region. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)

Atletico Madrid's Saul, front, controls the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)

Marta Murru of Italy performs during a solo competition of artistic swimming during European Swimming Championships in Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary Monday, May 10, 2021. (Tamas KovacsMTI via AP)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, Tuesday May 11, 2021. (Chris JacksonPool via AP)

Pope Francis smiles after an attendee placed a hat on his head in the St. Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP PhotoAlessandra Tarantino)

Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Hundreds of Muslims attended dawn Eid al-Fitr prayers Thursday marking the end of a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims around the world, a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP PhotoEmrah Gurel)

Ballerinas of the National Opera perform during the avant premiere staging of the 1870 comic ballet Coppelia originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon to the music of Leo Delibes, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Bucharest opera, along with theaters are restarting performances with spectators as Romania is relaxing its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. (AP PhotoAndreea Alexandru)

A young Minke whale swims down a narrow inlet amongst vegetation, showing scrapes and damage to its tail fin, near Teddington Lock, as efforts to rescue the whale continue, in London, Monday, May 10, 2021. A Port of London Authority spokesperson said a whale had never been seen this far up the Thames before, 95 miles from its mouth. He says "it's like seeing a camel at the North Pole." The whale had been freed on Sunday after it became stuck on Richmond lock's boat rollers but has remained in the Thames. (AP PhotoMatt Dunham)