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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

MAY 14-20, 2021

Scenes from Spain's Moroccan enclave dominate the week in pictures, with large numbers of migrants crossing the border. Lockdown restrictions lifting throughout Europe and cargo ships in Russia’s northernmost point also make up some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa.

The selection was curated by AP photographer Jerome Delay in South Africa.

Athletes start into the women's 50-meter backstroke preliminaries at the European Aquatics Championships in Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (AP PhotoPetr David Josek)

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A couple watch the sunset after curfew in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Cafe and restaurant terraces reopened Wednesday after a pandemic shutdown of more than six months deprived people of what feels like the essence of life in France. The French government is lifting restrictions incrementally to stave off a resurgence of COVID-19 and to give citizens back some of their signature "joie de vivre." (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

Unaccompanied minors who crossed into Spain are gathered outside a warehouse used as temporary shelter as they wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, near the border of Morocco and Spain, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Social services for the small city perched on an outcropping in the Mediterranean buckled under the strain after more than 8,000 people crossed into Spanish territory during the previous two days. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)

Cyclists pedal on a white road, during the eleventh stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, from Perugia to Montalcino, Italy, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Fabio FerrariLaPresse via AP)

A migrant runs after crossing into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, near the border of Morocco and Spain, early Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Spain deployed its military to the Moroccan border Tuesday as thousands of migrants jumped fences or swam onto European soil for the second day in a row after Rabat loosened border controls amid a deepening diplomatic spat. Morocco's loosened border watch came after Spain decided to grant entry for medical treatment to the chief of a militant group that fights for the independence of Western Sahara. Morocco annexed the sprawling region on the west coast of Africa in 1975. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)

An Icebreaker makes the path for a cargo ship with an iceberg in the background near a port on the Alexandra Land island near Nagurskoye, Russia, Monday, May 17, 2021. Once a desolate home mostly to polar bears, Russia's northernmost military outpost is bristling with missiles and radar and its extended runway can handle all types of aircraft, including nuclear-capable strategic bombers, projecting Moscow's power and influence across the Arctic amid intensifying international competition for the region's vast resources. (AP PhotoAlexander Zemlianichenko)

Spanish Army soldiers clash with migrants near the border of Morocco and Spain, at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Ceuta, a Spanish city of 85,000 in northern Africa, faces a humanitarian crisis after thousands of Moroccans took advantage of relaxed border control in their country to swim or paddle in inflatable boats into European soil. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)

A man lies on the ground as Spanish Army cordon off the area at the border of Morocco and Spain, at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Ceuta, a Spanish city of 85,000 in northern Africa, faces a humanitarian crisis after thousands of Moroccans took advantage of relaxed border control in their country to swim or paddle in inflatable boats into European soil. Around 6,000 people had crossed by Tuesday morning since the first arrivals began in the early hours of Monday, including 1,500 who are presumed to be teenagers. (AP PhotoJavier Fergo)

A man is held by soldiers of the Spanish Army at the border of Morocco and Spain, at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Ceuta, a Spanish city of 85,000 in northern Africa, faces a humanitarian crisis after thousands of Moroccans took advantage of relaxed border control in their country to swim or paddle in inflatable boats into European soil. Around 6,000 people had crossed by Tuesday morning since the first arrivals began in the early hours of Monday, including 1,500 who are presumed to be teenagers. (AP PhotoJavier Fergo)

Long COVID patient Gary Miller sits on his sofa at home with his dog Rupert in London, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. For taxi driver Miller, recovery is agonizingly slow. He says there are times "I feel like I'm taking one step forward, and then all of a sudden — bang — I'm ill again and I take two steps back." (AP PhotoKirsty Wigglesworth)

Lava flows from an eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The glow from the bubbling hot lava spewing out of the Fagradalsfjall volcano can be seen from the outskirts of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, which is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) away. Pandemic or no pandemic, the world will never stand still. That's perhaps no clearer than in Iceland where the Fagradalsfjall volcano has awoken from a slumber that has lasted 6,000 years, give or take a year or two. (AP PhotoMiguel Morenatti)

A street vendor carrying merchandise walks past a mural on how to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, in Soweto, South Africa, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

A woman enjoys the sun at Plaka beach on the Aegean island of Naxos, Greece, Friday, May 14, 2021. Greece launched its tourism season Friday amid a competitive scramble across the Mediterranean to lure vacationers emerging from lockdowns. (AP PhotoThanassis Stavrakis)