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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

2024-06-14 14:15 Last Updated At:14:22

June 7-13, 2024

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine other people were killed in a plane crash. Voters across the European Union went to the polls for the European parliamentary elections to choose their representatives for the next five-year term. The crater of a volcano near Grindavik, Iceland, continued to erupt.

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A test run of a light show illuminates the sky and the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The show is part of the city's entertainment program on occasion of the Euro 2024 soccer tournament and will take place every evening during the tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

June 7-13, 2024

A Ukrainian war veteran with prosthetic legs watch players of Ukraine's national soccer team during a public training session in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, June 13, 2024, ahead of their group E match against Romania at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A Ukrainian war veteran with prosthetic legs watch players of Ukraine's national soccer team during a public training session in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, June 13, 2024, ahead of their group E match against Romania at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A women walks past inflatable soccer balls, orange tarp, orange bunting, and Dutch national flags as she walks along Marktweg street in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday June 13, 2024, one day ahead of the start of the Euro 2024 Soccer Championship. The Marktweg is one of several streets in the Netherlands that get an all-encompassing orange facelift during European Championships and World Cups when the national team, known as Oranje after the Dutch royal family and the color of their shirts, are playing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

A women walks past inflatable soccer balls, orange tarp, orange bunting, and Dutch national flags as she walks along Marktweg street in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday June 13, 2024, one day ahead of the start of the Euro 2024 Soccer Championship. The Marktweg is one of several streets in the Netherlands that get an all-encompassing orange facelift during European Championships and World Cups when the national team, known as Oranje after the Dutch royal family and the color of their shirts, are playing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Coco Gauff of the U.S., left, and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic kiss the trophy as they won the women's doubles final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Italy's Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Coco Gauff of the U.S., left, and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic kiss the trophy as they won the women's doubles final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Italy's Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

A woman stands in a group of Romanian soccer ultras during an international friendly soccer match between Romania and Liechtenstein at the Steaua stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

A woman stands in a group of Romanian soccer ultras during an international friendly soccer match between Romania and Liechtenstein at the Steaua stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

The Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower Friday, June 7, 2024 in Paris. The Paris Olympics organizers mounted the rings on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games. The 95-foot-long and 43-foot-high structure of five rings, made entirely of recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old historic landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine River. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

The Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower Friday, June 7, 2024 in Paris. The Paris Olympics organizers mounted the rings on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games. The 95-foot-long and 43-foot-high structure of five rings, made entirely of recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old historic landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine River. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after his ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after his ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

An aerial view shows lava from an active volcano engulfing the road near Grindavik, Iceland, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

An aerial view shows lava from an active volcano engulfing the road near Grindavik, Iceland, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

The sun rises above the active crater of the volcano near Grindavik, Iceland, Monday, June 10, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting spewing red lava close to the coastal town of Grindavik. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

The sun rises above the active crater of the volcano near Grindavik, Iceland, Monday, June 10, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting spewing red lava close to the coastal town of Grindavik. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators lie on the ground as they protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators lie on the ground as they protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

A vendor sells newspapers in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, following the death of Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima, in a plane crash Monday. The Malawi government says that Chilima will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in a plane crash. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

A vendor sells newspapers in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, following the death of Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima, in a plane crash Monday. The Malawi government says that Chilima will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in a plane crash. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Mourners comfort one another at the home of Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Chilima, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in the crash, according to Malawi's government. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Mourners comfort one another at the home of Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Chilima, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in the crash, according to Malawi's government. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

French President Emmanuel Macron appears on a television screen at the French far-right National Rally party election night headquarters, Sunday, June 9, 2024 in Paris. French President Emanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called a new legislative election after defeat in the EU vote. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

French President Emmanuel Macron appears on a television screen at the French far-right National Rally party election night headquarters, Sunday, June 9, 2024 in Paris. French President Emanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called a new legislative election after defeat in the EU vote. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

Ukrainian national guard servicemen of Khartia brigade take cover after firing towards Russian positions by a D-20 cannon at the frontline near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukrainian national guard servicemen of Khartia brigade take cover after firing towards Russian positions by a D-20 cannon at the frontline near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Drag queen Bernat Bodes, known as Pitita, left, takes a break from her duties as president of a polling station during the European Parliament elections in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Polling stations have opened across Europe as voters from 20 countries cast ballots in elections that are expected to shift the European Union's parliament to the right and could reshape the future direction of the world's biggest trading bloc. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Drag queen Bernat Bodes, known as Pitita, left, takes a break from her duties as president of a polling station during the European Parliament elections in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Polling stations have opened across Europe as voters from 20 countries cast ballots in elections that are expected to shift the European Union's parliament to the right and could reshape the future direction of the world's biggest trading bloc. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A child peers from a voting cabin during European and local elections in Baleni, Romania, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Voters across the European Union are going to the polls on the final day of voting for the European parliamentary elections to choose their representatives for the next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

A child peers from a voting cabin during European and local elections in Baleni, Romania, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Voters across the European Union are going to the polls on the final day of voting for the European parliamentary elections to choose their representatives for the next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

In sports, cities and towns across Europe made preparations for the start of the Euro 2024 Soccer Championship and Paris organizers mounted the Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower to mark 50 days until the start of the Summer Games.

This gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by Associated Press photographers in Europe and Africa.

The selection was curated by chief photographer Markus Schreiber in Berlin.

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A test run of a light show illuminates the sky and the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The show is part of the city's entertainment program on occasion of the Euro 2024 soccer tournament and will take place every evening during the tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A test run of a light show illuminates the sky and the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The show is part of the city's entertainment program on occasion of the Euro 2024 soccer tournament and will take place every evening during the tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A Ukrainian war veteran with prosthetic legs watch players of Ukraine's national soccer team during a public training session in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, June 13, 2024, ahead of their group E match against Romania at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A Ukrainian war veteran with prosthetic legs watch players of Ukraine's national soccer team during a public training session in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, June 13, 2024, ahead of their group E match against Romania at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A women walks past inflatable soccer balls, orange tarp, orange bunting, and Dutch national flags as she walks along Marktweg street in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday June 13, 2024, one day ahead of the start of the Euro 2024 Soccer Championship. The Marktweg is one of several streets in the Netherlands that get an all-encompassing orange facelift during European Championships and World Cups when the national team, known as Oranje after the Dutch royal family and the color of their shirts, are playing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

A women walks past inflatable soccer balls, orange tarp, orange bunting, and Dutch national flags as she walks along Marktweg street in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday June 13, 2024, one day ahead of the start of the Euro 2024 Soccer Championship. The Marktweg is one of several streets in the Netherlands that get an all-encompassing orange facelift during European Championships and World Cups when the national team, known as Oranje after the Dutch royal family and the color of their shirts, are playing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Coco Gauff of the U.S., left, and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic kiss the trophy as they won the women's doubles final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Italy's Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Coco Gauff of the U.S., left, and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic kiss the trophy as they won the women's doubles final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Italy's Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

A woman stands in a group of Romanian soccer ultras during an international friendly soccer match between Romania and Liechtenstein at the Steaua stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

A woman stands in a group of Romanian soccer ultras during an international friendly soccer match between Romania and Liechtenstein at the Steaua stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

The Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower Friday, June 7, 2024 in Paris. The Paris Olympics organizers mounted the rings on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games. The 95-foot-long and 43-foot-high structure of five rings, made entirely of recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old historic landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine River. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

The Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower Friday, June 7, 2024 in Paris. The Paris Olympics organizers mounted the rings on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games. The 95-foot-long and 43-foot-high structure of five rings, made entirely of recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old historic landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine River. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after his ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after his ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

An aerial view shows lava from an active volcano engulfing the road near Grindavik, Iceland, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

An aerial view shows lava from an active volcano engulfing the road near Grindavik, Iceland, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

The sun rises above the active crater of the volcano near Grindavik, Iceland, Monday, June 10, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting spewing red lava close to the coastal town of Grindavik. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

The sun rises above the active crater of the volcano near Grindavik, Iceland, Monday, June 10, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting spewing red lava close to the coastal town of Grindavik. (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators lie on the ground as they protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators lie on the ground as they protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

A vendor sells newspapers in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, following the death of Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima, in a plane crash Monday. The Malawi government says that Chilima will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in a plane crash. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

A vendor sells newspapers in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, following the death of Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima, in a plane crash Monday. The Malawi government says that Chilima will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in a plane crash. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Mourners comfort one another at the home of Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Chilima, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in the crash, according to Malawi's government. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Mourners comfort one another at the home of Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Chilima, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in the crash, according to Malawi's government. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

French President Emmanuel Macron appears on a television screen at the French far-right National Rally party election night headquarters, Sunday, June 9, 2024 in Paris. French President Emanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called a new legislative election after defeat in the EU vote. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

French President Emmanuel Macron appears on a television screen at the French far-right National Rally party election night headquarters, Sunday, June 9, 2024 in Paris. French President Emanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called a new legislative election after defeat in the EU vote. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

Ukrainian national guard servicemen of Khartia brigade take cover after firing towards Russian positions by a D-20 cannon at the frontline near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukrainian national guard servicemen of Khartia brigade take cover after firing towards Russian positions by a D-20 cannon at the frontline near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Drag queen Bernat Bodes, known as Pitita, left, takes a break from her duties as president of a polling station during the European Parliament elections in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Polling stations have opened across Europe as voters from 20 countries cast ballots in elections that are expected to shift the European Union's parliament to the right and could reshape the future direction of the world's biggest trading bloc. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Drag queen Bernat Bodes, known as Pitita, left, takes a break from her duties as president of a polling station during the European Parliament elections in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Polling stations have opened across Europe as voters from 20 countries cast ballots in elections that are expected to shift the European Union's parliament to the right and could reshape the future direction of the world's biggest trading bloc. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A child peers from a voting cabin during European and local elections in Baleni, Romania, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Voters across the European Union are going to the polls on the final day of voting for the European parliamentary elections to choose their representatives for the next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

A child peers from a voting cabin during European and local elections in Baleni, Romania, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Voters across the European Union are going to the polls on the final day of voting for the European parliamentary elections to choose their representatives for the next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida president Ben Sasse plans to leave his position as head of one of the leading public universities in the U.S. to focus on taking care of his family after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy.

In a post on the social platform X, the former U.S. senator from Nebraska said Thursday night that “after extensive prayer and lots of family tears,” he asked university officials that day to start looking for a new president. In a statement, the university said his resignation is effective July 31. He took the position almost two years ago.

“I need to step back for a time and focus more on the needs of my family while we rebuild more stable household systems,” Sasse said, adding that he would continue to teach at the university in Gainesville, Florida.

Sasse's wife, Melissa, who had an aneurysm and a series of strokes in 2007, was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and has been having “a new batch of memory issues," he said.

“We’ve battled some nasty seizures the last couple years, but she’s always remained a warrior,” he said.

The couple has two daughters in college, and their youngest child is turning 13, he said.

Sasse, a Republican, left the senate last year after being named the 13th president of the university.

While in the Senate, he was a prominent critic of former President Donald Trump who joined with a handful of other Republicans to vote in favor of conviction in his impeachment trial after the 2021 Capitol riot. That led to criticism from within Sasse's own party even though he voted with Trump 85% of the time and helped get his three Supreme Court nominees confirmed.

Sasso was a controversial pick to head the University of Florida, and he faced vocal opposition from some faculty and students who objected to his stance against same-sex marriage and positions on other LGBTQ issues.

Some faculty and students also questioned his qualifications to run such a sprawling school with more than 50,000 students. The university's faculty Senate voted no confidence on an opaque selection process in which Sasse emerged as the sole finalist.

The chair of the university's board of trustees, Mori Hosseini, thanked Sasse for his leadership.

“He has left a lasting impact on the university and all of those associated with it. We wish Ben all the best as he steps back to focus on his family,” Hosseini said.

Sasse thanked the university for welcoming his family and said he was grateful for the professors and students as well those behind the scenes, like third-shift maintenance crews and the early morning cafeteria workers.

“We love you. You touched our hearts and made this more than a job — you made it our community,” Sasse said. “That’s why we’re not going anywhere.”

FILE - U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., listens during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2022. Sasse, who left office to become the University of Florida president, announced late Thursday, July 18, 2024, that he will leave his job at the university at the end of the month so he can focus on taking care of his family after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

FILE - U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., listens during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2022. Sasse, who left office to become the University of Florida president, announced late Thursday, July 18, 2024, that he will leave his job at the university at the end of the month so he can focus on taking care of his family after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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