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Police stand in group during clashes with protesters following a mass protest in front of the new National Assembly building, demanding government resignation in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the biggest protest so far in nearly two months of anti-government rallies, hundreds of police officers in riot gear cordoned off the parliament building trying to protect it from protesters who were throwing stones and plastic bottles, eggs and garbage. Police answered by firing pepper spray at them.

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Vesselin Mareshki, right, leader of Bulgarian Political party Volya, and an MP from from his party wear protective suits during Parliamentary session in the Bulgarian National Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Bulgarians sing and chain dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during Epiphany, in Kalofer, Bulgaria. Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs.

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An aerial view as police forensic officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Thurock, South England. Police in southeastern England said that 39 people were found dead inside a truck container believed to have come from Bulgaria.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Knyaz Alexandar Square, in Sofia. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative.

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Bulgarians sing and chaindance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs.

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President Ram Nath Kovind, unveils the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at South Park in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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President Ram Nath Kovind shakes hands with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev at the Administration of the President Building, in Sophia.

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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, right, welcomes Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at the Bulgarian Presidency in Sofia.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and British Prime Minister Theresa May after meeting at a hotel on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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A boy holds the holy cross as Bulgarians sing and dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the central Bulgarian town of Kalofer, hundreds of Christians marked Epiphany by donning national costumes and wading into the frigid waters of the Tundzha river.

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Bulgarians sing and dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the central Bulgarian town of Kalofer, hundreds of Christians marked Epiphany by donning national costumes and wading into the frigid waters of the Tundzha river.

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Guards close the barrier of the Harmanli registration center as Bulgarian army soldier are deployed in Harmanli, Bulgaria. About 400 migrants have been detained after clashes with police at the refugee camp in southern Bulgaria which left several injured, and the country's prime minister Boyko Borisov said that some of them would immediately be deported as threats to national security.

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