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The Political Week in Photos

Russia has begun pulling thousands of troops back from areas near the Ukrainian border, a step that could ease tensions with countries including America. President Vladimir Putin remained under pressure to ensure opposition leader Alexey Navalny doesn’t die from his hunger strike in a Russian prison.

Germany’s conservative bloc finally picked its candidate for chancellor in the September election — a vote that will mark the end of the leadership of Angela Merkel — but now faces the task of warding off the Greens, who are rising in popularity.

U.S. President Joe Biden hosted a virtual summit of around 40 leaders, where he pledged to halve emissions of greenhouse gases by 2030 and double climate aid to developing nations.

India found itself the global epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, with daily cases spiking over 300,000 and concerns the death toll may be much higher than official records.

These were among the topics of this week’s most compelling political images.