French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces an uphill struggle in the second round of the presidential election after coming second in Sunday's first vote to Socialist rival Francois Hollande (pictured).
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Sudan's bombardment of a border area in South Sudan. Warplanes dropped bombs near the South Sudanese town of Bentiu, witnesses said.
Netherlands's Jeroen Mooren (left) fights with Ukraine's Georgiy Zantaraya during their match at the European Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Mooren won the fight.
Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority began safety inspections of all airplanes operated by private airlines, days after a crash killed 127 people. The Bhoja Air Boeing 737, which had flown from the southern city of Karachi, crashed on its approach to Islamabad's airport.
News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch took to the stand at the Leveson Inquiry declaring his session was an opportunity "to put certain myths to bed". He is seen here with his wife Wendi Deng leaving the court having repeatedly claimed there had been a "cover-up" at the News of the World over the extent of phone hacking, but insisting it was kept hidden from him.
An Indian shepherd woman carries a lamb across a dried pond on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India.
Some of the 80 life-size concrete figures by artist Cristel Lechner that are on show at the Maximilian park in Hamm, Germany.
Alhaji Jusu Jarka (right), chairman of Sierra Leonian amputee association, watches as the former Liberian leader Charles Taylor is found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.
Bonus Day in pictures: 27 April 2012
The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he will hand over all his correspondence with his special adviser over the Sky takeover bid, to the Leveson Inquiry - amid pressure for a separate probe into his conduct
A visitor sits near the painting Mousquetaire et Nu Assis by Pablo Picasso during a press preview for the Impressionists and Modern Art auction at Christie's auction house in New York
Runners go over the water jump in the college men's 3000-metre steeplechase during the Penn Relays track and field meet in Philadelphia.
Construction of Brazil's Acu Superport continues. When finished it will be the largest in the Americas, able to dock the largest ship in the world, the Chinamax, and will have everything from a car building plant to a cement factory.
As fans gather outside the Olympic Stadium in Seoul for a Lady Gaga concert, South Korea's Media Rating Board said the concert would be harmful for young people and banned under-18s from attending.
Nasser Al Attiyah from Qatar and Giovanni Bernacchini from Italy compete in their Qatar WRT Citroen DS3, during the practice stage of the World Rally Championship in Cordoba, Argentina.
Supporters of Ukraine's jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko protest amid growing concern for her health. Ms Tymoshenko, 51, is said to have begun a hunger strike last Friday and alleges that three men punched her in the stomach on her way to hospital.
Campaigners from the World Development Movement protest outside the Barclays annual general meeting in London, where the bank faces a revolt by shareholders angry at the pay of its top executives.
An Afghan shepherd leads his flock across a street in the old city of Kabul.
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