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Photos Of The Week #48

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for Week #48. (48 PHOTOS)

Spanish activists of the animal rights group AnimaNaturalis protest against the use of fur in the textil industry in Madrid on December 2. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
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Spanish activists of the animal rights group AnimaNaturalis protest against the use of fur in the textil industry in Madrid on December 2. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

Red water looking like blood flows at the Nouvel Observatoire fountain in Paris after health-care professionals affiliated with the Le Bloc union poured red dye in many of the city's fountains to protest against the implementation of a new cooperative network scheme that they say would undermine the freedom to choose one's own doctor. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
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Red water looking like blood flows at the Nouvel Observatoire fountain in Paris after health-care professionals affiliated with the Le Bloc union poured red dye in many of the city's fountains to protest against the implementation of a new cooperative network scheme that they say would undermine the freedom to choose one's own doctor. (AFP/Miguel Medina)

Skiers are seen on a cable car above the fog in the mountains above Engelberg in central Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Skiers are seen on a cable car above the fog in the mountains above Engelberg in central Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Russian opposition activists dressed as prisoners walk in central Moscow as they rally to demand freedom for political prisoners on December 1. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)
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Russian opposition activists dressed as prisoners walk in central Moscow as they rally to demand freedom for political prisoners on December 1. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

Slovenian police use a water cannon during protests against the government in Ljubljana. (AFP/Jure Makovec)
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Slovenian police use a water cannon during protests against the government in Ljubljana. (AFP/Jure Makovec)

Chinese students show their hands painted to look like red ribbons during a World AIDS Day event at a school in Hanshan, central Anhui Province. (AFP)
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Chinese students show their hands painted to look like red ribbons during a World AIDS Day event at a school in Hanshan, central Anhui Province. (AFP)

Students from a military school stand next to a poster of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev at the opening of an exhibition to mark the inaugural Day of the First President in Almaty. For the first time in its modern history, Kazakhstan will mark the Day of the First President on December 1 to commemorate the election of Nazarbaev in 1991. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Students from a military school stand next to a poster of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev at the opening of an exhibition to mark the inaugural Day of the First President in Almaty. For the first time in its modern history, Kazakhstan will mark the Day of the First President on December 1 to commemorate the election of Nazarbaev in 1991. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch on November 29. Obama defeated Romney in the November 6 presidential election in the United States. (WHITE HOUSE PHOTO/Pete Souza)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch on November 29. Obama defeated Romney in the November 6 presidential election in the United States. (WHITE HOUSE PHOTO/Pete Souza)

A general view of protesters chanting antigovernment slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 30. Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Muhammad Morsi after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
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A general view of protesters chanting antigovernment slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 30. Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Muhammad Morsi after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

A Serbian ultranationalist shouts slogans during a protest rally in Belgrade after a UN court cleared Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes committed during the 1998-99 conflict. A UN war crimes court cleared Haradinaj of murder and torture during the 1990s war of independence, enraging Belgrade with the second such acquittal in two weeks. (AFP/Alexa Stankovic)
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A Serbian ultranationalist shouts slogans during a protest rally in Belgrade after a UN court cleared Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes committed during the 1998-99 conflict. A UN war crimes court cleared Haradinaj of murder and torture during the 1990s war of independence, enraging Belgrade with the second such acquittal in two weeks. (AFP/Alexa Stankovic)

A NASA imaging spectroradiometer aboard an orbiting satellite captured this true-color image of St. Helena Island and a band of wind-blown cloud vortices trailing toward the island's leeward side over the South Atlantic Ocean. Tiny St. Helena lies approximately 1,900 kilometers west of Africa. (Reuters/NASA)
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A NASA imaging spectroradiometer aboard an orbiting satellite captured this true-color image of St. Helena Island and a band of wind-blown cloud vortices trailing toward the island's leeward side over the South Atlantic Ocean. Tiny St. Helena lies approximately 1,900 kilometers west of Africa. (Reuters/NASA)

A Turkmen folk dance band performs in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, ahead of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's official visit. Berdymukhammedov is pictured behind on the right with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. (Photolur)
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A Turkmen folk dance band performs in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, ahead of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's official visit. Berdymukhammedov is pictured behind on the right with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. (Photolur)

Lasha Pataraia pulls an 8-ton truck with his ear during an event in the Georgian city of Rustavi, outside Tbilisi, on November 29. The 32-year-old Georgian athlete broke a Guinness record after he managed to pull the truck with his ear for 21.5 meters. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)
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Lasha Pataraia pulls an 8-ton truck with his ear during an event in the Georgian city of Rustavi, outside Tbilisi, on November 29. The 32-year-old Georgian athlete broke a Guinness record after he managed to pull the truck with his ear for 21.5 meters. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

Brazilian Indian chief Raoni Txukarramae, the chief of the Amazonian Indian tribe Kayapo, arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)
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Brazilian Indian chief Raoni Txukarramae, the chief of the Amazonian Indian tribe Kayapo, arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Clovelly Beach in Sydney, Australia. The algae closed some beaches for swimming, including Bondi Beach, for a period of time. While the red algae, known as noctiluca scintillans, or sea sparkle, has no toxic effects, people are still advised to avoid swimming in areas with discolored water because the algae, which can be high in ammonia, can cause skin irritation. (AFP/William West)
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A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Clovelly Beach in Sydney, Australia. The algae closed some beaches for swimming, including Bondi Beach, for a period of time. While the red algae, known as noctiluca scintillans, or sea sparkle, has no toxic effects, people are still advised to avoid swimming in areas with discolored water because the algae, which can be high in ammonia, can cause skin irritation. (AFP/William West)

Buddhist monks receive treatment at a hospital after police fired water cannon and tear gas during a crackdown on villagers and monks protesting a Chinese-backed copper mine in northern Burma. (AFP/J Maung Maung)
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Buddhist monks receive treatment at a hospital after police fired water cannon and tear gas during a crackdown on villagers and monks protesting a Chinese-backed copper mine in northern Burma. (AFP/J Maung Maung)

The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)
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The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

A man reads next to his makeshift bicycle repair cart along a road in Beijing's central business district. (Reuters/Jason Lee)
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A man reads next to his makeshift bicycle repair cart along a road in Beijing's central business district. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

People inspect wax figures of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left), and Prince William at a press preview in Tokyo. The Madame Tussauds museum in Tokyo will be reopened in March 2013 with more than 60 waxworks expected to be displayed. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)
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People inspect wax figures of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left), and Prince William at a press preview in Tokyo. The Madame Tussauds museum in Tokyo will be reopened in March 2013 with more than 60 waxworks expected to be displayed. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Ethnic Albanian children march under Albanian flags in Pristina, Kosovo, during celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Albania's declaration of independence on November 28. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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Ethnic Albanian children march under Albanian flags in Pristina, Kosovo, during celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Albania's declaration of independence on November 28. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

A chef cuts a huge cake, with the Albanian flag symbols, measuring 550 square meters, on the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, during centenary celebrations on November 28. (AFP/Gent Shkullaku)
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A chef cuts a huge cake, with the Albanian flag symbols, measuring 550 square meters, on the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, during centenary celebrations on November 28. (AFP/Gent Shkullaku)

A colorful fall in Urmia, Iran, courtesy of RFE/RL Radio Farda Facebook fan Masud Ashrafi
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A colorful fall in Urmia, Iran, courtesy of RFE/RL Radio Farda Facebook fan Masud Ashrafi

Esteghlal Tehran take on Foolad Khuzestan in a match in Tehran. (Mehr)
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Esteghlal Tehran take on Foolad Khuzestan in a match in Tehran. (Mehr)

A bridge disappears into the fog in Ahvaz, Iran. (IRNA)
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A bridge disappears into the fog in Ahvaz, Iran. (IRNA)

Migratory birds fly above a man rowing a boat on the Yamuna River in Delhi, India. (Reuters/Mansi Thapliyal)
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Migratory birds fly above a man rowing a boat on the Yamuna River in Delhi, India. (Reuters/Mansi Thapliyal)

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