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Photos Of The Week #51

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. (52 PHOTOS)

An Afghan fire fighter tackles a huge blaze that has devastated much of Kabul's central market. (RFE/RL/Sayedjan Sabawoon)
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An Afghan fire fighter tackles a huge blaze that has devastated much of Kabul's central market. (RFE/RL/Sayedjan Sabawoon)

North Korean girls dance during a performance at a nursery school in the North Korean border town of Siniuju, across from China's northeastern city of Dandong. (AFP/Wang Zhao)
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North Korean girls dance during a performance at a nursery school in the North Korean border town of Siniuju, across from China's northeastern city of Dandong. (AFP/Wang Zhao)

A Syrian patient smokes a cigarette at the Dar Al-Ajaza psychiatric hospital in the heart of the Old City of Aleppo. The psychiatric ward in Syria's war-ravaged second city, housing around 60 patients, has lacked the means to function properly since fighting broke out there in July. (AFP)
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A Syrian patient smokes a cigarette at the Dar Al-Ajaza psychiatric hospital in the heart of the Old City of Aleppo. The psychiatric ward in Syria's war-ravaged second city, housing around 60 patients, has lacked the means to function properly since fighting broke out there in July. (AFP)

Fog partially covers the Dolomites before the Men's World Cup Giant Slalom in Alta Badia. (AFP/Olivier Morin)
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Fog partially covers the Dolomites before the Men's World Cup Giant Slalom in Alta Badia. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson performs at a concert in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on December 21. (Belapan)
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Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson performs at a concert in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on December 21. (Belapan)

Clad in Santa Claus costumes, workers clean windows some 55 meters above the ground outside a hotel in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)
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Clad in Santa Claus costumes, workers clean windows some 55 meters above the ground outside a hotel in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

A reveler, dressed as a unicorn, celebrates the sunrise during the winter solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England. (Reuters/Kieran Doherty)
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A reveler, dressed as a unicorn, celebrates the sunrise during the winter solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England. (Reuters/Kieran Doherty)

Boris Lezhnin, 75, walks along an embankment of the Yenisei River in the Russian city of Divnogorsk, south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, in temperatures of around minus 30 degrees Celsius. Lezhnin said he goes on his evening walks in any weather. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Boris Lezhnin, 75, walks along an embankment of the Yenisei River in the Russian city of Divnogorsk, south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, in temperatures of around minus 30 degrees Celsius. Lezhnin said he goes on his evening walks in any weather. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov (left), participates in a flower-laying ceremony at Josef Stalin's tomb at the Kremlin Wall in Moscow on what would have been his 133rd birthday. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)
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The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov (left), participates in a flower-laying ceremony at Josef Stalin's tomb at the Kremlin Wall in Moscow on what would have been his 133rd birthday. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

An activist of Ukraine's Femen feminist group is taken away by police as she demonstrates near the EU Council building in Brussels, where an EU-Russia summit was being held. (AFP/Georges Gobet)
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An activist of Ukraine's Femen feminist group is taken away by police as she demonstrates near the EU Council building in Brussels, where an EU-Russia summit was being held. (AFP/Georges Gobet)

More than 17,000 illegal weapons, either confiscated or voluntarily handed over, were destroyed at a Belgrade recycling center. All of the weapons were dismantled and turned into scrap metal. (RFE/RL/Vesna Andjic)
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More than 17,000 illegal weapons, either confiscated or voluntarily handed over, were destroyed at a Belgrade recycling center. All of the weapons were dismantled and turned into scrap metal. (RFE/RL/Vesna Andjic)

Performers take part in a Mayan Culture Festival to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, in downtown Copan, Honduras. (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)
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Performers take part in a Mayan Culture Festival to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, in downtown Copan, Honduras. (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)

An unexploded bomb is seen in the Ain Terma area in Ghouta, east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (Reuters/Karm Seif/Shaam News Network)
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An unexploded bomb is seen in the Ain Terma area in Ghouta, east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (Reuters/Karm Seif/Shaam News Network)

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual press conference in Moscow. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual press conference in Moscow. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)

Men fish on the frozen Yenisei River amid temperatures of about minus 25 degrees Celsius near the village of Khmelniki, some 50 kilometers south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Men fish on the frozen Yenisei River amid temperatures of about minus 25 degrees Celsius near the village of Khmelniki, some 50 kilometers south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Brady Leman of Canada, Andreas Matt of Austria, and Daniel Bohnacker of Germany compete during the semifinal of the FIS men's Skicross World Cup at the Val Thorens ski resort in the French alps. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
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Brady Leman of Canada, Andreas Matt of Austria, and Daniel Bohnacker of Germany compete during the semifinal of the FIS men's Skicross World Cup at the Val Thorens ski resort in the French alps. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A Bangladeshi laborer pulls a cart full of empty drums during a nationwide strike in Dhaka. Twelve like-minded Islamic parties called an eight-hour general strike in the capital and a dawn-to-dusk general strike across the country as they seek a ban on left-wing political parties. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)
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A Bangladeshi laborer pulls a cart full of empty drums during a nationwide strike in Dhaka. Twelve like-minded Islamic parties called an eight-hour general strike in the capital and a dawn-to-dusk general strike across the country as they seek a ban on left-wing political parties. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

People walk past decorated trees in the Kosovar capital, Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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People walk past decorated trees in the Kosovar capital, Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

A NASA handout picture shows a rocket booster with a Soyuz TMA-07M spaceship bound for the International Space Station blasting off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (AFP/NASA/Carla Cioffi)
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A NASA handout picture shows a rocket booster with a Soyuz TMA-07M spaceship bound for the International Space Station blasting off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (AFP/NASA/Carla Cioffi)

A man walks along the embankment in St. Petersburg, Russia, of the Neva River as temperatures reached minus 20 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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A man walks along the embankment in St. Petersburg, Russia, of the Neva River as temperatures reached minus 20 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

Gay-rights activists brave rotten eggs thrown at them by antigay Orthodox believers during a "kiss-in" protest outside the State Duma in Moscow. Russian legislators had planned to debate a bill that would introduce sanctions for providing minors with information on homosexuality. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)
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Gay-rights activists brave rotten eggs thrown at them by antigay Orthodox believers during a "kiss-in" protest outside the State Duma in Moscow. Russian legislators had planned to debate a bill that would introduce sanctions for providing minors with information on homosexuality. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by a government air strike in Syria's Azaz city. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
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A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by a government air strike in Syria's Azaz city. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

An elderly woman shields her face against the abnormally cold temperatures in the northeastern Kazakh city of Pavlodar, where temperatures reached minus 37 degrees Celsius. (AFP/Vladimir Bugayev)
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An elderly woman shields her face against the abnormally cold temperatures in the northeastern Kazakh city of Pavlodar, where temperatures reached minus 37 degrees Celsius. (AFP/Vladimir Bugayev)

A sweet-singing frog (Gracixalus Quangi), which uses unique calls to attract females, was one of the new species discovered in the high-altitude forests of northern Vietnam in 2011. A new report from the WWF details other discoveries made last year -- 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, from a devilish-looking bat to a walking catfish. (AFP/WWF/Jodi J.L. Rowley/Australian Museum)
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A sweet-singing frog (Gracixalus Quangi), which uses unique calls to attract females, was one of the new species discovered in the high-altitude forests of northern Vietnam in 2011. A new report from the WWF details other discoveries made last year -- 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, from a devilish-looking bat to a walking catfish. (AFP/WWF/Jodi J.L. Rowley/Australian Museum)

Children look out the windows of a school bus as it pulls into Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut. Students returned to school in the shattered Connecticut town on December 18, accompanied by police and counselors to help them cope with grief and fear after a shooting rampage that killed 26 people in the town, 20 of them small children. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
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Children look out the windows of a school bus as it pulls into Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut. Students returned to school in the shattered Connecticut town on December 18, accompanied by police and counselors to help them cope with grief and fear after a shooting rampage that killed 26 people in the town, 20 of them small children. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

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