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Photos Of The Week #3

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

Juventus defender Martin Caceres heads the ball against Udinese during their Serie A football match in the Italian city of Turin. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
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Juventus defender Martin Caceres heads the ball against Udinese during their Serie A football match in the Italian city of Turin. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

A horseman jumps over a bonfire in the central Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares to open the celebrations for the feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of animals. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
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A horseman jumps over a bonfire in the central Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares to open the celebrations for the feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of animals. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

People watch celebrations to mark Epiphany in front of St. Isaac's Cathedral in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in temperatures around minus 17 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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People watch celebrations to mark Epiphany in front of St. Isaac's Cathedral in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in temperatures around minus 17 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

A woman and children stand on a balcony as they watch people protesting against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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A woman and children stand on a balcony as they watch people protesting against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

A believer plunges into icy waters in Pilnitsa, Belarus as an Orthodox priest blesses him on the eve of Epiphany. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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A believer plunges into icy waters in Pilnitsa, Belarus as an Orthodox priest blesses him on the eve of Epiphany. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic stretches to return a shot during his men's singles match against Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West)
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic stretches to return a shot during his men's singles match against Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West)

A man crosses the snow-covered Charles Bridge in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)
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A man crosses the snow-covered Charles Bridge in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

A sparrow enjoys an apple in Kaufbeuren in southern Germany. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)
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A sparrow enjoys an apple in Kaufbeuren in southern Germany. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)

An amateur prospector using a simple metal detector found a 5.5 kilogram gold nugget, expected to fetch more than $300,000 at auction, near the town of Ballarat in Australia.
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An amateur prospector using a simple metal detector found a 5.5 kilogram gold nugget, expected to fetch more than $300,000 at auction, near the town of Ballarat in Australia.

Volunteers try to save cats locked in cages without food and water after a traffic accident on a street in Changsha in China's Hunan Province. A truck carrying more than 1,000 cats to Guangdong to sell them to diners was involved in a traffic accident. Around 50 animal protection group members and volunteers rescued the cats after they heard the news and later sent the cats to a clinic for treatment. (Reuters/China Daily)
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Volunteers try to save cats locked in cages without food and water after a traffic accident on a street in Changsha in China's Hunan Province. A truck carrying more than 1,000 cats to Guangdong to sell them to diners was involved in a traffic accident. Around 50 animal protection group members and volunteers rescued the cats after they heard the news and later sent the cats to a clinic for treatment. (Reuters/China Daily)

A man passes by buildings destroyed by Syrian Air Force strikes in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)
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A man passes by buildings destroyed by Syrian Air Force strikes in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

People walk on a flooded street in the business district of Jakarta, Indonesia. Heavy monsoon rains triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital. (Reuters/Beawiharta)
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People walk on a flooded street in the business district of Jakarta, Indonesia. Heavy monsoon rains triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

A commuter looks through a window of a tram in snowy Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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A commuter looks through a window of a tram in snowy Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr during the Autumn/Winter 2013 shows of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)
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A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr during the Autumn/Winter 2013 shows of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

A raccoon dog looks out from his shelter in a small zoo in Servion, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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A raccoon dog looks out from his shelter in a small zoo in Servion, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

A snow sculpture is pictured during the 15th International Sculpture Symposium "Snow Kingdom 2013" in Pustevny, Czech Republic. The event attracts more than 30 artists and is attended by around 10,000 visitors. (AFP/Radek Mica)
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A snow sculpture is pictured during the 15th International Sculpture Symposium "Snow Kingdom 2013" in Pustevny, Czech Republic. The event attracts more than 30 artists and is attended by around 10,000 visitors. (AFP/Radek Mica)

People lift a dome on an Orthodox church in the Belarusian town of Smilovichi, east of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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People lift a dome on an Orthodox church in the Belarusian town of Smilovichi, east of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A woman sits on a rubber float as she is evacuated from her flooded housing complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. Floods inundated several areas of Jakarta due to the overflow of the Ciliwung River and several days of heavy rains. (Reuters/Enny Nuraheni)
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A woman sits on a rubber float as she is evacuated from her flooded housing complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. Floods inundated several areas of Jakarta due to the overflow of the Ciliwung River and several days of heavy rains. (Reuters/Enny Nuraheni)

The carcass of a 15-meter sperm whale lies on Paraparaumu beach in New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale, which washed up on the beach overnight. (AFP/Marty Melville)
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The carcass of a 15-meter sperm whale lies on Paraparaumu beach in New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale, which washed up on the beach overnight. (AFP/Marty Melville)

A worker stands in the tunnel of the North-South subway line in Amsterdam. Completion of the line is scheduled for 2017. (AFP/Robin Van Lonkhuijsen)
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A worker stands in the tunnel of the North-South subway line in Amsterdam. Completion of the line is scheduled for 2017. (AFP/Robin Van Lonkhuijsen)

A Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) swoops down on prey in the sea inside a wildlife enclosure along Manila Bay in the Philippines. The Brahminy kite has a pure white head and chest and feeds on carrion, insects, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish. It can be found in India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and southeast Asia. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)
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A Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) swoops down on prey in the sea inside a wildlife enclosure along Manila Bay in the Philippines. The Brahminy kite has a pure white head and chest and feeds on carrion, insects, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish. It can be found in India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and southeast Asia. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

A robot cooks in a robot-themed restaurant in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Twenty robots perform a variety of chores, from ushering in guests to waiting tables and cooking dishes. (AFP)
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A robot cooks in a robot-themed restaurant in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Twenty robots perform a variety of chores, from ushering in guests to waiting tables and cooking dishes. (AFP)

A poisonous frog (Histrionicus Oopaga) is shown at the Santa Fe Zoo in Medellin, Colombia. The Santa Fe Zoo has one of the most prestigious centers for the research and conservation of amphibians, mainly poisonous frogs. Colombia is the world's richest country in frogs and toads, with 733 species. These species are in danger of extinction due to their indiscriminate sale as pets and damage to their natural habitat. (AFP/Fredy Amariles)
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A poisonous frog (Histrionicus Oopaga) is shown at the Santa Fe Zoo in Medellin, Colombia. The Santa Fe Zoo has one of the most prestigious centers for the research and conservation of amphibians, mainly poisonous frogs. Colombia is the world's richest country in frogs and toads, with 733 species. These species are in danger of extinction due to their indiscriminate sale as pets and damage to their natural habitat. (AFP/Fredy Amariles)

Children sit beside one of 14 victims whom tribesmen said were killed by security forces in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Protesters said men in uniforms raided their homes in the Sipah Alam Goodar area overnight and shot the villagers dead. Villagers laid the bullet-riddled bodies of their relatives in front of the governor's house in Peshawar. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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Children sit beside one of 14 victims whom tribesmen said were killed by security forces in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Protesters said men in uniforms raided their homes in the Sipah Alam Goodar area overnight and shot the villagers dead. Villagers laid the bullet-riddled bodies of their relatives in front of the governor's house in Peshawar. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

Villagers sell farm products at a street market in the Belarusian village of Shishchitsy, some 70 kilometers south of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Villagers sell farm products at a street market in the Belarusian village of Shishchitsy, some 70 kilometers south of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

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