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Photos Of The Week #4

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (38 PHOTOS)

Onlookers to a protest in Baku on January 26, where 40 people were detained. (RFE/RL/Abbas Atilay)
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Onlookers to a protest in Baku on January 26, where 40 people were detained. (RFE/RL/Abbas Atilay)

Snow in Odesa, Ukraine. (RFE/RL) 
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Snow in Odesa, Ukraine. (RFE/RL) 

The cats of Mombasa, Kenya. (RFE/RL/Franak Viacorka)
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The cats of Mombasa, Kenya. (RFE/RL/Franak Viacorka)

A boy wearing a religious turban carries a flag as he walks along a road during a procession marking Eid-e Milad-ul-Nabi, the birthday celebrations of Prophet Muhammad in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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A boy wearing a religious turban carries a flag as he walks along a road during a procession marking Eid-e Milad-ul-Nabi, the birthday celebrations of Prophet Muhammad in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

Azerbaijani riot police look on as firefighters (left, unseen) try to put out fires from a building after mass protests in the town of Ismayilli on January 24. (Reuters/Aziz Karimov)
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Azerbaijani riot police look on as firefighters (left, unseen) try to put out fires from a building after mass protests in the town of Ismayilli on January 24. (Reuters/Aziz Karimov)

Russian police officers detain gay-rights activists for taking part in an unsanctioned protest near the State Duma in Moscow on January 25. (RIA Novosti/Maksim Blinov)
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Russian police officers detain gay-rights activists for taking part in an unsanctioned protest near the State Duma in Moscow on January 25. (RIA Novosti/Maksim Blinov)

A flock of starlings flies over an agricultural field near the southern Israeli city of Netivot. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
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A flock of starlings flies over an agricultural field near the southern Israeli city of Netivot. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

A fly lands between the eyes of President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
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A fly lands between the eyes of President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

Ukrainian pair Julia Lavrentieva and Yuri Rudyk perform in Zagreb, Croatia, during the pairs free skating on day two of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)
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Ukrainian pair Julia Lavrentieva and Yuri Rudyk perform in Zagreb, Croatia, during the pairs free skating on day two of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)

American Matt Gone poses before the opening of the Expotattoo Venezuela 2013 in Caracas. (AFP/Juan Barreto)
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American Matt Gone poses before the opening of the Expotattoo Venezuela 2013 in Caracas. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Ostriches crowd an open-air cage at an ostrich farm in the Belarusian village of Kozishche, some 300 kilometers southwest of Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Ostriches crowd an open-air cage at an ostrich farm in the Belarusian village of Kozishche, some 300 kilometers southwest of Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolizes retreat after a day on the battlefield and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)
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Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolizes retreat after a day on the battlefield and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Alireza Mafiha rests his head on the shoulder of an executioner, who has his arm around him, moments before his death by hanging in Tehran. Mafiha was publicly executed along with Mohammad Ali Sarvari (second from right) after a video was posted on YouTube in December showing them robbing and stabbing a man on a street in Tehran. The man survived. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani called it a "moharebeh" crime, which Iran's legal code defines as "defiance of God," or the state, and is punishable by hanging. (ISNA)
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Alireza Mafiha rests his head on the shoulder of an executioner, who has his arm around him, moments before his death by hanging in Tehran. Mafiha was publicly executed along with Mohammad Ali Sarvari (second from right) after a video was posted on YouTube in December showing them robbing and stabbing a man on a street in Tehran. The man survived. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani called it a "moharebeh" crime, which Iran's legal code defines as "defiance of God," or the state, and is punishable by hanging. (ISNA)

A trompe-l'oeil mural of a ship decorates the front wall of a house in Berlin. (AFP/Barbara Sax)
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A trompe-l'oeil mural of a ship decorates the front wall of a house in Berlin. (AFP/Barbara Sax)

Laborers add coal to the fire and adjust smokestacks in a traditional Afghan brick factory near Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Qais Usyan)
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Laborers add coal to the fire and adjust smokestacks in a traditional Afghan brick factory near Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Qais Usyan)

An Orthodox priest blesses rifles during a ceremony where new recruits receive their weapons at a military base of the Belarusian Interior Ministry in Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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An Orthodox priest blesses rifles during a ceremony where new recruits receive their weapons at a military base of the Belarusian Interior Ministry in Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Dmitry Borisov, a recently demobilized Russian Northern Fleet sailor, reacts after bathing in the Yenisei River in air temperature around minus 17 degrees Celsius near the Siberian town of Divnogorsk. Borisov commissioned the photo session to mark his return to his native town after military service. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Dmitry Borisov, a recently demobilized Russian Northern Fleet sailor, reacts after bathing in the Yenisei River in air temperature around minus 17 degrees Celsius near the Siberian town of Divnogorsk. Borisov commissioned the photo session to mark his return to his native town after military service. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Indian soldiers march during a final full dress rehearsal for the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AFP/Raveendran)
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Indian soldiers march during a final full dress rehearsal for the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AFP/Raveendran)

A man carries good to sell as he rides a bicyle en route to a market near Segou, north of Bamako, Mali. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)
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A man carries good to sell as he rides a bicyle en route to a market near Segou, north of Bamako, Mali. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) visits the Taesongsan General Hospital being built by the People's Army in Pyongyang in this picture released by North Korea's KCNA news agency. KCNA said the hospital covers a total plot of more than 100,000 square meters and has three sick wards. (Reuters/KCNA)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) visits the Taesongsan General Hospital being built by the People's Army in Pyongyang in this picture released by North Korea's KCNA news agency. KCNA said the hospital covers a total plot of more than 100,000 square meters and has three sick wards. (Reuters/KCNA)

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army fires his sniper rifle from inside a house during heavy fighting in the Mleha suburb of Damascus. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army fires his sniper rifle from inside a house during heavy fighting in the Mleha suburb of Damascus. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Unknown assailants attack a gay-rights activist during a protest outside the State Duma in Moscow. ​​The State Duma is to consider a federal bill that makes the dissemination of information about Russia's gay community to minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
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Unknown assailants attack a gay-rights activist during a protest outside the State Duma in Moscow. ​​The State Duma is to consider a federal bill that makes the dissemination of information about Russia's gay community to minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Freya, a cat belonging to British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, sits on a table in a room in Downing Street shortly before a meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. (AFP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Freya, a cat belonging to British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, sits on a table in a room in Downing Street shortly before a meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. (AFP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Cossack cadets toss their rifles as they practice for an upcoming performance outside a cathedral in the southern Russian city of Novocherkassk. (Reuters/Vladimir Konstantinov)
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Cossack cadets toss their rifles as they practice for an upcoming performance outside a cathedral in the southern Russian city of Novocherkassk. (Reuters/Vladimir Konstantinov)

A member of the Afghan National Police prays at sunset before the detonation of confiscated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near Combat Outpost Hutal in Kandahar Province. (Reuters/Andrew Burton)
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A member of the Afghan National Police prays at sunset before the detonation of confiscated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near Combat Outpost Hutal in Kandahar Province. (Reuters/Andrew Burton)

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