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Photos Of The Week #9

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (46 PHOTOS)

Volunteers cook shashlyk, or a skewer of meat, measuring 150.6 meters in length in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to set a new world record. Shashlyk is a popular food item throughout the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, India, Iran, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Israel. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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Volunteers cook shashlyk, or a skewer of meat, measuring 150.6 meters in length in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to set a new world record. Shashlyk is a popular food item throughout the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, India, Iran, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Israel. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Young Russian women take part in the Miss Russia 2013 competition in Moscow. Eighteen-year-old Elmira Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk was crowned the winner. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)
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Young Russian women take part in the Miss Russia 2013 competition in Moscow. Eighteen-year-old Elmira Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk was crowned the winner. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

Eighteen-year-old Elmira Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk was crowned Miss Russia 2013 in Moscow.
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Eighteen-year-old Elmira Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk was crowned Miss Russia 2013 in Moscow.

France's Eloyse Lesueur competes during the women's long jump final at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)
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France's Eloyse Lesueur competes during the women's long jump final at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

Handoko Njotokusumo and his dog Ace maneuver through traffic during a weekend ride on a motorcycle in Surabaya on eastern Java island in Indonesia. Handoko, 57, is a retired businessman and regularly takes Ace, a golden retriever, for a ride around the city. (AFP/Juni Kriswanto)
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Handoko Njotokusumo and his dog Ace maneuver through traffic during a weekend ride on a motorcycle in Surabaya on eastern Java island in Indonesia. Handoko, 57, is a retired businessman and regularly takes Ace, a golden retriever, for a ride around the city. (AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

Russia's Lake Baikal is pictured in this photo taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield from aboard the orbiting International Space Station. (Reuters/Chris Hadfield/NASA)
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Russia's Lake Baikal is pictured in this photo taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield from aboard the orbiting International Space Station. (Reuters/Chris Hadfield/NASA)

Men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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Men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Alexandru Tufa of Romania competes during the men's high jump qualification event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Sweden on March 1. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski)
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Alexandru Tufa of Romania competes during the men's high jump qualification event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Sweden on March 1. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski)

Malian soldiers guard handcuffed prisoners after they arrived by boat in Kadji on the Niger River on March 1. (AFP)
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Malian soldiers guard handcuffed prisoners after they arrived by boat in Kadji on the Niger River on March 1. (AFP)

Palestinian protesters throw stones toward Israeli forces during clashes at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on March 1. (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)
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Palestinian protesters throw stones toward Israeli forces during clashes at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on March 1. (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)

On March 1, Armenian opposition supporters pay an anniversary tribute to those who died in post-election violence five years previously. On March 1, 2008, demonstrators protesting the official presidential election results were violently dispersed by security forces, leaving 10 people dead. (RFE/RL/Karen Minasyan)
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On March 1, Armenian opposition supporters pay an anniversary tribute to those who died in post-election violence five years previously. On March 1, 2008, demonstrators protesting the official presidential election results were violently dispersed by security forces, leaving 10 people dead. (RFE/RL/Karen Minasyan)

Yaks stand in a pasture near the village of Galiat at an elevation of 1,300 meters, some 115 kilometers southwest of Vladikavkaz in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. (Reuters/Kazbek Basayev)
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Yaks stand in a pasture near the village of Galiat at an elevation of 1,300 meters, some 115 kilometers southwest of Vladikavkaz in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. (Reuters/Kazbek Basayev)

A person can be seen in the distance jumping off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in China's Hubei Province. A young couple jumped into the Yangtze River from the bridge one after another in the haze on February 27. Police said the couple was still missing and is not believed to have survived. (Reuters/China Daily)
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A person can be seen in the distance jumping off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in China's Hubei Province. A young couple jumped into the Yangtze River from the bridge one after another in the haze on February 27. Police said the couple was still missing and is not believed to have survived. (Reuters/China Daily)

Iranian schoolgirls observe members of parliament discussing a draft bill that would limit photographers' access to cover parliament's open sessions in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Iranian schoolgirls observe members of parliament discussing a draft bill that would limit photographers' access to cover parliament's open sessions in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman hug in Pyongyang during a visit by the former NBA basketball star. (Reuters/KCNA)
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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman hug in Pyongyang during a visit by the former NBA basketball star. (Reuters/KCNA)

U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy (left) and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin (right) and Pavel Vinogradov put on space suits before taking part in a training exercise on a simulator at the cosmonaut training center at Star City outside Moscow. The three-man crew is due to blast off to the International Space Station on March 28. (Reuters/Sergei Remezov)
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U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy (left) and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin (right) and Pavel Vinogradov put on space suits before taking part in a training exercise on a simulator at the cosmonaut training center at Star City outside Moscow. The three-man crew is due to blast off to the International Space Station on March 28. (Reuters/Sergei Remezov)

Artist Igor Arinich puts together a collage using Soviet period banknotes in Minsk. Arinich buys the old currency from private individuals and spends several months creating each image using between 500 to 3,000 banknotes. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Artist Igor Arinich puts together a collage using Soviet period banknotes in Minsk. Arinich buys the old currency from private individuals and spends several months creating each image using between 500 to 3,000 banknotes. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh climb up flagpoles during celebrations on the occasion of the first anniversary of the handover of power in Sanaa. Saleh stepped down after 33 years at the helm in February 2011 and formally handed power to his then deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh climb up flagpoles during celebrations on the occasion of the first anniversary of the handover of power in Sanaa. Saleh stepped down after 33 years at the helm in February 2011 and formally handed power to his then deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

A man sells dried fish on a highway near the Belarusian village of Lapichi, some 95 kilometers south of the capital, Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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A man sells dried fish on a highway near the Belarusian village of Lapichi, some 95 kilometers south of the capital, Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

Skiers on a chairlift at the Flumserberg ski area in the Swiss Alps. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
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Skiers on a chairlift at the Flumserberg ski area in the Swiss Alps. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)

A firefighter works on the rescue of a car stuck in the frozen Schluchsee Lake in the Black Forest region of southern Germany. According to the police, the car was empty. (AFP/Patrick Seeger)
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A firefighter works on the rescue of a car stuck in the frozen Schluchsee Lake in the Black Forest region of southern Germany. According to the police, the car was empty. (AFP/Patrick Seeger)

Indian ear cleaner Sunil Kumar (right) tends to a customer on the road in Amritsar. Ear cleaners, or kaan saaf wallahs as they are locally known, are a common sight in Indian cities where customers pay to have wax and dirt scraped from inside their ears. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)
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Indian ear cleaner Sunil Kumar (right) tends to a customer on the road in Amritsar. Ear cleaners, or kaan saaf wallahs as they are locally known, are a common sight in Indian cities where customers pay to have wax and dirt scraped from inside their ears. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Palestinian fishermen collect manta rays that washed up on a beach in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Palestinian fishermen collect manta rays that washed up on a beach in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

A Qantas jet takes off above the cricketers during the first day of the four-day warm-up international cricket match between New Zealand and England in Queenstown, New Zealand. (AFP/Marty Melville)
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A Qantas jet takes off above the cricketers during the first day of the four-day warm-up international cricket match between New Zealand and England in Queenstown, New Zealand. (AFP/Marty Melville)

A visitor displays glue-on eyelashes during the BeautyAsia show in Singapore. The three-day event showcases the latest innovations and trends in the beauty industry. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)
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A visitor displays glue-on eyelashes during the BeautyAsia show in Singapore. The three-day event showcases the latest innovations and trends in the beauty industry. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

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