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Photos Of The Week #19

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 19th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (28 PHOTOS)

Female Pakistani voters pose with their national identity cards as they queue to cast their ballots at a polling station during the general elections in Rawalpindi. Women were warned by the Pakistani Taliban to stay home. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
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Female Pakistani voters pose with their national identity cards as they queue to cast their ballots at a polling station during the general elections in Rawalpindi. Women were warned by the Pakistani Taliban to stay home. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

The final section of the spire sits on top of One World Trade Center in New York after it was fully installed on the building's roof. With the spire now in place, One WTC stands 541 meters high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
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The final section of the spire sits on top of One World Trade Center in New York after it was fully installed on the building's roof. With the spire now in place, One WTC stands 541 meters high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

A girl walks in the old part of Lahore decorated with election posters. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
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A girl walks in the old part of Lahore decorated with election posters. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Britain's Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds poses with Yeomen of the Guard holding her medal after being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Prince Charles during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Simmonds won four medals including two golds at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (AFP/Sean Dempsey)
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Britain's Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds poses with Yeomen of the Guard holding her medal after being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Prince Charles during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Simmonds won four medals including two golds at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (AFP/Sean Dempsey)

Rescue workers remove a woman alive from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building 17 days after the building collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh. More than 1,000 people were killed in the disaster. (Reuters/Sohel Ahmed)
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Rescue workers remove a woman alive from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building 17 days after the building collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh. More than 1,000 people were killed in the disaster. (Reuters/Sohel Ahmed)

Sajjet, a hired hand, interacts with a trained horse that goes by the name of Ladone as he and others take a break from performing during a political rally in Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)
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Sajjet, a hired hand, interacts with a trained horse that goes by the name of Ladone as he and others take a break from performing during a political rally in Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Emergencies Ministry staff work at the site of an explosion in the Belaya Kalitva station in the southern Russian region of Rostov-on-Don. The explosion on a freight train carrying chemicals and oil products hurled part of a railcar into a residential block, injuring 27 people. (Reuters)
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Emergencies Ministry staff work at the site of an explosion in the Belaya Kalitva station in the southern Russian region of Rostov-on-Don. The explosion on a freight train carrying chemicals and oil products hurled part of a railcar into a residential block, injuring 27 people. (Reuters)

Belarusian girls, wearing traditional costumes, take part in Victory Day celebrations in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Belarusian girls, wearing traditional costumes, take part in Victory Day celebrations in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev meets with veterans of World War II in a photograph from the official presidential website.
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Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev meets with veterans of World War II in a photograph from the official presidential website.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, speak at a joint press conference in Moscow after announcing top-level talks to push the Syrian regime and rebels to find a political solution to their conflict and to hold an international peace conference. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, speak at a joint press conference in Moscow after announcing top-level talks to push the Syrian regime and rebels to find a political solution to their conflict and to hold an international peace conference. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Kazakh troops march during a military parade on Fatherland Defenders' Day at the Otar military range, some 150 kilometers west of Almaty. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Kazakh troops march during a military parade on Fatherland Defenders' Day at the Otar military range, some 150 kilometers west of Almaty. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Rassoul Allahyari holds a portrait of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad as he arrives to register his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election at the Interior Ministry in Tehran. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)
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Rassoul Allahyari holds a portrait of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad as he arrives to register his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election at the Interior Ministry in Tehran. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

Russian fighter jets fly over the Kremlin cathedrals during a rehearsal of the Victory Day parade in Moscow. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Russian fighter jets fly over the Kremlin cathedrals during a rehearsal of the Victory Day parade in Moscow. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

Belarusian honor guards take part in a rehearsal of the annual Victory Day parade in central Minsk. (AFP/Olivier Morin)
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Belarusian honor guards take part in a rehearsal of the annual Victory Day parade in central Minsk. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Lamborghini sports cars are parked in front of Milan's Sforza Castle on the eve of the first leg of a 1,200-kilometer grand tour through Italy to mark the 50th anniversary of the carmaker. (AFP/Olivier Morin)
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Lamborghini sports cars are parked in front of Milan's Sforza Castle on the eve of the first leg of a 1,200-kilometer grand tour through Italy to mark the 50th anniversary of the carmaker. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in front of St. Basil's Cathedral during a walk in Red Square in Moscow. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in front of St. Basil's Cathedral during a walk in Red Square in Moscow. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

The faithful walk near a new mosque in the Croatian city of Rijeka. The mosque is being called one of the most beautiful in Europe. It cost an estimated 10 million euros ($13.1 million) to construct. This is the first mosque built in the Croatian Adriatic city since the withdrawal of the Ottoman Empire and is the third in Croatia, in addition to others in Zagreb and Gunji. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)
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The faithful walk near a new mosque in the Croatian city of Rijeka. The mosque is being called one of the most beautiful in Europe. It cost an estimated 10 million euros ($13.1 million) to construct. This is the first mosque built in the Croatian Adriatic city since the withdrawal of the Ottoman Empire and is the third in Croatia, in addition to others in Zagreb and Gunji. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

Female cadets of the Russian Defense Ministry University march during a Victory Day parade rehearsal on Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Danichev)
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Female cadets of the Russian Defense Ministry University march during a Victory Day parade rehearsal on Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Danichev)

A musician from a military band rests before an official ceremony at a Russian military base in the southern city of Stavropol. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)
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A musician from a military band rests before an official ceremony at a Russian military base in the southern city of Stavropol. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

Men play pool in Pakistan on a table decorated with campaign posters. Pakistan's general elections will be held on May 11. (Reuters/Mani Rana)
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Men play pool in Pakistan on a table decorated with campaign posters. Pakistan's general elections will be held on May 11. (Reuters/Mani Rana)

Fireworks light up the sky over the Swedish Music Hall of Fame during the inauguration of the new ABBA museum in Stockholm. (Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix Sweden)
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Fireworks light up the sky over the Swedish Music Hall of Fame during the inauguration of the new ABBA museum in Stockholm. (Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix Sweden)

A supporter of the religious political party Jamaat-e Islami takes pictures with a mobile phone as he holds Pakistan's national flag during an election campaign rally in Karachi. Pakistan's general election will be held on May 11. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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A supporter of the religious political party Jamaat-e Islami takes pictures with a mobile phone as he holds Pakistan's national flag during an election campaign rally in Karachi. Pakistan's general election will be held on May 11. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

Security personnel stop a fan of Belarus from displaying a former Belarusian flag that the current government has outlawed at a 2013 world ice hockey championship match against Slovenia at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
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Security personnel stop a fan of Belarus from displaying a former Belarusian flag that the current government has outlawed at a 2013 world ice hockey championship match against Slovenia at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)

Participants perform during a regional round of a talent competition for prison inmates at a Russian prison camp in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Participants perform during a regional round of a talent competition for prison inmates at a Russian prison camp in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

A man drinks vodka at a grave during Orthodox Easter in the Belarusian village of Pogost. Villagers in southern parts of Belarus visit their relatives' graves during Easter celebrations. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A man drinks vodka at a grave during Orthodox Easter in the Belarusian village of Pogost. Villagers in southern parts of Belarus visit their relatives' graves during Easter celebrations. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

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