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Photos Of The Week #26

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 26th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (36 PHOTOS)

Boys play cricket at sunset on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Boys play cricket at sunset on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

An ethnic Serbian man holds a cross during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo at Gazimestan, near the capital of Kosovo, Pristina. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)
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An ethnic Serbian man holds a cross during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo at Gazimestan, near the capital of Kosovo, Pristina. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of a hotel, which is part of the Avaza resort, on Turkmenistan's Caspian coast. (Reuters/Marat Gurt)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of a hotel, which is part of the Avaza resort, on Turkmenistan's Caspian coast. (Reuters/Marat Gurt)

A woman is detained during an opposition rally to mark the 50th birthday of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)
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A woman is detained during an opposition rally to mark the 50th birthday of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj (center) celebrates his reelection with members of his cabinet on Sukhbaatar Square in downtown Ulan Bator. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
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Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj (center) celebrates his reelection with members of his cabinet on Sukhbaatar Square in downtown Ulan Bator. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured at the "Door of No Return" as they visit the Maison Des Ecslaves, the gathering point where African slaves were shipped west until the mid-19th century, at Goree Island near Dakar, Senegal. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured at the "Door of No Return" as they visit the Maison Des Ecslaves, the gathering point where African slaves were shipped west until the mid-19th century, at Goree Island near Dakar, Senegal. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Ukraine's Serhiy Stakhovsky celebrates after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer in their second-round men's singles match on the third day of the 2013 Wimbledon tennis tournament in London. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)
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Ukraine's Serhiy Stakhovsky celebrates after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer in their second-round men's singles match on the third day of the 2013 Wimbledon tennis tournament in London. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

Same-sex couple Yury Gavrikov (left) and Maksim Lysak pose for a picture as they arrive at a registry office to apply for a marriage licence in St. Petersburg, Russia. Their application was not accepted. (Reuters/Artur Bainozarov)
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Same-sex couple Yury Gavrikov (left) and Maksim Lysak pose for a picture as they arrive at a registry office to apply for a marriage licence in St. Petersburg, Russia. Their application was not accepted. (Reuters/Artur Bainozarov)

A spectator watches the noncompetition segment of the international Islamic fashion festival in Kazan. (RIA Novosti/Maksim Bogodvid) 
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A spectator watches the noncompetition segment of the international Islamic fashion festival in Kazan. (RIA Novosti/Maksim Bogodvid) 

People celebrate in Baghdad after the United Nations announced the end of sanctions imposed on Iraq. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani )
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People celebrate in Baghdad after the United Nations announced the end of sanctions imposed on Iraq. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani )

A woman symbolizing the Ukrainian Constitution is "crucified" during a performance called by Guy Fawkes activists in front of the Constitutional Court building in Kyiv. The activists are calling on Ukrainians to take action to defend the constitution. (AFP)
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A woman symbolizing the Ukrainian Constitution is "crucified" during a performance called by Guy Fawkes activists in front of the Constitutional Court building in Kyiv. The activists are calling on Ukrainians to take action to defend the constitution. (AFP)

A policeman is covered in paint during clashes with demonstrators in Pristina who were against the ratification of an agreement with Serbia. Protesters from a radical nationalist movement attempted to block the entrance to Kosovo's parliament to prevent deputies from ratifying an agreement that would normalize ties with Serbia. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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A policeman is covered in paint during clashes with demonstrators in Pristina who were against the ratification of an agreement with Serbia. Protesters from a radical nationalist movement attempted to block the entrance to Kosovo's parliament to prevent deputies from ratifying an agreement that would normalize ties with Serbia. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

The new 25-kuna coin featuring European Union stars is seen during a presentation at the Croatian National Bank in Zagreb. Croatia will become the 28th member of the EU on July 1. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)
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The new 25-kuna coin featuring European Union stars is seen during a presentation at the Croatian National Bank in Zagreb. Croatia will become the 28th member of the EU on July 1. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

A traffic accident involving a gasoline tanker truck caused a huge fire in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The driver of the tanker died in the crash. Twenty nearby apartments were destroyed. (Reuters/Sergei Khodanov)
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A traffic accident involving a gasoline tanker truck caused a huge fire in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The driver of the tanker died in the crash. Twenty nearby apartments were destroyed. (Reuters/Sergei Khodanov)

A man who was fixing explosives wires run away after setting ablaze 50 tons of drugs seized in recent months in eastern Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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A man who was fixing explosives wires run away after setting ablaze 50 tons of drugs seized in recent months in eastern Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Chinese astronauts Zhang Xiaoguang (left), Nie Haisheng (center), and Wang Yaping salute after returning to Earth in the reentry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft at its main landing site in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The astronauts successfully completed a 15-day mission. (Reuters)
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Chinese astronauts Zhang Xiaoguang (left), Nie Haisheng (center), and Wang Yaping salute after returning to Earth in the reentry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft at its main landing site in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The astronauts successfully completed a 15-day mission. (Reuters)

Frontier Corps personnel break liquor bottles in a ceremony in the Shahkas area of the Jamrud Khyber Agency, one of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Officials destroyed the contraband as part of International Antidrug Day. (AFP/A Majeed)
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Frontier Corps personnel break liquor bottles in a ceremony in the Shahkas area of the Jamrud Khyber Agency, one of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Officials destroyed the contraband as part of International Antidrug Day. (AFP/A Majeed)

Onlookers applaud as a news assistant sprints out of the Supreme Court to deliver copies of the court's rulings to news crews outside the court building in Washington. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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Onlookers applaud as a news assistant sprints out of the Supreme Court to deliver copies of the court's rulings to news crews outside the court building in Washington. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pickup truck mounted with an antiaircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pickup truck mounted with an antiaircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova eyes the ball for a return against Australia's Samantha Stosur during their first-round match at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Stosur won 6-1, 6-3. (AFP/Carl Court)
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Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova eyes the ball for a return against Australia's Samantha Stosur during their first-round match at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Stosur won 6-1, 6-3. (AFP/Carl Court)

A horse rears in a crowd during a parade at the traditional San Juan festival in the town of Ciutadella on the Balearic Island of Menorca. (AFP/Jaime Reina)
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A horse rears in a crowd during a parade at the traditional San Juan festival in the town of Ciutadella on the Balearic Island of Menorca. (AFP/Jaime Reina)

A security guard pins a Femen activist to the ground after she and other activists tried to stop the car of Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh from leaving the EU commission building in Brussels. They shouted "Free Amina!" -- a reference to Amina Sboui, a teenage anti-Islamist feminist who is being held in a Tunisian jail. (AFP/Georges Gobet)
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A security guard pins a Femen activist to the ground after she and other activists tried to stop the car of Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh from leaving the EU commission building in Brussels. They shouted "Free Amina!" -- a reference to Amina Sboui, a teenage anti-Islamist feminist who is being held in a Tunisian jail. (AFP/Georges Gobet)

A female North Korean soldier stands guard along the banks of the Yalu River, near the town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. (Reuters/Jacky Chen)
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A female North Korean soldier stands guard along the banks of the Yalu River, near the town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. (Reuters/Jacky Chen)

Girls walk with their mother as she turns to look at smoke billowing from three shells dropped on the town of Al-Bara in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
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Girls walk with their mother as she turns to look at smoke billowing from three shells dropped on the town of Al-Bara in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

Youths throw flour at each other during a flash mob on the banks of the Dnipro River in Kyiv, Ukraine. About 100 people participated in the flash mob. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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Youths throw flour at each other during a flash mob on the banks of the Dnipro River in Kyiv, Ukraine. About 100 people participated in the flash mob. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

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