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Photos Of The Week #27

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 27th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

A young girl cries near a Nelson Mandela portrait outside the Medi Clinic Heart hospital where the antiapartheid icon and former South African president lay in critical condition in Pretoria. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
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A young girl cries near a Nelson Mandela portrait outside the Medi Clinic Heart hospital where the antiapartheid icon and former South African president lay in critical condition in Pretoria. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

A child reacts to floodwaters in Ahmedabad after heavy rains lashed Gujarat state. (AFP/Sam Panthaky)
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A child reacts to floodwaters in Ahmedabad after heavy rains lashed Gujarat state. (AFP/Sam Panthaky)

Rice paddies in Changu Naryan on the outskirts of Kathmandu. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)
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Rice paddies in Changu Naryan on the outskirts of Kathmandu. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

The pack in the 100th Tour de France rides past horses during the 176.5-kilometer sixth stage, between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier, in southern France. (AFP/Pascal Guyot)
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The pack in the 100th Tour de France rides past horses during the 176.5-kilometer sixth stage, between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier, in southern France. (AFP/Pascal Guyot)

A boy plays with a soap bubble in one of Kyiv's parks on a hot day in the Ukrainian capital. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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A boy plays with a soap bubble in one of Kyiv's parks on a hot day in the Ukrainian capital. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Clergy shelter under umbrellas during a pilgrimage in Budslau, Belarus, which houses the National Sanctuary of the Mother of God of Budslau.
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Clergy shelter under umbrellas during a pilgrimage in Budslau, Belarus, which houses the National Sanctuary of the Mother of God of Budslau.

A man covers himself in algae as he plays with his friends at the seaside in Qingdao, China. (Reuters)
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A man covers himself in algae as he plays with his friends at the seaside in Qingdao, China. (Reuters)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns a shot against the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the 2013 Wimbledon championships in London. (AFP/Carl Court)
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns a shot against the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the 2013 Wimbledon championships in London. (AFP/Carl Court)

In a long exposure photograph, a Belarussian guard of honor takes part in a military parade in Minsk during celebrations marking Independence Day. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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In a long exposure photograph, a Belarussian guard of honor takes part in a military parade in Minsk during celebrations marking Independence Day. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Children stand next to a laborer working on the banks of Ganges River in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)
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Children stand next to a laborer working on the banks of Ganges River in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)

A girl with the colors of the Egyptian flag and the word "leave" painted on her face is seen during a demonstration against Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
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A girl with the colors of the Egyptian flag and the word "leave" painted on her face is seen during a demonstration against Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

People stand at the site of a massive crater following a suicide car-bomb attack at a compound in Kabul that is used by foreign firms supplying equipment to NATO. Four police officers and two civilians were killed, as well as the four attackers. The Taliban claimed responsibility. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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People stand at the site of a massive crater following a suicide car-bomb attack at a compound in Kabul that is used by foreign firms supplying equipment to NATO. Four police officers and two civilians were killed, as well as the four attackers. The Taliban claimed responsibility. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

Belarusian teenagers take part in a rehearsal for the upcoming Independence Day parade in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Belarusian teenagers take part in a rehearsal for the upcoming Independence Day parade in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

The scene near the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan after a Russian Proton-M rocket malfunctioned shortly after launch and crashed back to Earth and exploded. (RIA Novosti/Ruslan Mamedov)
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The scene near the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan after a Russian Proton-M rocket malfunctioned shortly after launch and crashed back to Earth and exploded. (RIA Novosti/Ruslan Mamedov)

A would-be suicide attacker lies on the ground after his vest was defused in Jalalabad Province. Afghan security forces captured the attacker before he blew himself up. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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A would-be suicide attacker lies on the ground after his vest was defused in Jalalabad Province. Afghan security forces captured the attacker before he blew himself up. (Reuters/Parwiz)

England's Rob Vickerman (left) tackles New Zealand's Tomasi Cama during the final match of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament between New Zealand and England at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. (AFP/Yuri Kadobnov)
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England's Rob Vickerman (left) tackles New Zealand's Tomasi Cama during the final match of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament between New Zealand and England at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. (AFP/Yuri Kadobnov)

Children play in front of a Soviet-era space monument in Moscow. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)
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Children play in front of a Soviet-era space monument in Moscow. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

People set up a scale replica of a rubber duck, originally created by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman, on a river in Wenzhou, China. (Reuters)
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People set up a scale replica of a rubber duck, originally created by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman, on a river in Wenzhou, China. (Reuters)

Laundry dries on the railings in a Kowloon government housing estate in Hong Kong. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)
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Laundry dries on the railings in a Kowloon government housing estate in Hong Kong. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg, France. (Reuters/Vincent Kessler)
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Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg, France. (Reuters/Vincent Kessler)

Gold ingots are used to make medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, at the Adamas jewelry factory in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Filippov)
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Gold ingots are used to make medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, at the Adamas jewelry factory in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Filippov)

U.S. President Barack Obama heads a soccer ball at the Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The ball has internal electronics that allow it to generate and store electricity to power small devices. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
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U.S. President Barack Obama heads a soccer ball at the Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The ball has internal electronics that allow it to generate and store electricity to power small devices. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates after defeating Serena Williams of the United States during their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh)
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates after defeating Serena Williams of the United States during their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh)

Indian farmers plant paddy saplings in a field at Milanmore village on the outskirts of Siliguri. (AFP/Diptendu Dutta)
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Indian farmers plant paddy saplings in a field at Milanmore village on the outskirts of Siliguri. (AFP/Diptendu Dutta)

An employee clips the hooves of sheep before shearing them at a Belarusian state sheep farm in the village of Konukhi, some 150 kilometers southeast of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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An employee clips the hooves of sheep before shearing them at a Belarusian state sheep farm in the village of Konukhi, some 150 kilometers southeast of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

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