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Photos Of The Week #31

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 31st week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

A Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim woman holds her baby as she takes part in a rally against Israel and the United States to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan in Karachi. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
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A Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim woman holds her baby as she takes part in a rally against Israel and the United States to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan in Karachi. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

Chinese children, holding toy guns, participate in an event to simulate military training at a children's activity center in Shenyang, in Liaoning Province. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Chinese children, holding toy guns, participate in an event to simulate military training at a children's activity center in Shenyang, in Liaoning Province. (Reuters/Stringer)

Czech Michal Navratil dives dressed as Superman after the men's high-diving final competition at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. (AFP/Javier Soriano)
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Czech Michal Navratil dives dressed as Superman after the men's high-diving final competition at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. (AFP/Javier Soriano)

An Afghan Army soldier shows a diffused bomb used at the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Three suicide attackers detonated their car bomb, killing eight children and an adult. (epa/Abdul Mueed)
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An Afghan Army soldier shows a diffused bomb used at the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Three suicide attackers detonated their car bomb, killing eight children and an adult. (epa/Abdul Mueed)

A girl holds a rifle across her lap as she sits with a Free Syrian Army fighter on a street in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Loubna Mrie)
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A girl holds a rifle across her lap as she sits with a Free Syrian Army fighter on a street in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Loubna Mrie)

Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army jump through rings of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army jump through rings of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. (Reuters/Stringer)

An installation at the entrance to Gorky Park in Moscow dedicated to Paratroopers Day. (RIA Novosti/Serbei Kuznetsov)
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An installation at the entrance to Gorky Park in Moscow dedicated to Paratroopers Day. (RIA Novosti/Serbei Kuznetsov)

An opposition activist is detained during a protest rally defending Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nichukchin)
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An opposition activist is detained during a protest rally defending Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nichukchin)

Shi'ite Muslim worshipers place the Koran over their heads as they attend a Lailat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) prayer in the Imam Musa al-Khadim shrine in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Shi'ite Muslim worshipers place the Koran over their heads as they attend a Lailat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) prayer in the Imam Musa al-Khadim shrine in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Children play with soap bubbles made by a busker on the South Bank in London. (Reuters/Andrew Winning)
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Children play with soap bubbles made by a busker on the South Bank in London. (Reuters/Andrew Winning)

Afghan police inspect a police checkpoint that was mistakenly attacked by NATO aircraft during a clash between Afghan special forces and a group of Taliban fighters in Nangarhar Province. Five Afghan police officers died in the incident. (Reuters/ Parwiz)
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Afghan police inspect a police checkpoint that was mistakenly attacked by NATO aircraft during a clash between Afghan special forces and a group of Taliban fighters in Nangarhar Province. Five Afghan police officers died in the incident. (Reuters/ Parwiz)

The feet of a recently born panda cub can be seen in this handout photograph by the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan. (AFP)
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The feet of a recently born panda cub can be seen in this handout photograph by the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan. (AFP)

Protesters dump Russian vodka as part of a demonstration against Russian antigay legislation and against Russian President Vladimir Putin's stand on gay rights, in front of the Russian Consulate in New York. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)
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Protesters dump Russian vodka as part of a demonstration against Russian antigay legislation and against Russian President Vladimir Putin's stand on gay rights, in front of the Russian Consulate in New York. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

Mannequins representing missing people are placed on Copacabana Beach during a protest by the nongovernmental organization Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) in Rio de Janeiro. According to the organizers, 35,000 victims of violence are missing in the Rio de Janeiro state since 2007. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)
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Mannequins representing missing people are placed on Copacabana Beach during a protest by the nongovernmental organization Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) in Rio de Janeiro. According to the organizers, 35,000 victims of violence are missing in the Rio de Janeiro state since 2007. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

An Afghan police officer beats a woman as she waits for a food donation during the month of Ramadan in Kabul on August 1. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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An Afghan police officer beats a woman as she waits for a food donation during the month of Ramadan in Kabul on August 1. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A boy cools off in a fountain during sunset in Pristina, Kosovo. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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A boy cools off in a fountain during sunset in Pristina, Kosovo. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is applauded by players from the Hwaebul Team during their men's soccer match against the April 25 Team in Pyongyang. (Reuters/KCNA)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is applauded by players from the Hwaebul Team during their men's soccer match against the April 25 Team in Pyongyang. (Reuters/KCNA)

Muslims break the fast with a dinner distributed for free during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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Muslims break the fast with a dinner distributed for free during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

Russian police raid a Moscow market. (ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev)
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Russian police raid a Moscow market. (ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev)

Aisikaier Wubulikasimu, a 40-year-old Uyghur acrobat, walks on an 18-meter-long tightrope strung between two hot air balloons in Shilin county, in China's Yunnan Province. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Aisikaier Wubulikasimu, a 40-year-old Uyghur acrobat, walks on an 18-meter-long tightrope strung between two hot air balloons in Shilin county, in China's Yunnan Province. (Reuters/Stringer)

A dragonfly hovered over grass as temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius along the Treska River near the Macedonian capital, Skopje. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)
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A dragonfly hovered over grass as temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius along the Treska River near the Macedonian capital, Skopje. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

Orthodox believers attend a solemn liturgy in Minsk. (RIA/Novosti/Egor Eryomov)
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Orthodox believers attend a solemn liturgy in Minsk. (RIA/Novosti/Egor Eryomov)

A zookeeper sprays water onto an Asian elephant to help it cool down on a hot day at Belgrade. Temperatures in Serbia have risen to up to 40 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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A zookeeper sprays water onto an Asian elephant to help it cool down on a hot day at Belgrade. Temperatures in Serbia have risen to up to 40 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful as he arrives at the Chiesa Del Gesu in Rome. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
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Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful as he arrives at the Chiesa Del Gesu in Rome. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)

Indian Hindu devotees representing Potharaju, brother of the goddess Mahankali, dance in the streets during the Bonalu festival at the Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. (AFP/Noah Seelam)
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Indian Hindu devotees representing Potharaju, brother of the goddess Mahankali, dance in the streets during the Bonalu festival at the Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

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