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Photos Of The Week #18

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 18th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (40 PHOTOS)

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky lies on the ground, wrapped in a roll of barbed wire, during a protest in front of St. Petersburg's Legislative Assembly. (Reuters/Artur Bainozarov)
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Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky lies on the ground, wrapped in a roll of barbed wire, during a protest in front of St. Petersburg's Legislative Assembly. (Reuters/Artur Bainozarov)

A man on a rooftop looks at the approaching flames of a massive wildfire near Camarillo, California. (Getty Images/David McNew)
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A man on a rooftop looks at the approaching flames of a massive wildfire near Camarillo, California. (Getty Images/David McNew)

A worshipper prays during Good Friday at the St. Sava temple in Belgrade, as Serbia and other Eastern Orthodox countries celebrate Easter. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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A worshipper prays during Good Friday at the St. Sava temple in Belgrade, as Serbia and other Eastern Orthodox countries celebrate Easter. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

This picture taken with a slow exposure shows seagulls flying in the sky over Rome. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)
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This picture taken with a slow exposure shows seagulls flying in the sky over Rome. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

Brigitta, a handicapped cat, uses her walking frame in Celle in central Germany. Brigitta was paralyzed after being wounded by an air rifle. A supporter of an aid organization for stray animals was so touched by Brigitta's fate that she decided to bring the animal from Bulgaria to Celle and to have the walker built. (AFP/Holger Hollemann)
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Brigitta, a handicapped cat, uses her walking frame in Celle in central Germany. Brigitta was paralyzed after being wounded by an air rifle. A supporter of an aid organization for stray animals was so touched by Brigitta's fate that she decided to bring the animal from Bulgaria to Celle and to have the walker built. (AFP/Holger Hollemann)

A still from "A Boy and His Atom," a movie that holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film. IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times.
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A still from "A Boy and His Atom," a movie that holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film. IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times.

The bodies of Bangladeshi garment workers lie crushed under rubble after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The death toll has passed 500. More than 100 people are still unaccounted for. (AFP/ Munir uz Zaman)
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The bodies of Bangladeshi garment workers lie crushed under rubble after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The death toll has passed 500. More than 100 people are still unaccounted for. (AFP/ Munir uz Zaman)

A pug is carried in a bag near Hohenschwangau in southern Germany. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)
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A pug is carried in a bag near Hohenschwangau in southern Germany. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)

Clouds build up over Victoria Harbor before a storm in Hong Kong. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)
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Clouds build up over Victoria Harbor before a storm in Hong Kong. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

An Afghan border policeman prepares ammunition at a check post in the Goshta district of Nangarhar Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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An Afghan border policeman prepares ammunition at a check post in the Goshta district of Nangarhar Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the grand gala concert that marked the opening of the new Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Anatoly Maltsev)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the grand gala concert that marked the opening of the new Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Anatoly Maltsev)

A U.S. flag flies in the wind as the final piece of a spire is lifted to the top of One World Trade Center in New York. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
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A U.S. flag flies in the wind as the final piece of a spire is lifted to the top of One World Trade Center in New York. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

A Greek Orthodox priest puts his shoe back on during the washing of the feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of Orthodox Easter. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
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A Greek Orthodox priest puts his shoe back on during the washing of the feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of Orthodox Easter. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Communist Party supporters attend a May Day rally in the Ivanovo region of Russia. (ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov)
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Communist Party supporters attend a May Day rally in the Ivanovo region of Russia. (ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov)

Riders compete during the "Kings Of The Off-Road" quad bike amateur regional race in the Siberian village of Kozhany. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Riders compete during the "Kings Of The Off-Road" quad bike amateur regional race in the Siberian village of Kozhany. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Gay-rights activists march in the city of St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)
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Gay-rights activists march in the city of St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

Members of the pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union attend an official May Day rally in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Members of the pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union attend an official May Day rally in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

"Rubber Duck" by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)
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"Rubber Duck" by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

An aerial view shows the center of the rebuilt Chechen capital, Grozny. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
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An aerial view shows the center of the rebuilt Chechen capital, Grozny. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

A Pakistani laborer uses a sledgehammer as he works at an iron factory in Karachi. (AFP/Asif Hassan)
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A Pakistani laborer uses a sledgehammer as he works at an iron factory in Karachi. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) take part in an election rally in Hyderabad on May 1. (AFP/Yousuf Nagori) 
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Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) take part in an election rally in Hyderabad on May 1. (AFP/Yousuf Nagori) 

Turkish police and protesters clashed after authorities moved to prohibit traditional Labor Day rallies in Istanbul.(AFP/Adem Altan)
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Turkish police and protesters clashed after authorities moved to prohibit traditional Labor Day rallies in Istanbul.(AFP/Adem Altan)

Students and human rights activists attend a Labor Day rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 1. (RFE/RL/Mzia Saganelidze)
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Students and human rights activists attend a Labor Day rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 1. (RFE/RL/Mzia Saganelidze)

Belarusian schoolchildren take part in preparations for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations on May 9, which commemorate the end of World War II. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Belarusian schoolchildren take part in preparations for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations on May 9, which commemorate the end of World War II. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

In Sadr City, a Shi'ite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, women from Iraq's first female weightlifting team are training hard to bring back medals for their country. The eight-woman team is set to represent Iraq in the Asian Championship in Qatar next month. (Reuters/Mohammed Ameen)
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In Sadr City, a Shi'ite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, women from Iraq's first female weightlifting team are training hard to bring back medals for their country. The eight-woman team is set to represent Iraq in the Asian Championship in Qatar next month. (Reuters/Mohammed Ameen)

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