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Photos Of The Week #7

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (34 PHOTOS)

A couple with a child ride a motorcycle past demonstrators praying along a street, before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Bustan al-Qasr district in Aleppo. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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A couple with a child ride a motorcycle past demonstrators praying along a street, before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Bustan al-Qasr district in Aleppo. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

Members of Kosovo's national state song and dance Shota ensemble perform at the national theater in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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Members of Kosovo's national state song and dance Shota ensemble perform at the national theater in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

Jockeys compete in a traditional camel race during the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Camel Festival, held at the Shweihan racecourse, in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
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Jockeys compete in a traditional camel race during the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Camel Festival, held at the Shweihan racecourse, in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

The trail of a meteor is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. The strike caused widespread injuries and damage. (AFP/Oleg Kargopolov)
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The trail of a meteor is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. The strike caused widespread injuries and damage. (AFP/Oleg Kargopolov)

U.S. President Barack Obama uses a magnifying glass to play a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at an early childhood learning center in Decatur, Georgia. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
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U.S. President Barack Obama uses a magnifying glass to play a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at an early childhood learning center in Decatur, Georgia. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

People visit in front of bronze statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (left) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. (Reuters/Kyodo)
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People visit in front of bronze statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (left) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. (Reuters/Kyodo)

Soldiers fire a salute at a monument to Kyrgyz-born Soviet soldiers killed in Afghanistan while fighting against the Afghan rebels in the 1980s during a ceremony in Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Soldiers fire a salute at a monument to Kyrgyz-born Soviet soldiers killed in Afghanistan while fighting against the Afghan rebels in the 1980s during a ceremony in Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Members of the Druze community take part in a rally in the Druze village of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
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Members of the Druze community take part in a rally in the Druze village of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Israeli soldiers clean the barrel of a mobile artillery unit after an exercise in the Golan Heights, near Israel's border with Syria. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
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Israeli soldiers clean the barrel of a mobile artillery unit after an exercise in the Golan Heights, near Israel's border with Syria. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Zenit St. Petersburg fans cheer as they support their team during the Europa League soccer match against Liverpool at the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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Zenit St. Petersburg fans cheer as they support their team during the Europa League soccer match against Liverpool at the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

A wedding party crowds around a bonfire to mark Trndez, an ancient pagan festival now absorbed into the Christian calendar, in Yerevan, Armenia.3. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
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A wedding party crowds around a bonfire to mark Trndez, an ancient pagan festival now absorbed into the Christian calendar, in Yerevan, Armenia.3. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and his Georgian counterpart, Bidzina Ivanishvili, attend a ceremony in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and his Georgian counterpart, Bidzina Ivanishvili, attend a ceremony in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Women walk past heart-shaped balloons on Valentine's Day in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)
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Women walk past heart-shaped balloons on Valentine's Day in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

People take part in a mass Hula Hoop event in a stadium at Thammasat University Rangsit campus in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organised by Thailand's Public Health Ministry to promote exercise. (AFP/Thai Public Health Ministry)
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People take part in a mass Hula Hoop event in a stadium at Thammasat University Rangsit campus in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organised by Thailand's Public Health Ministry to promote exercise. (AFP/Thai Public Health Ministry)

A skier sets off from the peak of Mount Aigba in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, some 50 kilometers from Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. (AFP/Leon Neal)
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A skier sets off from the peak of Mount Aigba in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, some 50 kilometers from Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. (AFP/Leon Neal)

A Free Syrian Army fighter covers his face in the district of Salaheddine in Aleppo. (Reuters/Aref Hretani)
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A Free Syrian Army fighter covers his face in the district of Salaheddine in Aleppo. (Reuters/Aref Hretani)

Assistants carry Pope Benedict XVI's armchair prior to a Mass on Ash Wednesday at St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)
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Assistants carry Pope Benedict XVI's armchair prior to a Mass on Ash Wednesday at St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

People carry firewood in their horse-driven cart at sunset on a road south of the Romanian capital, Bucharest. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel)
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People carry firewood in their horse-driven cart at sunset on a road south of the Romanian capital, Bucharest. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel)

Um Jaafar, a woman fighter in the Free Syrian Army, sits with her husband, Abu Jaafar, a Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights) battalion commander, and their daughter Faten at their home in Aleppo. Um Jaafar was a hairdresser before the revolution. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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Um Jaafar, a woman fighter in the Free Syrian Army, sits with her husband, Abu Jaafar, a Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights) battalion commander, and their daughter Faten at their home in Aleppo. Um Jaafar was a hairdresser before the revolution. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

Newly initiatiated Hindu holy men are reflected in the water of the River Ganges during the Pitcher Festival in Allahabad in northern India. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)
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Newly initiatiated Hindu holy men are reflected in the water of the River Ganges during the Pitcher Festival in Allahabad in northern India. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)

Snowboarders practice in the half-pipe at the Extreme Park, a Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics venue for the snowboard and skiing freestyle events in Rosa Khutor near Sochi, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov)
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Snowboarders practice in the half-pipe at the Extreme Park, a Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics venue for the snowboard and skiing freestyle events in Rosa Khutor near Sochi, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov)

Girls appear through holes in a big national flag as they prepare to take part in a parade commemorating the second anniversary of the uprising against Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
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Girls appear through holes in a big national flag as they prepare to take part in a parade commemorating the second anniversary of the uprising against Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

A Yemeni tribesman carries a national flag as he walks between chairs before a rally to commemorate the second anniversary of the uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Bani Hushaish. (Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)
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A Yemeni tribesman carries a national flag as he walks between chairs before a rally to commemorate the second anniversary of the uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Bani Hushaish. (Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)

A protester shouts at riot police during clashes in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
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A protester shouts at riot police during clashes in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, which ends in total darkness in the North Korean town of Sinuiju. (AFP/Mark Ralston)
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The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, which ends in total darkness in the North Korean town of Sinuiju. (AFP/Mark Ralston)

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