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Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 12th week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

An opposition fighter from the Failaq al-Rahman brigade fires a heavy machine gun in Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
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An opposition fighter from the Failaq al-Rahman brigade fires a heavy machine gun in Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

Displaced Iraqis who had fled their homes wait to enter the Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
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Displaced Iraqis who had fled their homes wait to enter the Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

A truck driver offers afternoon prayers near his supply truck after the opening of the Torkham border crossing to Afghanistan in Landi Kotal, Pakistan. Pakistan ordered the two main border crossings with Afghanistan to be reopened on March 20, calling it a "goodwill gesture." The border closures on February 16 had left hundreds of thousands of people stranded at the two major crossings of Torkham and Chaman. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A truck driver offers afternoon prayers near his supply truck after the opening of the Torkham border crossing to Afghanistan in Landi Kotal, Pakistan. Pakistan ordered the two main border crossings with Afghanistan to be reopened on March 20, calling it a "goodwill gesture." The border closures on February 16 had left hundreds of thousands of people stranded at the two major crossings of Torkham and Chaman. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

A Kyrgyz woman dressed in national costume carries a freshly cooked traditional Norouz dish as she takes part in event during preparations for the celebration of the spring festival in Bishkek. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)
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A Kyrgyz woman dressed in national costume carries a freshly cooked traditional Norouz dish as she takes part in event during preparations for the celebration of the spring festival in Bishkek. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)

Rebel fighters and their families who had evacuated the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs arrive on the southern outskirts of the Syrian city of Al-Bab. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)
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Rebel fighters and their families who had evacuated the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs arrive on the southern outskirts of the Syrian city of Al-Bab. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Pakistanis take bath a day ahead of World Water Day 2017, in Karachi on March 21. (epa Shahzaib Akber)
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Pakistanis take bath a day ahead of World Water Day 2017, in Karachi on March 21. (epa Shahzaib Akber)

A Kurdish woman dances in front of a fire as Turkish Kurds gather for Norouz celebrations for the new year in Diyarbakir. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A Kurdish woman dances in front of a fire as Turkish Kurds gather for Norouz celebrations for the new year in Diyarbakir. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain in the town of Akra, 500 kilometers north of Baghdad, as they celebrate the Norouz spring festival. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain in the town of Akra, 500 kilometers north of Baghdad, as they celebrate the Norouz spring festival. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

An Afghan vendor sells cotton candy in Kabul during Norouz festivities as devotees mark the Afghan New Year on March 21. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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An Afghan vendor sells cotton candy in Kabul during Norouz festivities as devotees mark the Afghan New Year on March 21. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Participants wearing traditional costumes dance as they celebrate the national rite Gukanne Vyasny (Spring Welcoming) near the village of Aziarco in the Minsk region. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Participants wearing traditional costumes dance as they celebrate the national rite Gukanne Vyasny (Spring Welcoming) near the village of Aziarco in the Minsk region. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

An Afghan man sells national flags ahead of the Persian New Year, known as Norouz, in Kandahar on March 20. (epa/Muhammad Sadiq)
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An Afghan man sells national flags ahead of the Persian New Year, known as Norouz, in Kandahar on March 20. (epa/Muhammad Sadiq)

Civilians and rescue workers carry children at a damaged site following an air strike on the rebel-held city of Idlib in Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)
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Civilians and rescue workers carry children at a damaged site following an air strike on the rebel-held city of Idlib in Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

Martin Schulz reacts after he was elected the new leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party in Berlin on March 19. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)
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Martin Schulz reacts after he was elected the new leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party in Berlin on March 19. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

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