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Photos Of The Week #3

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the third week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

A man gestures in front of a row of Armenian police officers holding up their shields as they stand guard during clashes with protesters at a demonstration near the Russian Consulate General in Gyumri, where ​Russian soldier Valery Permyakov is suspected of having murdered a family of six. Protesters are demanding that Russia hand over the suspect for trial. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
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A man gestures in front of a row of Armenian police officers holding up their shields as they stand guard during clashes with protesters at a demonstration near the Russian Consulate General in Gyumri, where ​Russian soldier Valery Permyakov is suspected of having murdered a family of six. Protesters are demanding that Russia hand over the suspect for trial. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

Asif Hassan (left), a photographer for French news agency Agence France-Press (AFP), is helped by a fellow photographer after Hassan was shot during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)
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Asif Hassan (left), a photographer for French news agency Agence France-Press (AFP), is helped by a fellow photographer after Hassan was shot during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine in action during the men's aerials qualification at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria. (epa/Barbara Gindl)
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Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine in action during the men's aerials qualification at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria. (epa/Barbara Gindl)

Two Afghans ride horses on the outskirts of Kabul. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)
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Two Afghans ride horses on the outskirts of Kabul. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)

Serbian falconer Hani Girgis relases his Harris's hawk during a practice session near Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport. The airport decided to use falconers to scare away pigeons and other birds from aircraft hangar buildings. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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Serbian falconer Hani Girgis relases his Harris's hawk during a practice session near Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport. The airport decided to use falconers to scare away pigeons and other birds from aircraft hangar buildings. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A man throws a handful of soil on coffins of victims during a funeral ceremony held for the six members of the same Armenian family allegedly killed by Russian soldier Valery Permyakov in the city of Gyumri. (AFP/Karen Minasian)
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A man throws a handful of soil on coffins of victims during a funeral ceremony held for the six members of the same Armenian family allegedly killed by Russian soldier Valery Permyakov in the city of Gyumri. (AFP/Karen Minasian)

Protesters clash with police during a protest outside the Russian Consulate in the city of Gyumri, Armenia, on January 15. At least 15 people were injured in the clashes. Protesters are demanding the handover of a Russian soldier accused of murdering six members of an Armenian family near Russia's military base in the former Soviet republic. (epa/Vahram Baghdasarian)
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Protesters clash with police during a protest outside the Russian Consulate in the city of Gyumri, Armenia, on January 15. At least 15 people were injured in the clashes. Protesters are demanding the handover of a Russian soldier accused of murdering six members of an Armenian family near Russia's military base in the former Soviet republic. (epa/Vahram Baghdasarian)

A woman prays as she takes part in a mourning ceremony on Independence Square in Kyiv. Ukraine held a day of mourning for the 13 people killed on January 13 when a passenger bus came under heavy fire in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A woman prays as she takes part in a mourning ceremony on Independence Square in Kyiv. Ukraine held a day of mourning for the 13 people killed on January 13 when a passenger bus came under heavy fire in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Romanians dressed in bear costumes celebrate the Malanka festival in the village of Krasnoilsk. The local population traditionally celebrates Malanka on January 14, which is New Year's Day according to the Julian calendar. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)
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Romanians dressed in bear costumes celebrate the Malanka festival in the village of Krasnoilsk. The local population traditionally celebrates Malanka on January 14, which is New Year's Day according to the Julian calendar. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Iraqis from the Yazidi community wait for bread to bake at the Dawodiya camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdish city of Dohuk​. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Iraqis from the Yazidi community wait for bread to bake at the Dawodiya camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdish city of Dohuk​. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

Afghan girls sell boiled eggs and traditional green tea on the outskirts of Kabul (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)
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Afghan girls sell boiled eggs and traditional green tea on the outskirts of Kabul (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) looks at the weapons carried by Swiss police posing for a picture with him as he departs Geneva late on January 14. (AFP/Rick Wilking)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) looks at the weapons carried by Swiss police posing for a picture with him as he departs Geneva late on January 14. (AFP/Rick Wilking)

French police officers pay their respects during a ceremony to pay tribute to the three officers killed in the recent terror attacks in Paris. (epa/Francois Mori)
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French police officers pay their respects during a ceremony to pay tribute to the three officers killed in the recent terror attacks in Paris. (epa/Francois Mori)

Passengers feed seagulls as they travel on a ferry on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)
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Passengers feed seagulls as they travel on a ferry on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

An Iraqi Shi'ite fighter fires his weapon during a battle with Islamic State militants at Al-Nibai, north of Baghdad. (Reuters)
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An Iraqi Shi'ite fighter fires his weapon during a battle with Islamic State militants at Al-Nibai, north of Baghdad. (Reuters)

A "Sadhu," or a Hindu holy man, takes a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India. (Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri)
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A "Sadhu," or a Hindu holy man, takes a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India. (Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

Mourners gather in Jerusalem during a burial ceremony for the victims of an attack on a Paris kosher grocery. The bodies of four French Jews killed in the attack were flown to Israel for burial. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
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Mourners gather in Jerusalem during a burial ceremony for the victims of an attack on a Paris kosher grocery. The bodies of four French Jews killed in the attack were flown to Israel for burial. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter after winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 as the year's best player during an awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter after winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 as the year's best player during an awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)

A participant in a rally with the anti-Islamic Pegida movement holds up a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a head scarf. Islam is part of German life, Merkel said on January 12, even as a group of anti-Islam and anti-refugee protesters geared up for controversial marches that have become a weekly fixture in the eastern city. (epa/Arno Burgi)
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A participant in a rally with the anti-Islamic Pegida movement holds up a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a head scarf. Islam is part of German life, Merkel said on January 12, even as a group of anti-Islam and anti-refugee protesters geared up for controversial marches that have become a weekly fixture in the eastern city. (epa/Arno Burgi)

Afghan balloon vendor Arash, 19, waits for customers as he walks through a neighborhood in Kabul. Arash sells balloons for 5 Afghani -- less than one U.S. cent. He says he makes around $4 per day when business is good. (AFP//Shah Marai)
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Afghan balloon vendor Arash, 19, waits for customers as he walks through a neighborhood in Kabul. Arash sells balloons for 5 Afghani -- less than one U.S. cent. He says he makes around $4 per day when business is good. (AFP//Shah Marai)

An internally displaced Afghan girl plays near her shelter at a refugee camp in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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An internally displaced Afghan girl plays near her shelter at a refugee camp in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

A boy holds a cat outside his home, which reportedly was damaged by shelling, in Donetsk, Ukraine. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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A boy holds a cat outside his home, which reportedly was damaged by shelling, in Donetsk, Ukraine. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

Razia, 9, fixes her scarf as she sorts papers before they are taken to a factory to be recycled in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Razia, 9, fixes her scarf as she sorts papers before they are taken to a factory to be recycled in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A participant in the No Pants Subway Ride waits for a train in her underwear in New York City. The annual event began in 2002 by Improv Everywhere. The goal is for riders to get on subway trains dressed in normal winter clothes without pants and keep a straight face. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
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A participant in the No Pants Subway Ride waits for a train in her underwear in New York City. The annual event began in 2002 by Improv Everywhere. The goal is for riders to get on subway trains dressed in normal winter clothes without pants and keep a straight face. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

Internally displaced girls look out from their tent inside the Al-Karameh refugee camp beside the Syrian-Turkish border in Syria's northern Idlib countryside. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)
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Internally displaced girls look out from their tent inside the Al-Karameh refugee camp beside the Syrian-Turkish border in Syria's northern Idlib countryside. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

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