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Photos Of The Week #11

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

A Kazakh policeman votes during parliamentary elections in the Kazakh city of Baikonur on March 20. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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A Kazakh policeman votes during parliamentary elections in the Kazakh city of Baikonur on March 20. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry personnel work at the crash site of a Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai at the airport of Rostov-On-Don on March 20.
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Russian Emergency Situations Ministry personnel work at the crash site of a Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai at the airport of Rostov-On-Don on March 20.

An armed Turkish police officer helps a woman carry her belongings as she leaves her house during clashes in central Diyarbakir on March 17. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
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An armed Turkish police officer helps a woman carry her belongings as she leaves her house during clashes in central Diyarbakir on March 17. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

A Syrian refugee protests on railway tracks demanding the opening of the borders, at a makeshift camp  near the Greek-Macedonian frontier. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)
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A Syrian refugee protests on railway tracks demanding the opening of the borders, at a makeshift camp  near the Greek-Macedonian frontier. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)

A woman looks at Russian police officers as they talk during celebrations marking the second anniversary of Russia's annexation of the Crimea region, in Red Square, central Moscow, on March 18. (Reuters/Maksim Shemetov)
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A woman looks at Russian police officers as they talk during celebrations marking the second anniversary of Russia's annexation of the Crimea region, in Red Square, central Moscow, on March 18. (Reuters/Maksim Shemetov)

Mounted Kyrgyz riders play the traditional Central Asian sport of Kok-boru, aka Buzkashi or Ulak Tartis ("goat grabbing"), in Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Mounted Kyrgyz riders play the traditional Central Asian sport of Kok-boru, aka Buzkashi or Ulak Tartis ("goat grabbing"), in Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

A woman rides a horse in an underground passage in Moscow. (AFP/Vasily Maksimov)
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A woman rides a horse in an underground passage in Moscow. (AFP/Vasily Maksimov)

A Syrian shepherd with a military-style helmet on the outskirts of Damascus. (epa/Mohammed Badra)
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A Syrian shepherd with a military-style helmet on the outskirts of Damascus. (epa/Mohammed Badra)

A Russian Orthodox priest conducts a blessing in front of the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft at the launch pad of the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 17. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavstev)
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A Russian Orthodox priest conducts a blessing in front of the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft at the launch pad of the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 17. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavstev)

A Romany woman kneels and cries as riot policemen stand in a formation during a protest in the town of Plekhanovo, in the western Russian region of Tula, on March 17. (TASS/Sergei Starikov)
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A Romany woman kneels and cries as riot policemen stand in a formation during a protest in the town of Plekhanovo, in the western Russian region of Tula, on March 17. (TASS/Sergei Starikov)

Afghan actors perform in a play depicting the 2015 lynching of Afghan woman Farkhunda Malikzada in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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Afghan actors perform in a play depicting the 2015 lynching of Afghan woman Farkhunda Malikzada in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A migrant  boy stands barefoot in the mud at a refugee camp on the border between Greece and Macedonia on March 16. (epa/Nake Batev)
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A migrant  boy stands barefoot in the mud at a refugee camp on the border between Greece and Macedonia on March 16. (epa/Nake Batev)

Shattered glass lies scattered on the road following a deadly bomb blast that targeted a bus in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on March 16. (epa/Bilawal Arbab)
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Shattered glass lies scattered on the road following a deadly bomb blast that targeted a bus in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on March 16. (epa/Bilawal Arbab)

An armed pro-Russia militant holds her position inside a damaged school in the village of Zaytseve in the Donetsk region. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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An armed pro-Russia militant holds her position inside a damaged school in the village of Zaytseve in the Donetsk region. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

A fighter belonging to Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) runs to take cover near the front line in the neighborhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
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A fighter belonging to Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) runs to take cover near the front line in the neighborhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

A farmer harvests broccoli in the town of Al-Ansariyeh, south of Sidon. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)
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A farmer harvests broccoli in the town of Al-Ansariyeh, south of Sidon. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)

Kyrgyz berkutchi, or eagle hunters, carry their golden eagles during a hunting festival called Salburun in the village of Alysh, near Naryn, 350 kilometers outside Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Kyrgyz berkutchi, or eagle hunters, carry their golden eagles during a hunting festival called Salburun in the village of Alysh, near Naryn, 350 kilometers outside Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Migrants wade across a river near the Greek-Macedonian border, west of the village of Idomeni, Greece. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
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Migrants wade across a river near the Greek-Macedonian border, west of the village of Idomeni, Greece. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

A child wrapped in a survival blanket looks on as migrants queue for hot soup in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. (AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)
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A child wrapped in a survival blanket looks on as migrants queue for hot soup in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. (AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)

Young actresses laugh as they look out a window while they prepare to perform in the city of Baikonur to celebrate Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony for winter. Shrovetide precedes the beginning of Lent, with each day of the week holding its own meaning. Shrove Sunday, also known as the Sunday of Forgiveness, is a day for asking forgiveness for the harm caused to other people, intentionally or unintentionally. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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Young actresses laugh as they look out a window while they prepare to perform in the city of Baikonur to celebrate Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony for winter. Shrovetide precedes the beginning of Lent, with each day of the week holding its own meaning. Shrove Sunday, also known as the Sunday of Forgiveness, is a day for asking forgiveness for the harm caused to other people, intentionally or unintentionally. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

A man climbs up a wooden pole during Maslenitsa celebrations at Gorky Park in Moscow. Maslenitsa is widely viewed as a pagan holiday marking the end of winter and is celebrated with pancake-eating and shows of strength, while the Orthodox Church considers it as the week of feasting before Lent. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
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A man climbs up a wooden pole during Maslenitsa celebrations at Gorky Park in Moscow. Maslenitsa is widely viewed as a pagan holiday marking the end of winter and is celebrated with pancake-eating and shows of strength, while the Orthodox Church considers it as the week of feasting before Lent. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

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