Saturday, July 23, 2016



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Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 29th week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.


Photos Of The Week #28

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 28th week of 2016.

Death, Chaos As Coup Attempt Repelled In Turkey

Security operations are continuing in Turkey following a failed military coup attempt overnight that left around 200 people dead and about 1,100 injured. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed those involved in the coup attempt will pay "a heavy price for this act of treason." (WARNING: Graphic Content)

Archive Photos Of Vukovar, Croatia

During the war in Croatia (1991-1995) the center of Vukovar, its landmarks and emblematic baroque buildings were destroyed. One of the most diverse and multi-ethnic communities in the former Yugoslavia was extinguished.

Photos Of The Week #27

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 27th week of 2016.

Photos Of The Week #26

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 26th week of 2016.

'The Castle' -- Life With Syrian Refugees In Saddam's Former Prison

In the northern part of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region is the town of Akre. Here, a former prison once used by Saddam Hussein's regime to hold Iranian prisoners of war and political dissidents has been converted into a shelter for more than 1,000 Syrian refugees. A stronghold of Islamic State militants in Iraq is less than 50 kilometers away.

At Least 41 Dead In Suicide Attacks At Istanbul Airport

At least 41 people were killed and scores more wounded in a suicide attack on Istanbul’s main international airport late on June 28. Turkish officials say three suicide bombers arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk airport by taxi and blew themselves up at the entrance near the security check-in area after an exchange of gunfire with police. With similarities to the Brussels airport bombings in March, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said initial indications are the Islamic State extremist group was responsible.

Photos Of The Week #25

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 25th week of 2016.

Photos Of The Week #24

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 24th week of 2016.

Abkhazia: Coming Back To The 'Soviet Riviera'

Abkhazia is shunned by most of the world, so vacationers from Russia -- one of the few countries that recognizes the breakaway Georgian region's independence claim -- are a boon to its economy and self-image. The number of Russians visiting the lush coastal territory has been rising in recent years.

Tributes Across Europe For Victims Of Orlando Attack

People around the world have shared messages of sympathy and solidarity in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In many capital cities, citizens created memorials outside U.S. embassies in honor of the victims. Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the June 12 attack.

A History Of Recent U.S. Mass Shootings

A gun attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12 killed at least 49 people and wounded 53 in the deadliest shooting incident ever in the United States. The suspect, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was shot dead by police after a three-hour rampage at the nightclub. It was the latest in a long line of mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

Photos Of The Week #23

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Pavlensky's Threat: The Story Behind The Photo

The photo of performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky in front of the burning door of Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow is one of the defining images of Russia’s current era. But, as the two young journalists who were there recall, it’s a small miracle any photographs survived the night.

Afghanistan Before The Wars

Elliot Larson and his wife Marty worked in a medical facility in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, while raising a young family from 1970 to 1974. On many of their outings they took a small Minolta camera, shooting slide film of weekends in the sun and trips to regions where today not even NATO soldiers can safely travel. The couple has kindly shared their pictures with RFE/RL, which are published here for the first time.

Photos Of The Week #22

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

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