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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Photos Of The Week #46

Published 17 November 2012

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for Week #46. (24 PHOTOS)


Police in Azerbaijan arrested around 30 opposition activists who tried to stage a protest in Baku demanding the president's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. Police officers broke up the demonstration by wielding truncheons and pushing some of the demonstrators onto city buses. (RFE/RL)


Riders play the traditional Central Asian sport of buzkashi in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Mounted players compete for points by throwing a stuffed sheepskin into a well. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)


Trees a seen at sunset surrounded by heavy fog hanging above Lake Geneva above Riex near Lausanne, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)


Palestinian paramedics carry an injured woman on a stretcher following an Israeli air raid on a house in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)


Albanian honor guards carry a coffin with the remains of Albania's self-proclaimed king, Zog I, after arriving back in his home country from France, where he died in exile in 1961. Zog's remains are due to be buried in a newly built mausoleum for the royal family in an official ceremony on November 17. (AFP)


Israelis hide in a bomb shelter in the southern town of Ofakim during a Palestinian rocket attack. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)


A Eurasian Eagle Owl reacts after being fed at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Amritsar, India. The owl, which is rarely seen in the region, became entangled in a kite string and was rescued by SPCA members.(AFP/Narinder Nanu)


U.S. President Barack Obama jokingly mimicks the "not impressed" look of U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney (left) while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office. (AFP/White House Photo/Pete Souza)


A 15-year-old girl works on a carpet at her home in Jowzjan in Afghanistan's Sheberghan Province. (AFP/Qais Usyan)


A man feeds a sparrow in the garden of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. (AFP/Dominique Faget)


An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is seen through a damaged car window after a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)


Customs officials stand by dozens of unpolished elephant tusks in Hong Kong. Customs officers seized more than a ton of unprocessed elephant tusks worth around $1.4 million on the Chinese ivory market. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)


People in Zagreb cheer seconds after the UN war crimes court announced the acquittal of former Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac on charges including war crimes. (AFP/Hrvoje Polan)


A pig dives into the water in China's Hunan Province. Villager Huang Demin drives his pigs to dive into the water from a 3-meter-high platform at least once a day, believing that the exercise improves the quality and taste of their meat. He reportedly sells meat from his diving pigs for three times the market price. (Reuters)


A young garbage collector stands between sacks of refuse in a dump on the outskirts of Kabul. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)


A member of Hamas security forces points to an unexploded missile (not seen) after an Israeli air strike on the building of the Hamas Interior Ministry in Gaza City. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)


The coffin of 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe lies on a red carpet after archaeologists lifted it from his grave at the Church of Our Lady in Prague. Brahe died suddenly in 1601 at the age of 54 of what was believed to be a bladder infection. But some speculated that he may have been poisoned with mercury, possibly at the hands of a king or a rival astronomer. Danish scientists took samples from Brahe's body. They said on November 15 that "mercury concentrations were not sufficiently high" to cause the death. Brahe is credited with celestial observations which helped lay the groundwork for modern astronomy. (AFP/Michal Cizek)


Volunteers pose as they make 140 tons of kimchi, a traditional dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radishes, in a park in Seoul, South Korea. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)


Some 2,000 South Korean volunteers make 140 tons of kimchi, a traditional Korean dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radish, in a park in Seoul. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)


Lasha Pataraya pulls an eight-ton truck with his ear in Rustavi, outside Tbilisi, Georgia. The 32-year-old sportsman will attempt to break a record registered by the Guinness Book of World Records by the end of the month, according to organizers. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)


Visitors toast the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau wine while enjoying the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities, some 100 kilometers west of Tokyo. As the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is officially uncorked, Hakone Yunessun started its annual 16-day Beaujolais Nouveau spa to attract visitors. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)


The Israeli military launches a missile from the Iron Dome missile system in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva into the Gaza Strip. The UN Security Council held a late-night emergency meeting on the escalating tensions after Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on Gaza, killing the military commander for Hamas. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)


A Palestinian man sits inside a damaged house after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. Israel exchanged the fiercest fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)


A novice Buddhist monk studies at the Kyat Khat Wine monastery in Bago, Burma (also known as Myanmar). Burma's government has said it "warmly welcomes" the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama later this month, expressing hope his trip will bolster the nation's political reform drive. (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)