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Friday, November 28, 2014


Photos Of The Week #48

Published 2 December 2012


Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for Week #48. (48 PHOTOS)

1

Spanish activists of the animal rights group AnimaNaturalis protest against the use of fur in the textil industry in Madrid on December 2. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

2

Red water looking like blood flows at the Nouvel Observatoire fountain in Paris after health-care professionals affiliated with the Le Bloc union poured red dye in many of the city's fountains to protest against the implementation of a new cooperative network scheme that they say would undermine the freedom to choose one's own doctor. (AFP/Miguel Medina)

3

Skiers are seen on a cable car above the fog in the mountains above Engelberg in central Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

4

Russian opposition activists dressed as prisoners walk in central Moscow as they rally to demand freedom for political prisoners on December 1. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

5

Slovenian police use a water cannon during protests against the government in Ljubljana. (AFP/Jure Makovec)

6

Chinese students show their hands painted to look like red ribbons during a World AIDS Day event at a school in Hanshan, central Anhui Province. (AFP)

7

Students from a military school stand next to a poster of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev at the opening of an exhibition to mark the inaugural Day of the First President in Almaty. For the first time in its modern history, Kazakhstan will mark the Day of the First President on December 1 to commemorate the election of Nazarbaev in 1991. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

8

U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch on November 29. Obama defeated Romney in the November 6 presidential election in the United States. (WHITE HOUSE PHOTO/Pete Souza)

9

A general view of protesters chanting antigovernment slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 30. Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Muhammad Morsi after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

10

A Serbian ultranationalist shouts slogans during a protest rally in Belgrade after a UN court cleared Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes committed during the 1998-99 conflict. A UN war crimes court cleared Haradinaj of murder and torture during the 1990s war of independence, enraging Belgrade with the second such acquittal in two weeks. (AFP/Alexa Stankovic)

11

A NASA imaging spectroradiometer aboard an orbiting satellite captured this true-color image of St. Helena Island and a band of wind-blown cloud vortices trailing toward the island's leeward side over the South Atlantic Ocean. Tiny St. Helena lies approximately 1,900 kilometers west of Africa. (Reuters/NASA)

12

A Turkmen folk dance band performs in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, ahead of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's official visit. Berdymukhammedov is pictured behind on the right with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. (Photolur)

13

Lasha Pataraia pulls an 8-ton truck with his ear during an event in the Georgian city of Rustavi, outside Tbilisi, on November 29. The 32-year-old Georgian athlete broke a Guinness record after he managed to pull the truck with his ear for 21.5 meters. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

14

Brazilian Indian chief Raoni Txukarramae, the chief of the Amazonian Indian tribe Kayapo, arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

15

A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Clovelly Beach in Sydney, Australia. The algae closed some beaches for swimming, including Bondi Beach, for a period of time. While the red algae, known as noctiluca scintillans, or sea sparkle, has no toxic effects, people are still advised to avoid swimming in areas with discolored water because the algae, which can be high in ammonia, can cause skin irritation. (AFP/William West)

16

Buddhist monks receive treatment at a hospital after police fired water cannon and tear gas during a crackdown on villagers and monks protesting a Chinese-backed copper mine in northern Burma. (AFP/J Maung Maung)

17

The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

18

A man reads next to his makeshift bicycle repair cart along a road in Beijing's central business district. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

19

People inspect wax figures of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left), and Prince William at a press preview in Tokyo. The Madame Tussauds museum in Tokyo will be reopened in March 2013 with more than 60 waxworks expected to be displayed. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

20

Ethnic Albanian children march under Albanian flags in Pristina, Kosovo, during celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Albania's declaration of independence on November 28. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

21

A chef cuts a huge cake, with the Albanian flag symbols, measuring 550 square meters, on the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, during centenary celebrations on November 28. (AFP/Gent Shkullaku)

22

A colorful fall in Urmia, Iran, courtesy of RFE/RL Radio Farda Facebook fan Masud Ashrafi

23

Esteghlal Tehran take on Foolad Khuzestan in a match in Tehran. (Mehr)

24

A bridge disappears into the fog in Ahvaz, Iran. (IRNA)

25

Migratory birds fly above a man rowing a boat on the Yamuna River in Delhi, India. (Reuters/Mansi Thapliyal)

26

An Indian Sikh performs a fire-breathing act at a demonstration of skills during a procession from Sri Akal Takhat to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the eve of the 543rd birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak was the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of 10 Sikh gurus. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

27

A man stands amid debris after a bomb attack in the Shuala district of Baghdad on November 27. Three car bombings killed 23 Shi'ite Muslims during mourning processions in the Iraqi capital. The deadliest attack occurred in the Shuala district, where a car bomb parked outside a Shi'ite place of worship exploded as people were leaving the building, killing nine. (Reuters/Mohammed Ameen)

28

Russian Cossacks patrol near a train station in central Moscow. Cossacks traditionally protected Russia's borderlands but on November 27 descendants of the tsarist warrior caste patrolled a patch of central Moscow as part of a resurgence encouraged by President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

29

Afghan boys push their handcart along a street during the first snow in Ghazni Province. (Reuters/Mustafa Andaleb)

30

Director Peter Jackson walks in front of a hobbit den during the world premiere of "The Hobbit" movie in Wellington, New Zealand. The movie has sparked Middle Earth mania in New Zealand, where it was filmed. (AFP/Marty Melville)

31

Two Kosovar Albanians pose with paper moustaches during an event marking the Albanian declaration of independence in Pristina on November 28. The moustaches are intended to honor some of the signees of the declaration, many of whom sported such moustaches. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

32

Antigovernment protesters chant slogans against President Muhammad Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 27. Opponents of Morsi clashed with Egyptian police as thousands of protesters stepped up pressure on the president to scrap a decree they say threatens the nation with a new era of autocracy. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)

33

A mother and her ducklings cross a road in the Azerbaijani village of Siyabli. (RFERL/Abbas Atilay)

34

Saimir Strati is pictured in front of his mosaic of the Albanian flag at the Hotel Pristina in Kosovo. Strati, who has already won six Guinness World Records since 2006 for other mosaic artworks, created the mosaic in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Albania by putting together almost 1.4 million beans into a 65-square-meter artwork for which he was awarded his seventh Guinness World Record. Albanians will celebrate the anniversary on November 28. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

35

Men smoke cigarettes as they work inside a smuggling tunnel beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

36

An Egyptian protester recovers from tear gas inhalation during clashes with Egyptian riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo. Clashes between police and protesting youths erupted in Cairo ahead of a mass rally against a decree by President Muhammad Morsi granting himself broad powers. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)

37

A police officer uses a shield to protect himself from milk being sprayed by dairy farmers during a protest against European Union agricultural policies in Brussels. Farmers demonstrated at the European Parliament with tractors and fake cows calling on political leaders to act on falling milk prices caused by overproduction in Europe. (AFP/John Thys)

38

Dairy farmers confront police at Place du Luxembourg, near the European Parliament building in Brussels, in a protest against EU agricultural policies and falling milk prices. (AFP/John Thys)

39

Taxidermist Werner Beckmann works with the 650-kilogram skull and vertebrae of a 15-meter-long sperm whale skeleton being prepared for exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Muenster, Germany. (AFP/ Friso Gentsch)

40

Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena in London. The Stones took to the stage on November 25 after a five-year hiatus to celebrate their golden jubilee. Now in their mid-60s to early 70s, lead singer Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts were joined by former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

41

An Egyptian man walks over graffiti reading "Morsi Go" in Egypt's Tahrir Square in Cairo. Violent clashes have occurred in Egypt after President Muhammad Morsi issued a constitutional declaration granting himself powers to hand down decisions and laws that cannot be challenged in courts. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)

42

A protester lies in the street after passing out due to tear gas fired by riot police in Cairo. Police fired tear gas in a street leading to Cairo's Tahrir Square, where thousands demanded that President Muhammad Morsi quit. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said, and Suez. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

43

Luo Baogen points at his half-demolished apartment building, which stands in the middle of a newly built highway in China's eastern Zhejiang Province. Luo, 67, and his 65-year-old wife have waged a four-year battle to receive more than the $41,300 in compensation offered by the local government. Such a building is called a "nail house" in China, as such buildings stick out and are difficult to remove, like a stubborn nail. The road has yet to officially open, and state media carried conflicting accounts over whether Luo had finally agreed to accept an offer for his family's home. (AFP)

44

An exhibition at the LIMIT Live Art Festival in Belgrade. (RFE/RL/Vesna Andjic)

45

Azerbaijani Shi'ite Muslims observe Ashura in Nardaran, a center of conservative Shi'a Islam close to the capital, Baku. (RFE/RL/Abbas Atilay)

46

Shi'ite Muslim women with mud on their veils watch the "Kharrah Mali" (Mud Rubbing) ritual to mark the Ashura religious ceremony in the city of Khorramabad, Iran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

47

Azerbaijani Shi'ite Muslims observe Ashura in Nardaran, a center of conservative Shi'a Islam close to the capital, Baku. (RFE/RL/Abbas Atilay)

48

Iranian Shi'ite Muslims beat their chests after rubbing mud on their bodies during the Kharrah Mali (Mud Rubbing) ritual to mark the Ashura religious ceremony in the city of Khorramabad, some 470 kilometers southwest of Tehran. Khrreh Mali commemorates the 7th-century slaying of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)