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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Photos Of The Week #50

Published 16 December 2012

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 50th week of 2012. (43 PHOTOS)

1

People gather at a makeshift memorial outside a firehouse which was used as a staging area for families following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the United States. (Getty Images/Mario Tama)

2

An elderly woman participates in an antigovernment protest on Lubyanka Square in Moscow on December 15.  (Ilya Piitalev/RIA Novosti) 

3

An Egyptian woman prays in a heavily guarded street outside the presidential palace in Cairo on December 15. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

4

An opposition supporter plays football next to a Republican Guard tank deployed outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Egypt's 51 million voters are being called on to vote over the next two weekends in a referendum on a draft constitution backed by Islamists, including President Muhammad Morsi, but denounced by the secular opposition. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

5

North Korean soldiers attend a rally to celebrate the launch of the Unha-3 rocket, which successfully placed a satellite into polar orbit. (Reuters/Kyodo)

6

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smokes a cigarette while monitoring events at the General Satellite Control and Command Center after the launch of the Unha-3 rocket that carried a satellite into polar orbit on December 12. (Reuters/KCNA News Agency)

7

Afghan children play near a lake on the outskirts of the western city of Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

8

Members of Hamas security forces prepare to destroy a missile that witnesses said was fired by an Israeli plane during the eight-day conflict in the Gaza Strip. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and crossborder Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month, calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

9

Two men fish on a lake after a snowfall near the Albanian city of Kukes, some 160 kilometers north of the capital, Tirana. (Reuters/Arben Celi)

10

St. Pauli's Christopher Buchtmann slides into a heap of snow during a Bundesliga match between FC St. Pauli and Erzgebirge Aue at Millerntor-Stadion in Hamburg, Germany. (AFP/Angelika Warmuth)

11

Britain's Queen Elizabeth tours a gold vault during a visit to the Bank of England in London's financial district. (Reuters/Eddie Mulholland)

12

Sikh Scots Guards soldier Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar (center) marches past during a changing-of-the-guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace in London. Bhullar became the first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham Palace wearing a turban instead of the traditional bearskin hat. (AFP/Carl Court)

13

A street performer walks with his trained monkey and goat during a heavy rain in Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Arif Ali)

14

An Indian holy man smokes a "chillum" as he prepares for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India. The Hindu festival is the largest gathering of people for a religious purpose in the world. Tens of millions of people gather for the multiweek occasion. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

15

Ukrainian police officers detain a topless Femen activist protesting against the untenability of the newly elected parliament in Kyiv. (ITAR-TASS/Maria Frolova)

16

Parliament members scuffle over voting rules during an early session of the newly elected parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine. A session collapsed amid chaos on December 13 when brawls erupted among opposition deputies and those of the ruling party over the election of parliamentary officials. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Furman)

17

A worker holds a spare doll's eye at a workshop in Duesseldorf, Germany. (AFP/Martin Gerten)

18

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a mirror to locate the position of a pro-government sniper in Aleppo's al-Amereya district. (Reuters/Aaref Hretani)

19

Toys are seen among the rubble of damaged shops in the Syrian city of Aleppo's al-Amereya district. (Reuters/Aaref Hretani)

20

Icelandic philantropist Einar Sveinsson, dressed as Santa Claus, speaks with a patient at the oncology ward during a visit to the Benjamin Bloom National Children Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador. Sveinsson has visited the hospital prior to Christmas every year since 2001 to give gifts to the patients. (AFP/Jose Cabezas)

21

A man harvests cabbages in his field before sending them to market in the village of Komorane near Pristina, Kosovo. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

22

The traces of skiiers are seen on the slopes at Val d'Isere in the French Alps. Recent snowfalls have encouraged skiers to hit the trails and the Val d'Isere authorities have opened certain slopes early. (AFP/Franck Fif)

23

A combo photo shows Pope Benedict XVI posting his first tweet (@pontifex) using an iPad after his general audience in Paul VI's Hall at the Vatican. "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," the tweet said.

24

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to deliver the annual state-of-the-nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow. (ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Klimentyev)

25

A watch on a person's wrist reading the time "12:12" and the date "12-12-12" for December 12, 2012, in front of a digital clock reading "December 12, 2012" in Paris. It's the 21st century's last sequential date. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

26

An illegal miner smokes a cigarrette during a break from digging in a coal mine in the village of Stranjani, near Zenica. There are about 20 illegal mines in the area, where Bosnians dig for coal with their bare hands and use makeshift tools, such as bathtubs, to transport the coal. One bag of their coal is sold for 3 euros ($4), which is popular with the locals as it is cheaper than the coal sold at the city mine. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

27

Members of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) bloc, wearing shirts with a portrait of their leader, imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, listen to the state anthem before the first session of the newly elected parliament in Kyiv. (Reuters/Anatolii Stepanov)

28

Iraq's Ahmed Gheni (right) challenges Jordan's Abdullah Salem during their West Asian Football Federation Championship soccer match in Kuwait City. (Reuters)

29

Passersby inspect a huge tree that fell on a bus and parked cars near the Palats Sportu subway station in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. (Ukrainian Foto)

30

Female Afghan National Police (ANP) officers aim their weapons during a drill at a training center near the German Army Camp Marmal in Mazar-e Sharif. German police are mentoring the training program for the  ANP as part of an ongoing International Security Assistance Force mission. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

31

Nobel laureates and guests are seated in the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel banquet at City Hall in Stockholm. (Reuters/Jessica Gow/Scanpix)

32

A man carries a mannequin down a snowy street in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

33

Farmer Liu Qiyuan sits inside one of seven survival pods at his home in the village of Qiantun in China's Hebei Province. Inspired by the apocalyptic Hollywood movie "2012" and the 2004 Asian tsunami, Liu hopes his creations, which consist of a fiberglass shell around a steel frame, will be adopted by governments and international organizations for use in the event of tsunamis and earthquakes. Liu has built seven pods, which are able to float on water, some of which have their own propulsion. The airtight spheres contain oxygen tanks and seatbelts with space for around 14 people and are designed to remain upright when in water. (AFP/Ed Jones)

34

A spherical pod, named "Noah's Ark," designed by Chinese inventor Liu Qiyuan floats on a river during a test in Xianghe in Hebei Province. (Reuters/Petar Kujundzic)

35

A diver dressed in a Santa Claus costume swims with sardines during a promotional event at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

36

A participant is helped into the venue of the "Beauty Without Limits" beauty contest for women confined to wheelchairs in Russia's city of Vladivostok. The contest, organized by a local social group Kovcheg, is open to wheelchair users from Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky region. (Reuters/Yuri Maltsev)

37

Azerbaijani police officers detain an opposition activist during an unauthorized rally in central Baku to demand the resignation of President Ilham Aliyev. (AFP/Tofik Babayev)

38

Students read the Koran at the Jamia Binoria Al-Alamia Seminary Islamic Study School in Karachi, Pakistan. About 6,000 boys and girls are educated, fed, and housed at the madrasah. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)

39

Supporters hold photographs of 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in October, during commemorations marking Human Rights Day in Lahore. Malala's father has been named a UN special adviser on global education. Malala is recovering in a British hospital. (AFP/Arif Ali)

40

A man brushes snow off the top of a monument in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Reuters/Kyodo)

41

Japanese macaque, commonly referred to as "snow monkeys," relax next to an open-air hot spring bath at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi. Some 160 of the monkeys inhabit the area and are a popular tourist draw. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

42

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych inspects the honor guard during a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace in New Delhi. Yanukovych is on a four-day state visit to India. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

43

A rebel fighter carries his son in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/Odd Andersen)