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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Photos Of The Week #3

Published 20 January 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our <strong><a href="http://www.rferl.org/archive/rferl-photo-blog/latest/16235/16235.html" target="_blank">"Picture This" archive</a></strong>.

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Juventus defender Martin Caceres heads the ball against Udinese during their Serie A football match in the Italian city of Turin. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

2

A horseman jumps over a bonfire in the central Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares to open the celebrations for the feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of animals. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

3

People watch celebrations to mark Epiphany in front of St. Isaac's Cathedral in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in temperatures around minus 17 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

4

A woman and children stand on a balcony as they watch people protesting against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

5

A believer plunges into icy waters in Pilnitsa, Belarus as an Orthodox priest blesses him on the eve of Epiphany. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

6

Serbia's Novak Djokovic stretches to return a shot during his men's singles match against Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West)

7

A man crosses the snow-covered Charles Bridge in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

8

A sparrow enjoys an apple in Kaufbeuren in southern Germany. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)

9

An amateur prospector using a simple metal detector found a 5.5 kilogram gold nugget, expected to fetch more than $300,000 at auction, near the town of Ballarat in Australia.

10

Volunteers try to save cats locked in cages without food and water after a traffic accident on a street in Changsha in China's Hunan Province. A truck carrying more than 1,000 cats to Guangdong to sell them to diners was involved in a traffic accident. Around 50 animal protection group members and volunteers rescued the cats after they heard the news and later sent the cats to a clinic for treatment. (Reuters/China Daily)

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A man passes by buildings destroyed by Syrian Air Force strikes in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

12

People walk on a flooded street in the business district of Jakarta, Indonesia. Heavy monsoon rains triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

13

A commuter looks through a window of a tram in snowy Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

14

A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr during the Autumn/Winter 2013 shows of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

15

A raccoon dog looks out from his shelter in a small zoo in Servion, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

16

A snow sculpture is pictured during the 15th International Sculpture Symposium "Snow Kingdom 2013" in Pustevny, Czech Republic. The event attracts more than 30 artists and is attended by around 10,000 visitors. (AFP/Radek Mica)

17

People lift a dome on an Orthodox church in the Belarusian town of Smilovichi, east of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

18

A woman sits on a rubber float as she is evacuated from her flooded housing complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. Floods inundated several areas of Jakarta due to the overflow of the Ciliwung River and several days of heavy rains. (Reuters/Enny Nuraheni)

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The carcass of a 15-meter sperm whale lies on Paraparaumu beach in New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale, which washed up on the beach overnight. (AFP/Marty Melville)

20

A worker stands in the tunnel of the North-South subway line in Amsterdam. Completion of the line is scheduled for 2017. (AFP/Robin Van Lonkhuijsen)

21

A Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) swoops down on prey in the sea inside a wildlife enclosure along Manila Bay in the Philippines. The Brahminy kite has a pure white head and chest and feeds on carrion, insects, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish. It can be found in India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and southeast Asia. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

22

A robot cooks in a robot-themed restaurant in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Twenty robots perform a variety of chores, from ushering in guests to waiting tables and cooking dishes. (AFP)

23

A poisonous frog (Histrionicus Oopaga) is shown at the Santa Fe Zoo in Medellin, Colombia. The Santa Fe Zoo has one of the most prestigious centers for the research and conservation of amphibians, mainly poisonous frogs. Colombia is the world's richest country in frogs and toads, with 733 species. These species are in danger of extinction due to their indiscriminate sale as pets and damage to their natural habitat. (AFP/Fredy Amariles)

24

Children sit beside one of 14 victims whom tribesmen said were killed by security forces in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Protesters said men in uniforms raided their homes in the Sipah Alam Goodar area overnight and shot the villagers dead. Villagers laid the bullet-riddled bodies of their relatives in front of the governor's house in Peshawar. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

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Villagers sell farm products at a street market in the Belarusian village of Shishchitsy, some 70 kilometers south of Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

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A participant holds back an angry bull during the traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu in Palamedu, India. (AFP)

27

Snow-covered containers create a pattern at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. (AFP/Robin Utrecht)

28

The front of this house in Frankenthal in central Germany fell off without warning and without an obvious reason. The residents were not harmed. (AFP/Uwe Anspach)

29

A local train derailed and rammed into a residential building in Saltsjoebaden, Sweden. A domestic cleaner who stole the train and drove it into the building was taken to the hospital after the crash. (AFP/Scanpix Sweden/Jonas Ekstromer)

30

A flock of ducks is fed on a pond at the Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland. (Reuters/Peter Andrews)

31

Revelers pose while parading in the streets during a carnival in the Macedonian village of Vevcani, some 170 kilometers from the capital, Skopje. Vevcani marks the Orthodox St. Vasilij Day annually with a carnival that features a 1,400-year-old celebration with pagan roots. The highlights of the carnival include a political satire where masked villagers act out current events. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

32

A man skates past ice sculptures during a winter festival at a resort outside Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

33

Women dressed in kimonos walk on a snow-covered street to attend a coming-of-age ceremony in Tokyo. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

34

A woman walks past a destroyed monument in the southern Bosnian city of Mostar, 100 kilometers from the capital, Sarajevo. A bomb blast destroyed the monument to fallen soldiers of Bosnia's Muslim-dominated wartime army in Mostar, where divisions between ethnic Croats and Muslims still run deep. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

35

Holy men walk in a procession toward the Sangham, or the confluence of the the Yamuna and Ganges rivers, to bathe before sunrise during the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. The Kumbh Mela in the Indian town of Allahabad will see up to 100 million worshippers gather over the next 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

36

Supporters of Pakistani religious leader Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri takes part in a protest march in Sohawa, about 80 kilometers from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters streamed toward Islamabad, led by a cleric calling for revolution but accused of trying to sow political chaos ahead of elections. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

37

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims led by naked, ash-covered holy men stream into the sacred Ganges River at the start of the world's biggest religious festival. The Kumbh Mela in the Indian town of Allahabad will see up to 100 million worshippers gather over the next 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings. Before daybreak on January 14, a day chosen by astrologers as auspicious, hundreds of gurus, some brandishing swords and tridents, ran into the swirling and freezing waters for the first bath, signaling the start of events. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

38

A demonstrator waves a flag to protest France's planned legalization of same-sex marriage on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

39

An Indian member of the Sikh Nihang Army wears a turban of more than 300 meters in length at the Maghi Mela festival at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Maghi Mela follows the Lohri or harvest festival and commemorates fighters in the Battle of Khidrana fought between the Mughal Army and the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh Ji. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

40

Snowfall blankets a sculpture in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. (RFE/RL/Karen Minasyan)

41

Belarusians perform during a celebration of the Tsary rite in the village of Semezhevo, some 145 kilometers south of Minsk. This unique rite originated in the 18th century and now takes place only in this village. It marks the New Year according to the Julian calendar. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

42

Some riders in the New York City subway wore only their underwear below the waist for the 2013 No Pants Subway Ride. Started by Improv Everywhere, the goal is for riders to get on the subway dressed in normal winter clothes (without pants) and keep a straight face. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

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Snow crystals create beautiful patterns on a car window in the German city of Frankfurt. (AFP/Frank Rumpenhorst)