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Photos Of The Week #9

Published 3 March 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (46 PHOTOS)


Volunteers cook shashlyk, or a skewer of meat, measuring 150.6 meters in length in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to set a new world record. Shashlyk is a popular food item throughout the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, India, Iran, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Israel. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)


Young Russian women take part in the Miss Russia 2013 competition in Moscow. Eighteen-year-old Elmira Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk was crowned the winner. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)


Eighteen-year-old Elmira Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk was crowned Miss Russia 2013 in Moscow.


France's Eloyse Lesueur competes during the women's long jump final at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)


Handoko Njotokusumo and his dog Ace maneuver through traffic during a weekend ride on a motorcycle in Surabaya on eastern Java island in Indonesia. Handoko, 57, is a retired businessman and regularly takes Ace, a golden retriever, for a ride around the city. (AFP/Juni Kriswanto)


Russia's Lake Baikal is pictured in this photo taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield from aboard the orbiting International Space Station. (Reuters/Chris Hadfield/NASA)


Men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)


Alexandru Tufa of Romania competes during the men's high jump qualification event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Sweden on March 1. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski)


Malian soldiers guard handcuffed prisoners after they arrived by boat in Kadji on the Niger River on March 1. (AFP)


Palestinian protesters throw stones toward Israeli forces during clashes at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on March 1. (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)


On March 1, Armenian opposition supporters pay an anniversary tribute to those who died in post-election violence five years previously. On March 1, 2008, demonstrators protesting the official presidential election results were violently dispersed by security forces, leaving 10 people dead. (RFE/RL/Karen Minasyan)


Yaks stand in a pasture near the village of Galiat at an elevation of 1,300 meters, some 115 kilometers southwest of Vladikavkaz in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. (Reuters/Kazbek Basayev)


A person can be seen in the distance jumping off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in China's Hubei Province. A young couple jumped into the Yangtze River from the bridge one after another in the haze on February 27. Police said the couple was still missing and is not believed to have survived. (Reuters/China Daily)


Iranian schoolgirls observe members of parliament discussing a draft bill that would limit photographers' access to cover parliament's open sessions in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)


North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman hug in Pyongyang during a visit by the former NBA basketball star. (Reuters/KCNA)


U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy (left) and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin (right) and Pavel Vinogradov put on space suits before taking part in a training exercise on a simulator at the cosmonaut training center at Star City outside Moscow. The three-man crew is due to blast off to the International Space Station on March 28. (Reuters/Sergei Remezov)


Artist Igor Arinich puts together a collage using Soviet period banknotes in Minsk. Arinich buys the old currency from private individuals and spends several months creating each image using between 500 to 3,000 banknotes. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)


Supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh climb up flagpoles during celebrations on the occasion of the first anniversary of the handover of power in Sanaa. Saleh stepped down after 33 years at the helm in February 2011 and formally handed power to his then deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)


A man sells dried fish on a highway near the Belarusian village of Lapichi, some 95 kilometers south of the capital, Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)


Skiers on a chairlift at the Flumserberg ski area in the Swiss Alps. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)


A firefighter works on the rescue of a car stuck in the frozen Schluchsee Lake in the Black Forest region of southern Germany. According to the police, the car was empty. (AFP/Patrick Seeger)


Indian ear cleaner Sunil Kumar (right) tends to a customer on the road in Amritsar. Ear cleaners, or kaan saaf wallahs as they are locally known, are a common sight in Indian cities where customers pay to have wax and dirt scraped from inside their ears. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)


Palestinian fishermen collect manta rays that washed up on a beach in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)


A Qantas jet takes off above the cricketers during the first day of the four-day warm-up international cricket match between New Zealand and England in Queenstown, New Zealand. (AFP/Marty Melville)


A visitor displays glue-on eyelashes during the BeautyAsia show in Singapore. The three-day event showcases the latest innovations and trends in the beauty industry. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)


The Sea Shepherd ship "Bob Barker" (right) collides with a Japanese whaling fleet fuel tanker as Japanese whalers and militant conservationists clashed in icy waters off Antarctica. (AFP/Institute of Cetacean Research)


Pope Benedict XVI waves from his "popemobile" as he arrives on St. Peter's Square for his last weekly audience on February 27. (AFP/Tiziana Fabi)


Pope Benedict XVI leaves the altar at the end of his last weekly audience on February 27 at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)


Misao Okawa of the western Japanese city of Osaka was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest woman alive at 114 years old. Born to a clothing merchant in 1898, Okawa is due to celebrate her 115th birthday on March 5. (Reuters/Kyodo)


A man carries belongings from his flooded house in the town of Sveti Nikole, some 60 kilometers northeast of the Macedonian capital, Skopje. (AFP/Robert Atanasovski)


A scene from a Tatar disco in the Russian city of Samara. (RFE/RL)


A cow sticks out its tongue on a farm in Seefeld in southern Germany. (AFP/Victoria Bonn-Meuser)


An ambulance crew lifts the body of one of the tourists who died after a hot-air balloon crashed in Luxor, Egypt. Nineteen Asian and European tourists were killed. (Reuters)


Abayed, a 6-year-old herding dog, walks with a specially made wheeled walking aid outside the Humane Center for Animal Welfare near Amman, Jordan. The dog, whose name means "white," was hospitalized and treated after a bullet pierced his spine and paralyzed him two years ago. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji)


A sculpture showing a pistol, inspired by Swedish artist Carl Frederik Reutersvaerd's sculpture "Non-Violence," is pictured in front of the Reichstag in Berlin. A German peace initiative used the sculpture to protest against the German arms trade. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)


Smelters cast ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold at the Krastsvetmet nonferrous metals plant in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)


A Ukrainian opposition activist wearing a mask depicting President Viktor Yanukovych attends a mass rally "against political repression!" on Independence Square in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague leave No. 10 Downing Street in London on Kerry's first overseas trip as the top U.S. diplomat. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett)


A general view at the opening day of the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)


Hamas security forces work with United Nations explosives experts to detect and neutralize unexploded ordnance left behind from November's eight-day Israeli military offensive in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. (AFP/Said Khatib)


Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova attends the 2013 "Vanity Fair" Oscars party in West Hollywood, California. (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)


A Kazakh hunter whispers to his tamed golden eagle during an annual hunting competition in Chengelsy Gorge, some 150 kilometers east of Almaty. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)


Wearing army-style camouflage costumes, Azerbaijani children take part in a ceremony to mark the 21st anniversary of what Azerbaijan refers to as the Khojaly Massacre at a monument to victims in Baku. Azerbaijani authorities say 613 people died when Armenian troops attacked the village of Khojaly in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1992 in what Baku has described as "genocide," a term fiercely rejected by Yerevan. (AFP/Tofik Babayev)


Actor Gerard Depardieu wears a traditional Russian hat, also known as a ushanka, during a welcoming ceremony at the airport in Grozny, Chechnya. The actor says he plans to shoot a movie in the Russian republic. Depardieu was granted a Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin in January after complaining of high tax rates in France. (Reuters/Rasul Yarichev)


Actress Jennifer Lawrence trips and falls as she walks up the steps to accept the award for best actress for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)


U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Academy Award for best picture live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House. The award went to "Argo." (AFP/The White House/Pete Souza)

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Comment Sorting
by: Don from: Auckland
February 28, 2013 11:56
Strange that your Radio Free Europe "Coverage Area" (as you call it) covers only the Western Balkan Peninsula, but not the Eastern part. What happened?
In Response

by: RFE/RL editors
February 28, 2013 12:13
RFE/RL ceased broadcasting to Bulgaria in 2004, amid a wave of other service closures to countries joining NATO and the EU (see press release: and then to Romania in 2008 (, although broadcasting in Romanian to Moldova continues.

by: Orhan Ertugruloglu from: The Netherlands
March 03, 2013 08:28
Magnificent pictures telling many stories.

by: Ben
March 03, 2013 10:40
Bravo RFERL! Your photous have some thought and the idea which are absolutly inadmissible for the top art establishment.One exeption:Palestinians throwing stones-what an idylic picture of the free strong young men!Remember Tahrir square` victims of the stone-throwing: adult men crying of pain with their bloody heads.