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Saturday, October 25, 2014


Photos Of The Week #10

Published 10 March 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our <b><a href="http://www.rferl.org/archive/rferl-photo-blog/latest/16235/16235.html">"Picture This"</a></b> archive. (49 PHOTOS)

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Police used rubber bullets, water hoses, and tear gas against demonstrators in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, on March 10. RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports that dozens of protesters were detained during the demonstration, which was held to protest the deaths and alleged abuse of conscripts in the military. (RFE/RL/Abbas Atilay)

2

Salt worker Walbai Ayyubbhai, 70, carries a rake at a salt pan in the Santalpur region of India. (AFP/Sam Panthaky)

3

A Tibetan mastiff is displayed for sale at a show in Baoding, Hebei Province, China. Fetching prices up to around $750,000, mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China's wealthy. Breeders still travel to the Himalayan plateau to collect young puppies, although many are unable to adjust to the low altitudes and die during the journey. (AFP/Ed Jones)

4

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (center) is greeted by soldiers during his visit to a defense detachment near the border with South Korea. (Reuters/KCNA)

5

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (right) and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his son Nikolay pay their respects at the coffin of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas. (AFP/Presidencia/Miguel Angel Angul)

6

Electricians check a pylon situated amid farmland in China's Anhui Province. (Reuters/China Daily)

7

People walk in St. Peter's Square. The Vatican announced that Roman Catholic cardinals would start their conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI on March 12. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

8

Soldiers open the Matyas Gate at Prague Castle for newly inaugurated Czech President Milos Zeman. (Reuters/Petr Josek)

9

Soldiers of the Serbian Army's special reconnaissance forces take part in winter training at Kopaonik Mountain, 200 kilometers south of Belgrade. (AFP/Sasa Djordjevic)

10

People engage in a pillow-fight game in Changsha, China, to celebrate ahead of International Women's Day. (AFP)

11

Models wait backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

12

A man wearing a mask of Czech President Vaclav Klaus holds flowers during a march in Prague celebrating the end of his presidency. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

13

A homeless woman sleeps in an underpass to shelter from temperatures of around minus 8 degrees Celsius in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

14

Poultry workers feed chickens at a farm on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

15

A street vendor in Managua, Nicaragua, pushes his cart past a mural depicting Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez (center), former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right), and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. (Reuters/Inti Ocon)

16

Members of a folklore group take part in a ceremony in Pristina marking 15 years since Kosovo Liberation Army commander Adem Jashari was among 45 members of his family killed by Serbian security forces in the village of Prekaz, sparking a full-blown rebel insurgency. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

17

The sculpture called "Cloud Gate" but more commonly known as "The Bean" is covered in snow in the U.S. city of Chicago. (AFP/Getty Images/Brian Kersey)

18

The $4 million Veneno on display at the Lamborghini booth at the 83rd Geneva Car Show in Switzerland. The company will produce just three of these cars. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse)

19

An employee of Ginza Tanaka poses beside the golden replica of the left foot of football star Lionel Messi of Argentina. Priced at about $5.25 million, the 25-kilogram golden foot was created by the Tokyo-based jewelry retailer to commemorate Messi's record-breaking Ballon d'Or for four consecutive years and the world-record 91 goals he scored in a calendar year. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

20

A Belgian engineer works on train tracks in Profondeville. The modernization of the line will enable the system to automatically stop a train that neglects a red light or exceeds the maximum speed limit. (AFP/Belga/Bruno Fahy)

21

A worker dyes fabric at a factory in Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Arif Ali)

22

A key chain bearing the image of Adolf Hitler is displayed at a kiosk in the 300-year-old Souk al-Haraj in Midan Square in old Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

23

An Uzbek woman shows off her bread, called "patir," in a bazaar close to Kokand city. Patir is very hard and can be stored for a long time. The bread is usually baked by men and sold by women. The road from the Ferghana Valley to the capital, Tashkent, passes through Kokand. (RFE/RL)

24

A traffic jam on Tverskaya Street in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Evgeny Biyatov)

25

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death outside the hospital where he was being treated in Caracas. Chavez died after a two-year battle with cancer. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

26

Women prisoners participate in a fashion show at the No. 6 pretrial detention facility in Moscow. (ITAR-TASS/Sergey Fadeichev)

27

A man sits on a street in Shanghai, China. (Reuters/Aly Song)

28

Boys carrying bags walk through damaged areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor. (Reuters/ Khalil Ashawi)

29

A sandstorm hits the town of Shandan Horse Ranch in Zhangye, northwest Gansu Province, China. (AFP)

30

Sultan Kosen, the Guinness World Record holder for tallest living male at 2.51 meters, arrives at the Tahiti Airport for the Magic Circus of Samoa tour. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

31

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring high-security Secusite software used for governmental communication during her opening tour at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover. The biggest fair of its kind runs until March 9. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

32

The humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research center for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

33

An Afghan laborer pauses in his work at a traditional cotton factory in the city of Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

34

People carry red flags and a portrait of late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin during a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of his death in his hometown of Gori, about 80 kilometers west of Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

35

A bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin at his tomb and the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower are silhouetted against the sky in Red Square in Moscow. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

36

A cardboard cut-out of Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov with a placard around its neck reading "Predecessor" stands in parliament in Kyiv after being set up by the parliamentary opposition as deputies tried to block the speaker's platform. The deputies were trying to prevent an initiative to deprive Serhiy Vlasenko, the lawyer of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, of his deputative powers and status. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

37

Afghan National Army soldiers fire artillery during a military training exercise in Laghman Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)

38

The ash-encrusted hands of a Hindu holy man are seen as he sits beside a fire after applying ashes to his face and body at his ashram at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

39

English dancer Laurretta Summerscales takes part in the finals of the "Emerging Dancer 2013" competition at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. (AFP/Leon Neal)

40

A Buddhist devotee applies a gold leaf to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) pilgrimage site in Mon state in Burma (aka Myanmar). Legend suggests the seemingly unsteady rock is perched atop a strand of Buddha's hair. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

41

Venezuelan students demonstrate in front of a government building in Caracas to demand more information about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, whose condition was said to have been worsening. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

42

Thousands of personalized cardboard characters lie outside the buildings of the British Parliament in London during a Fairtrade Foundation photocall to encourage government policy to support the world's smallholder farmers. (AFP/Andrew Cowie)

43

A rebel aims his weapon during clashes with Syrian government forces in the streets near Aleppo International Airport. (AFP/Stephen J. Boitano)

44

An employee makes an adjustment to a sculpture of Vladimir Lenin displayed at the Museum of the Soviet Union in Moscow. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

45

Kenyans in the Dandora neighborhood of Nairobi wait in line to vote at Dandora Secondary School in Nairobi. Many Kenyans assembled before dawn to vote in the first election since the violence-racked polls five years ago. (AFP/Jennifer Huxta)

46

Workers cordon off a leaning building in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. A three-story apartment building under construction began to lean after a vehicular road traffic tunnel being constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics collapsed nearby. (AFP/Mikhail Mordasov)

47

Soldiers from a Belarusian Interior Ministry special unit compete in a tug-of-war during a military show on the outskirts of Minsk. (Victor Drachev)

48

A man looks at his burned belongings in a room after a deadly bomb blast in a residential area in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)

49

Afghan children watch burning expired medical items and food on the outskirts of Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)

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