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Thursday, October 23, 2014


Photos Of The Week #13

Published 31 March 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 13th week of 2013. 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. (30 PHOTOS)

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An Easter procession in Minsk, Belarus.

2

Stepan Buzenko is the oldest patient of the Medical Labor Pensionate No.1 in Svetlogors, Belarus. On his sixth term, he says that it's easier for him to live here than outside. The centers are the only remains of the Soviet "punitive medicine" system. Alcoholics are sentenced to two-year stints as a rule. (Irina Popova)

3

A visitor walks past an exhibit at the Icons exhibition of works by Russian artists curated by Marat Gelman at the Tkachi gallery in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

4

Afghan students walk along a lake as they head home in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

5

Roman Catholic clergymen hold candles as they circle the Anointing Stone during the Holy Thursday Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's old city. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

6

Christie's specialist James Hyslop holds a pre-17th-century, sub-fossilised elephant-bird egg in London. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett )

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A boy cries during a funeral of members of his family in Afghanistan's Logar Province. (Reuters)

8

A woman walks past soldiers clearing snow and ice from a street after a snowstorm in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

9

Pakistani brides attend a mass marriage ceremony in Karachi. Some 110 couples participated in the mass wedding ceremony organized by a local charity welfare trust. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

10

A baby giraffe is nuzzled by its mother, Gambela, at an enclosure at a zoo in Dortmund, Germany. (AFP/Bernd Thissen)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presents a birthday cake to traveling CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan on his flight from Kabul to Paris. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

12

U.S. President Barack Obama bounces a soccer ball off his head during an event at the White House in Washington. Obama hosted an event to honor the 2012 MLS Cup champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

13

Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snowdrift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall that caused snowdrifts of up to 5 meters. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

14

Iraqi fans wave their national flag as their team plays a friendly football match against Syria at the Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad. FIFA lifted a ban on international football friendlies in Iraqi stadiums, permitting matches in Baghdad for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

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Men walk along a street lined with debris and damaged buildings in Homs, Syria. (Reuters/Yazan Homsy)

16

Supporters of traditional marriage demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court, both viewed as potential swing votes on the right of gay couples to marry, raised doubts about California's gay marriage ban as they questioned a lawyer defending the ban. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

17

Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand on Prague's Wenceslas Square. (Reuters/Petr Josek)

18

Blossoming trees in the Ararat region of Armenia. (RFE/RL/Karen Minasyan)

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Blossoming trees in the Ararat region of Armenia. (RFE/RL/Karen Minasyan)

20

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft is transported to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz will carry a U.S. astronaut along with Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station on March 29. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

21

Two Hindu devotees pose for a picture during Holi celebrations in a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (Reuters/Vivek Prakash)

22

A state image of soldiers of the Korean People's Army taking part in landing and antilanding drills in North Korea. Western media subsequently speculated that the photo had been doctored to include more hovercraft than were actually present. (Reuters/KCNA)

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Afghans gather at the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)

24

Musical instruments lie on the ground in front of members of the military during a ceremony to hand over the Bagram prison to Afghan authorities at the U.S. air base at Bagram. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

25

French riot police spray tear gas on demonstrators during clashes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Thousands demonstrated against France's gay marriage law in an attempt to block legislation that will allow homosexual couples to marry and adopt children. (AFP/Thomas Samson)

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A man escorts a boy away from fumes as a street covered with uncollected garbage is fumigated in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

27

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) looks at the latest combat and technical equipment made by Unit 1501 of the Korean People's Army during a visit to the unit. (Reuters/KCNA)

28

The moon is seen framed between skyscrapers in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

29

Amateur shipbuilder Aleksandr Marchenko works on constructing a traditional 17th-century-style wooden sailing ship on the bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian taiga area. Marchenko has spent his free time on the ship for two years to achieve his childhood dream of building a boat. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

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Relatives visit graves in the Mahdi Army cemetery in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf. (Reuters)