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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Photos Of The Week #14

Published 7 April 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 14th 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. (34 PHOTOS)

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This photo provided by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean soldiers shooting at targets carrying the images of South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin (left) and a U.S. soldier at an undisclosed location. (AFP)

2

Visitors enjoy walking through moss phlox at a garden in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, about 80 kilometers north of Tokyo. More than 400,000 blossoming moss phlox are expected to attract thousands of visitors. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

3

A snowboarder glides on the water during the "Californication 6.0" competition, marking the end of the winter season, in the Belarusian village of Silichi, some 45 kilometers outside of Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

4

Puerto Rico's Roman Martinez (left) punches Diego Magdaleno of the United States during their WBO world super featherweight title bout in Macau. Martinez won in a split decision. (AFP/Dale de la Rey)

5

A participant practices with his bike during Red Bull's Vienna Air King freestyle event held in front of the Rathaus in Vienna. (AFP/Alexander Klein)

6

Egyptian security vehicles remain stationed in a poor area of the Qaliubia governorate, north of Cairo, following sectarian clashes between Christians and Muslims on April 6, which left five people dead. (AFP)

7

A Palestinian family sit outside their home in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on April 6. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

8

Protesters rally in central Moscow on April 6 to demand the release of political activists jailed after clashes with the police on the eve of Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin last year. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

9

A leopard looks up from within a well in a residential area of Guwahati, India, before it was tranquilized and taken to Guwahati Zoo. The fully grown leopard is the second within a week to have been rescued from the same area of the city in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. The issue highlights the continuing conflict between humans and indigenous animals as rapid development encroaches into already shrinking habitats. (AFP/Biju Boro)

10

A South Korean soldier stands at a military guardpost near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju, amid rising tensions with Pyongyang. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

11

A pigeon perches on the helmet of a Colombian infantry soldier who will be deployed as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula during a ceremony on Bolivar Square in Bogota. (AFP/Eitan Abramovich)

12

Staff from an animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Ten people in China have been confirmed to have contracted H7N9, all in the east of the country. (Reuters/China Daily)

13

The historic bridge in Mostar, Bosnia, is seen after the level of the Neretva River rose approximately three meters compared to its normal levels. Water levels have dramaticaly risen countrywide due to snow melt and large quantities of rain in the past week. (AFP/Elvis Barukcic)

14

Dancers with the Ballet Bejart Lausanne troupe perform in a scene from Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Rite of Spring" with choreography by Maurice Bejart at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksander Vilf)

15

A stuffed fox created by Adele Morse, a British artist and taxidermist, appears at an exhibition in St. Petersburg. The fox, which sports a dazed look and sits in a humanlike pose, has become a celebrity in Russia. Numerous images of the fox Photoshopped in various scenes have appeared on social networking sites. (ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov)

16

A World War II bomb was found alongside the railway line near Berlin's central railway station. The discovery of the unexploded 100-kilogram bomb snarled rail and road traffic in the German capital until it was defused. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

17

Pope Francis signs a young girl's cast during his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AFP)

18

Soldiers from the Pakistani Rangers force stand next to the bodies of their colleagues who were killed in a bomb explosion in Karachi. An explosion near a checkpoint killed four security personnel and injured at least four others. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

19

The tallest skyscraper of the Grozny City complex catches fire in Chechnya's capital. No one was injured in the blaze. (RIA Novosti/Said Tzarnaev)

20

Musicians wait for the beginning of a ceremony to hoist the European Union flag at Prague Castle. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso attended the ceremony as the European Union flag flew over the Czech president's seat for the first time in history, a pronounced shift to a more EU-friendly administration under leftist President Milos Zeman, who replaced euroskeptic Vaclav Klaus in January 2013 elections. (AFP)

21

A fish fair in Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

22

A NASA image shows the inactive volcano in Fogo National Park on Cape Verde, off the west African coast. (AFP/NASA/Chris Hadfield)

23

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds his weapon as he sits on a sofa in the middle of a street in Deir al-Zor. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

24

A sapper displays pieces of land mines in the village of Sangaw on the outskirts of Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

25

Members of the media are reflected in the windows of the 100th floor observation deck in the One World Trade Center in New York. Port Authority officials unveiled the stunning views on April 2, which will instantly become one of the city’s premiere tourist attractions when the building is completed in 2015. (Retuers/Lucas Jackson)

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A woman leans her face against the tombstone of a deceased relative at a public cemetery ahead of the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. The festival is a day for the Chinese to remember and honor their ancestors. (Reuters)

27

An incongruous street scene in the Afghan capital, Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

28

Young Slovak men dressed in traditional costumes pour a bucket of cold water over a woman as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 kilometers north of Bratislava. Slovakia's men traditionally splash women with water and hit them with a willow to evoke youth, strength, and beauty for the upcoming spring season. (AFP/Samuel Kubani)

29

U.S. President Barack Obama jokes around during the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

30

A construction site is seen in front of a residential compound amid heavy fog in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. (Reuters)

31

The vast Valley of Peace cemetery in Najaf, Iraq. (Reuters/Haider Ala)

32

Spanish matador David Mora falls on a charge of a bull during the spring feria in Arles in southern France. (AFP/Boris Horvat)

33

Ukrainians take part in "Humorina" celebrations to mark the April Fool's Day feast in Odesa on April 1. (Nuard Poghosyan/RFE/RL)

34

Pakistani boys walk past an election campaign poster in the country's tribal region. (Farhad Shinwari/RFE/RL)