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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Photos Of The Week #17

Published 27 April 2013


Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 17th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (39 PHOTOS)

1

Garbage collectors work at a dump site in Najaf, Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Mousa)

2

Indian activists shout slogans as they burn a Pakistani flag during a demonstration against Pakistan's imprisonment of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner held in the country. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

3

Belarusian schoolchildren attend an honor guard ceremony amid preparations for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations in Minsk, which commemorate the end of World War II.  (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

4

Britain's Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, tries a wand in the Harry Potter Tour during a visit to the inauguration of the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in north London. (AFP/Paul Rogers)

5

Dortmund's Serbian defender Neven Subotic (left) catches Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos with his foot during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg football match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Dortmund, Germany. Dortmund won 4-1. (AFP/Odd Andersen)

6

Russian riot police display their shooting skills during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of OMON, the Russian Interior Ministry's special police force, in St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

7

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (center) attends the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

8

Russian soldiers take part in a Victory Day parade rehearsal on Red Square in Moscow. (ITAR-TASS/Sergei Karpov)

9

Belarusian honor guards lay flowers at the Chornobyl victims' memorial in Minsk. The world marked the 27th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster at the Chornobyl nuclear pant in Ukraine on April 26. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

10

Afghan traffic police inspect the site where a passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker in Kandahar Province. At least 45 people were killed. (AFP/Noor Mohammad)

11

Some 38 people, mostly patients, were killed in a fire at a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Moscow. Some patients died in their beds while others were trapped by barred windows. Reports say a criminal investigation into the tragedy has been launched. (Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva)

12

Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks out from a holding cell during a court hearing on her parole request in the Russian town of Zubova Polyana. Tolokonnikova is appealing her conviction for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for which she is serving two years in a remote penal colony. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

13

Pope Francis greets a young girl as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)

14

U.S. President Barack Obama (left) walks alongside former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Jimmy Carter as they attend the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

15

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (left) and former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. (AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images)

16

Russia's Maria Sharapova serves the ball to the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova in their match at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Sharapova won the match and later the tournament. (AFP/Thomas Kienzle)

17

People light candles at a memorial dedicated to firefighters and workers who died after the Chornobyl nuclear disaster during a night service near the Chornobyl plant in the Ukrainian city of Slavutych. Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia marked the 27th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster on April 26. It was the world's worst civil nuclear accident. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

18

Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers are pictured at the scene after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. At least 190 people died in the disaster. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

19

Two women kiss during a rally in support of gay marriage outside the French lower house, the National Assembly, in Paris. The National Assembly adopted a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

20

A green flying frog, also known as a Reinwardt's tree frog or black-webbed tree frog, sits on someone's finger at the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe, Germany, to promote the show "Bottomless -- Through the Air and Under Water." (AFP/Uli Deck)

21

An Egyptian farmer harvests wheat in the El-Menoufia governorate, north of Cairo. Egypt's wheat crop will be close to 10 million tons this season, Agriculture Minister Salah Abdel Momen said, more than the 9.5 million tons that were forecast. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd el-Ghany)

22

Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny answers journalists' questions after a hearing in a Kirov court. The court will continue to review an embezzlement case against Navalny at least until the end of May. (RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov)

23

An Afghan woman stands in her home in the village of Charbagh in Nangarhar Province, which was heavily damaged by a powerful earthquake. At least 12 people were killed, more than 100 were injured, and many homes destroyed in the magnitude 5.7 quake. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

24

Members of the Samaritan religious sect seal an oven after filling it with large sheep skewers during a traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (Reuters/Nir Elias)

25

Polio vaccination volunteers ride in the open trunk of a car as they travel to administer the vaccine during a campaign in Afghanistan's Balkh Province. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

26

A crucifix is seen in the deserted Ukrainian town of Pripyat. Ukraine will mark the 27th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, the world's worst civil nuclear accident, on April 26. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

27

Hungarian cyclists raise their bikes in Budapest during a protest ride to promote cycling and to raise awareness about the need to improve cycling conditions in the city. (AFP/Ferenc Isza)

28

A dish prepared using crickets by French Michelin-star chef David Faure at his restaurant Aphrodite in Nice in southern France. (AFP/Valery Hache)

29

People attend a torchlight march in Yerevan to mark the anniversary of the World War I-era mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. (PanARMENIAN/Tigran Mehrabyan)

30

A Soyuz rocket carrying a Bion-M satellite blasts off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome. (AFP)

31

Pakistani security officials search a vehicle found packed with explosives after its seizure by police in the outskirts of Islamabad. The car was found parked on a roadside leading to the villa of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is under house arrest. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

32

A life-sized inflatable blue whale is set up on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., as the Great Whale Conservancy calls for ships to use alternate shipping routes and to reduce ship speed in the northeast Pacific. That's where the world's largest subpopulation of blue whales comes to the California coast from July through October to feed on krill. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

33

A supporter of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is the head of the All Pakistan Muslim League political party, kicks an anti-Musharraf lawyer during Musharraf's hearing at an antiterrorism court in Rawalpindi. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

34

U.S. President Barack Obama pedals a bicycle-powered emergency water sanitation system as he visits science fair projects in the East Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math competitions from across the country. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

35

Visitors stand in the staircase of the restored former Prussian justice palace that serves now as the county court in Halle an der Saale in eastern Germany. The 110-year-old building houses 20 courtrooms, 110 offices, and a further 100 rooms and reopened after two years of restoration. (AFP/Jan Woitas)

36

Female members of the Indonesian armed forces perform as they mark Kartini Day in Jakarta. The event commemorates the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, an Indonesian heroine born in 1879 who is considered a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women. (AFP/Adek Berry)

37

This handout photo provided by the police department in Lakeville, Massachussetts shows the remains of what appears to be a foot. The decomposed remains have not yet been positively identified as human, even though it appears to have five toes. The remains have Bigfoot theorists abuzz with excitement. (AFP)

38

A man sells weapons on a street in the Afghan capital, Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

39

Boys collect recyclables from a pile of smoldering garbage at a dump on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

40

A man flyboards on the Vltava River during a boat show in Prague. (Reuters/David W. Cerny)

41

An elderly woman sits on a sofa in front of damaged houses in Taiping following the deadly April 20 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province. (Reuters)

42

"Chair," a sculpture by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, is pictured during a media preview of the exhibition "Empire State. New York Art Now" at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)