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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Photos Of The Week #18

Published 5 May 2013


Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 18th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (40 PHOTOS)

1

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky lies on the ground, wrapped in a roll of barbed wire, during a protest in front of St. Petersburg's Legislative Assembly. (Reuters/Artur Bainozarov)

2

A man on a rooftop looks at the approaching flames of a massive wildfire near Camarillo, California. (Getty Images/David McNew)

3

A worshipper prays during Good Friday at the St. Sava temple in Belgrade, as Serbia and other Eastern Orthodox countries celebrate Easter. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

4

This picture taken with a slow exposure shows seagulls flying in the sky over Rome. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

5

Brigitta, a handicapped cat, uses her walking frame in Celle in central Germany. Brigitta was paralyzed after being wounded by an air rifle. A supporter of an aid organization for stray animals was so touched by Brigitta's fate that she decided to bring the animal from Bulgaria to Celle and to have the walker built. (AFP/Holger Hollemann)

6

A still from "A Boy and His Atom," a movie that holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film. IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times.

7

The bodies of Bangladeshi garment workers lie crushed under rubble after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The death toll has passed 500. More than 100 people are still unaccounted for. (AFP/ Munir uz Zaman)

8

A pug is carried in a bag near Hohenschwangau in southern Germany. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)

9

Clouds build up over Victoria Harbor before a storm in Hong Kong. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

10

An Afghan border policeman prepares ammunition at a check post in the Goshta district of Nangarhar Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)

11

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the grand gala concert that marked the opening of the new Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Anatoly Maltsev)

12

A U.S. flag flies in the wind as the final piece of a spire is lifted to the top of One World Trade Center in New York. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

13

A Greek Orthodox priest puts his shoe back on during the washing of the feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of Orthodox Easter. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

14

Communist Party supporters attend a May Day rally in the Ivanovo region of Russia. (ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov)

15

Riders compete during the "Kings Of The Off-Road" quad bike amateur regional race in the Siberian village of Kozhany. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

16

Gay-rights activists march in the city of St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

17

Members of the pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union attend an official May Day rally in Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

18

"Rubber Duck" by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

19

An aerial view shows the center of the rebuilt Chechen capital, Grozny. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

20

A Pakistani laborer uses a sledgehammer as he works at an iron factory in Karachi. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

21

Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) take part in an election rally in Hyderabad on May 1. (AFP/Yousuf Nagori) 

22

Turkish police and protesters clashed after authorities moved to prohibit traditional Labor Day rallies in Istanbul.(AFP/Adem Altan)

23

Students and human rights activists attend a Labor Day rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 1. (RFE/RL/Mzia Saganelidze)

24

Belarusian schoolchildren take part in preparations for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations on May 9, which commemorate the end of World War II. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

25

In Sadr City, a Shi'ite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, women from Iraq's first female weightlifting team are training hard to bring back medals for their country. The eight-woman team is set to represent Iraq in the Asian Championship in Qatar next month. (Reuters/Mohammed Ameen)

26

A boy plays with an installation made of painted wooden eggs, attributes of Orthodox Easter, in central Kyiv. Orthodox believers will celebrate Easter on May 5. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

27

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (center) and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Crown Princess Maxima, leave the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Queen's Day on April 30 will also mark the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the investiture of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

28

A man performs while riding on a horse during a horse-trick festival in Kopachiv near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. (Reuters/Sergii Polezhaka)

29

Model Misha presents a creation from the Ali Xeeshan collection during Lahore Fashion Week. More than 33 designers, brands, and textile houses presented their collections in the event sponsored by the Pakistan Fashion Design Council. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

30

A girl carries kitchen equipment on her head in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

31

A Free Syrian Army commander reacts after his unit failed to capture a Syrian Army tank during clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's neighborhood of Salaheddine on April 29. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

32

Rescue workers collect shattered glass from the site of a bomb blast on University Road in Peshawar, Pakistan, which killed eight people on April 29. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

33

Crowds move away from the site of a powerful explosion in Prague, which rocked the Czech capital and injured dozens of people on April 29. Reports seem to indicate that the blast was caused by a gas leak. (Reuters/David W. Cerny)

34

A heat exchanger from an Apollo spacecraft on the deck of the "Seabed Worker" after it and other engine parts were retrieved from the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean. (Bezos Expeditions)

35

Lit candles are decorated with question marks and fingerprints as Kosovar Albanians remember Kosovo's missing persons in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

36

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Kremlin in Moscow. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

37

Images of entrants in Germany's beard championships in Pforzheim in southern Germany. (AFP/Uli Deck)

38

A mountain climber stands atop the peak of the Zugspitze, Germany's tallest mountain, overlooking the Bavarian Alps. (AFP/Tobias Hase)

39

Palestinian Orthodox Christians attend a Palm Sunday procession at a church in Gaza City. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

40

Shearer Thomas Kropfelder fleeces a fox sheep in Busbach, Germany. (AFP/David Ebener)