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Monday, December 22, 2014


Photos Of The Week #31

Published 4 August 2013


Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 31st week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

1

A Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim woman holds her baby as she takes part in a rally against Israel and the United States to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan in Karachi. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

2

Chinese children, holding toy guns, participate in an event to simulate military training at a children's activity center in Shenyang, in Liaoning Province. (Reuters/Stringer)

3

Czech Michal Navratil dives dressed as Superman after the men's high-diving final competition at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. (AFP/Javier Soriano)

4

An Afghan Army soldier shows a diffused bomb used at the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Three suicide attackers detonated their car bomb, killing eight children and an adult. (epa/Abdul Mueed)

5

A girl holds a rifle across her lap as she sits with a Free Syrian Army fighter on a street in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Loubna Mrie)

6

Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army jump through rings of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. (Reuters/Stringer)

7

An installation at the entrance to Gorky Park in Moscow dedicated to Paratroopers Day. (RIA Novosti/Serbei Kuznetsov)

8

An opposition activist is detained during a protest rally defending Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nichukchin)

9

Shi'ite Muslim worshipers place the Koran over their heads as they attend a Lailat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) prayer in the Imam Musa al-Khadim shrine in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

10

Children play with soap bubbles made by a busker on the South Bank in London. (Reuters/Andrew Winning)

11

Afghan police inspect a police checkpoint that was mistakenly attacked by NATO aircraft during a clash between Afghan special forces and a group of Taliban fighters in Nangarhar Province. Five Afghan police officers died in the incident. (Reuters/ Parwiz)

12

The feet of a recently born panda cub can be seen in this handout photograph by the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan. (AFP)

13

Protesters dump Russian vodka as part of a demonstration against Russian antigay legislation and against Russian President Vladimir Putin's stand on gay rights, in front of the Russian Consulate in New York. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

14

Mannequins representing missing people are placed on Copacabana Beach during a protest by the nongovernmental organization Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) in Rio de Janeiro. According to the organizers, 35,000 victims of violence are missing in the Rio de Janeiro state since 2007. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

15

An Afghan police officer beats a woman as she waits for a food donation during the month of Ramadan in Kabul on August 1. (AFP/Shah Marai)

16

A boy cools off in a fountain during sunset in Pristina, Kosovo. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

17

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is applauded by players from the Hwaebul Team during their men's soccer match against the April 25 Team in Pyongyang. (Reuters/KCNA)

18

Muslims break the fast with a dinner distributed for free during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

19

Russian police raid a Moscow market. (ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev)

20

Aisikaier Wubulikasimu, a 40-year-old Uyghur acrobat, walks on an 18-meter-long tightrope strung between two hot air balloons in Shilin county, in China's Yunnan Province. (Reuters/Stringer)

21

A dragonfly hovered over grass as temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius along the Treska River near the Macedonian capital, Skopje. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

22

Orthodox believers attend a solemn liturgy in Minsk. (RIA/Novosti/Egor Eryomov)

23

A zookeeper sprays water onto an Asian elephant to help it cool down on a hot day at Belgrade. Temperatures in Serbia have risen to up to 40 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

24

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful as he arrives at the Chiesa Del Gesu in Rome. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)

25

Indian Hindu devotees representing Potharaju, brother of the goddess Mahankali, dance in the streets during the Bonalu festival at the Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

26

A woman cools off in a fountain in Berli as temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius. (AFP/dpa/Rainer Jensen)

27

Shi'ites place copies of the Koran on their heads during a ceremony marking the death anniversary of Imam Ali at his shrine in Iraq's holy city of Najaf. (Reuters/Ahmad Mousa)

28

A man with an umbrella crosses the Charles Bridge during a heavy rainfall in Prague. (AFP/Michael Cizek)

29

Belarusian firefighters ride on a horse-drawn carriage along the main avenue of Minsk to celebrate the160th anniversary of the state's fire service (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

30

A koala sleeps in a tree in a zoo in Duisburg, Germany. (AFP/dpa/Horst Ossinger)

31

Heavy-metal fans covered with mud pose for photographers during the 24th Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany. (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer)

32

Bodies of victims of a bus crash are lined up on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, Italy. At least 36 people were killed after a coach carrying pilgrims plunged off a motorway in southern Italy. (AFP)

33

Children sleep on the floor of the Qiaosi subway station in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. More than 600 people cooled off inside the subway station as temperatures in the city hit a high of 40 degrees Celsius. (Reuters)

34

A tortoise makes its way through mud in Kfar Kila village near the Lebanese-Israeli border in south Lebanon. (Reuters)

35

Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo leaves the police station to be transferred to the courthouse of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The driver of a train which derailed in Spain killing 79 people said minutes after the crash that he was going fast and could not brake, a witness told Spanish television. (AFP/Rafa Rivas)

36

Activists from the women's rights group Femen look out a window during a court session in Kyiv. Femen says its activists were beaten up and kidnapped preemptively when they were on their way to protest against visits to Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

37

A man jumps from the Old Bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar. Diving competitions have been traditionally held here every year since the bridge was built 447 years ago. The 16th-century bridge was destroyed during the war in Bosnia between 1992-95, rebuilt, and opened again in 2004. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

38

An Afghan makes sweets at a traditional "jelabi" factory in Herat during the month of Ramadan. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

39

The blood from supporters of deposed Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, killed during late-night clashes, stain the floor near a poster of Morsi which reads, "Yes to legitimacy, no to the coup." The United States urged Egypt to pull "back from the brink" after security forces killed dozens of protesters. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

40

Britain's Prince Charles samples a raw oyster as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, looks on during a visit to the Whitstable Oyster Festival in Whitstable, England. (AFP/Arthur Edwards)

41

Chefs of world leaders serve dishes they prepared to New York residents in need at the Xavier Mission food pantry in New York. At left is Ulrich Kerz, chef to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

42

Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day crowd Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro after spending the night sleeping there following a prayer vigil headed by Pope Francis. (AFP/Vanderlei Almeida)

43

Thousands of North Koreans attend an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-53 Korean War at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang. (Reuters/Jason Lee)