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Friday, August 01, 2014


Photos Of The Week #32

Published 10 August 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 32nd week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our <strong><a href="http://www.rferl.org/archive/rferl-photo-blog/latest/16235/16235.html" target="_blank">"Picture This"</a></strong> archive.

1

Girls play with bubbles as they celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

2

People walk along a street in front of the Rock of the British territory of Gibraltar (rear), a monolithic limestone promontory, next to the border in La Linea de la Concepcion, southern Spain. (Reuters/Jon Nazca)

3

A monument to the plumber "Stepanych" is flooded on a street in Omsk. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Malgavko)

4

Smoke from the Silver Fire rises over electric wind turbines near the community of Cabazon, near Banning, California. (Reuters/David McNew)

5

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes a walk alone after a farewell ceremony for his former judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin, in St. Petersburg. Putin has said that Rakhlin acted as his mentor during his youth. Rakhlin died at age 75 after a long illness. (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev)

6

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio participates in a training exercise in a centrifuge at the Star City space center outside Moscow. Mastracchio is scheduled to be part of a mission to the International Space Station that will launch in November. (Reuters/Sergei Remezov)

7

A circus performer rides a motorcycle on the "Wall of Death" at a fair on the second day of Eid al-Fitr in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

8

Ukraine's Dmitry Balandin poses with his wooden model called Cylon in his flat in Zaporizhzhya. It took Balandin six months to build the model from 500 parts. Balandin says he does not use blueprints and designs the parts as he works on them. He says he would love to build metal models but that it is impossible to do so in his small apartment. He plays with Cylon as a child would play with a doll and is now making a girlfriend for his model. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

9

Chinese workers climb equipment to perform maintenance work at an electric-power-transformation substation in Xuzhou, in Jiangsu Province. (Reuters/China Daily)

10

Wind turbines against a backdrop of wildfires, fanned by high winds, spreading up the slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains in southern California. (Reuters/David McNew)

11

A child sleeps between rows of Indian Muslims gathered to offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Mumbai. (AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)

12

An Indonesian man and his son pray after offering flowers on dried volcanic mud for family members who died during a volcanic eruption in eastern Java island, as Indonesians mark Eid al-Fitr. (AFP/M. Andika)

13

A general view of Moscow's Luzhniki stadium during a rehearsal for the opening ceremonies of the World Athletics Championships, which will take place from August 10-18. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

14

A U.S. Air Force communications satellite lifts off on a ULA Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. (Reuters/Mike Brown)

15

Bangladeshis cram onto a train in Dhaka as they rush home to their respective villages to be with their families ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

16

A Saudi boy looks up during the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Turki bin Abdullah grand mosque in Riyadh. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

17

Pigeons take to the air outside the Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque as Afghans head for morning prayers in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

18

A beautician applies traditional henna designs to the hand of a customer ahead of the Muslim festivities of Eid al-Fitr in Karachi, Pakistan. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

19

A Kyrgyz herdsman grazes horses on a pasture of the Suu-Samyr plateau, 2,500 meters above sea level, along the ancient Silk Road from Bishkek to Osh. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

20

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev surveys Olympic facilities under construction in Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (RIA Novosti/Dmitry Astakhov)

21

A man carries two children away from the scene of an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. Three people were killed and dozens injured, including children. (AFP/Abdullah al-Sham)

22

Star trails form over yurts in a long exposure photograph taken on Kazakhstan's Assy plateau, east of Almaty. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

23

A man washes his horse in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

24

Volunteers take a break during rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the 14th International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships at the Olympic stadium in Moscow. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

25

Police detain an LGBT rights activist in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

26

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests inside a house in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district. (Reuters/Loubna Mrie)

27

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reacts to supporters during a rally to protest his tax-fraud conviction outside his palace in central Rome. (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)

28

Tourists are sprayed with water to cool off on a hot day in Prague's Old Town Square. (Reuters/Petr Josek)

29

A youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges River in Allahabad, India. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

30

Zoo employee Yekaterina Mikhailova plays with Vesna, a 4-month-old female snow fox cub, in an enclosure at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in a surburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Vesna is the first attempt by the zoo to domesticate a wild fox. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

31

Brides and grooms participate in a mass wedding in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. (RFE/RL/Maria Kolesnikova)

32

Josh Schonwald, a U.S.-based food writer, tastes the world's first lab-grown beef burger. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, is the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht, who is working to show how meat grown in petri dishes might one day be a true alternative to meat from livestock. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

33

The sun sets behind skyscrapers and a traffic jam on the Sadovoe (Garden) Ring in Moscow. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

34

An inmate hides her face from the photographer at a provisional tent camp for illegal migrants detained during police raids on Moscow markets. (ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze)

35

An Ergenekon prisoner being driven in a police armored vehicle waves at protesters as police and gendarmerie block access to the courthouse in Silivri, near Istanbul, where prosecutors delivered final arguments in the case against 275 people accused of plotting to overturn Turkey's Islamic-leaning government. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

36

A boy plays with a panda bear sculpture in front of Berlin's main train station, where the German branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature marked the 50th anniversary of its founding. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

37

War veterans and commanding officers who took part in a military parade held in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean truce clap and cheer in Pyongyang. (Reuters/KCNA)

38

Macedonian officials attend celebrations marking the 110th anniversary of the Ilinden Uprising, an organized revolt against the Ottoman Empire, at the Ilinden Memorial in Krusevo.

39

Men walk amidst sandals, mostly from victims of a bomb blast, strewn at the roadside on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan. An improvised bomb went off in a weekly bazaar outside Kandahar city, killing four civilians and wounding 22 others. (AFP/Jangir)

40

An elderly woman prays for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima in front of the cenotaph at the Peace Memoral Park in Hiroshima. Hiroshima is marking the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing on August 6. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

41

A sign featuring the defaced picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during Vancouver's 35th annual Pride Parade. (Reuters/Ben Nelms)

42

A man climbs a tree trunk during the Rugova Traditional Games in southwestern Kosovo.