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Friday, August 26, 2016

Photos Of The Week #34

Published 25 August 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 34th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.


People react as they carry a dead body outside one of two mosques hit by explosions in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Reuters/Omar Ibrahim)


A man sits on the ground with children as they watch participants in a demonstration in support of ousted Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi at a mosque in Kabul. (AFP/Massoud Hossaini)


Syrian-Kurdish children sit on a bed at the Quru Gusik refugee camp, 20 kilometers east of the city of Irbil in norther Iraq. Faced with brutal violence and soaring prices, thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, seeking respite from privation and fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists. (AFP/Safin Hamed)


People react after a powerful explosion in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Two explosions went off within minutes of each other, killing at least 12 people. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)


People struggle as waves from a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of the Qiantang River in Haining, Zhejiang Province, China.


An orangutan covers itself with a blanket on a chilly winter day at Rio de Janeiro Zoo in Brazil. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)


Czech Karel Abraham waves as he drives an old Cezeta scooter in Brno.The MotoGP world championships continue with the Czech Grand Prix in Brno on August 25. (AFP/Radek Mica)


Visitors look at a spillway at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station, 520 kilometers south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)


A resident and her dog leave a flooded house in the village of Belogorye in Russia's Far East. The region has been plagued by massive flooding. The level of the Amur River is the highest since officials started keeping records 120 years ago. (RIA Novosti/Sergei Mamontov)


Workers assembling a helicopter look at Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) during his visit to the helicopter-manufacturing Rostvertol Company in Rostov-na-Donu. (RIA Novosti/Sergei Guneev)


A view of the Humboldt Hotel, amid fog, which is located at the top of El Avila in Caracas. The hotel, constructed in 1956, is an icon of Venezuelan architecture and a landmark in the capital city. (AFP/Juan Barreto)


An African Bullfrog is placed on a scale during the London Zoo's annual weigh-in. The task involves weighing and measuring the population of the zoo, before the information is shared with zoos across the world, allowing them to compare data on thousands of endangered species. (AFP/Leon Neal)


A local resident battles a massive wildfire with a fire extinguisher at Fornelo do Monte near Vouzela in central Portugal. Portugal, grappling with a number of wildfires, has sought help from Spain and France. Some 31,000 hectares have been lost to fire in Portugal this year. (AFP/Francisco Leong)


A cameraman films the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted pink, in Sofia. Unknown artists painted the nine soldiers pink during the night on August 21 and wrote "Bulgaria apologizes" in both in the Bulgarian and Czech languages in what appears to be an artistic apology for Bulgaria's support in smashing the Prague Spring uprising against communist rule on August 20-21,1968. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)


Afghan footballers celebrate their 3-0 win in a friendly against Pakistan at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium in Kabul. Afghanistan was hosting its first international soccer match in a decade. Organizers are hoping the FIFA-sanctioned match will ease cross-border tensions between the two neighbors. It's the first meeting in 36 years for the two nations' national soccer teams. (AFP/Massoud Hossaini)


A photograph released by the Taipei City Zoo shows giant panda Yuan Yuan's baby panda opening her eyes for the first time. (AFP)


A Bedouin man jumps over camels during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)


Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance near Babreka Lake in the Rila Mountains in Bulgaria. The teachings of the movement, whose founder is Bulgarian Peter Danov, are a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet, and living in harmony with nature. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)


Candidates take part in a military exercise during the selection process for the Georgian Army Special Forces outside Tbilisi. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)


Ukrainian riot police officers stop an opposition deputy as he tries to enter the building of the Kyiv City Council through a window. The opposition lawmakers have been blocking council sessions for months, demanding that elections for the Kyiv City Council and the Kyiv mayor's office be held this year. (AFP/Vitali Lazebnyk)


Members of Russia's 4x400 women's relay team celebrate their gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. There has been widespread speculation that the kiss between Ksenia Ryzhova (left center) and Yulia Gushchina was in protest to Russia's controversial law banning so-called "homosexual propaganda." The two have not commented. The other members of the winning team were Tatiana Firova (left) and Antonina Krivoshapka (right). (Reuters/Grigory Dukor)


A man jumps off a bridge into the Soca River during a traditional diving competition in Slovenia. (Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic)


Usain Bolt of Jamaica performs a traditional Russian dance after Jamaica won the men's 4X100-meter relay final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. (Reuters/Phil Noble)


Residents wade through floodwater brought by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, south of Manila, Philippines. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital forced the closure of government offices, schools, banks, and most private companies. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)


U.S. gay-rights campaigner and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (right) speaks in the skies above New Zealand during the same-sex marriage ceremony for Lynley Bendall (left) and Ally Wanikau on a flight from Queenstown to Auckland. New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country -- and only the 14th in the world -- to legalize gay marriage. (AFP)


A mother and her children walk across a zebra crossing outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, where gay-rights supporters have painted it in the colors of the rainbow to protest Russia's law against so-called "homosexual propaganda." (AFP/Christine Olsson)


Smoke rises from 1,117-meter Mount Sakurajima on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. The volcano spewed an ash plume up to 5,000 meters into the air. Though the eruption was more massive than usual, local residents are used to the mountain's rumblings. This was Sakurajima's 500th eruption this year alone. (AFP)


A man jumps during a diving competition in Konjic, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The jumps are performed from a rock platform 18 meters high and into a narrow river pool 2X2 meters wide and 2 meters deep. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)


A caretaker stands next to a white elephant at a shelter in Naypyidaw, Burma. Kings and leaders in the predominantly Buddhist nation have traditionally treasured white elephants, whose rare appearances in the country are believed to herald good fortune. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)


Tanks from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Armenia line up outside Moscow as they compete during a "tank biathlon," a new paramilitary sport that focuses on speed and precision gunnery. (AFP/Vasily Maxi)