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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Photos Of The Week #35

Published 31 August 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 35th 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

Locals battle the blaze as a wildfire approaches homes in Santiago de Besteiros, in central Portugal. (AFP/Patricia de Melo Moreira)

2

Israeli boys watch a battery of Iron Dome, a short-range missile-defense system, positioned on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. (AFP/David Buimovitch)

3

Contestants in the Miss Supranational 2013 beauty contest pose for a photo atop a huge mining truck during a visit to the BelAZ plant in the Belarusian city of Zhodino. Minsk is hosting Miss Supranational 2013, an annual international beauty contest run by the World Beauty Association based in Panama. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

4

A laborer works at a peanut factory on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

5

A view of the finals of the Torch Cup soccer match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People's Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang. (Reuters/KCNA)

6

Turkish soldiers carry a banner bearing the portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a parade marking the 91st anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

7

Anti-NATO activists shout slogans and wave flags after a group of German, British, and Turkish military vessels docked in the port of Sevastopol. Locals in Ukraine's Crimea, which has a largely Russian-speaking population, frequently protest visits by NATO ships. (Reuters)

8

A local resident stands on the roof of a building in the flooded settlement of Krasnaya Rechka on the outskirts of the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, Russia. (Reuters/Vladimir Barsukov)

9

A Syrian boy stands near people using containers to collect water at the Arbat refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah. (Reuters/Yahya Ahmad)

10

A picture taken on August 29 shows the Kurdish flag waving in the wind above a Syrian refugee camp in Quru Gusik, 20 kilometers east of Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

11

A Kosovar man fishes on the White Drin Canyon, near Gjakova in southwestern Kosovo on August 29. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

12

Revelers take part in the annual "Tomatina" festivities in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. Some 20,000 participants hurled 130 tons of squashed tomatoes at each other, drenching the streets in red. (AFP/Gabriel Gallo)

13

An unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the largest booster in the U.S. fleet, lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to put a classified satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. (Reuters/Gene Blevins)

14

A Russian fighter jet performs during an international aviation and space show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

15

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks out with his children after collecting gas-mask kits at a distribution point in Jerusalem. Thousands of Israelis continue to queue up for gas masks or ordered them by phone, spurred on by fears that any Western military response to last week's alleged chemical-weapons attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

16

An Israeli soldier walks next to Merkava tanks stationed in a deployment training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria. Israel will strike back "fiercely" if Syria attacks the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, as the U.S. mulls military action against the Syrian regime. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

17

Ukrainian police search the premises of the feminist movement Femen in Kyiv. Police say they found a gun, a grenade, and portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill. Anna Hutsol, leader of the organization, says it was a provocation organized by the security services against the activists of the organization. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

18

A video grab shows a Syrian opposition fighter firing a rocket-propelled grenade during clashes with regime forces over the strategic area of Khanasser. (AFP/Salah Al-Ashkar)

19

Kenya Wildlife Services rangers, veterinarians and Lewa staff remove the horn of a wild male black rhino named Sero at the Lewa wildlife conservancy. Eleven of Lewa's total of 73 endangered black rhinos are being relocated to neighboring Borana conservancy to afford them more space. Lewa has suffered severe poaching in the past. Illegally poached rhino horn is sold for large sums as an ingredient in some traditional Chinese medicine. (AFP/Carl de Souza)

20

People launch a 30-meter-diameter paper lantern at the village of Xiapo in China's Hainan Province. The lantern, made of 72 smaller lanterns, was designed for a local ritual ceremony to mark the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival. (Reuters/China Daily)

21

Visitors run away as waves from a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of the Qiantang River in China's Hangzhou Zhejiang Province. (Reuters)

22

Mexican state police officers help people trapped after a train, known as "The Beast," derailed near Huimanguillo, Tabasco State, Mexico. The cargo train, which carries scrap metal and U.S.-bound migrants who pay smugglers for the right to sit atop freight cars, derailed in a swampy area of southeastern Mexico, killing at least six people. (AFP/"Tabasco Hoy")

23

Giant panda Yuan Yuan holds her baby at the Taipei City Zoo in Taiwan. The cub, the first panda born in Taiwan, was delivered on July 7 following a series of artificial insemination sessions after her parents -- Yuan Yuan and her partner, Tuan Tuan -- failed to conceive naturally. (AFP/Taipei City Zoo)

24

Dancers perform the choreography "Levée des conflits" by French artist Boris Charmatz at the Halde Haniel mine dump in Bottrop in western Germany. The performance was part of the Ruhrtriennale international arts festival running until October 6. The venues of the festival are the region’s outstanding industrial monuments, transformed each year into spectacular sites for music, fine art, theater, dance, and performance. (AFP/dpa/Caroline Seidel)

25

A man (left) climbs outside a window with a knife as his mother (center) and a plainclothes policeman look on, in Anshan, Liaoning Province, China. The man held his mother captive in his apartment before climbing out of the window and threatening to cut himself. After several hours, he was controlled by police who managed to enter the house from another window with the help of his mother. (Reuters)

26

A health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during the second day of a vaccination campaign in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)