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Saturday, August 27, 2016


Photos Of The Week #9

Published 6 March 2016


Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the ninth week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

1

Children in Chechnya rehearse a ceremony to honor their mothers ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. (RFE/RL)

2

A man lies on the pavement after Turkish antiriot police officers fired tear gas to disperse supporters in front of the headquarters of the Turkish daily newspaper Zaman in Istanbul after Turkish authorities seized the headquarters in a midnight raid. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

3

A man exercises in the early morning on a hilltop overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

4

Children walk through a field near a makeshift camp near the Greek village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border, where thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

5

Supporters of prominent Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr shout slogans during a protest against government corruption outside the Green Zone in Baghdad. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)

6

Security guards sit outside the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening session of the Fourth Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

7

Girls hold makeshift white flags as they flee with their families during a military operation by Iraqi security personnel in the desert west of the city of Samarra aimed at retaking areas from Islamic State group jihadists. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

8

Men watch as a makeshift shelter burns in the so-called Jungle migrant camp in the French port city of Calais after demolition workers raised makeshift shelters there on March 3. 

9

Indian Army candidates sit in their underwear to deter cheating as they take a written exam during a recruitment day in Muzaffarpur. (AFP)

10

Children wrap up against the cold in a harbor as migrants and refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

11

A man dressed as a clown makes huge soap bubbles in downtown Chisinau as part of the Martisor festival, which celebrates the start of spring on March 1. (epa/Dumitru Doru)

12

Migrants and refugees walk on a path by a fence and razor wire at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Macedonian town of Gevgelija. (AFP/Dimitar Diloff)

13

A woman reacts while walking among the ruins of damaged buildings following heavy fighting between government troops and Kurdish fighters in the southeastern Kurdish town of Cizre in Turkey, near the border with Syria and Iraq on March 2. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

14

Two women sunbathe at the wall of the Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

15

Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko is seen inside a Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule upon landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on March 2. Kornienko and U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly had returned from the International Space Station after 340 days. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

16

Iranian president Hassan Rohani checks out an automobile at an international carmakers' conference in Tehran on March 1. (ISNA)

17

Members of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion Azov hold flares during a protest outside the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) prison in Kyiv on March 1. The protesters were demanding the release of Stanislav Krasnov, the head of the nationalist organization Azov-Crimea, who has been accused of spying for Russia. 

18

Migrant children stand in a field near a camp set up by stranded migrants waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomenii. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

19

A Syrian man rides his bicycle past a man selling grain during a halt in fighting in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta region, east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. A UN-backed cease-fire deal took hold across parts of Syria, bringing relative calm to areas where the Islamic State extremist group and Al-Qaeda's local affiliate are not present. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)

20

Riders attend a spring horse-racing event in Tsagaan Khutul, outside of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. (Reuters/Rentsendorj Bazarsukh) 

21

An Iraqi woman mourns during the funerals of victims of bombings in Baghdad's mostly Shi'ite Sadr City district on February 28. Bombings claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed at least 73 people, the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi capital this year. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)

22

Belarusians shout slogans as they take part in a rally against the deteriorating economic situation in the country in central Minsk. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

23

Supporters and family members of Mumtaz Qadri sit near his body after his execution in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on February 29. Qadri killed the governor of Punjab Province over his call to reform the country's strict blasphemy laws. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

24

Syrian and Iraqi refugees trapped at the Greek-Macedonian border lie on railway tracks during a protest demanding the opening of the Idomeni crossing. Greece warned the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a Balkan cap on border crossings left thousands "trapped" in the country. (AFP/Louisa Goulimaki)