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Photos Of The Week: December 12-18


A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the town of Prizren in Kosovo. - Voters across Kosovo cast ballots on December 13 in runoffs to elect mayors in the country's first elections since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. Photo by AFP
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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the town of Prizren in Kosovo. - Voters across Kosovo cast ballots on December 13 in runoffs to elect mayors in the country's first elections since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia in 2008.

Photo by AFP

A crane lifts a damaged car at the scene of a suicide car bombing targeting a hotel in Kabul. - A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled car outside a hotel frequented by foreign diplomats in Kabul on December 15, killing at least eight civilians and injuring 40 others. Photo by epa
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A crane lifts a damaged car at the scene of a suicide car bombing targeting a hotel in Kabul. - A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled car outside a hotel frequented by foreign diplomats in Kabul on December 15, killing at least eight civilians and injuring 40 others.

Photo by epa

A scientist delivers a speech at the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen. - The UN conference was deadlocked on December 15 on the key issues, with a new draft text lacking any figures on targets for limiting global warming, as world leaders raised the pressure for results. Photo by AFP
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A scientist delivers a speech at the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen. - The UN conference was deadlocked on December 15 on the key issues, with a new draft text lacking any figures on targets for limiting global warming, as world leaders raised the pressure for results.

Photo by AFP

Steam billows from the cooling towers of a coal plant near the southern Macedonian town of Bitola on December 15. - As the UN climate conference in Copenhagen entered its crucial phase, hopes to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions dimmed. Photo by Georgi Licovski for epa
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Steam billows from the cooling towers of a coal plant near the southern Macedonian town of Bitola on December 15. - As the UN climate conference in Copenhagen entered its crucial phase, hopes to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions dimmed.

Photo by Georgi Licovski for epa

A man look through a frost-covered window in Minsk on December 15. - A pre-holidays cold snap accompanied by heavy snow has swept Europe, with transport disruptions from France to Ukraine. Photo by RFE/RL
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A man look through a frost-covered window in Minsk on December 15. - A pre-holidays cold snap accompanied by heavy snow has swept Europe, with transport disruptions from France to Ukraine.

Photo by RFE/RL

French soldiers in armored vehicles move into position during an operation in Afghanistan. - The French soldiers took part in an operation in Uzbin Valley of Surobi district in Kabul Province on December 17. More than 1,100 soldiers, including 800 French legionnaires as well as U.S. and Afghan commandos, have launched a major operation east of the Afghan capital, military officials said. Photo by Massoud Hossani for AFP
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French soldiers in armored vehicles move into position during an operation in Afghanistan. - The French soldiers took part in an operation in Uzbin Valley of Surobi district in Kabul Province on December 17. More than 1,100 soldiers, including 800 French legionnaires as well as U.S. and Afghan commandos, have launched a major operation east of the Afghan capital, military officials said.

Photo by Massoud Hossani for AFP

Afghan boys carry fuel for their fire on the outskirts of Herat on December 17. - Afghanistan's winters are notoriously harsh, with the temperature falling well below freezing in most parts of the country. Photo by Jalil Rezayee for epa
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Afghan boys carry fuel for their fire on the outskirts of Herat on December 17. - Afghanistan's winters are notoriously harsh, with the temperature falling well below freezing in most parts of the country.

Photo by Jalil Rezayee for epa

A Ukrainian Green Party activist looks on during a demonstration in Kyiv. - A demonstration was held in Kyiv on December 17 outside the Ukrainian parliament building against a bill proposing the construction of a radioactive waste dump in the Kyiv region. Photo by Sergei Sopinsky for AFP
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A Ukrainian Green Party activist looks on during a demonstration in Kyiv. - A demonstration was held in Kyiv on December 17 outside the Ukrainian parliament building against a bill proposing the construction of a radioactive waste dump in the Kyiv region.

Photo by Sergei Sopinsky for AFP

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves to journalists from a car as he leaves a hospital in Milan. - Berlusconi left hospital on December 17 after suffering severe facial wounds in a violent weekend attack. Photo by Tiziana Fabi for AFP
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves to journalists from a car as he leaves a hospital in Milan. - Berlusconi left hospital on December 17 after suffering severe facial wounds in a violent weekend attack.

Photo by Tiziana Fabi for AFP

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