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Photos Of The Week -- July 31-August 6


Russian servicemen taking part in fighting forest and peat fires take a breather in a forest near the town of Gus-Khrustalny, some 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow. At least 50 people have been killed in the fires so far. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov for epa
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Russian servicemen taking part in fighting forest and peat fires take a breather in a forest near the town of Gus-Khrustalny, some 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow. At least 50 people have been killed in the fires so far.

Photo by Yuri Kochetkov for epa

A man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, in the Ryazan region, on August 5. President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe, the worst wildfires in Russia's modern history. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova for AFP
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A man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, in the Ryazan region, on August 5. President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe, the worst wildfires in Russia's modern history.

Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova for AFP

Light shines through forest-fire smoke near a Russian Orthodox church in Zelenaya Sloboda, outside of Moscow, on August 3. Photo by Artyom Korotayev for AFP
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Light shines through forest-fire smoke near a Russian Orthodox church in Zelenaya Sloboda, outside of Moscow, on August 3.

Photo by Artyom Korotayev for AFP

A Pakistani flood survivor attempts to preserve some of his possessions in a waterlogged area of Nowshera. Pakistan faces the risk of a public health disaster, with up to 3.2 million people hit by the worst floods in generations. Photo by A. Majeed for AFP
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A Pakistani flood survivor attempts to preserve some of his possessions in a waterlogged area of Nowshera. Pakistan faces the risk of a public health disaster, with up to 3.2 million people hit by the worst floods in generations.

Photo by A. Majeed for AFP

A Russian bride and groom climb into a fountain to cool off from the summer heat on their wedding day in Moscow on August 3. Temperatures in Russia's capital have been hovering around 36 degrees Celsius. Photo by Boris Yelenin for AFP
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A Russian bride and groom climb into a fountain to cool off from the summer heat on their wedding day in Moscow on August 3. Temperatures in Russia's capital have been hovering around 36 degrees Celsius.

Photo by Boris Yelenin for AFP

Russian paratroopers bath in the fountain in Gorky park as they celebrate the Day of Airborne Troops on August 2. Photo by Yuri Timofeyev for RFE/RL
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Russian paratroopers bath in the fountain in Gorky park as they celebrate the Day of Airborne Troops on August 2.

Photo by Yuri Timofeyev for RFE/RL

A woman rests after harvesting wheat in Yurievo, some 75 kilometers north from Minsk. Photo by Viktor Drachev for AFP
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A woman rests after harvesting wheat in Yurievo, some 75 kilometers north from Minsk.

Photo by Viktor Drachev for AFP

Bodyguards react after the sound of an explosion behind the entourage of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (center) as he is welcomed in Hamadan, southwest of Tehran, on August 4. Reports say his motorcade was attacked by someone with a homemade explosive device. Iranian officials later denied the report. Photo by Reuters
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Bodyguards react after the sound of an explosion behind the entourage of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (center) as he is welcomed in Hamadan, southwest of Tehran, on August 4. Reports say his motorcade was attacked by someone with a homemade explosive device. Iranian officials later denied the report.

Photo by Reuters

A Pakistani flood victim, 88-year-old Taj Bibi, sits outside her front door awaiting relief supplies, in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on August 5. Photo by Akhtar Soomro for Reuters
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A Pakistani flood victim, 88-year-old Taj Bibi, sits outside her front door awaiting relief supplies, in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on August 5.

Photo by Akhtar Soomro for Reuters

Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili and his son Nikoloz enjoy themselves on the coast of the Black Sea near the village of Anaklia, near the border with Abkhazia, on August 3. Photo by Irakli Gedenidze for Reuters
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Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili and his son Nikoloz enjoy themselves on the coast of the Black Sea near the village of Anaklia, near the border with Abkhazia, on August 3.

Photo by Irakli Gedenidze for Reuters

A Kyrgyz police officer fires tear gas while dispersing supporters of Kyrgyz businessman and political leader Urmat Barktabasov outside Bishkek on August 5. Kyrgyz police fired shots into the air to disperse antigovernment protesters as twin demonstrations in support of the renegade businessman rocked the Central Asian country. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko for AFP
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A Kyrgyz police officer fires tear gas while dispersing supporters of Kyrgyz businessman and political leader Urmat Barktabasov outside Bishkek on August 5. Kyrgyz police fired shots into the air to disperse antigovernment protesters as twin demonstrations in support of the renegade businessman rocked the Central Asian country.

Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko for AFP

A Japanese couple, survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, offer a prayer for victims during ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the attack on August 6. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama for epa
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A Japanese couple, survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, offer a prayer for victims during ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the attack on August 6.

Photo by Kimimasa Mayama for epa

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