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Photos Of The Week -- October 16-22

Russians were tallied, French exercised democracy, and Afghan children tuned in.

Inmates march at a prison camp outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk before taking part in  Russia's nationwide census.     Employees of the penitentiary system act as census-takers in prisons. Photo by Ilya Naymushin for Reuters
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Inmates march at a prison camp outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk before taking part in  Russia's nationwide census.     Employees of the penitentiary system act as census-takers in prisons.

Photo by Ilya Naymushin for Reuters

Young protesters clash with police during a demonstration over pension reform in Lyon, France. The country is  facing ongoing protests and strikes   as trade unions try to force the French government to back down on an unpopular pension reform raising the retirement age. Photo by Robert Pratta for Reuters
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Young protesters clash with police during a demonstration over pension reform in Lyon, France. The country is  facing ongoing protests and strikes   as trade unions try to force the French government to back down on an unpopular pension reform raising the retirement age.

Photo by Robert Pratta for Reuters

U.S. Marines carry a 13-year-old Afghan boy into a base in Kajaki, Afghanistan, to receive medical aid after he was severely wounded in blast. Photo by Scott Olson for AFP
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U.S. Marines carry a 13-year-old Afghan boy into a base in Kajaki, Afghanistan, to receive medical aid after he was severely wounded in blast.

Photo by Scott Olson for AFP

An Orthodox priest protests in front of the Ukrainian parliament against a   language reform bill   that some say would boost the status of the Russian language at the expense of Ukrainian. Photo by Andriy Bashtovyy
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An Orthodox priest protests in front of the Ukrainian parliament against a   language reform bill   that some say would boost the status of the Russian language at the expense of Ukrainian.

Photo by Andriy Bashtovyy

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili swims in the Black Sea on October 20 near the resort city of Batumi. According to Georgian media reports, Saakashvili swam about three kilometers in a bid to prove that the holiday season in Batumi lasts six months. Photo by Irakli Gedenidze for AFP
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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili swims in the Black Sea on October 20 near the resort city of Batumi. According to Georgian media reports, Saakashvili swam about three kilometers in a bid to prove that the holiday season in Batumi lasts six months.

Photo by Irakli Gedenidze for AFP

A controversial installation by Israel artist Noam Braslavsky in a Tel Aviv gallery depicts former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lying in his hospital bed. Sharon has been comatose since a stroke in 2006. Photo by AFP
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A controversial installation by Israel artist Noam Braslavsky in a Tel Aviv gallery depicts former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lying in his hospital bed. Sharon has been comatose since a stroke in 2006.

Photo by AFP

Russian police detain Konstantin Kosyakin, a political activist of the Left Front movement, as he tries to enter the Moscow city hall to attend the   confirmation of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.   The new mayor is considered very close to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and is expected to enforce Kremlin control over city affairs. Photo by Alexey Sazonov for AFP
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Russian police detain Konstantin Kosyakin, a political activist of the Left Front movement, as he tries to enter the Moscow city hall to attend the   confirmation of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.   The new mayor is considered very close to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and is expected to enforce Kremlin control over city affairs.

Photo by Alexey Sazonov for AFP

Iranian-American businessman Reza Taghavi is greeted by family and friends in Los Angeles after his   release from prison   in Iran. He was held for more than two years on suspicions that he sent funds to an outlawed group in Iran. Photo by Phil McCarten for Reuters
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Iranian-American businessman Reza Taghavi is greeted by family and friends in Los Angeles after his   release from prison   in Iran. He was held for more than two years on suspicions that he sent funds to an outlawed group in Iran.

Photo by Phil McCarten for Reuters

Internally displaced Afghan children in Kabul listen to radios distributed by Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty as part of a drive to counter Taliban-sponsored radio stations. Photo by Ahmad Massoud for AP
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Internally displaced Afghan children in Kabul listen to radios distributed by Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty as part of a drive to counter Taliban-sponsored radio stations.

Photo by Ahmad Massoud for AP

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