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Photos Of The Week -- August 20-26

Libyan rebels battle Muammar Qaddafi's forces for Tripoli and former Soviet republics celebrate 20 years of independence.

A boy takes part in celebrations of Independence Day in Lviv on August 24. 
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A boy takes part in celebrations of Independence Day in Lviv on August 24. 

Workers in a shop prepare flags ahead of an election in Sukhumi, capital of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, on August 25. Photo by Sergei Karpov for Reuters
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Workers in a shop prepare flags ahead of an election in Sukhumi, capital of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, on August 25. Photo by Sergei Karpov for Reuters

A boy holds a drawing depicting Muammar Qaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam being hanged during celebrations of the capture in Tripoli of the son at the rebel-held town of Benghazi.
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A boy holds a drawing depicting Muammar Qaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam being hanged during celebrations of the capture in Tripoli of the son at the rebel-held town of Benghazi.

Libyan rebel fighters and a television cameraman take shelter as an intense gun battle erupted outside the Corinthia Hotel, where many foreign journalists stayed.
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Libyan rebel fighters and a television cameraman take shelter as an intense gun battle erupted outside the Corinthia Hotel, where many foreign journalists stayed.

A Libyan rebel kisses a bullet belt at Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli on August 25. Photo by Patrick Baz for AFP
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A Libyan rebel kisses a bullet belt at Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli on August 25. Photo by Patrick Baz for AFP

U.S. Army soldiers climb upon arrival to Observation Post Mace from Forward Operating Base Bostick in Afghanistan's eastern Naray district on August 26. Photo by Nikola Solic for Reuters
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U.S. Army soldiers climb upon arrival to Observation Post Mace from Forward Operating Base Bostick in Afghanistan's eastern Naray district on August 26. Photo by Nikola Solic for Reuters

An Afghan police officer holds a national flag during a graduation ceremony in Herat on August 24. Photo by Hoshan Hashimi for AP
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An Afghan police officer holds a national flag during a graduation ceremony in Herat on August 24. Photo by Hoshan Hashimi for AP

People wait in a line to buy meat in front of the closed door of a shop before it opens in Minsk on August 26. 
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People wait in a line to buy meat in front of the closed door of a shop before it opens in Minsk on August 26. 

A Muslim boy attends the weekly Friday Prayer at the Omayyad Mosque in central Damascus, Syria, on August 26. Photo by Joseph Eid for AFP
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A Muslim boy attends the weekly Friday Prayer at the Omayyad Mosque in central Damascus, Syria, on August 26. Photo by Joseph Eid for AFP

A Libyan rebel fighter walks inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli on August 26. Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for AP
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A Libyan rebel fighter walks inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli on August 26. Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for AP

Members of a special unit of Bosnia's State Investigation and Protection Agency police force take part in an antiterrorist and hostage-rescue drill in eastern Sarajevo on August 25. Photo by Dado Ruvic for Reuters
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Members of a special unit of Bosnia's State Investigation and Protection Agency police force take part in an antiterrorist and hostage-rescue drill in eastern Sarajevo on August 25. Photo by Dado Ruvic for Reuters

Policemen run as opposition supporters break their cordon during a rally on the 20th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence in Kyiv, on August 24. Photo by Gleb Garanich  for Reuters
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Policemen run as opposition supporters break their cordon during a rally on the 20th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence in Kyiv, on August 24. Photo by Gleb Garanich  for Reuters

Pakistani security personnel examine a crashed U.S. surveillance drone some 2 kilometers inside Pakistani territory in the town of Chaman on August 25. Photo by Asghar Achakzai for AFP
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Pakistani security personnel examine a crashed U.S. surveillance drone some 2 kilometers inside Pakistani territory in the town of Chaman on August 25. Photo by Asghar Achakzai for AFP

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (left) fires an arrow while on a tour at a Mini Nadam, or Mongolian wrestling performance, in Ulan Bator on August 22. Photo by Andy Wong for AP
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (left) fires an arrow while on a tour at a Mini Nadam, or Mongolian wrestling performance, in Ulan Bator on August 22. Photo by Andy Wong for AP

Wounded cartoonist Ali Ferzat rests in bed at his residence in Damascus after being grabbed and beaten up by pro-regime militiamen.
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Wounded cartoonist Ali Ferzat rests in bed at his residence in Damascus after being grabbed and beaten up by pro-regime militiamen.

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