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Photos Of The Week -- October 15-21

From prisoner swaps to Greek riots, Kosovo roadblocks, and the undoing of a Libyan dictator.

An Afghan man holds balloons for sale in Kabul. (Mohammad Ismail for Reuters)
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An Afghan man holds balloons for sale in Kabul. (Mohammad Ismail for Reuters)

Thais pass the time next to a motorbike hanging from the beams of a bus stop above a flooded road in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj for Reuters)
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Thais pass the time next to a motorbike hanging from the beams of a bus stop above a flooded road in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj for Reuters)

Protesters wearing masks depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in front of the German Chancellery in Berlin on October 21. (Tobias Schwarz for Reuters)
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Protesters wearing masks depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in front of the German Chancellery in Berlin on October 21. (Tobias Schwarz for Reuters)

A Yemeni protester shows blood-soaked hands after helping evacuate a wounded colleague after a pro-democarcy march came under fire from gunmen loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa. (Marwan Naamani for AFP)
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A Yemeni protester shows blood-soaked hands after helping evacuate a wounded colleague after a pro-democarcy march came under fire from gunmen loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa. (Marwan Naamani for AFP)

Pro-communist union protesters clash with rival groups of demonstrators in Athens. (AFP)
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Pro-communist union protesters clash with rival groups of demonstrators in Athens. (AFP)

A man plays a guitar during the siege of Sirte by fighters loyal to Libya's National Transitional Council. (Aris Messinis for AFP)
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A man plays a guitar during the siege of Sirte by fighters loyal to Libya's National Transitional Council. (Aris Messinis for AFP)

A youth throws a gasoline bomb at police during riots with police in Athens. (John Kolesidis for Reuters)
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A youth throws a gasoline bomb at police during riots with police in Athens. (John Kolesidis for Reuters)

Palestinians wait at the Beituniya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah for prisoners being released from Israeli jails. (Darren Whiteside for Reuters)
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Palestinians wait at the Beituniya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah for prisoners being released from Israeli jails. (Darren Whiteside for Reuters)

A NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldier from France walks along barricades at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Brnjak. (Marko Djurica for Reuters)
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A NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldier from France walks along barricades at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Brnjak. (Marko Djurica for Reuters)

A laborer carries a sack of coal at a coal dumpsite outside Kabul. (Ahmad Masood for Reuters)
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A laborer carries a sack of coal at a coal dumpsite outside Kabul. (Ahmad Masood for Reuters)

Saeed, 38, poses for a photograph while working in a cotton factory in Karachi, Pakistan. (Athar Hussain for Reuters)
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Saeed, 38, poses for a photograph while working in a cotton factory in Karachi, Pakistan. (Athar Hussain for Reuters)

A policeman is hit with red paint while police try to disperse protesters from central Athens' Syntagma Square. (Louisa Gouliamaki for AFP)
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A policeman is hit with red paint while police try to disperse protesters from central Athens' Syntagma Square. (Louisa Gouliamaki for AFP)

A Palestinian prisoner gestures as he enters Gaza via the Rafah crossing from Egypt as part of a Hamas-Israel swap. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh for Reuters)
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A Palestinian prisoner gestures as he enters Gaza via the Rafah crossing from Egypt as part of a Hamas-Israel swap. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh for Reuters)

A man carries an elderly woman during an evacuation from a flooded area of Thailand's Pathum Thani province, in Bangkok's suburbs. (Sukree Sukplang for Reuters)
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A man carries an elderly woman during an evacuation from a flooded area of Thailand's Pathum Thani province, in Bangkok's suburbs. (Sukree Sukplang for Reuters)

Activists from the Food Not Bombs movement climb a mast of the cruiser "Aurora" to protest against war and poverty in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Ruslan Shamukov for ITAR-TASS)
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Activists from the Food Not Bombs movement climb a mast of the cruiser "Aurora" to protest against war and poverty in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Ruslan Shamukov for ITAR-TASS)

A woman prays as others celebrate the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi after Friday Prayers on Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, Libya. (Suhaib Salem for Reuters)
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A woman prays as others celebrate the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi after Friday Prayers on Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, Libya. (Suhaib Salem for Reuters)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a meeting with his supporters at his residence in Gorki. (AFP)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a meeting with his supporters at his residence in Gorki. (AFP)

Two Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Asayis Tepe army base. (Mustafa Ozer for AFP)
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Two Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Asayis Tepe army base. (Mustafa Ozer for AFP)

An ethnic Albanian pushes a boy on a bicycle pass KFOR German soldiers, part of the NATO mission in Kosovo, in the village of Cabra. (Hazir Reka for Reuters)
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An ethnic Albanian pushes a boy on a bicycle pass KFOR German soldiers, part of the NATO mission in Kosovo, in the village of Cabra. (Hazir Reka for Reuters)

Afghan youths play at a cemetery in Kabul. (Ahmad Masood for Reuters)
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Afghan youths play at a cemetery in Kabul. (Ahmad Masood for Reuters)

KFOR soldiers employ tear gas against Kosovo Serbs during clashes in the village of Jagnjenica to clear roadblocks. (Marko Djurica for Reuters)
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KFOR soldiers employ tear gas against Kosovo Serbs during clashes in the village of Jagnjenica to clear roadblocks. (Marko Djurica for Reuters)

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