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Photos Of The Week #22

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 22nd week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (45 PHOTOS)

A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas point-blank against one woman as people protest in Istanbul's Taksim Square against a city development project. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)
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A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas point-blank against one woman as people protest in Istanbul's Taksim Square against a city development project. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

A girl stands among worshipers during Friday Prayers at Tehran University in Iran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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A girl stands among worshipers during Friday Prayers at Tehran University in Iran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

A young boy assesses the damage caused by flooding in a suburb of Prague on June 2. Floods caused by heavy rains have inundated homes and roads and forced thousands to evacuate across Central Europe. (RFE/RL/Eugen Tomiuc)
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A young boy assesses the damage caused by flooding in a suburb of Prague on June 2. Floods caused by heavy rains have inundated homes and roads and forced thousands to evacuate across Central Europe. (RFE/RL/Eugen Tomiuc)

A man washes a tank in Azaz near Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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A man washes a tank in Azaz near Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

Fog shrouds the skyline of New York as a woman walks through a park along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)
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Fog shrouds the skyline of New York as a woman walks through a park along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)

Russia unveiled its medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi at a presentation in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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Russia unveiled its medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi at a presentation in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

A hailstorm pours down on downtown Belgrade. (AFP/Alexa Stankovic)
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A hailstorm pours down on downtown Belgrade. (AFP/Alexa Stankovic)

People kneel on the street as they take part in a Corpus Christi procession in Gora Kalwaria near Warsaw, Poland. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)
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People kneel on the street as they take part in a Corpus Christi procession in Gora Kalwaria near Warsaw, Poland. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

A South Korean soldier checks his weapon before a ceremony in Yangju to commemorate the Korean War's battle of the Nevada Cities. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)
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A South Korean soldier checks his weapon before a ceremony in Yangju to commemorate the Korean War's battle of the Nevada Cities. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

A visitor tries out a mirror experiment during the "Wanderings About The Senses" exhibition in Dresden, Germany. The interactive show presents 45 exhibits on the illusion of perception. (AFP/Matthias Hiekel)
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A visitor tries out a mirror experiment during the "Wanderings About The Senses" exhibition in Dresden, Germany. The interactive show presents 45 exhibits on the illusion of perception. (AFP/Matthias Hiekel)

An aide to U.S. President Barack Obama carries the president's suit bag upon arrival in Chicago. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
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An aide to U.S. President Barack Obama carries the president's suit bag upon arrival in Chicago. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Vincent Autin (right) and Bruno Boileau kiss on a balcony in front of a crowd after their marriage, France's first official gay marriage, at the city hall in Montpellier on May 29. France is the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage, an issue that has divided opinion in the country. (AFP/Gerard Julien)
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Vincent Autin (right) and Bruno Boileau kiss on a balcony in front of a crowd after their marriage, France's first official gay marriage, at the city hall in Montpellier on May 29. France is the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage, an issue that has divided opinion in the country. (AFP/Gerard Julien)

Schoolchildren watch as Inuka, a male polar bear, swims in its pool enclosure at the Singapore Zoo. The 22-year-old polar bear, the first one born in the tropics, moved into his new frozen-tundra home on May 29 in a 2,700-square-meter exhibit featuring climate-controlled resting areas and an expanded pool. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)
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Schoolchildren watch as Inuka, a male polar bear, swims in its pool enclosure at the Singapore Zoo. The 22-year-old polar bear, the first one born in the tropics, moved into his new frozen-tundra home on May 29 in a 2,700-square-meter exhibit featuring climate-controlled resting areas and an expanded pool. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Belarusian border guards celebrate their agency's day in Minsk on May 28. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Belarusian border guards celebrate their agency's day in Minsk on May 28. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

A nun walks over the Charles Bridge early in the morning in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)
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A nun walks over the Charles Bridge early in the morning in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

Participants in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon get the race under way at Everest Base Camp on May 29. The event was held on the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's conquest of the mountain in 1953. (AFP/HIMEX-Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon)
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Participants in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon get the race under way at Everest Base Camp on May 29. The event was held on the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's conquest of the mountain in 1953. (AFP/HIMEX-Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the Red Cross compound in Jalalabad Province, which was attacked by two suicide bombers on May 29. Besides both assailants, one guard was also killed in the incident. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the Red Cross compound in Jalalabad Province, which was attacked by two suicide bombers on May 29. Besides both assailants, one guard was also killed in the incident. (Reuters/Parwiz)

A patrol boat cruises along the Yenisei River in Russia's Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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A patrol boat cruises along the Yenisei River in Russia's Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

A Chinese paramilitary police sniper raises his head from a basin of water during a practice session of holding his breath underwater as part of psychological training. (Reuters)
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A Chinese paramilitary police sniper raises his head from a basin of water during a practice session of holding his breath underwater as part of psychological training. (Reuters)

An ethnic Miao minority man shaves another villager's head with a sickle in China's Guizhou Province. (Reuters/Jason Lee)
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An ethnic Miao minority man shaves another villager's head with a sickle in China's Guizhou Province. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

Russia's Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft blasts off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on May 29. The capsule -- carrying a Russian, American, and an Italian -- docked a short time later with the International Space Station. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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Russia's Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft blasts off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on May 29. The capsule -- carrying a Russian, American, and an Italian -- docked a short time later with the International Space Station. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

A child plays with soap bubbles at an event to support autistic children and their families in a park in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A child plays with soap bubbles at an event to support autistic children and their families in a park in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Russian Pariarch Kirill consecrates the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt. (RIA Novosti/Igor Rustak)
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Russian Pariarch Kirill consecrates the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt. (RIA Novosti/Igor Rustak)

A competitor tumbles down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a fascimile round of Double Gloucester cheese during the annual cheese-rolling near the village of Brockworth in western England. With a disputed history dating back to at least the 1800s, the event involves hordes of fearless competitors chasing a large cheese down a very steep hill. (AFP/Carl Court)
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A competitor tumbles down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a fascimile round of Double Gloucester cheese during the annual cheese-rolling near the village of Brockworth in western England. With a disputed history dating back to at least the 1800s, the event involves hordes of fearless competitors chasing a large cheese down a very steep hill. (AFP/Carl Court)

This screen shot shows Chinese rescue workers breaking away bits of a pipe to remove a newborn baby boy stuck for two to three hours inside a sewage pipe in an apartment building in the city of Jinhua in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The baby is healthy. The mother, who says she gave birth unexpectedly, is in serious condition due to complications. (AFP)
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This screen shot shows Chinese rescue workers breaking away bits of a pipe to remove a newborn baby boy stuck for two to three hours inside a sewage pipe in an apartment building in the city of Jinhua in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The baby is healthy. The mother, who says she gave birth unexpectedly, is in serious condition due to complications. (AFP)

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