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Photos Of The Week #40

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

An Olympic flame is lit at an altar during the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in front of the Parthenon at the Acropolis hill in Athens. (Reuters/Yorgos Karahalis)
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An Olympic flame is lit at an altar during the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in front of the Parthenon at the Acropolis hill in Athens. (Reuters/Yorgos Karahalis)

German soldiers march off following a Day of German Unity commemoration ceremony at a field camp in Konduz, Afghanistan. (epa/Michael Kappeler)
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German soldiers march off following a Day of German Unity commemoration ceremony at a field camp in Konduz, Afghanistan. (epa/Michael Kappeler)

A worker rides a bicycle at a Najaf oil refinery in Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmad Mousa)
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A worker rides a bicycle at a Najaf oil refinery in Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmad Mousa)

Fans of the Shakhtar Donetsk soccer club cheer their team during a Champions League soccer match against Manchester United on October 2. (Gleb Garanich)
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Fans of the Shakhtar Donetsk soccer club cheer their team during a Champions League soccer match against Manchester United on October 2. (Gleb Garanich)

A man retrieves a copy of the Koran from the debris of Al-Hussein Mosque following an explosion in the district of Al-Musayyib, south of Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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A man retrieves a copy of the Koran from the debris of Al-Hussein Mosque following an explosion in the district of Al-Musayyib, south of Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

A Roma family of Turkish origin sits under an improvised shelter to protect from heavy rain in the coastal Romanian town of Eforie Sud on September 30. Romanian authorities evicted around 100 Roma from the town, near the Black Sea coast, without providing them with alternative housing. (AFP/Mugur Varzariu)
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A Roma family of Turkish origin sits under an improvised shelter to protect from heavy rain in the coastal Romanian town of Eforie Sud on September 30. Romanian authorities evicted around 100 Roma from the town, near the Black Sea coast, without providing them with alternative housing. (AFP/Mugur Varzariu)

Russian cadets watch demonstrations at the 242nd Airborne Training Center during the X International exhibition of high-tech weapons and equipment "VTTV-Omsk-2013" in Omsk. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Malgavko)
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Russian cadets watch demonstrations at the 242nd Airborne Training Center during the X International exhibition of high-tech weapons and equipment "VTTV-Omsk-2013" in Omsk. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Malgavko)

Activists of opposition parties in Ukraine clash with riot police as they attempt to get into the mayoral office during a rally against the Kyiv mayoral election, which has been postponed until 2015. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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Activists of opposition parties in Ukraine clash with riot police as they attempt to get into the mayoral office during a rally against the Kyiv mayoral election, which has been postponed until 2015. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

A U.S. soldier waits for his train during rush hour at the Pentagon Metro station in Washington. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
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A U.S. soldier waits for his train during rush hour at the Pentagon Metro station in Washington. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

A protester covers his mouth with a dollar bill as he joins others in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass a budget bill to keep the federal government from shutting down. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
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A protester covers his mouth with a dollar bill as he joins others in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass a budget bill to keep the federal government from shutting down. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Opposition activists grab the helmet of a riot policeman as they try to enter the building of Kyiv's city council to prevent a session in the Ukrainian capital. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)
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Opposition activists grab the helmet of a riot policeman as they try to enter the building of Kyiv's city council to prevent a session in the Ukrainian capital. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

A participant in the fire arts festival Good Lights performs at the Akzubat hippodrome in Ufa, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Vadim Braydov)
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A participant in the fire arts festival Good Lights performs at the Akzubat hippodrome in Ufa, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Vadim Braydov)

Iranian Jewish men read from the Torah during morning prayers at Youssef Abad Synagogue in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Iranian Jewish men read from the Torah during morning prayers at Youssef Abad Synagogue in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

A mother holding her baby walks past a car with a banner reading "Free Pussy Riot" during a demonstration supporting the Russian performance artists Pussy Riot in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)
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A mother holding her baby walks past a car with a banner reading "Free Pussy Riot" during a demonstration supporting the Russian performance artists Pussy Riot in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

Orthodox monk Father Ioakim, 74, looks at a street graffiti, which displays Siberian characters of the 19th century including an Russian Orthodox monk, in Divnogorsk town outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Orthodox monk Father Ioakim, 74, looks at a street graffiti, which displays Siberian characters of the 19th century including an Russian Orthodox monk, in Divnogorsk town outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Surveyer Elvis Spijudic walks near houses destroyed during the 1992-95 war as he reads a map before interviews during Bosnia's first census in the village Krusev Do, near Srebrenica. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
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Surveyer Elvis Spijudic walks near houses destroyed during the 1992-95 war as he reads a map before interviews during Bosnia's first census in the village Krusev Do, near Srebrenica. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

People look at a carpet at Iran's international hand-woven carpet exhibition in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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People look at a carpet at Iran's international hand-woven carpet exhibition in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Irena Steinfeldt, the director of the Righteous Among the Nations department at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial Museum, holds the "Righteous Among The Nations" in Jerusalem. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
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Irena Steinfeldt, the director of the Righteous Among the Nations department at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial Museum, holds the "Righteous Among The Nations" in Jerusalem. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

Pakistani girls read books containing short verses from the Koran in a madrasah, or religious school, on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)
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Pakistani girls read books containing short verses from the Koran in a madrasah, or religious school, on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

Tourists take pictures as a storm surge hits the coastline under the influence of Typoon Wutip in Sanya in China's Hainan Province. (Reuters)
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Tourists take pictures as a storm surge hits the coastline under the influence of Typoon Wutip in Sanya in China's Hainan Province. (Reuters)

Abboud, 12, plays with a cat while holding his weapon in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighborhood in Syria. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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Abboud, 12, plays with a cat while holding his weapon in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighborhood in Syria. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

A man stands on a pile of rubble in front of a damaged building after it was hit by a bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A man stands on a pile of rubble in front of a damaged building after it was hit by a bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

A participant in the fire-arts festival Good Lights performs at the Akzubat hippodrome in Ufa, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Vadim Braydov)
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A participant in the fire-arts festival Good Lights performs at the Akzubat hippodrome in Ufa, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Vadim Braydov)

Um Radwan, a female fighter in the Free Syrian Army, runs for cover from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
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Um Radwan, a female fighter in the Free Syrian Army, runs for cover from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

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