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Photos Of The Week #41

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

Locals bring their cotton harvest in from the fields near the village of Yakhak, Tajikistan. (Reuters/Nozim Kalandarov)
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Locals bring their cotton harvest in from the fields near the village of Yakhak, Tajikistan. (Reuters/Nozim Kalandarov)

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pose for a photo with their brides during a mass wedding held in Homs city. (Reuters/SANA)
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Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pose for a photo with their brides during a mass wedding held in Homs city. (Reuters/SANA)

Blacksmiths sharpen various tools and knives to be used to sacrifice animals as Muslims across the world prepare for holy festival of Eid al-Adha, in Karachi, Pakistan. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)
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Blacksmiths sharpen various tools and knives to be used to sacrifice animals as Muslims across the world prepare for holy festival of Eid al-Adha, in Karachi, Pakistan. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)

Pakistani girls attend lessons at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Pakistani girls attend lessons at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A woman harvests cotton in a field near the village of Yakhak, Tajikistan. (Reuters/Nozim Kalandarov)
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A woman harvests cotton in a field near the village of Yakhak, Tajikistan. (Reuters/Nozim Kalandarov)

Members of the Abu Mussa al-Ashaari Brigade ride horses as they supervise a military show performed by new recruits during their graduation ceremony after attending Free Syrian Army military training in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. (Reuters/Yousef Homs)
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Members of the Abu Mussa al-Ashaari Brigade ride horses as they supervise a military show performed by new recruits during their graduation ceremony after attending Free Syrian Army military training in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. (Reuters/Yousef Homs)

An Afghan laborer works at Paktika Shaheen Fiber production factory in Kabul. (epa/S. Sabawoon)
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An Afghan laborer works at Paktika Shaheen Fiber production factory in Kabul. (epa/S. Sabawoon)

A model presents a creation by Ukrainian designer Jean Gritsfeldt during the Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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A model presents a creation by Ukrainian designer Jean Gritsfeldt during the Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

An artist gives the final touches to a huge mural on a building in central Moscow. (AFP/Vasiliy Maksimov)
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An artist gives the final touches to a huge mural on a building in central Moscow. (AFP/Vasiliy Maksimov)

Nautical school cadets attend their oath-taking ceremony at the deck of the "Aurora" cruiser, a 1900-built Russian warship turned into a museum, in St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)
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Nautical school cadets attend their oath-taking ceremony at the deck of the "Aurora" cruiser, a 1900-built Russian warship turned into a museum, in St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

A Pakistani boy recites from a book during a lesson at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A Pakistani boy recites from a book during a lesson at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A man works at a street bakery in a Bishkek suburb. (RIA Novosti/Sergei Pyatakov)
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A man works at a street bakery in a Bishkek suburb. (RIA Novosti/Sergei Pyatakov)

A cleaning worker walks past a model waiting backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv on October 9. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A cleaning worker walks past a model waiting backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv on October 9. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Pakistani livestock traders wash their goats in a river near an animal market ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Lahore on October 10. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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Pakistani livestock traders wash their goats in a river near an animal market ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Lahore on October 10. (AFP/Arif Ali)

The installation 'Keeper of Time' is seen in front of the cathedral in Berlin, Germany, on October 9. (AFP Photo/DPA/Britta Pedersen)
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The installation 'Keeper of Time' is seen in front of the cathedral in Berlin, Germany, on October 9. (AFP Photo/DPA/Britta Pedersen)

A Muslim pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, on October 10. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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A Muslim pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, on October 10. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

An Afghan vendor in Jalalabad on October 10 sells traditional food as Muslims across the world prepare for the holy festival of Eid al-Adha. (epa/Abdul Mueed)
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An Afghan vendor in Jalalabad on October 10 sells traditional food as Muslims across the world prepare for the holy festival of Eid al-Adha. (epa/Abdul Mueed)

Hungarian wingsuit flyer Victor Kovats jumps into a valley in Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie, central Hunan province, China. Kovats later went missing when his parachute failed to deploy and was found dead on October 9. (AFP/China Out)
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Hungarian wingsuit flyer Victor Kovats jumps into a valley in Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie, central Hunan province, China. Kovats later went missing when his parachute failed to deploy and was found dead on October 9. (AFP/China Out)

Afghan National Army (ANA) officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) in Kabul on October 8. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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Afghan National Army (ANA) officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) in Kabul on October 8. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Election officials (left) and local observers listen to the national anthem as the polling station opens for voting in Azerbaijan's presidential election in Baku on October 9. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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Election officials (left) and local observers listen to the national anthem as the polling station opens for voting in Azerbaijan's presidential election in Baku on October 9. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

An exhibit sits on display at the exhibition titled "Man and Power in Russia in the XIX-XXI centuries" at the State Museum of Political History of Russia in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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An exhibit sits on display at the exhibition titled "Man and Power in Russia in the XIX-XXI centuries" at the State Museum of Political History of Russia in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

A man reacts as he holds a child's shoes while HIV-infected Ukrainians carry hundreds of pairs of shoes of people who died from AIDS to the cabinet of ministers during their rally called "Stop genocide!" in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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A man reacts as he holds a child's shoes while HIV-infected Ukrainians carry hundreds of pairs of shoes of people who died from AIDS to the cabinet of ministers during their rally called "Stop genocide!" in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Azerbaijani election officials walk past a portrait of late President Heydar Aliyev at a polling station located inside a school building in Baku. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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Azerbaijani election officials walk past a portrait of late President Heydar Aliyev at a polling station located inside a school building in Baku. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Afghan National Army (ANA) officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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Afghan National Army (ANA) officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Orthodox believers form a cross while holding candles during a ceremony in Nis, Serbia. (AFP/Sasa Djordjevic)
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Orthodox believers form a cross while holding candles during a ceremony in Nis, Serbia. (AFP/Sasa Djordjevic)

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