Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.
A girl hugs her brother, a recruit from the presidential regiment, as he takes the oath at a military base in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Fans wave a Serbian flag as they celebrate Novak Djokovic's win over the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek in their Davis Cup World Group final tennis match in Belgrade. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
Musicians of the Nivkh indigenous ethnic group wear traditional costumes and raise Kalni musical pipes during a welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport on Russia's Pacific Island of Sakhalin. (AFP/Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee)
A Shi'ite woman sits in front a poster depicting religious prayers written in Arabic in downtown Tehran.
A Greenpeace activist in front of a Gazprom office in Berlin, Germany wipes blocks of ice with pictures of some of the 30 people arrested and taken to Russia over a protest against Arctic oil drilling. (Reuters/Tobias Schwarz )
A Shi'ite girl whose face is covered with a veil takes part in the reenactment of the Battle of Karbala during a parade in preparation for the peak of the mourning period of Ashura in Baghdad, Iraq. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
A boy plays near a wood-burning fire outside his house in a slum of Islamabad, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
Shi'ite girls watch a reenactment of the battle of Karbala on a huge screen during an Ashura procession in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)
Shi'ite boys playing the role of genies, the spiritual creatures mentioned in the Koran, in an annual religious performance of "Taazieh" in the town of Noosh Abad, Iran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim man gashes his forehead with a sword before the religious festival of Ashura in Najaf on November 11. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)
A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, southeast of Sofia, on November 12. (AFP/Nikolay Doychino)
An Olympic torch-bearer rides atop a dog sled on Russia's Pacific Kamchatka peninsula on November 12. (AFP/Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee)
Lyudmila Popova, 18, of Russia's Sakha (Yakutia) Republic performs during the final show of the seventh Miss Asia-Siberia interregional amateur beauty and talent contest in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
The city of Tacloban, in Leyte Province, Philippines, was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, which aid agencies and officials estimate has left thousands dead. (epa/Francis R. Malasig)
An aerial view shows a coastal town devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
Moscow police approach artist Pyotr Pavlensky on Red Square after he nailed himself to the pavestones by his genitals as part of an art performance in protest of what he sees as apathy in contemporary Russian society and the possibility such indifference can lead eventually to a police state. (Reuters/Maksim Zmeyev)
Afghan Shi'ite Muslim flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
Far-right protesters walk past the Russian Embassy during their annual march, which coincides with Poland's national Independence Day in Warsaw. (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)
An aerial view shows artificial islands on Kashagan offshore oil field in the Caspian Sea.