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Photos Of The Week #49

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

Pearl Harbor survivors embrace at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Hawaii on December 7. (Getty Immages/AFP/John Moore)
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Pearl Harbor survivors embrace at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Hawaii on December 7. (Getty Immages/AFP/John Moore)

A pro-EU protester plays the piano near the presidential administration in Kyiv. (RFE/RL / Iryna Slelmakh)
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A pro-EU protester plays the piano near the presidential administration in Kyiv. (RFE/RL / Iryna Slelmakh)

A woman holds a sign at a gathering in memory of Nelson Mandela outside the South African High Commission across from Trafalgar Square in London. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett)
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A woman holds a sign at a gathering in memory of Nelson Mandela outside the South African High Commission across from Trafalgar Square in London. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett)

An Indian artist draws a miniature portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela on his thumbnail as part of his homage in Siliguri. (AFP/Diptendu Dutta)
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An Indian artist draws a miniature portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela on his thumbnail as part of his homage in Siliguri. (AFP/Diptendu Dutta)

Two men hold EU and Ukrainian flags during a pro-European rally on Independence Square in Kyiv. (epa/Zurab Kurtsikidze)
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Two men hold EU and Ukrainian flags during a pro-European rally on Independence Square in Kyiv. (epa/Zurab Kurtsikidze)

A Ukrainian woman addresses Interior Ministry personnel during a rally to support EU integration in Kyiv. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A Ukrainian woman addresses Interior Ministry personnel during a rally to support EU integration in Kyiv. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Waves lash at the fish auction hall of the fishmarket in Hamburg harbor as the "Xaver" storm hits northern Germany. (AFP/dpa/Bodo Marks)
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Waves lash at the fish auction hall of the fishmarket in Hamburg harbor as the "Xaver" storm hits northern Germany. (AFP/dpa/Bodo Marks)

People walk on the North Sea beach near the German town of Norddeich. Germany's northern coast has been battered by a storm called "Xaver," which has brought strong winds and high tides to the region. (Reuters/Ina Fassbender) 
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People walk on the North Sea beach near the German town of Norddeich. Germany's northern coast has been battered by a storm called "Xaver," which has brought strong winds and high tides to the region. (Reuters/Ina Fassbender) 

Mourners grieve during the funeral of their relative, who was killed in an attack by suicide bombers in Najaf, 160 kilometers south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Reuters/Alaa al-Marjani)
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Mourners grieve during the funeral of their relative, who was killed in an attack by suicide bombers in Najaf, 160 kilometers south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Reuters/Alaa al-Marjani)

Former Georgian Defence Minister Davit Kezerashvili arrives at Aix-en-Provence courthouse in France. An appeals court there was due to rule on his request that he be released pending a decision on his extradition to Georgia. Kezerashvili, an ally of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland. (AFP/Boris Horvat)
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Former Georgian Defence Minister Davit Kezerashvili arrives at Aix-en-Provence courthouse in France. An appeals court there was due to rule on his request that he be released pending a decision on his extradition to Georgia. Kezerashvili, an ally of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland. (AFP/Boris Horvat)

Newly graduated Afghan midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor's House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Newly graduated Afghan midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor's House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar (fourth right) attends Hanukkah celebrations at the the notorious Butyrka remand prison in Moscow. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar (fourth right) attends Hanukkah celebrations at the the notorious Butyrka remand prison in Moscow. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Antigovernment protesters play soccer on Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine. (epa/Filip Singer)
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Antigovernment protesters play soccer on Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine. (epa/Filip Singer)

Afghan security officials attend their graduation ceremony in Herat. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan security officials attend their graduation ceremony in Herat. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)

An Orthodox monk and anti-shale-gas protester stands at his improvised campsite at the entrance of the village of Pungesti, Romania. (AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)
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An Orthodox monk and anti-shale-gas protester stands at his improvised campsite at the entrance of the village of Pungesti, Romania. (AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)

Men try to remove an overloaded cart from a horse that fell on a road in Lahore. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)
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Men try to remove an overloaded cart from a horse that fell on a road in Lahore. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

A man kisses his baby at a room in a temporary refugee camp in Vrazdebna, Bulgaria. (epa/Vassil Donev)
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A man kisses his baby at a room in a temporary refugee camp in Vrazdebna, Bulgaria. (epa/Vassil Donev)

Disabled children and their families form a human chain organized by the Disability Activists Forum demanding rights from the Bengal government in Calcutta on December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (epa/Piyal Adhikary)
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Disabled children and their families form a human chain organized by the Disability Activists Forum demanding rights from the Bengal government in Calcutta on December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (epa/Piyal Adhikary)

A balloon vendor rides his bicycle in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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A balloon vendor rides his bicycle in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

An Orthodox priest walks past a police cordon near Independence Square in Kyiv. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
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An Orthodox priest walks past a police cordon near Independence Square in Kyiv. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

A girl wearing glasses reading "Power closes my eyes. I am not a slave" takes part in an antigovernment march in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachshyn) 
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A girl wearing glasses reading "Power closes my eyes. I am not a slave" takes part in an antigovernment march in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachshyn) 

Armenians protest against the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Yerevan. Armenia's recent decision to join a Russian-led customs union has angered many in the Caucasus country. (AFP/Karen Minasyan) 
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Armenians protest against the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Yerevan. Armenia's recent decision to join a Russian-led customs union has angered many in the Caucasus country. (AFP/Karen Minasyan) 

A Buddhist monk puts on a gas mask as riot police use water cannon and tear gas during antigovernment protesters' attempts to remove barricades outside Government House in Bangkok,Thailand. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)
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A Buddhist monk puts on a gas mask as riot police use water cannon and tear gas during antigovernment protesters' attempts to remove barricades outside Government House in Bangkok,Thailand. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

A Ukrainian man kneels down while riot police stand guard near the presidential administration building during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A Ukrainian man kneels down while riot police stand guard near the presidential administration building during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

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