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Photos Of The Week #23

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 23rd week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (42 PHOTOS)

A member of the women's feminist organization Femen with the words "Forward Russia!" written on her back runs away from police after she shouted "Vladimir, I love you!" and performed with a ribbon in an impersonation of Russian gymnast Alina Kabayeva outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, have announced their divorce. A Russian newspaper had reported in 2008 that Putin was about to marry Kabayeva, 31 years his junior. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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A member of the women's feminist organization Femen with the words "Forward Russia!" written on her back runs away from police after she shouted "Vladimir, I love you!" and performed with a ribbon in an impersonation of Russian gymnast Alina Kabayeva outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, have announced their divorce. A Russian newspaper had reported in 2008 that Putin was about to marry Kabayeva, 31 years his junior. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim (left) carries a 2-year-old mongrel dog named Kabang while photographers take photos during a press conference in Manila. Kabang returned to the Philippines to a hero's welcome following surgery in the United States to reconstruct her face. The dog lost its snout and upper jaw in a road accident in 2011 when she supposedly put herself in harm's way to save two girls from being struck by a motorcycle. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)
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Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim (left) carries a 2-year-old mongrel dog named Kabang while photographers take photos during a press conference in Manila. Kabang returned to the Philippines to a hero's welcome following surgery in the United States to reconstruct her face. The dog lost its snout and upper jaw in a road accident in 2011 when she supposedly put herself in harm's way to save two girls from being struck by a motorcycle. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Naked cyclists take part in the World Naked Bike Ride to protest against cars, gas emissions from cars, and agressive drivers, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Naked Bike Ride is a world event in which cyclists protest against car culture and oil dependency. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)
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Naked cyclists take part in the World Naked Bike Ride to protest against cars, gas emissions from cars, and agressive drivers, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Naked Bike Ride is a world event in which cyclists protest against car culture and oil dependency. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

Indian yoga practitioners participate in a session organized by the Bharatiya Yog Sansthan Association on the outskirts of Amritsar. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)
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Indian yoga practitioners participate in a session organized by the Bharatiya Yog Sansthan Association on the outskirts of Amritsar. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Members of the LJUD group from Slovenia performs a show called "Invasion" on a street in Sibiu, Romanian, 300 kilometers from Bucharest, during the opening of the International Sibiu Theatre Festival. (AFP/Sebastian Marcovici)
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Members of the LJUD group from Slovenia performs a show called "Invasion" on a street in Sibiu, Romanian, 300 kilometers from Bucharest, during the opening of the International Sibiu Theatre Festival. (AFP/Sebastian Marcovici)

Pedang, a 14-year-old male Sumatran tiger who suffers from chronic ear infections, is given acupuncture treatment at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo, near Tel Aviv. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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Pedang, a 14-year-old male Sumatran tiger who suffers from chronic ear infections, is given acupuncture treatment at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo, near Tel Aviv. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Shi'ite pilgrims carry a mock coffin during a symbolic funeral marking the death anniversary of imam Musa al-Kadhim in Baghdad's Kadhimiyah District. (Reuters/Saad Shalash)
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Shi'ite pilgrims carry a mock coffin during a symbolic funeral marking the death anniversary of imam Musa al-Kadhim in Baghdad's Kadhimiyah District. (Reuters/Saad Shalash)

A Turkish football fan relaxes in a burned-out minibus during antigovernment protests in Istanbul's Taksim Square. Beer is a hot commodity in the square, where many protesters are angry that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to restrict alcohol sales. (Arzu Geybulla for RFE/RL)
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A Turkish football fan relaxes in a burned-out minibus during antigovernment protests in Istanbul's Taksim Square. Beer is a hot commodity in the square, where many protesters are angry that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to restrict alcohol sales. (Arzu Geybulla for RFE/RL)

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (top right) holds the tie of a deputy from the pro-presidential Party of the Regions in Kyiv as opposition deputies attempted to disrupt a parliament session while demanding President Viktor Yanukovych deliver his state-of-the-nation address in person, rather than by text only. (Reuters)
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Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (top right) holds the tie of a deputy from the pro-presidential Party of the Regions in Kyiv as opposition deputies attempted to disrupt a parliament session while demanding President Viktor Yanukovych deliver his state-of-the-nation address in person, rather than by text only. (Reuters)

Vaclav Reichl dries family photos he saved from his flooded house in the south Bohemian town of Putim. (Reuters/Petr Josek)
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Vaclav Reichl dries family photos he saved from his flooded house in the south Bohemian town of Putim. (Reuters/Petr Josek)

Antigovernment protesters sleep near tents at Gezi Park near Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
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Antigovernment protesters sleep near tents at Gezi Park near Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Indonesian teenagers play in the water on a beach in Jakarta. (Reuters/Enny Nuraheni)
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Indonesian teenagers play in the water on a beach in Jakarta. (Reuters/Enny Nuraheni)

U.S. tennis player Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova at the end of their French Open final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 8. It was Williams' 16th Grand Slam title. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)
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U.S. tennis player Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova at the end of their French Open final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 8. It was Williams' 16th Grand Slam title. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Turkish youths wearing "V for Vendetta" masks stand on top of a public bus on Istanbul's Taksim Square on the night of June 7-8. For more than a week now, antigovernment demonstrations have been taking place in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, leaving three dead and hundreds injured. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Turkish youths wearing "V for Vendetta" masks stand on top of a public bus on Istanbul's Taksim Square on the night of June 7-8. For more than a week now, antigovernment demonstrations have been taking place in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, leaving three dead and hundreds injured. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Pilgrims in the Wadi al-Salam cemetery in Najaf, Iraq, on the holy day commemorating the Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad. Najaf, which lies some 170 kilometers south of Baghdad, is the location of a shrine to a revered figure in Shi'ite Islam. (RFE/RL/Aissar Al-Yaseri)
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Pilgrims in the Wadi al-Salam cemetery in Najaf, Iraq, on the holy day commemorating the Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad. Najaf, which lies some 170 kilometers south of Baghdad, is the location of a shrine to a revered figure in Shi'ite Islam. (RFE/RL/Aissar Al-Yaseri)

A gardener plants flowers in the gardens of Versailles, France. (AFP/Claire Lebertre)
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A gardener plants flowers in the gardens of Versailles, France. (AFP/Claire Lebertre)

A cow and its calf are seen during an international agricultural exhibition on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. Farmers and agriculture companies from 18 countries gathered near the Belarusian capital to show their products. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A cow and its calf are seen during an international agricultural exhibition on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. Farmers and agriculture companies from 18 countries gathered near the Belarusian capital to show their products. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Soldiers loyal to the Syrian regime are seen in Qusayr, after the Syrian Army took control of the city from rebel fighters. Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Hizballah allies seized control of the border town on June 5, dealing a major defeat to rebel fighters battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Soldiers loyal to the Syrian regime are seen in Qusayr, after the Syrian Army took control of the city from rebel fighters. Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Hizballah allies seized control of the border town on June 5, dealing a major defeat to rebel fighters battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

A girl stands in the doorway of her house in the old sector of Herat, Afghanistan. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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A girl stands in the doorway of her house in the old sector of Herat, Afghanistan. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

Defendants facing trial over clashes with police during an anti-Putin protest last year gesture inside a glass-walled cage before a court hearing in Moscow. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
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Defendants facing trial over clashes with police during an anti-Putin protest last year gesture inside a glass-walled cage before a court hearing in Moscow. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Trucks sit stranded on a flooded motorway near the eastern Bavarian city of Deggendorf, Germany. (Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay)
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Trucks sit stranded on a flooded motorway near the eastern Bavarian city of Deggendorf, Germany. (Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay)

Snails are seen on the railings of a walkway following flooding in the Czech city of Putim. (AFP/Radek Mica)
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Snails are seen on the railings of a walkway following flooding in the Czech city of Putim. (AFP/Radek Mica)

Antigovernment protesters stand on a barricade during protests in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)
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Antigovernment protesters stand on a barricade during protests in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

A worker checks a negative of an old Pashto movie at the Arshad cinema in Peshawar. Pashto cinema, or Pollywood, which once made its home in Peshawar, is now confined to a handful of theaters that haven't been attacked by Islamists. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A worker checks a negative of an old Pashto movie at the Arshad cinema in Peshawar. Pashto cinema, or Pollywood, which once made its home in Peshawar, is now confined to a handful of theaters that haven't been attacked by Islamists. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

Lion tamer Oleksiy Pinko puts his head into a lion's mouth in a Kyiv circus. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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Lion tamer Oleksiy Pinko puts his head into a lion's mouth in a Kyiv circus. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

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