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Photos Of The Week #25

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 25th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive. (46 PHOTOS)

A protestor wears a gas mask during clashes with police near Taksim Square in Istanbul on the night of June 22-23. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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A protestor wears a gas mask during clashes with police near Taksim Square in Istanbul on the night of June 22-23. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A man lights a candle at the World War II memorial in the southern Russian city of Stavropol at 4 a.m. on June 22, the date and time of the Nazi German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, which Russians mark as Memorial Day. (AFP/Danil Semyonov)
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A man lights a candle at the World War II memorial in the southern Russian city of Stavropol at 4 a.m. on June 22, the date and time of the Nazi German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, which Russians mark as Memorial Day. (AFP/Danil Semyonov)

Russian President Vladimir Putin lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nikolsky)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nikolsky)

A racehorse is cooled down after competing on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot horse-racing festival at Ascot in southern England. (Reuters/Toby Melville)
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A racehorse is cooled down after competing on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot horse-racing festival at Ascot in southern England. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, look on during a visit to Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army. (Reuters/KCNA)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, look on during a visit to Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army. (Reuters/KCNA)

Women wait for Friday Prayers in the courtyard of Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)
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Women wait for Friday Prayers in the courtyard of Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

A column of military vehicles participates in a rehearsal of a military parade in Baku, Azerbaijan. (AFP/Tofik Babayev)
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A column of military vehicles participates in a rehearsal of a military parade in Baku, Azerbaijan. (AFP/Tofik Babayev)

A coffin with the body of Ibragim Todashev sits in his family home in the Chechen capital, Grozny. Todashev was shot dead by the FBI during questioning in Florida about his possible links to the Boston Marathon bombers. (AFP/Elena Fitkulina)
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A coffin with the body of Ibragim Todashev sits in his family home in the Chechen capital, Grozny. Todashev was shot dead by the FBI during questioning in Florida about his possible links to the Boston Marathon bombers. (AFP/Elena Fitkulina)

Bottles move along a conveyor belt at a wine factory in Lilo near Tbilisi, Georgia. The first batch of Georgian wine has been allowed back into Russia seven years after Moscow slapped a ban on Georgian wines amid spiralling tensions that eventually erupted into a brief war in 2008. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)
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Bottles move along a conveyor belt at a wine factory in Lilo near Tbilisi, Georgia. The first batch of Georgian wine has been allowed back into Russia seven years after Moscow slapped a ban on Georgian wines amid spiralling tensions that eventually erupted into a brief war in 2008. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

People gather for sunrise at a rocky crest filled with astronomical markers at the megalithic observatory of Kokino during the summer solstice. The ancient astronomic observatory, located about 100 kilometers northeast of Skopje, Macedonia, dates back more than 4,000 years ago. (AFP/Robert Atanasovski)
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People gather for sunrise at a rocky crest filled with astronomical markers at the megalithic observatory of Kokino during the summer solstice. The ancient astronomic observatory, located about 100 kilometers northeast of Skopje, Macedonia, dates back more than 4,000 years ago. (AFP/Robert Atanasovski)

A riot policeman fires his weapon while confronting stone-throwing demonstrators during an antigovernment protest in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon River. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on June 20 in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence, and government corruption. (Reuters/Ney Macondes)
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A riot policeman fires his weapon while confronting stone-throwing demonstrators during an antigovernment protest in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon River. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on June 20 in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence, and government corruption. (Reuters/Ney Macondes)

Fans push toward policemen as they take pictures and videos of former England soccer captain David Beckham upon his arrival at Tongji University in Shanghai. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Fans push toward policemen as they take pictures and videos of former England soccer captain David Beckham upon his arrival at Tongji University in Shanghai. (Reuters/Stringer)

People fall during a stampede to see British football superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai, where he was to meet members of the university's soccer team. At least seven people were injured in the melee, including a policewoman, as about 1,000 fans rushed forward. The event was subsequently canceled. (AFP/Peter Parks)
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People fall during a stampede to see British football superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai, where he was to meet members of the university's soccer team. At least seven people were injured in the melee, including a policewoman, as about 1,000 fans rushed forward. The event was subsequently canceled. (AFP/Peter Parks)

Children are baptized in the waters of Lake Novopyatigorsk near the southern town of Pyatigorsk, Russia. (Vladimir Makarov/RIA Novosti)
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Children are baptized in the waters of Lake Novopyatigorsk near the southern town of Pyatigorsk, Russia. (Vladimir Makarov/RIA Novosti)

Indian farmers participate in a bull race in a paddy during a monsoon festival in Altekhali, some 110 kilometers south of Kolkata. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)
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Indian farmers participate in a bull race in a paddy during a monsoon festival in Altekhali, some 110 kilometers south of Kolkata. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Women Kurdish fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) take positions to guard the area in Aleppo's Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood. (Reuters/Nour Kelze)
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Women Kurdish fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) take positions to guard the area in Aleppo's Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood. (Reuters/Nour Kelze)

An Afghan refugee family climbs onto a truck at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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An Afghan refugee family climbs onto a truck at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A priest baptizes a child at Novopyatigorsk Lake near the southern Russian town of Pyatigorsk. About 80 people were baptized by the Russian Orthodox Church during the ceremony. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)
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A priest baptizes a child at Novopyatigorsk Lake near the southern Russian town of Pyatigorsk. About 80 people were baptized by the Russian Orthodox Church during the ceremony. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

Pakistani youth enjoy swimming in a canal in Karachi. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
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Pakistani youth enjoy swimming in a canal in Karachi. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

A helicopter throws flares as it participates in the "Eager Lion" military exercises south of Amman, Jordan. Some 8,000 personnel from 19 different nations are participating in the exercises. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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A helicopter throws flares as it participates in the "Eager Lion" military exercises south of Amman, Jordan. Some 8,000 personnel from 19 different nations are participating in the exercises. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

An Afghan refugee prepares thread for carpet weaving at the Khorasan refugee camp near Peshawar. (AFP/A. Majeed)
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An Afghan refugee prepares thread for carpet weaving at the Khorasan refugee camp near Peshawar. (AFP/A. Majeed)

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a moment after their joint press conference on June 19 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a moment after their joint press conference on June 19 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Afghan security forces carry a suspected Taliban fighter following a clash with Afghan police in the Surkh Rood district of Nangarhar Province. Four militants were killed in the battle. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan security forces carry a suspected Taliban fighter following a clash with Afghan police in the Surkh Rood district of Nangarhar Province. Four militants were killed in the battle. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

A member of the Free Syrian Army dives into a swimming pool in Aleppo. (Reuters/Hamid Khatib)
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A member of the Free Syrian Army dives into a swimming pool in Aleppo. (Reuters/Hamid Khatib)

An Iranian woman celebrates her national team's 1-0 football victory against South Korea. The win means that Iran will go on to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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An Iranian woman celebrates her national team's 1-0 football victory against South Korea. The win means that Iran will go on to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

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