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Photos Of The Week #2

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the second week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

An ethnic Albanian woman lights a candle next to a sign reading in French "I Am Charlie" during a gathering in Pristina, Kosovo, to remember the victims of the January 7 shootings at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo. Twelve people died in the attack.
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An ethnic Albanian woman lights a candle next to a sign reading in French "I Am Charlie" during a gathering in Pristina, Kosovo, to remember the victims of the January 7 shootings at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo. Twelve people died in the attack.

A bullet hole is seen on a window after the massacre at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7. Gunmen stormed the offices, killing 12 people. (AFP/Martin Bureau)
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A bullet hole is seen on a window after the massacre at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7. Gunmen stormed the offices, killing 12 people. (AFP/Martin Bureau)

A man holds a Russian national flag while walking out of the Black Sea, as fans of winter swimming gathered on a beach on Orthodox Christmas in the Crimean port of Yevpatoriya. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)
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A man holds a Russian national flag while walking out of the Black Sea, as fans of winter swimming gathered on a beach on Orthodox Christmas in the Crimean port of Yevpatoriya. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)

Russian Cossacks, dressed in a traditional uniform, guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held, under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia, on January 7. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)
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Russian Cossacks, dressed in a traditional uniform, guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held, under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia, on January 7. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

Georgian Orthodox believers gather at the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi on January 7. (epa/Zurab Kurtsikidze)
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Georgian Orthodox believers gather at the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi on January 7. (epa/Zurab Kurtsikidze)

Brickmaking workers warm themselves over a fire during a winter morning at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal. (epa/Narendra Shrestha)
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Brickmaking workers warm themselves over a fire during a winter morning at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal. (epa/Narendra Shrestha)

Gondolieri dressed up as "Befane" (old women) steer their boats during a regatta on Venice's Grand Canal as part of Epiphany celebrations on January 6. (epa/Andrea Merola)
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Gondolieri dressed up as "Befane" (old women) steer their boats during a regatta on Venice's Grand Canal as part of Epiphany celebrations on January 6. (epa/Andrea Merola)

A barber shaves a customer at his shop in Islamabad. (Reuters/​Zohra Bensemra)
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A barber shaves a customer at his shop in Islamabad. (Reuters/​Zohra Bensemra)

Men dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha River in the Bulgarian town of Kalofer as part of Epiphany Day celebrations. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year, as well as all those who dance in the icy waters. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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Men dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha River in the Bulgarian town of Kalofer as part of Epiphany Day celebrations. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year, as well as all those who dance in the icy waters. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Children hold candles in Saint Mkrtich (Saint John) church in the Armenian city of Abovyan during the Armenian Orthodox Christmas eve. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
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Children hold candles in Saint Mkrtich (Saint John) church in the Armenian city of Abovyan during the Armenian Orthodox Christmas eve. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

A man breaks the ice before celebrations of the Epiphany in the icy waters of the Tundzha River in Kalofer, Bulgaria. (epa/Vassil Donev)
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A man breaks the ice before celebrations of the Epiphany in the icy waters of the Tundzha River in Kalofer, Bulgaria. (epa/Vassil Donev)

An internally displaced Afghan girl looks in a window at a refugee camp in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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An internally displaced Afghan girl looks in a window at a refugee camp in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

Ukrainian servicemen stand near armored personal carriers at a military base near Zhytomir, about 140 kilometers west of the capital, Kyiv. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko handed over to the Ukrainian Army more than 100 pieces of military equipment, aircraft, and weapons. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)
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Ukrainian servicemen stand near armored personal carriers at a military base near Zhytomir, about 140 kilometers west of the capital, Kyiv. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko handed over to the Ukrainian Army more than 100 pieces of military equipment, aircraft, and weapons. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)

Sikh devotees show off their fire blowing skills during a religious procession ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Jammu, on January 5. (Reuters/Mukesh Gupta)
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Sikh devotees show off their fire blowing skills during a religious procession ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Jammu, on January 5. (Reuters/Mukesh Gupta)

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past reconditioned armoured personnel carriers during a ceremony to hand over weapons, military equipment and aircrafts to the army at a firing range outside Zhytomyr on January 5. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)​
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A Ukrainian serviceman walks past reconditioned armoured personnel carriers during a ceremony to hand over weapons, military equipment and aircrafts to the army at a firing range outside Zhytomyr on January 5. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)​

U.S. troops keep watch at the site of a suicide attack on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on January 5. (Reuters/​Parwiz)
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U.S. troops keep watch at the site of a suicide attack on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on January 5. (Reuters/​Parwiz)

A Syrian refugee girl covers herself with a blanket as she stands outside tents in a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (Reuters/​Mohamed Azakir)
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A Syrian refugee girl covers herself with a blanket as she stands outside tents in a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (Reuters/​Mohamed Azakir)

Afghan dogs attack each other during a weekly canine fight in Kabul. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)
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Afghan dogs attack each other during a weekly canine fight in Kabul. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)

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