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Photos Of The Week #11

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

Afghanistan's Nawroz Mangal (right) watches as England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler unsuccessfully tries to stop a boundary during their Cricket World Cup match in Sydney on March 13. (Reuters/David Gray)
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Afghanistan's Nawroz Mangal (right) watches as England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler unsuccessfully tries to stop a boundary during their Cricket World Cup match in Sydney on March 13. (Reuters/David Gray)

Women walk past a destroyed Ukranian Army armored personnel carrier in the town of Debaltseve, northeast of Donetsk. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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Women walk past a destroyed Ukranian Army armored personnel carrier in the town of Debaltseve, northeast of Donetsk. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A NASA photo shows the largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built successfully fired up on March 11 for a major ground test in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars. (AFP via NASA)
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A NASA photo shows the largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built successfully fired up on March 11 for a major ground test in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars. (AFP via NASA)

Shi'ite fighters, known as Hashid Shaabi, fire their weapons during clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Tikrit, Iraq. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Shi'ite fighters, known as Hashid Shaabi, fire their weapons during clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Tikrit, Iraq. (Reuters/Stringer)

A pro-Russian rebel shows off his T-shirt depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin at a checkpoint in the village of Chornukhyne near the town of Debaltseve, northeast of Donetsk. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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A pro-Russian rebel shows off his T-shirt depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin at a checkpoint in the village of Chornukhyne near the town of Debaltseve, northeast of Donetsk. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

Cosmonauts Yelena Serova (left) and Aleksandr Samokutayev and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore (right) sit in chairs outside their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on March 12. They spent almost six months on the International Space Station. (AFP/Bill Ingalls)
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Cosmonauts Yelena Serova (left) and Aleksandr Samokutayev and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore (right) sit in chairs outside their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on March 12. They spent almost six months on the International Space Station. (AFP/Bill Ingalls)

Bosnian police take part in an antiprotest drill in Nemila, on March 11. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
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Bosnian police take part in an antiprotest drill in Nemila, on March 11. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

Demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey, clash with police during a rally on March 11 marking the first anniversary of the controversial death of a teenager, who died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. (epa/Ulas Yunus Tosun)
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Demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey, clash with police during a rally on March 11 marking the first anniversary of the controversial death of a teenager, who died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. (epa/Ulas Yunus Tosun)

Russian firefighters battle a blaze at a shopping center in Kazan, Tatarstan, on March 11. (TASS/Yegor Aleyev)
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Russian firefighters battle a blaze at a shopping center in Kazan, Tatarstan, on March 11. (TASS/Yegor Aleyev)

Iraqi pro-government fighters take part in a military operation to take control of the city of Tikrit on March 11. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi pro-government fighters take part in a military operation to take control of the city of Tikrit on March 11. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Members of Afghanistan's Women's National Cycling Team in training on a snowy mountain in Qargha on the outskirts of Kabul on March 9. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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Members of Afghanistan's Women's National Cycling Team in training on a snowy mountain in Qargha on the outskirts of Kabul on March 9. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

An Italian sailor from the frigate Alieso removes a plastic cover from a cannon in the Black Sea port of Varna. NATO ships arrived in the Bulgarian port city of Varna on March 8 on a scheduled visit during a joint exercise in the Black Sea. The exercises will be held just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014 and where Russian military groups have seized control from Ukrainian authorities. (Reuters/Sasa Kavic)
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An Italian sailor from the frigate Alieso removes a plastic cover from a cannon in the Black Sea port of Varna. NATO ships arrived in the Bulgarian port city of Varna on March 8 on a scheduled visit during a joint exercise in the Black Sea. The exercises will be held just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014 and where Russian military groups have seized control from Ukrainian authorities. (Reuters/Sasa Kavic)

Ukrainian police cadets and citizens sing the national anthem during an event in the center of Lviv. Some 3000 people took part in the event marking the 150th annivertsary of the first rendering of the national anthem of Ukraine. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
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Ukrainian police cadets and citizens sing the national anthem during an event in the center of Lviv. Some 3000 people took part in the event marking the 150th annivertsary of the first rendering of the national anthem of Ukraine. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)

A member of militias known as Hashid Shaabi kneels as he celebrates victory while smoke rises from a clash with Islamic State militants in the town of Al-Alam. Iraqi troops and militias drove Islamic State insurgents out of the town of Al-Alam, clearing a final hurdle before a planned assault on Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit in their biggest offensive yet against the group. (Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)
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A member of militias known as Hashid Shaabi kneels as he celebrates victory while smoke rises from a clash with Islamic State militants in the town of Al-Alam. Iraqi troops and militias drove Islamic State insurgents out of the town of Al-Alam, clearing a final hurdle before a planned assault on Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit in their biggest offensive yet against the group. (Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)

A Pakistani labourer shifts a bundle of cotton from a store onto his cart at a market in Rawalpindi on March 10. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
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A Pakistani labourer shifts a bundle of cotton from a store onto his cart at a market in Rawalpindi on March 10. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

People walk past a building damaged in fighting in Vuhlehirsk, just south of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine. (AFP/John MacDougall)
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People walk past a building damaged in fighting in Vuhlehirsk, just south of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine. (AFP/John MacDougall)

Smoke rises from fires caused by the derailment of a CN Railway train carrying crude oil near the northern Ontario community of Gogama, Ontario, Canada. (Reuters/MPP Glenn Thibeault/Handout via Reuters)
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Smoke rises from fires caused by the derailment of a CN Railway train carrying crude oil near the northern Ontario community of Gogama, Ontario, Canada. (Reuters/MPP Glenn Thibeault/Handout via Reuters)

A laundryman folds up sheets of cloth after drying them in an open area on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)
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A laundryman folds up sheets of cloth after drying them in an open area on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

A woman looks at a damaged church in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk's Oktyabrski district. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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A woman looks at a damaged church in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk's Oktyabrski district. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

An Iranian woman walks past a wall bearing stains of exploded firecrackers from last year's Fire feast, or Chaharshanbeh Soori, in Tehran, on March 9. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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An Iranian woman walks past a wall bearing stains of exploded firecrackers from last year's Fire feast, or Chaharshanbeh Soori, in Tehran, on March 9. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Afghan artist Kubra Khademi, 27, sits alongside a suit of armor she made as a protest against sexual harrassment. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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Afghan artist Kubra Khademi, 27, sits alongside a suit of armor she made as a protest against sexual harrassment. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A bull gets the better of Spanish torero Francisco Rivera Ordonez during the Olivenza Fair's second and last bullfight in Olivenza, Badajoz, Spain, on March 8. (epa)
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A bull gets the better of Spanish torero Francisco Rivera Ordonez during the Olivenza Fair's second and last bullfight in Olivenza, Badajoz, Spain, on March 8. (epa)

Two women wearing comic wedding suits pose for a photographer in a street market in Tbilisi, Georgia. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)
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Two women wearing comic wedding suits pose for a photographer in a street market in Tbilisi, Georgia. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

Iraqi Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Alam. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)
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Iraqi Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Alam. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)

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