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Photos Of The Week #18

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a military historical panorama Battle For Berlin. Feat Of Standard-Bearers, dedicated to World War II, in St. Petersburg. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Druzhinin)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a military historical panorama Battle For Berlin. Feat Of Standard-Bearers, dedicated to World War II, in St. Petersburg. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Druzhinin)

A protester throws a gas canister back at police during clashes in Istanbul's Besiktas neighborhood on May 1. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)
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A protester throws a gas canister back at police during clashes in Istanbul's Besiktas neighborhood on May 1. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

A worker takes a break from his work at a steel-smelting plant in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)
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A worker takes a break from his work at a steel-smelting plant in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

Russian Navy personnel march on Dvortsovaya Square during a rehearsal for a military parade in St. Petersburg, Russia. (epa/Anatoly Maltsev)
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Russian Navy personnel march on Dvortsovaya Square during a rehearsal for a military parade in St. Petersburg, Russia. (epa/Anatoly Maltsev)

A dog walks outside the State Historical Museum decorated for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations on Moscow's Red Square. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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A dog walks outside the State Historical Museum decorated for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations on Moscow's Red Square. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Russian Interior Ministry members stand guard near military vehicles before a rehearsal for a Victory Day parade in central Moscow. Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on May 9. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
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Russian Interior Ministry members stand guard near military vehicles before a rehearsal for a Victory Day parade in central Moscow. Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on May 9. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Employees cleans a giant replica of the Soviet Banner of Victory at St. Petersburg's Lenfilm film studio. (epa/Anatoly Maltsev)
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Employees cleans a giant replica of the Soviet Banner of Victory at St. Petersburg's Lenfilm film studio. (epa/Anatoly Maltsev)

Nepalese soldiers stand next to wrecked buildings in Durbar Square in Kathmandu, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was badly damaged by last week's massive earthquake. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)
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Nepalese soldiers stand next to wrecked buildings in Durbar Square in Kathmandu, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was badly damaged by last week's massive earthquake. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Cut and cleaned fish is hung up to dry on a beach near Karachi, Pakistan. The fish, mostly dried on beaches and sent directly to the market, is a highly sought-after item in Pakistan and is also exported. (epa/Rehan Khan)
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Cut and cleaned fish is hung up to dry on a beach near Karachi, Pakistan. The fish, mostly dried on beaches and sent directly to the market, is a highly sought-after item in Pakistan and is also exported. (epa/Rehan Khan)

Schoolgirls and navy cadets rest on banquettes at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War at Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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Schoolgirls and navy cadets rest on banquettes at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War at Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

A boy sits close to TV sets in a shop during Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's annual state-of-the-nation address in Minsk on April 29.
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A boy sits close to TV sets in a shop during Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's annual state-of-the-nation address in Minsk on April 29.

A plane drops water as smoke from forest fires rises in northern Ukraine on April 28. (Reuters/Andrew Kravchenko)
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A plane drops water as smoke from forest fires rises in northern Ukraine on April 28. (Reuters/Andrew Kravchenko)

World War II veterans touch an exhibit showing Soviet leader Josef Stalin at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow on April 28. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
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World War II veterans touch an exhibit showing Soviet leader Josef Stalin at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow on April 28. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

U.S. National Guard troops stand watch in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 28. (Reuters/Eric Thayer)
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U.S. National Guard troops stand watch in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 28. (Reuters/Eric Thayer)

An ethnic Albanian woman prays in front of the grave of her son during a ceremony to mark the Day of Missing Persons for those who disappeared during the 1998-1999 war between Serb security forces and  Albanian geurillas, at a cemetery in the village of Meje on April 27. (epa/Valdrin Xhemaj)
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An ethnic Albanian woman prays in front of the grave of her son during a ceremony to mark the Day of Missing Persons for those who disappeared during the 1998-1999 war between Serb security forces and  Albanian geurillas, at a cemetery in the village of Meje on April 27. (epa/Valdrin Xhemaj)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left) embraces Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as President Petro Poroshenko (right) stands by during the International Support for Ukraine conference in Kyiv on April 28. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left) embraces Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as President Petro Poroshenko (right) stands by during the International Support for Ukraine conference in Kyiv on April 28. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

Afghan artists perform a reenactment on April 27 of the lynching of Farkhunda -- a 27-year old woman who was killed by a mob for allegedly burning the Koran -- to protest against her death in March in Kabul. (Reuters/​Omar Sobhani)
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Afghan artists perform a reenactment on April 27 of the lynching of Farkhunda -- a 27-year old woman who was killed by a mob for allegedly burning the Koran -- to protest against her death in March in Kabul. (Reuters/​Omar Sobhani)

Supporters of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who was reelected last week, celebrate during a postelection rally in Astana. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresensky)
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Supporters of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who was reelected last week, celebrate during a postelection rally in Astana. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Afghan boys play soccer on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. (​AFP/Mohammad Ismail)
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Afghan boys play soccer on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. (​AFP/Mohammad Ismail)

A Syrian street vendor selling fuel uses a battery-powered lamp to light his stall at night in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on April 27. 
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A Syrian street vendor selling fuel uses a battery-powered lamp to light his stall at night in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on April 27. 

A woman holds the hand of a deceased relative who died during an earthquake outside a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)
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A woman holds the hand of a deceased relative who died during an earthquake outside a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

A local woman with children stands outside the entrance to an air-raid shelter near the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. (epa/Valentin Egorshin)
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A local woman with children stands outside the entrance to an air-raid shelter near the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. (epa/Valentin Egorshin)

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