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Photos Of The Week #23

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

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev tests out a new rail line connecting Baku and Sumgait.
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev tests out a new rail line connecting Baku and Sumgait.

Children shout as they hold toy rifles during a patriotic military game called Zarnitsa in a kindergarten in Stavropol, Russia. (AFP/Danil Semyonov)
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Children shout as they hold toy rifles during a patriotic military game called Zarnitsa in a kindergarten in Stavropol, Russia. (AFP/Danil Semyonov)

Spanish matador Manuel Escribano has his hands full during a bullfight at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (epa/Javier Lizon)
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Spanish matador Manuel Escribano has his hands full during a bullfight at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (epa/Javier Lizon)

Afghan bodybuilders participate in the Mr. Afghanistan nationwide bodybuilding competition in Kabul. Bodybuilding is one of the country's most popular sports, even permitted during the 1996-2001 Taliban regime. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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Afghan bodybuilders participate in the Mr. Afghanistan nationwide bodybuilding competition in Kabul. Bodybuilding is one of the country's most popular sports, even permitted during the 1996-2001 Taliban regime. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Iranians attend the 26th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran. (AFP)
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Iranians attend the 26th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran. (AFP)

A man holds a baby that survived what activists said was a site hit by a barrel bomb dropped by Syrian government forces in the old city of Aleppo on June 3. (Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail)
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A man holds a baby that survived what activists said was a site hit by a barrel bomb dropped by Syrian government forces in the old city of Aleppo on June 3. (Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail)

A woman holds a ring featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin in her mouth as she poses for a picture during the New Russian fashion competition in Moscow on June 3. ​During the competition young Russian designers presented their collections, which -- according to the organizers -- are related to the history and symbols of Russia. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
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A woman holds a ring featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin in her mouth as she poses for a picture during the New Russian fashion competition in Moscow on June 3. ​During the competition young Russian designers presented their collections, which -- according to the organizers -- are related to the history and symbols of Russia. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

An Afghan policeman stands guard on the roof of the Karte Sakhi Shrine in Kabul as Shi'ite Muslims held a religious ceremony on June 2. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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An Afghan policeman stands guard on the roof of the Karte Sakhi Shrine in Kabul as Shi'ite Muslims held a religious ceremony on June 2. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

An Iranian man holds his mobile phone showing a picture of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he attends ceremonies to mark the 26th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in southern Tehran on June 3. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh) 
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An Iranian man holds his mobile phone showing a picture of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he attends ceremonies to mark the 26th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in southern Tehran on June 3. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh) 

A girl dances as another holds a sign during a rally in support of the decriminalization of marijuana in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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A girl dances as another holds a sign during a rally in support of the decriminalization of marijuana in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

An Afghan boy eats ice cream as he attends a religious ceremony at the Karte Sakhi Shrine in Kabul. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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An Afghan boy eats ice cream as he attends a religious ceremony at the Karte Sakhi Shrine in Kabul. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after his statement announcing his resignation during a news conference at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Blatter resigned as FIFA president on June 2, four days after being reelected to a fifth term. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after his statement announcing his resignation during a news conference at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Blatter resigned as FIFA president on June 2, four days after being reelected to a fifth term. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)

A British Challenger 2 tank rolled over a car in the German town of Lippe. A novice driver apparently overlooked a convoy of tanks when she turned left onto the Panzeringstrasse (literally, Tank Ring Road). The driver of the convoy's leading tank was not able to stop his vehicle fast enough. The young driver was unhurt. (epa)
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A British Challenger 2 tank rolled over a car in the German town of Lippe. A novice driver apparently overlooked a convoy of tanks when she turned left onto the Panzeringstrasse (literally, Tank Ring Road). The driver of the convoy's leading tank was not able to stop his vehicle fast enough. The young driver was unhurt. (epa)

A passenger ship carrying 458 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, capsized on the Yangtze River on June 1. Only 13 people have so far been rescued, including this 65-year-old woman. (Reuters)
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A passenger ship carrying 458 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, capsized on the Yangtze River on June 1. Only 13 people have so far been rescued, including this 65-year-old woman. (Reuters)

Afghan youths smoke shisha at a basement karaoke club in Mazar-e Sharif. (Reuters/Anil Usyan)
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Afghan youths smoke shisha at a basement karaoke club in Mazar-e Sharif. (Reuters/Anil Usyan)

A man punches an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a street in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
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A man punches an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a street in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)

Red Cross members help a migrant after he disembarked in the Sicilian harbor of Augusta. The bodies of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. (Reuters/Antonio Parrinello)
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Red Cross members help a migrant after he disembarked in the Sicilian harbor of Augusta. The bodies of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. (Reuters/Antonio Parrinello)

Afghan security forces are seen from the cracked side window of a vehicle damaged in a suicide attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad. Five Taliban militants were killed in a gunbattle and nine Afghan police wounded in a car bombing. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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Afghan security forces are seen from the cracked side window of a vehicle damaged in a suicide attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad. Five Taliban militants were killed in a gunbattle and nine Afghan police wounded in a car bombing. (Reuters/Parwiz)

A Ukrainian serviceman fires a grenade launcher on positions at the front line of fighting against pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk. (AFP/Genya Savilov)
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A Ukrainian serviceman fires a grenade launcher on positions at the front line of fighting against pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk. (AFP/Genya Savilov)

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic celebrates after winning her match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova during the women's fourth round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)
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Serbia's Ana Ivanovic celebrates after winning her match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova during the women's fourth round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

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