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Photos Of The Week #31

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 31st week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A scene from the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)
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A scene from the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)
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Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Ukrainian serviceman Sergiy Yushchenko (left) and his bride, Kateryna, at their wedding in the military hospital in Lviv. Sergiy was wounded and paralyzed during fighting with pro-Russia militants. (epa/Markiian Lyseiko)
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Ukrainian serviceman Sergiy Yushchenko (left) and his bride, Kateryna, at their wedding in the military hospital in Lviv. Sergiy was wounded and paralyzed during fighting with pro-Russia militants. (epa/Markiian Lyseiko)

Traffic as seen from above on Zubovsky Boulevard in Moscow. (Sputnik/Vladimir Sergeev)
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Traffic as seen from above on Zubovsky Boulevard in Moscow. (Sputnik/Vladimir Sergeev)

Servicemen in festive costumes get ready to perform at the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2016 at Gvardeisky Range, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Servicemen in festive costumes get ready to perform at the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2016 at Gvardeisky Range, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

An Afghan shopkeeper carries a mannequin after a fire broke out at a shopping mall in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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An Afghan shopkeeper carries a mannequin after a fire broke out at a shopping mall in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Ukrainian paratroopers show off their martial-arts skills during a show at a military base in Lviv. (epa/Mykola Tys)
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Ukrainian paratroopers show off their martial-arts skills during a show at a military base in Lviv. (epa/Mykola Tys)

An aerial view of tourists walking on a glass-bottomed skywalk on the Panlong Cliff on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. The 100-meter-long walk, giving a clear view of the deep valley 1,400 meters below, is the third glass walkway in the scenic zone. (epa/Shao Ying)
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An aerial view of tourists walking on a glass-bottomed skywalk on the Panlong Cliff on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. The 100-meter-long walk, giving a clear view of the deep valley 1,400 meters below, is the third glass walkway in the scenic zone. (epa/Shao Ying)

An Acehnese woman is publicly whipped at the Al-Furqon Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Three Acehnese couples were sentenced to be whipped for violating Shari'a law. (epa/Hotli Simanjuntak)
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An Acehnese woman is publicly whipped at the Al-Furqon Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Three Acehnese couples were sentenced to be whipped for violating Shari'a law. (epa/Hotli Simanjuntak)

Children ride in the trunk of a car on a flooded street in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
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Children ride in the trunk of a car on a flooded street in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

An Afghan police officer secures the road leading to a Kabul guesthouse frequented by foreigners that came under attack by the Taliban. Police said one attacker died when his vehicle detonated and two other militants were killed by police in a gunbattle. One police officer was also killed. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)
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An Afghan police officer secures the road leading to a Kabul guesthouse frequented by foreigners that came under attack by the Taliban. Police said one attacker died when his vehicle detonated and two other militants were killed by police in a gunbattle. One police officer was also killed. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)

Iraqi government forces launch rockets at positions held by Islamic State (IS) militants in the area of Khalidiya, east of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province. IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014 but has since lost significant ground to Iraqi forces. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi government forces launch rockets at positions held by Islamic State (IS) militants in the area of Khalidiya, east of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province. IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014 but has since lost significant ground to Iraqi forces. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Afghan children are silhouetted against the sky as they play near their temporary shelter in Herat. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan children are silhouetted against the sky as they play near their temporary shelter in Herat. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)

Women examine their destroyed flat after fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops in the town of Yasinovataya in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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Women examine their destroyed flat after fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops in the town of Yasinovataya in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

A tank barrels through the Tank Biathlon competition during the International Army Games 2016 in Alabino, outside Moscow. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)
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A tank barrels through the Tank Biathlon competition during the International Army Games 2016 in Alabino, outside Moscow. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

Protesters help a man after he attempted to self-immolate in front of a police station that had been seized by gunmen in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. (AFP/Karen Minasian)
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Protesters help a man after he attempted to self-immolate in front of a police station that had been seized by gunmen in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. (AFP/Karen Minasian)

A diver takes the plunge into the Neretva River from the 21-meter Old Bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar. It was the 450th edition of the unique diving competition.
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A diver takes the plunge into the Neretva River from the 21-meter Old Bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar. It was the 450th edition of the unique diving competition.

The Russian antisubmarine ship Admiral Panteleyev is shown in parade formation during a fireworks display on Navy Day in Vladivostok. (Sputnik/Vitaliy Ankov)
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The Russian antisubmarine ship Admiral Panteleyev is shown in parade formation during a fireworks display on Navy Day in Vladivostok. (Sputnik/Vitaliy Ankov)

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