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Photos Of The Week #43

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 43rd week of 2014. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive by clicking on the banner above.

A woman casts her vote at a polling station during Ukraine's parliamentary elections in Mostyska, in the western Lviv region, on October 26. (epa/Darek Delmanowicz)
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A woman casts her vote at a polling station during Ukraine's parliamentary elections in Mostyska, in the western Lviv region, on October 26. (epa/Darek Delmanowicz)

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (right) casts his ballot, as his daughter Sofiya (center) and wife Teresiya stand nearby, during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kyiv on October 26. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (right) casts his ballot, as his daughter Sofiya (center) and wife Teresiya stand nearby, during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kyiv on October 26. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Elderly women visit a polling station during parliamentary elections in the village of Havronshchyna near Kyiv, on October 26. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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Elderly women visit a polling station during parliamentary elections in the village of Havronshchyna near Kyiv, on October 26. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Ukrainian servicemen warm themselves in a tent with a moveable wood stove, given to them by volunteers, at a checkpoint near Mariupol, Ukraine. (epa/Photomig)
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Ukrainian servicemen warm themselves in a tent with a moveable wood stove, given to them by volunteers, at a checkpoint near Mariupol, Ukraine. (epa/Photomig)

Russian students look at weapons during celebrations marking the Day of Conscript at the Mikhailovskaya Military Academy of Artillery in St. Petersburg on October 24. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)
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Russian students look at weapons during celebrations marking the Day of Conscript at the Mikhailovskaya Military Academy of Artillery in St. Petersburg on October 24. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)

Ukrainian artist Volodymyr Padun, one of creators of the giant pink glasses, hangs on his artwork in Kyiv. (epa/Serhiy Dolzhenko)
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Ukrainian artist Volodymyr Padun, one of creators of the giant pink glasses, hangs on his artwork in Kyiv. (epa/Serhiy Dolzhenko)

Toy Lego characters depicting a scene of protesters confronting riot police are seen on a table outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)
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Toy Lego characters depicting a scene of protesters confronting riot police are seen on a table outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada, on October 23. Vickers was credited with killing a gunman who went on a rampage in the Canadian parliament, killing a Canadian soldier before being shot by Vickers. (Reuters/Chris Wattie)
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Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada, on October 23. Vickers was credited with killing a gunman who went on a rampage in the Canadian parliament, killing a Canadian soldier before being shot by Vickers. (Reuters/Chris Wattie)

Participants drink tea and eat cakes made to look like U.S. President Barack Obama, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an art performance titled "Sweet Sanctions. Let's Eat Each Other Only For Fun" in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Participants drink tea and eat cakes made to look like U.S. President Barack Obama, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an art performance titled "Sweet Sanctions. Let's Eat Each Other Only For Fun" in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Islamic State militants are picture just as an explosion erupts following an air strike on their position on Tilsehir hill in Syria near the Turkish border on October 23. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Islamic State militants are picture just as an explosion erupts following an air strike on their position on Tilsehir hill in Syria near the Turkish border on October 23. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Polish firefighters battle a blaze after a gas explosion at an apartment building in the center of Katowice on October 23. (Reuters/David Chalimoniuk)
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Polish firefighters battle a blaze after a gas explosion at an apartment building in the center of Katowice on October 23. (Reuters/David Chalimoniuk)

Afghan boys play volleyball on the outskirts of Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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Afghan boys play volleyball on the outskirts of Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

Iraqi students walk to class on the first day of the new semester in Baghdad on October 22. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi students walk to class on the first day of the new semester in Baghdad on October 22. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

A journalist tosses a balloon into the air as he poses for his TV crew (not pictured) among stands for balloons which will be used in the installation "Lichtgrenze" (Border of Light) at a warehouse in Berlin. A part of the inner city of Berlin will be temporarily divided from November 7-9 with a light installation featuring 8000 luminous white balloons to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)
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A journalist tosses a balloon into the air as he poses for his TV crew (not pictured) among stands for balloons which will be used in the installation "Lichtgrenze" (Border of Light) at a warehouse in Berlin. A part of the inner city of Berlin will be temporarily divided from November 7-9 with a light installation featuring 8000 luminous white balloons to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk (standing) rides on an armored personnel carrier during a visit to the International Center of Peacekeeping and Security in Yavoriv, west of Lviv. (Reuters/Andrew Kravchenko)
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk (standing) rides on an armored personnel carrier during a visit to the International Center of Peacekeeping and Security in Yavoriv, west of Lviv. (Reuters/Andrew Kravchenko)

The Bayern Munich soccer team poses with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (Reuters/Osservatore Romano)
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The Bayern Munich soccer team poses with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (Reuters/Osservatore Romano)

Vladimir Shramko, 48, looks through a hole in his neighbor's garage damaged by shelling in the village of Spartak on the outskirts of Donetsk. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Vladimir Shramko, 48, looks through a hole in his neighbor's garage damaged by shelling in the village of Spartak on the outskirts of Donetsk. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

A Turkish Kurd watches the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)
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A Turkish Kurd watches the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Turkish Kurdish women show the victory sign during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on October 21. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)
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Turkish Kurdish women show the victory sign during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on October 21. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

A Ukrainian serviceman shoots an automatic grenade launcher at position near the village of Peski, near Donetsk, on October 20. (AFP/Aleksey Chernyshev)
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A Ukrainian serviceman shoots an automatic grenade launcher at position near the village of Peski, near Donetsk, on October 20. (AFP/Aleksey Chernyshev)

An Afghan child plays with a kite on the outskirts of Herat on October 20. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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An Afghan child plays with a kite on the outskirts of Herat on October 20. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

A Yemeni police officer inspects hundreds of seized motorbikes at a police yard in Sanaa. Reports state that Yemeni authorities resumed enforcing a ban on motorbikes used as taxis in Sanaa to prevent Al-Qaeda-linked attacks by motorcyclists on the country's military and security personnel and members of the Shi'ite Houthi movement. (epa/Yahya Arhab)
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A Yemeni police officer inspects hundreds of seized motorbikes at a police yard in Sanaa. Reports state that Yemeni authorities resumed enforcing a ban on motorbikes used as taxis in Sanaa to prevent Al-Qaeda-linked attacks by motorcyclists on the country's military and security personnel and members of the Shi'ite Houthi movement. (epa/Yahya Arhab)

Smoke and flames rise over the Syrian town of Kobani after an air strike against Islamic State militants by a U.S.-led coalition. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)
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Smoke and flames rise over the Syrian town of Kobani after an air strike against Islamic State militants by a U.S.-led coalition. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Russian Interior Ministry officers detain artist Pyotr Pavlensky during a protest at the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry in Moscow. Pavlensky was protesting the use of forensic psychiatry for politically motivated purposes. He cut off his earlobe to demonstrate how authorities could "cut off" an unwanted individual from society by using psychiatric and medical diagnoses to forcefully send a person to a penitentiary hospital. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)
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Russian Interior Ministry officers detain artist Pyotr Pavlensky during a protest at the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry in Moscow. Pavlensky was protesting the use of forensic psychiatry for politically motivated purposes. He cut off his earlobe to demonstrate how authorities could "cut off" an unwanted individual from society by using psychiatric and medical diagnoses to forcefully send a person to a penitentiary hospital. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

Kurds walk in a refugee camp early in the morning in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa Province, Turkey. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Kurds walk in a refugee camp early in the morning in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa Province, Turkey. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

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