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Photos Of The Week #44

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 44th week of 2014. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive by clicking on the banner above.

A man waits for customers as he sells mosquito netting in Peshawar, Pakistan. (epa/Bilawal Arbab)
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A man waits for customers as he sells mosquito netting in Peshawar, Pakistan. (epa/Bilawal Arbab)

Afghan youths ride their bicycles past the historic minarets in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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Afghan youths ride their bicycles past the historic minarets in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

A Kurdish man carries his son during a rainy day at the Rojova refugee camp in Turkey's Sanliurfa Province. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A Kurdish man carries his son during a rainy day at the Rojova refugee camp in Turkey's Sanliurfa Province. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

A laborer sells coal in Peshawar, Pakistan. (epa/Bilawal Arbab)
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A laborer sells coal in Peshawar, Pakistan. (epa/Bilawal Arbab)

A model waits for a show backstage at Tbilisi Fashion Week in Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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A model waits for a show backstage at Tbilisi Fashion Week in Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

A hippopotamus catches a pumpkin during Halloween celebrations in the Tiergarten Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)
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A hippopotamus catches a pumpkin during Halloween celebrations in the Tiergarten Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)

Members of a local electoral commission prepare voting booths at a polling station in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, for a vote that Kyiv and the West say is illegitimate. (Valeriy Melnikov/RIA Novosti)
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Members of a local electoral commission prepare voting booths at a polling station in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, for a vote that Kyiv and the West say is illegitimate. (Valeriy Melnikov/RIA Novosti)

A boy sells carved Halloween pumpkins in Tirana, Albania. (AFP/Gent Shkullaku)
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A boy sells carved Halloween pumpkins in Tirana, Albania. (AFP/Gent Shkullaku)

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims attend a mourning procession ahead of an Ashura commemoration in Kabul. (EPA/Hedayatullah Amid)
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Afghan Shi'ite Muslims attend a mourning procession ahead of an Ashura commemoration in Kabul. (EPA/Hedayatullah Amid)

Afghan Shi'ite devotees beat themselves with chains and blades during commemorations ahead of the Day of Ashura in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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Afghan Shi'ite devotees beat themselves with chains and blades during commemorations ahead of the Day of Ashura in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Employees and management of hotels near the Dead Sea form a floating image at the Dead Sea beach, linking up to form a huge peace sign. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)
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Employees and management of hotels near the Dead Sea form a floating image at the Dead Sea beach, linking up to form a huge peace sign. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)

A woman whose family moved to Islamabad from Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to look for work tries to open a sack of grass and hay for her cattle on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A woman whose family moved to Islamabad from Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to look for work tries to open a sack of grass and hay for her cattle on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A house is seen partially submerged and surrounded by water hyacinth at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria. (Reuters/Akintunde Akintunde)
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A house is seen partially submerged and surrounded by water hyacinth at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria. (Reuters/Akintunde Akintunde)

A pro-Russian militant stands guard at a polling station during early voting in the eastern Ukrainian village of Volodorsk in elections organized by the separatists. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has described the vote planned by rebels as "pseudo-elections." (TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov)
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A pro-Russian militant stands guard at a polling station during early voting in the eastern Ukrainian village of Volodorsk in elections organized by the separatists. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has described the vote planned by rebels as "pseudo-elections." (TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov)

Ukrainian cadets take part in a rally called "Thank You For Life!" in Kyiv. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)
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Ukrainian cadets take part in a rally called "Thank You For Life!" in Kyiv. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)

Afghan boys work on a rice field in Nangarhar Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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Afghan boys work on a rice field in Nangarhar Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)

People who came to watch the launch walk away after an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded just seconds after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia. (AFP/Steve Alexander)
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People who came to watch the launch walk away after an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded just seconds after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia. (AFP/Steve Alexander)

People hold up their mobile phones as they protest against a new tax on Internet data transfers in the center of Budapest. (epa/Janos Marjai)
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People hold up their mobile phones as they protest against a new tax on Internet data transfers in the center of Budapest. (epa/Janos Marjai)

A woman lays flowers during a wreath laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier's Tomb in Kyiv on October 28 as Ukraine commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city from Nazi rule in 1944. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A woman lays flowers during a wreath laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier's Tomb in Kyiv on October 28 as Ukraine commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city from Nazi rule in 1944. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A man sits at the beach in Karachi, Pakistan, on October 28. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)
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A man sits at the beach in Karachi, Pakistan, on October 28. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)

On October 28, Hong Kong protesters open their umbrellas -- symbols of the pro-democracy movement -- as they mark exactly one month since they took to the streets in the territory's financial district demanding political reform. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
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On October 28, Hong Kong protesters open their umbrellas -- symbols of the pro-democracy movement -- as they mark exactly one month since they took to the streets in the territory's financial district demanding political reform. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Pakistani girls clad in burqas take pictures with a tablet while visiting Karachi's Clifton Beach on October 28. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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Pakistani girls clad in burqas take pictures with a tablet while visiting Karachi's Clifton Beach on October 28. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

An explosion erupts after an apparent U.S.-led coalition air strike on Kobani, Syria, as seen from the Turkish side of the border on October 27. (epa/Erdem Sahin) 
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An explosion erupts after an apparent U.S.-led coalition air strike on Kobani, Syria, as seen from the Turkish side of the border on October 27. (epa/Erdem Sahin) 

A woman walks near trees with leaves in autumn colours at Kew Gardens in west London on October 27. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)
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A woman walks near trees with leaves in autumn colours at Kew Gardens in west London on October 27. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

A Palestinian Bedouin man prays near his dwelling, which was demolished by Israeli bulldozers near Hebron on October 27. (Reuters/Mussa Qaqasma)
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A Palestinian Bedouin man prays near his dwelling, which was demolished by Israeli bulldozers near Hebron on October 27. (Reuters/Mussa Qaqasma)

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