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Photos Of The Week #7

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the seventh week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road near Debaltseve on February 15 shortly after a cease-fire began to be cautiously observed by both pro-Russian rebels and Kyiv forces in the country's months-long conflict. (AFP/Volodomyr Shuvayev)
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Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road near Debaltseve on February 15 shortly after a cease-fire began to be cautiously observed by both pro-Russian rebels and Kyiv forces in the country's months-long conflict. (AFP/Volodomyr Shuvayev)

An Afghan woman carries a water canister past the ruins of a building destroyed during the Afghan-Soviet war on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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An Afghan woman carries a water canister past the ruins of a building destroyed during the Afghan-Soviet war on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga (left) bowls to New Zealand's Grant Elliott during a Cricket World Cup match in Christchurch on February 14. (AFP/Marty Melville) 
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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga (left) bowls to New Zealand's Grant Elliott during a Cricket World Cup match in Christchurch on February 14. (AFP/Marty Melville) 

A child sits in a bus during an evacuation to Russia from Donetsk on February 13. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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A child sits in a bus during an evacuation to Russia from Donetsk on February 13. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

A girl jumps as she plays hopscotch on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. (Reuters/​Zohra Bensemra)
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A girl jumps as she plays hopscotch on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. (Reuters/​Zohra Bensemra)

A man rests in a shelter for homeless people in Moscow. (TASS/​Valery Sharifulin)
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A man rests in a shelter for homeless people in Moscow. (TASS/​Valery Sharifulin)

An Iraqi woman walks past a shop displaying teddy bears in preparation for Valentine's Day in Baghdad's Karrada district. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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An Iraqi woman walks past a shop displaying teddy bears in preparation for Valentine's Day in Baghdad's Karrada district. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

An aerial view of an international balloon festival in Bhopal, India (epa/Sanjeev Gupta)
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An aerial view of an international balloon festival in Bhopal, India (epa/Sanjeev Gupta)

An Afghan child pushes a wheelbarrow as he transports firewood on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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An Afghan child pushes a wheelbarrow as he transports firewood on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

Graduates of the National Central Police Academy attend their graduation ceremony at the school in Chungju, South Korea. (epa/Yonhap)
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Graduates of the National Central Police Academy attend their graduation ceremony at the school in Chungju, South Korea. (epa/Yonhap)

A toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona, following an explosion at a chemical plant. Three people were injured in the blast. Authorities advised nearby residents to stay indoors. (Reuters/Alba Aribau)
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A toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona, following an explosion at a chemical plant. Three people were injured in the blast. Authorities advised nearby residents to stay indoors. (Reuters/Alba Aribau)

A woman bakes bread in Nassiriyah, southeast of Baghdad. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)
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A woman bakes bread in Nassiriyah, southeast of Baghdad. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)

Pope Francis gestures as he speaks with a cardinal during the arrival of cardinals and bishops to participate in the papal consistory before the nominations of new cardinals at the Vatican. (AFP/Andreas Solaro)
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Pope Francis gestures as he speaks with a cardinal during the arrival of cardinals and bishops to participate in the papal consistory before the nominations of new cardinals at the Vatican. (AFP/Andreas Solaro)

An Afghan girl sits on a grave at a cemetery in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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An Afghan girl sits on a grave at a cemetery in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

Misha Ge of Uzbekistan performs during the men's short program at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul in this time-lapse photograph. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)
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Misha Ge of Uzbekistan performs during the men's short program at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul in this time-lapse photograph. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

A Pakistani policewoman fires a heavy machine gun during a special training course in Nowshera, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, on February 11. (AFP/A Majeed)
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A Pakistani policewoman fires a heavy machine gun during a special training course in Nowshera, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, on February 11. (AFP/A Majeed)

Iranian students wave their national flag during the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) on February 11. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Iranian students wave their national flag during the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) on February 11. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul, Turkey, on February 11. (Reuters/​Murad Sezer)
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Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul, Turkey, on February 11. (Reuters/​Murad Sezer)

A teddy bear lies near a puddle of blood at the site of recent shelling in a residential area of the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk on February 10. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A teddy bear lies near a puddle of blood at the site of recent shelling in a residential area of the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk on February 10. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Jailed Ukrainian army pilot Nadia Savchenko holds a sign inside a defendants' cage as she attends a hearing at a court in Moscow on February 10. Savchenko has been on hunger strike, protesting her incarceration, for eight weeks. The sign she is holding says: "I was born Ukrainian; I will die Ukrainian." (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)
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Jailed Ukrainian army pilot Nadia Savchenko holds a sign inside a defendants' cage as she attends a hearing at a court in Moscow on February 10. Savchenko has been on hunger strike, protesting her incarceration, for eight weeks. The sign she is holding says: "I was born Ukrainian; I will die Ukrainian." (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

Afghan men clean raisins in a factory in Mazar-e Sharif. (epa/Sayed Mustafa)
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Afghan men clean raisins in a factory in Mazar-e Sharif. (epa/Sayed Mustafa)

A topless Femen activist jumps on the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) as he arrives for his "aggravated pimping" trial in Lille on February 10. (AFP/Denis Charlet)
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A topless Femen activist jumps on the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) as he arrives for his "aggravated pimping" trial in Lille on February 10. (AFP/Denis Charlet)

People look at the remains of a rocket shell on a street in the town of Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on February 10. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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People look at the remains of a rocket shell on a street in the town of Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on February 10. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A local woman is seen through a shell hole in a fence araound a damaged home following an artillery barrage in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on February 9. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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A local woman is seen through a shell hole in a fence araound a damaged home following an artillery barrage in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on February 9. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (left) receives a Kalashnikov rifle as a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin (second right) in Cairo on February 9. (epa)
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (left) receives a Kalashnikov rifle as a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin (second right) in Cairo on February 9. (epa)

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