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Photos Of The Week #9

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

The body of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov lies on Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow. Nemtsov, a noted critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead  late on February 27. (AFP/Dmitry Sereryakov)
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The body of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov lies on Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow. Nemtsov, a noted critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead  late on February 27. (AFP/Dmitry Sereryakov)

Several wild horses escape as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management to gather wild horses into a trap along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah. The gathered horses will be made available for adoption. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
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Several wild horses escape as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management to gather wild horses into a trap along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah. The gathered horses will be made available for adoption. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

A boy plays billiards on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)
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A boy plays billiards on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)

Chinese soldiers take part in winter training in temperatures below minus 10 degrees Celsius at China's border with Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province. (Reuters/China Daily)
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Chinese soldiers take part in winter training in temperatures below minus 10 degrees Celsius at China's border with Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province. (Reuters/China Daily)

The as-yet-unnamed polar bear twins of mother Olinka (not pictured) are allowed to go outside for the first time after three months in the maternity room in Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo. (epa/Jerry Lampen)
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The as-yet-unnamed polar bear twins of mother Olinka (not pictured) are allowed to go outside for the first time after three months in the maternity room in Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo. (epa/Jerry Lampen)

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare to move as they pull back from the Debaltseve region on February 26. Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line, a move that amounted to recognizing that a cease-fire meant to take effect on February 15 appeared to be holding. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare to move as they pull back from the Debaltseve region on February 26. Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line, a move that amounted to recognizing that a cease-fire meant to take effect on February 15 appeared to be holding. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

American singer Madonna falls during her performance at the BRIT music awards at O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. (Reuters/Toby Melville)
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American singer Madonna falls during her performance at the BRIT music awards at O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

Ukrainian war prisoners are guarded by armed pro-Russian fighters in the Donetsk airport, damaged by months of fighting. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
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Ukrainian war prisoners are guarded by armed pro-Russian fighters in the Donetsk airport, damaged by months of fighting. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Afghan batsman Shapoor Zadran celebrates after hitting the winning runs to defeat Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin. (AFP/William West)
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Afghan batsman Shapoor Zadran celebrates after hitting the winning runs to defeat Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin. (AFP/William West)

Children watch a supporter of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) paste a campaign poster on a wall in the capital, Dushanbe. (Reuters/Nozim Kalandrov)
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Children watch a supporter of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) paste a campaign poster on a wall in the capital, Dushanbe. (Reuters/Nozim Kalandrov)

A man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo. (Reuters/Yuya Shino)
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A man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo. (Reuters/Yuya Shino)

Participants attend a congress of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia at the Jewish Community Center in Moscow. ​(Sergei Fadeichev/TASS)
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Participants attend a congress of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia at the Jewish Community Center in Moscow. ​(Sergei Fadeichev/TASS)

A member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards chants slogans after attacking a naval vessel during a military drill in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on February 25. (AFP/Hamed Jafarnejad)
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A member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards chants slogans after attacking a naval vessel during a military drill in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on February 25. (AFP/Hamed Jafarnejad)

Activists from the Right Sector political party attend an antigovernment march in Kyiv on February 25. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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Activists from the Right Sector political party attend an antigovernment march in Kyiv on February 25. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Pro-Russia militants sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as a convoy of self-propelled howitzers takes a break as they move from the frontline near the eastern Ukrainian town of Starobeshevo. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)
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Pro-Russia militants sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as a convoy of self-propelled howitzers takes a break as they move from the frontline near the eastern Ukrainian town of Starobeshevo. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

A woman in Kyiv begs for money next to a board showing currency exchange rates. (epa/Roman Pilipey)
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A woman in Kyiv begs for money next to a board showing currency exchange rates. (epa/Roman Pilipey)

Acrobatic pilots perform at the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara, southwest of Melbourne. (AFP/Paul Crock)
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Acrobatic pilots perform at the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara, southwest of Melbourne. (AFP/Paul Crock)

NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore is caught on camera as the Earth's surface passes by in the background on the International Space Station. (Reuters)
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NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore is caught on camera as the Earth's surface passes by in the background on the International Space Station. (Reuters)

An emptied cluster munitions container is seen stuck in the ground outside apartment blocks in the Ukrainian town of Yenakiieve on February 23. Kyiv accused pro-Russian rebels of violating the latest cease-fire by opening fire with rockets and artillery. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
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An emptied cluster munitions container is seen stuck in the ground outside apartment blocks in the Ukrainian town of Yenakiieve on February 23. Kyiv accused pro-Russian rebels of violating the latest cease-fire by opening fire with rockets and artillery. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Workers walk within one of the largest brick factories in Iraq, located on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Workers walk within one of the largest brick factories in Iraq, located on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defenders of the Fatherland Day in Moscow on February 23. (epa/Maxim Shipenkov)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defenders of the Fatherland Day in Moscow on February 23. (epa/Maxim Shipenkov)

Turkish soldiers plant their national flag as they make their way to the tomb of Suleyman Shah for an evacuation operation near Aleppo on February 22. Shah's grave is a historic Ottoman tomb and dozens of Turkish troops who protect it have been evacuated from the embattled Syrian province. (epa/Okan Ozer)
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Turkish soldiers plant their national flag as they make their way to the tomb of Suleyman Shah for an evacuation operation near Aleppo on February 22. Shah's grave is a historic Ottoman tomb and dozens of Turkish troops who protect it have been evacuated from the embattled Syrian province. (epa/Okan Ozer)

A man stands with a queue of people waiting for relief packages given out by the International Committee of the Red Cross in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve on February 23. (Reuters/​Baz Ratner)
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A man stands with a queue of people waiting for relief packages given out by the International Committee of the Red Cross in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve on February 23. (Reuters/​Baz Ratner)

A Russian sailor lifts a weight while participating in a competition during celebrations for the Defender of the Fatherland Day in the far eastern city of Vladivostok on February 23. (​Reuters/Yuri Maltsev)
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A Russian sailor lifts a weight while participating in a competition during celebrations for the Defender of the Fatherland Day in the far eastern city of Vladivostok on February 23. (​Reuters/Yuri Maltsev)

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski holds his Oscar for best foreign language film for Ida during the 87th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California, on February 22. (Reuters/​Lucy Nicholson)​
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Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski holds his Oscar for best foreign language film for Ida during the 87th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California, on February 22. (Reuters/​Lucy Nicholson)​

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