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Photos Of The Week #5

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the fifth week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Nadia Volkova leans over the body of her mother, Katya, who was killed during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiyivka on February 1. (RFE/RL/Christopher Miller)
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Nadia Volkova leans over the body of her mother, Katya, who was killed during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiyivka on February 1. (RFE/RL/Christopher Miller)

Local residents watch a live broadcast of a news conference by Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka at their house in the village of Khrapkov. Lukashenka lashed out at Russia, accusing his powerful neighbor of violating treaties and using its role as an energy supplier to "grab us by the throat."  (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Local residents watch a live broadcast of a news conference by Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka at their house in the village of Khrapkov. Lukashenka lashed out at Russia, accusing his powerful neighbor of violating treaties and using its role as an energy supplier to "grab us by the throat."  (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A rebel fighter of the Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) recharges his equipment with a solar panel near the front line at Tal Farzat in the rebel-controlled eastern Ghouta area of Damascus, Syria. (epa/Mohammed Badra)
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A rebel fighter of the Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) recharges his equipment with a solar panel near the front line at Tal Farzat in the rebel-controlled eastern Ghouta area of Damascus, Syria. (epa/Mohammed Badra)

A family helps a disabled man with his wheelchair on a roadside outside Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A family helps a disabled man with his wheelchair on a roadside outside Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

A woman feeds pigeons in front of an Orthodox cathedral on a sunny day in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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A woman feeds pigeons in front of an Orthodox cathedral on a sunny day in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

A local resident eats a meal at an emergency center after shelling hit supply infrastructure in the government-held industrial town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine, on February 1. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A local resident eats a meal at an emergency center after shelling hit supply infrastructure in the government-held industrial town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine, on February 1. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A man smokes a water pipe on a snow-covered field in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)
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A man smokes a water pipe on a snow-covered field in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)

Afghan policemen carry an injured boy after a bomb blast in Jalalabad on February 1. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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Afghan policemen carry an injured boy after a bomb blast in Jalalabad on February 1. (Reuters/Parwiz)

Displaced children who fled from Islamic State militants play with snow at a camp in Duhok, Iraq. (Reuters/Ari Jalal)
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Displaced children who fled from Islamic State militants play with snow at a camp in Duhok, Iraq. (Reuters/Ari Jalal)

A bull "savar" (jockey) guides his bulls as he competes in a bull race in Pind Sultani, Pakistan. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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A bull "savar" (jockey) guides his bulls as he competes in a bull race in Pind Sultani, Pakistan. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

Polish soldiers participate in the so-called 22 Push-Up Challenge at their base in Lublin. The 22 Push-Up Challenge was launched a few years ago in the United States and is aimed at drawing attention to the problems of soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants perform 22 push-ups every day for 22 days. They film their workouts and nominate another group to join the challenge. (epa/Wojciech Pacewicz)
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Polish soldiers participate in the so-called 22 Push-Up Challenge at their base in Lublin. The 22 Push-Up Challenge was launched a few years ago in the United States and is aimed at drawing attention to the problems of soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants perform 22 push-ups every day for 22 days. They film their workouts and nominate another group to join the challenge. (epa/Wojciech Pacewicz)

A Syrian girl blows bubbles amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel-held area of Daraa in southern Syria. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
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A Syrian girl blows bubbles amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel-held area of Daraa in southern Syria. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)

Afghan men who lost their limbs in land-mine blasts practice with their new prosthetic limbs at an International Committee of the Red Cross center in Herat. After almost three decades of war, the countless mines that remain buried in Afghanistan still kill or maim dozens of people every month. As well as being a place for treatment, the Herat center is a small factory where production lines churn out hundreds of prostheses every month. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan men who lost their limbs in land-mine blasts practice with their new prosthetic limbs at an International Committee of the Red Cross center in Herat. After almost three decades of war, the countless mines that remain buried in Afghanistan still kill or maim dozens of people every month. As well as being a place for treatment, the Herat center is a small factory where production lines churn out hundreds of prostheses every month. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)

Bangladeshi patient Sahana Khatun, 10, poses for a photograph at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Khatun, who has barklike warts growing on her face, could be the first female ever afflicted by the so-called "tree-man syndrome." (AFP)
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Bangladeshi patient Sahana Khatun, 10, poses for a photograph at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Khatun, who has barklike warts growing on her face, could be the first female ever afflicted by the so-called "tree-man syndrome." (AFP)

Russian soldiers walk in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)
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Russian soldiers walk in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)

A general view of the library of the University of Mosul, Iraq, which was burned and destroyed during the battle with Islamic State militants. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
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A general view of the library of the University of Mosul, Iraq, which was burned and destroyed during the battle with Islamic State militants. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

People throw snow toward police as they demonstrate in front of the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest against controversial decrees to pardon corrupt politicians and decriminalize other offenses. (AFP/Daniel Mihaeilescu)
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People throw snow toward police as they demonstrate in front of the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest against controversial decrees to pardon corrupt politicians and decriminalize other offenses. (AFP/Daniel Mihaeilescu)

Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group led by trainer Sima Azimi (center) pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul (AFP/Wahil Kohsar)
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Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group led by trainer Sima Azimi (center) pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul (AFP/Wahil Kohsar)

A pigeon flies past a streetlight in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A pigeon flies past a streetlight in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Displaced families, who fled from Islamic State militants, arrive at a camp west of Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters)
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Displaced families, who fled from Islamic State militants, arrive at a camp west of Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters)

Migrants wash themselves using water from a barrel heated by a fire underneath it at an abandoned customs warehouse in Belgrade. (epa/Koca Sulejmanovic)
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Migrants wash themselves using water from a barrel heated by a fire underneath it at an abandoned customs warehouse in Belgrade. (epa/Koca Sulejmanovic)

Tigers try to catch a piece of chicken thrown to them by the keepers at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi Province, Thailand.  (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)
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Tigers try to catch a piece of chicken thrown to them by the keepers at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi Province, Thailand.  (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

A leprosy patient feeds his son at a leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. World Leprosy Day is observed on January 30 every year to increase public awareness. (epa/Farooq Khan)
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A leprosy patient feeds his son at a leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. World Leprosy Day is observed on January 30 every year to increase public awareness. (epa/Farooq Khan)

A rickshaw driver looks out the windshield as he drives onto a highway in Mardan, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A rickshaw driver looks out the windshield as he drives onto a highway in Mardan, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

Iranian firefighters and mourners gather around a truck carrying the coffins of firemen killed when Tehran's oldest high-rise collapsed after a fire. At least 11 firefighters were killed, along with four civilians, in the January 19 disaster. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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Iranian firefighters and mourners gather around a truck carrying the coffins of firemen killed when Tehran's oldest high-rise collapsed after a fire. At least 11 firefighters were killed, along with four civilians, in the January 19 disaster. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

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