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Photos Of The Week #3

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

A Russian Orthodox believer takes a dip in icy water during celebrations of Epiphany in Moscow. People believe that plunging themselves into blessed waters during Epiphany strengthens their spirit and body. (epa/Maxim Shipenkov)
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A Russian Orthodox believer takes a dip in icy water during celebrations of Epiphany in Moscow. People believe that plunging themselves into blessed waters during Epiphany strengthens their spirit and body. (epa/Maxim Shipenkov)

A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces fires a rocket launcher during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Yarimja in southern Mosul. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)
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A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces fires a rocket launcher during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Yarimja in southern Mosul. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)

A shepherd poses for a photograph in a landfill on a roadside in Peshawar, Pakistan. (epa/Arshad Arbab)
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A shepherd poses for a photograph in a landfill on a roadside in Peshawar, Pakistan. (epa/Arshad Arbab)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump salutes the statue of Abraham Lincoln as he and his wife, Melania, take part in a welcome concert in Washington on January 19. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump salutes the statue of Abraham Lincoln as he and his wife, Melania, take part in a welcome concert in Washington on January 19. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Iraqi special forces patrol in armored vehicles near the Grand Mosque in eastern Mosul during an ongoing military operation against Islamic State militants. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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Iraqi special forces patrol in armored vehicles near the Grand Mosque in eastern Mosul during an ongoing military operation against Islamic State militants. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

A rescuer helps an injured man in front of the collapsed Plasco building in Tehran on January 19. The building collapsed after catching fire. At least 20 firefighters are believed to have died after being trapped on the upper floors of the building. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh)
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A rescuer helps an injured man in front of the collapsed Plasco building in Tehran on January 19. The building collapsed after catching fire. At least 20 firefighters are believed to have died after being trapped on the upper floors of the building. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh)

A fisherman sits on an ice-covered section of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, with the air temperature around minus 35 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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A fisherman sits on an ice-covered section of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, with the air temperature around minus 35 degrees Celsius. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Bison run across a snow-covered field near the village of Rybnitsa, some 290 kilometers northwest of Minsk. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)
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Bison run across a snow-covered field near the village of Rybnitsa, some 290 kilometers northwest of Minsk. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

A young woman plays a violin to collect money in front of Mikhailovsky Cathedral frescoes in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine. (epa/Sergey Dolzenko)
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A young woman plays a violin to collect money in front of Mikhailovsky Cathedral frescoes in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine. (epa/Sergey Dolzenko)

A boy stands near a fire in the rebel-held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)
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A boy stands near a fire in the rebel-held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)

A man carries a dead child's body during a burial ceremony outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A Turkish Boeing 747-400 cargo plane crashed into a village near the Kyrgyz capital, destroying 32 houses and killing at least 38 people. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)
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A man carries a dead child's body during a burial ceremony outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A Turkish Boeing 747-400 cargo plane crashed into a village near the Kyrgyz capital, destroying 32 houses and killing at least 38 people. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)

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

Boys watch as demining experts from the Iraqi Army search for booby-trapped buildings in eastern Mosul during an ongoing military operation against Islamic State militants. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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Boys watch as demining experts from the Iraqi Army search for booby-trapped buildings in eastern Mosul during an ongoing military operation against Islamic State militants. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

An Afghan girl buys winter firewood in Jalalabad. (epa/Ghulamullah Habibi)
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An Afghan girl buys winter firewood in Jalalabad. (epa/Ghulamullah Habibi)

A fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, eats an ash berry on a winter's day in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, eats an ash berry on a winter's day in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A sea lion kisses Princess Stephanie of Monaco while her daughter Pauline Ducruet looks on during a photocall for the 41st Monte Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)
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A sea lion kisses Princess Stephanie of Monaco while her daughter Pauline Ducruet looks on during a photocall for the 41st Monte Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)

Smog envelopes downtown Kyiv, Ukraine. (RFE/RL/Andriy Dubchak)
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Smog envelopes downtown Kyiv, Ukraine. (RFE/RL/Andriy Dubchak)

A cow covered with a colored blanket drinks water from a river near Pristina, Kosovo, on January 16. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)
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A cow covered with a colored blanket drinks water from a river near Pristina, Kosovo, on January 16. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

Migrants look out from a window in a makeshift shelter at an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. (AFP/Andrej Isakovic)
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Migrants look out from a window in a makeshift shelter at an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. (AFP/Andrej Isakovic)

A Pakistani performer makes a bear dance for bystanders in a street in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on January 16. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
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A Pakistani performer makes a bear dance for bystanders in a street in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on January 16. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

Rescuers work at the site of an airplane crash outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on January 16. A Turkish Boeing 747-400 cargo plane crashed on a village near the capital as it was trying to land. At least 38 people were killed, most of them on the ground. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)
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Rescuers work at the site of an airplane crash outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on January 16. A Turkish Boeing 747-400 cargo plane crashed on a village near the capital as it was trying to land. At least 38 people were killed, most of them on the ground. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)

Rescue teams are seen at the crash site of a Turkish cargo jet near Manas airport outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on January 16. More than 30 people died in the incident. (Reuters/Vladimir Pirogov)
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Rescue teams are seen at the crash site of a Turkish cargo jet near Manas airport outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on January 16. More than 30 people died in the incident. (Reuters/Vladimir Pirogov)

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