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Photos Of The Week #1

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the first week of 2018. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A man walks through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City on January 4. (Reuters/Darren Ornitz)
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A man walks through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City on January 4. (Reuters/Darren Ornitz)

An aerial view shows employees working on fish ponds for trout and sturgeon at a fish farm on the frozen Yenisei River near the Siberian village of Primorsk in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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An aerial view shows employees working on fish ponds for trout and sturgeon at a fish farm on the frozen Yenisei River near the Siberian village of Primorsk in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

A Burma man tries to climb to the top of slippery bamboo pole, covered with lubricating oil, as he participates in a competition on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Burma's Independence Day in Yangon. (epa-EFE/Lynn Bo Bo)
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A Burma man tries to climb to the top of slippery bamboo pole, covered with lubricating oil, as he participates in a competition on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Burma's Independence Day in Yangon. (epa-EFE/Lynn Bo Bo)

Nora Belverud plays along a low-tide beach as she holds a balloon on her fifth birthday in San Diego. (AP/Gregory Bull)
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Nora Belverud plays along a low-tide beach as she holds a balloon on her fifth birthday in San Diego. (AP/Gregory Bull)

Iraqi women take part in a governmental literacy program for adults in the holy city of Najaf. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
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Iraqi women take part in a governmental literacy program for adults in the holy city of Najaf. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)

Visitors walk and slide on icy paths on the opening day of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang Province. (AFP/Greg Baker)
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Visitors walk and slide on icy paths on the opening day of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang Province. (AFP/Greg Baker)

Two boys ride a donkey towing an inflatable raft on a snow-covered path near the village of Kyzyl Birlik, some 25 kilometers from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Two boys ride a donkey towing an inflatable raft on a snow-covered path near the village of Kyzyl Birlik, some 25 kilometers from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Pakistani demonstrators burn the U.S. flag at a protest in Quetta. (AFP/Banaras Khan)
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Pakistani demonstrators burn the U.S. flag at a protest in Quetta. (AFP/Banaras Khan)

People feed seagulls flying behind a ferry on the Bosphorus as the sun shines in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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People feed seagulls flying behind a ferry on the Bosphorus as the sun shines in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Street performers dance on Tverskaya Street during a festival marking the New Year and Christmas in central Moscow on January 2. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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Street performers dance on Tverskaya Street during a festival marking the New Year and Christmas in central Moscow on January 2. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

A man keeps a puppy warm in his jacket while watching a parade of new year's traditions in Comanesti, northern Romania. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)
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A man keeps a puppy warm in his jacket while watching a parade of new year's traditions in Comanesti, northern Romania. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

An aerial view shows a man walking along the Yenisei River covered with thin ice, with the air temperature at about minus 25 degrees Celsius, outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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An aerial view shows a man walking along the Yenisei River covered with thin ice, with the air temperature at about minus 25 degrees Celsius, outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

A man runs into the sea as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 1. (Reuters/Lucas Landau)
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A man runs into the sea as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 1. (Reuters/Lucas Landau)

An Orthodox priest holds a picture showing slain Ukrainian lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska as he together with another few hundred activists rally outside the Kyiv police headquarters on January 2. (AFP/Serhey Supinskiy)
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An Orthodox priest holds a picture showing slain Ukrainian lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska as he together with another few hundred activists rally outside the Kyiv police headquarters on January 2. (AFP/Serhey Supinskiy)

 Fire Department of New York firemen work at an apartment building in the Bronx, New York, on January 2. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
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 Fire Department of New York firemen work at an apartment building in the Bronx, New York, on January 2. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Activists of Ukrainian nationalist parties hold flares as they take part in a rally to mark the 109th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), in Kyiv, on January 1. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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Activists of Ukrainian nationalist parties hold flares as they take part in a rally to mark the 109th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), in Kyiv, on January 1. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

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