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Photos Of The Week #14

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

Afghan women wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in Mazar-e Sharif on April 5. Voting began in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Afghan women wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in Mazar-e Sharif on April 5. Voting began in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

Afghan women line up to cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Takhar on April 5. (epa/Hasib Arman)
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Afghan women line up to cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Takhar on April 5. (epa/Hasib Arman)

A man signals to a woman that the McDonald's restaurant is closed in the Crimean city of Simferopol. (Reuters)
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A man signals to a woman that the McDonald's restaurant is closed in the Crimean city of Simferopol. (Reuters)

An Afghan man loads ballot boxes and other election material on a donkey to be transported in polling stations that are not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir Province, on April 4. (Reuters/Ahmad Masood)
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An Afghan man loads ballot boxes and other election material on a donkey to be transported in polling stations that are not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir Province, on April 4. (Reuters/Ahmad Masood)

A rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street during what the rebel fighters said was an offensive against them by Syrian government forces in the Mleha suburb of Damascus. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh )
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A rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street during what the rebel fighters said was an offensive against them by Syrian government forces in the Mleha suburb of Damascus. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh )

An Afghan refugee boy looks as he crosses a temporary wooden bridge at the Jalala refugee camp in Pakistan's Mardan district. (AFP/A Majeed)
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An Afghan refugee boy looks as he crosses a temporary wooden bridge at the Jalala refugee camp in Pakistan's Mardan district. (AFP/A Majeed)

Afghan guard Fazl Ahmad watches workers loading electoral boxes onto trucks for transportation to polling centers in the northwestern city of Herat. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Afghan guard Fazl Ahmad watches workers loading electoral boxes onto trucks for transportation to polling centers in the northwestern city of Herat. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Members of the Novaya Opera Theater of Moscow, with Sergei Artamonov as Prince Igor (second from left), perform during a rehearsal of "Prince Igor" by Aleksandr Borodin at the Coliseum theater in London. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)
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Members of the Novaya Opera Theater of Moscow, with Sergei Artamonov as Prince Igor (second from left), perform during a rehearsal of "Prince Igor" by Aleksandr Borodin at the Coliseum theater in London. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Young Israeli boys look at the "Trash People" exhibition of German conceptual artist HA Schult in the Ariel Sharon Park, a former dump site, outside Tel Aviv. (epa/Oliver Weiken)
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Young Israeli boys look at the "Trash People" exhibition of German conceptual artist HA Schult in the Ariel Sharon Park, a former dump site, outside Tel Aviv. (epa/Oliver Weiken)

Protesters clash with Greek riot police during a protest against the Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings taking place in Athens. (epa/Orestis Panagiotou)
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Protesters clash with Greek riot police during a protest against the Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings taking place in Athens. (epa/Orestis Panagiotou)

An Iraqi worker operates a drill during a cleanup of the furnace pipes at a cement plant in Najaf, south of Baghdad. (Reuters/Ahmad Mousa)
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An Iraqi worker operates a drill during a cleanup of the furnace pipes at a cement plant in Najaf, south of Baghdad. (Reuters/Ahmad Mousa)

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah ride their motorcycles as they lead his convoy after his arrival to attend an election rally in Herat Province. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah ride their motorcycles as they lead his convoy after his arrival to attend an election rally in Herat Province. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A police officer clears supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah from the road as his convoy arrives for an election campaign rally in Herat Province on April 1. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A police officer clears supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah from the road as his convoy arrives for an election campaign rally in Herat Province on April 1. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

Media personnel run as riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council in Ankara on April 1. (Reuters)
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Media personnel run as riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council in Ankara on April 1. (Reuters)

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah hang up a banner before an election campaign in Panjshir Province. (Reuters/Ahmad Masood)
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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah hang up a banner before an election campaign in Panjshir Province. (Reuters/Ahmad Masood)

Afghan women show their voting cards at a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 31. (epa/S. Sabawoon) 
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Afghan women show their voting cards at a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 31. (epa/S. Sabawoon) 

Russian Interior Ministry officers detain opposition activists during a protest rally defending Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in St. Petersburg on March 31. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)
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Russian Interior Ministry officers detain opposition activists during a protest rally defending Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in St. Petersburg on March 31. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)

A Russian tank crew member runs in front of his T-72B tank after his arrival in Crimea in the settlement of Gvardeiskoye near the city of Simferopol. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)
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A Russian tank crew member runs in front of his T-72B tank after his arrival in Crimea in the settlement of Gvardeiskoye near the city of Simferopol. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

An Afghan policewoman frisks women as they gather to receive their voter-registration cards in Herat. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)
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An Afghan policewoman frisks women as they gather to receive their voter-registration cards in Herat. (epa/Jalil Rezayee)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (2nd right) visits a children's hospital in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 31, the highest level visit since Moscow annexed the Ukrainian region last month. (RIA Novosti/Aleksandr Astafyev)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (2nd right) visits a children's hospital in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 31, the highest level visit since Moscow annexed the Ukrainian region last month. (RIA Novosti/Aleksandr Astafyev)

Men walk along the Tomai vineyard located near Comrat, the administrative center of the autonomous Moldovan province Gagauzia, which has been given an exclusive reprieve to Russia's ban on Moldovan wine after a local referendum chose closer ties to Moscow over the EU. (Reuters/Viktor Dimitrov)
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Men walk along the Tomai vineyard located near Comrat, the administrative center of the autonomous Moldovan province Gagauzia, which has been given an exclusive reprieve to Russia's ban on Moldovan wine after a local referendum chose closer ties to Moscow over the EU. (Reuters/Viktor Dimitrov)

A fisherman walks on the frozen surface of a lake, with satellite dishes of a local space communication center seen in the background, in the town of Zheleznogorsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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A fisherman walks on the frozen surface of a lake, with satellite dishes of a local space communication center seen in the background, in the town of Zheleznogorsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

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