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Photos Of The Week #18

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

A woman adjusts her scarf during the 21st Iran Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical International Exhibition in Tehran. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh)
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A woman adjusts her scarf during the 21st Iran Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical International Exhibition in Tehran. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh)

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads a concert in the amphitheater of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke live via a video link, just a month after Russian air strikes helped push Islamic State militants from the city. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond slammed the concert as "a tasteless attempt to distract attention from the continued suffering of millions of Syrians." (AFP/Vasily Maximov)
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Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads a concert in the amphitheater of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke live via a video link, just a month after Russian air strikes helped push Islamic State militants from the city. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond slammed the concert as "a tasteless attempt to distract attention from the continued suffering of millions of Syrians." (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Protesting refugees and migrants are pushed back by Greek police during a protest at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni. (Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis)
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Protesting refugees and migrants are pushed back by Greek police during a protest at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni. (Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis)

Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il are displayed on the side of a building in Pyongyang. (AFP/Ed Jones)
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Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il are displayed on the side of a building in Pyongyang. (AFP/Ed Jones)

A Russian serviceman takes part in a rehearsal for a parade to mark the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
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A Russian serviceman takes part in a rehearsal for a parade to mark the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Wounded Ukrainian officer Oleksandr Darmoros kisses his bride, Elena, during their wedding in the central military hospital in Kyiv. Oleksandr was wounded during fighting with Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. He lost his vision and foot after detonating a mine. (epa/Serhey Dolzhenko)
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Wounded Ukrainian officer Oleksandr Darmoros kisses his bride, Elena, during their wedding in the central military hospital in Kyiv. Oleksandr was wounded during fighting with Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. He lost his vision and foot after detonating a mine. (epa/Serhey Dolzhenko)

Belarusian World War II veterans Vasily Molodtsov (right) and Nikolay Skatulin pose for a photo during an event to mark the 71st anniversary of the country's liberation from Nazi Germany in Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Belarusian World War II veterans Vasily Molodtsov (right) and Nikolay Skatulin pose for a photo during an event to mark the 71st anniversary of the country's liberation from Nazi Germany in Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays early in the morning at a shrine in Indian Kashmir (epa/Farooq Khan)
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A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays early in the morning at a shrine in Indian Kashmir (epa/Farooq Khan)

A woman walks past a drummer as he performs along a dry bed of the Esentai River in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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A woman walks past a drummer as he performs along a dry bed of the Esentai River in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Pakistani laborers read newspapers as they rest on a cart at a market in Rawalpindi. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
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Pakistani laborers read newspapers as they rest on a cart at a market in Rawalpindi. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

Children are silhouetted next to graffiti at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni not far from the Greek-Macedonian border. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)
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Children are silhouetted next to graffiti at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni not far from the Greek-Macedonian border. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmedi, a Lionel Messi fan from Afghanistan, wears a shirt signed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi as he plays with a football at his relatives' home in Quetta, Pakistan, on May 3. Murtaza's family had to leave Afghanistan because of kidnapping fears following constant telephone threats. (Reuters/Naseer Ahmed)
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Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmedi, a Lionel Messi fan from Afghanistan, wears a shirt signed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi as he plays with a football at his relatives' home in Quetta, Pakistan, on May 3. Murtaza's family had to leave Afghanistan because of kidnapping fears following constant telephone threats. (Reuters/Naseer Ahmed)

Visitors view an exhibit comprising shoes belonging to Holocaust victims during a visit to Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem. Starting on the evening of May 4, Israel marks its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
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Visitors view an exhibit comprising shoes belonging to Holocaust victims during a visit to Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem. Starting on the evening of May 4, Israel marks its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

People attend celebrations of Hidirellez, the Crimean Tatar holiday of spring, near the city of Bakhchysaray, Crimea. (TASS/Aleksei Pavlishak)
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People attend celebrations of Hidirellez, the Crimean Tatar holiday of spring, near the city of Bakhchysaray, Crimea. (TASS/Aleksei Pavlishak)

Kosovar Albanians dressed in traditional clothes celebrate after the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) was accepted as the 55th member of UEFA, European soccer's governing body, at a sports hall in Mitrovica, Kosovo. (epa/Valdrin Xhemaj)
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Kosovar Albanians dressed in traditional clothes celebrate after the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) was accepted as the 55th member of UEFA, European soccer's governing body, at a sports hall in Mitrovica, Kosovo. (epa/Valdrin Xhemaj)

Two Moldovan men try to restrain a pig on the side of the road as a column of U.S. armored vehicles passes through the village of Gherman, 140 kilometers east of Chisinau. U.S. and Moldovan military forces are taking part in joint, two-week-long exercises. (epa/Dumitru Doru)
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Two Moldovan men try to restrain a pig on the side of the road as a column of U.S. armored vehicles passes through the village of Gherman, 140 kilometers east of Chisinau. U.S. and Moldovan military forces are taking part in joint, two-week-long exercises. (epa/Dumitru Doru)

An Indian boy swims in a dirty pond in New Delhi on May 3. (epa)
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An Indian boy swims in a dirty pond in New Delhi on May 3. (epa)

Iranian women wearing Islamic dress attend a snowboard competition at the Tochal ski resort near Tehran on May 3. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh)
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Iranian women wearing Islamic dress attend a snowboard competition at the Tochal ski resort near Tehran on May 3. (epa/Abedin Taherkenareh)

A man does a flip into the Sardaryab River on a hot day in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A man does a flip into the Sardaryab River on a hot day in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

People spray water on one another as they celebrate Clean Monday (or Wet Monday) in Lviv, Ukraine, on May 2. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
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People spray water on one another as they celebrate Clean Monday (or Wet Monday) in Lviv, Ukraine, on May 2. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)

Men fish in the waters of the Yenisei River during snowfall in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Men fish in the waters of the Yenisei River during snowfall in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev dances with artists during celebrations to mark Kazakhstan People's Unity Day in Almaty on May 1. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev dances with artists during celebrations to mark Kazakhstan People's Unity Day in Almaty on May 1. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Players battle for the ball during the annual Lelo match in the village of Shukhuti, Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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Players battle for the ball during the annual Lelo match in the village of Shukhuti, Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

People walk past a fire barricade during a May Day rally in Okmeydani, a district of Istanbul, on May 1. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
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People walk past a fire barricade during a May Day rally in Okmeydani, a district of Istanbul, on May 1. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

Iraqi women walk past a damaged car following a twin suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, deep in Iraq's Shi'ite heartland. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
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Iraqi women walk past a damaged car following a twin suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, deep in Iraq's Shi'ite heartland. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)

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