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Photos Of The Week #21

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

An Afghan farmer works in a field in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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An Afghan farmer works in a field in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

Vasily Sergeyevich Sirotin, originally from Russia and an active U.S. Army Reserve officer, poses for a photograph after becoming a U.S. citizen in a naturalization ceremony on the steps to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island, New York. (Reuters/Mike Segar)
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Vasily Sergeyevich Sirotin, originally from Russia and an active U.S. Army Reserve officer, poses for a photograph after becoming a U.S. citizen in a naturalization ceremony on the steps to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island, New York. (Reuters/Mike Segar)

Georgian servicemen take part in the joint U.S.-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)
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Georgian servicemen take part in the joint U.S.-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

Kabul residents look out from the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop overlooking the Afghan capital. (AFP/Farshad)
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Kabul residents look out from the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop overlooking the Afghan capital. (AFP/Farshad)

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a weapon inside a damaged building during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad north of Aleppo. (Reuters/Hosam Katan)
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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a weapon inside a damaged building during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad north of Aleppo. (Reuters/Hosam Katan)

The stage is crowded with the winners of the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. The final of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with 27 nations competing takes place on May 23. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)
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The stage is crowded with the winners of the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. The final of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with 27 nations competing takes place on May 23. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)

An eldery man sits on a bench near a fence made of old car number plates in the village of Vank, not far from the city of Stepanakert, in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. (AFP/Andrei Golovanov)
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An eldery man sits on a bench near a fence made of old car number plates in the village of Vank, not far from the city of Stepanakert, in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. (AFP/Andrei Golovanov)

Iraqi residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled from advancing Islamic State (IS) militants, wait to cross the Bzeibez bridge on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
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Iraqi residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled from advancing Islamic State (IS) militants, wait to cross the Bzeibez bridge on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad. (AFP/Sabah Arar)

An Iraqi soldier helps a displaced woman cross a bridge at the outskirts of Baghdad. (Reuters/Stringer)
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An Iraqi soldier helps a displaced woman cross a bridge at the outskirts of Baghdad. (Reuters/Stringer)

Pakistani police academy graduates march during their graduation ceremony in Islamabad. Out of the 408 graduating officers, 76 female officers were inducted into the Pakistan police force. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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Pakistani police academy graduates march during their graduation ceremony in Islamabad. Out of the 408 graduating officers, 76 female officers were inducted into the Pakistan police force. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

A kite surfer sails on the Adriatic Sea near the town of Ulcinj, Montenegro. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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A kite surfer sails on the Adriatic Sea near the town of Ulcinj, Montenegro. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

A saiga antelope with her calf grazes next to the carcasses of hundreds of dead antelopes in a field in the Qostanai region of Kazakhstan. At least 20,000 carcasses have been buried. Authorities are still not sure of the cause of the massive die-off. (Reuters/Kazakhstan's Ministry of Agriculture)
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A saiga antelope with her calf grazes next to the carcasses of hundreds of dead antelopes in a field in the Qostanai region of Kazakhstan. At least 20,000 carcasses have been buried. Authorities are still not sure of the cause of the massive die-off. (Reuters/Kazakhstan's Ministry of Agriculture)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry puts 8-month-old Andrew Belz on his shoulders as he poses for photos with the children of U.S. troops and U.S. Embassy personnel at Collier Field House at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. (Reuters/Saul Loeb)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry puts 8-month-old Andrew Belz on his shoulders as he poses for photos with the children of U.S. troops and U.S. Embassy personnel at Collier Field House at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. (Reuters/Saul Loeb)

Fans of Iran's Persepolis football club cheer on their team during their AFC Champions League match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal club at the Azadi stadium in Tehran. The posters show portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) and the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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Fans of Iran's Persepolis football club cheer on their team during their AFC Champions League match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal club at the Azadi stadium in Tehran. The posters show portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) and the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

A rocket is fired during joint Jordanian-U.S. maneuvers in Mudawwara, near the border with Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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A rocket is fired during joint Jordanian-U.S. maneuvers in Mudawwara, near the border with Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

Russian believers take part in a religious rally in commemoration of birthday of the last Russian tsar, Nikolai II, in downtown St. Petersburg. (epa/Anatoly Maltsev)
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Russian believers take part in a religious rally in commemoration of birthday of the last Russian tsar, Nikolai II, in downtown St. Petersburg. (epa/Anatoly Maltsev)

Afghan girls suffering from hearing and speech impairment display the final products after they learned to sew clothing at a center supported by the Swedish Embassy in Ghazni. (epa/Naweed Haqjoo)
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Afghan girls suffering from hearing and speech impairment display the final products after they learned to sew clothing at a center supported by the Swedish Embassy in Ghazni. (epa/Naweed Haqjoo)

An Afghan girl jumps rope on a hilltop in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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An Afghan girl jumps rope on a hilltop in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

Singer Nina Sublatti, representing Georgia, performs the song Warrior during the dress rehearsal for the first semifinal of the upcoming 60th-annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)
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Singer Nina Sublatti, representing Georgia, performs the song Warrior during the dress rehearsal for the first semifinal of the upcoming 60th-annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)

A rescue worker abseils from a helicopter during rescue attempts at a large fire in a high-rise apartment building in Baku. At least 15 people died in the blaze. (Ehtiram Jabi/RFE/RL)
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A rescue worker abseils from a helicopter during rescue attempts at a large fire in a high-rise apartment building in Baku. At least 15 people died in the blaze. (Ehtiram Jabi/RFE/RL)

Cossacks stand behind a bust of Russian President Vladimir Putin that depicts him as a Roman emperor, during its unveiling ceremony in the Leningrad region on May 16. (Reuters/Maksim Zmeyev) 
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Cossacks stand behind a bust of Russian President Vladimir Putin that depicts him as a Roman emperor, during its unveiling ceremony in the Leningrad region on May 16. (Reuters/Maksim Zmeyev) 

Pakistani police-academy graduates signal the completion of their weapon disassembly and assembly while being blindfolded, during their graduation ceremony in Islamabad. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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Pakistani police-academy graduates signal the completion of their weapon disassembly and assembly while being blindfolded, during their graduation ceremony in Islamabad. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

Displaced Sunni Iraqis fleeing the violence in the city of Ramadi arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 16. (Reuters)
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Displaced Sunni Iraqis fleeing the violence in the city of Ramadi arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 16. (Reuters)

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