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Photos Of The Week #24

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 24th week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Souad Hamidi, 19, removes the niqab she said she had been forced to wear since 2014 after U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces took control of her village in northern Syria from Islamic State fighters, in Aleppo Province, Syria. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
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Souad Hamidi, 19, removes the niqab she said she had been forced to wear since 2014 after U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces took control of her village in northern Syria from Islamic State fighters, in Aleppo Province, Syria. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

Yoga students and a baby take part in an outdoor yoga class at the Germia National Park in Pristina, Kosovo. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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Yoga students and a baby take part in an outdoor yoga class at the Germia National Park in Pristina, Kosovo. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

A woman who fled Fallujah because of Islamic State violence carries her child during a dust storm at a refugee camp in Ameriyat Fallujah, south of Fallujah, Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)
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A woman who fled Fallujah because of Islamic State violence carries her child during a dust storm at a refugee camp in Ameriyat Fallujah, south of Fallujah, Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)

An Afghan protester carries his injured colleague during clashes with Afghan riot police at a demonstration against Taliban militants and the kidnapping of civilians at Shar-e Naw Park in Kabul. Hundreds of Afghans staged a protest in Kabul over recent kidnappings of civilians in northeastern Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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An Afghan protester carries his injured colleague during clashes with Afghan riot police at a demonstration against Taliban militants and the kidnapping of civilians at Shar-e Naw Park in Kabul. Hundreds of Afghans staged a protest in Kabul over recent kidnappings of civilians in northeastern Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

An Afghan boy holds a toy gun as he attends an anti-Pakistan demonstration in Herat after clashes between forces on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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An Afghan boy holds a toy gun as he attends an anti-Pakistan demonstration in Herat after clashes between forces on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

A Kashmiri boy cools himself under a waterfall to beat the heat on a hot day on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (epa/Farooq Khan)
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A Kashmiri boy cools himself under a waterfall to beat the heat on a hot day on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (epa/Farooq Khan)

Anatoliy and Ludmila sit on a sofa in their house located at the front line near the destroyed international airport in Donetsk, Ukraine. According to the volunteer organization Donbas Development Center, there are about 1,500 elderly people and people with disabilities in the Donbas region who are in need of assistance because they cannot take care of themselves. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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Anatoliy and Ludmila sit on a sofa in their house located at the front line near the destroyed international airport in Donetsk, Ukraine. According to the volunteer organization Donbas Development Center, there are about 1,500 elderly people and people with disabilities in the Donbas region who are in need of assistance because they cannot take care of themselves. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a goal against Albania in the Euro 2016 soccer championship. France won 2-0. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
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France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a goal against Albania in the Euro 2016 soccer championship. France won 2-0. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

A Russian soccer fan poses with a fellow fan wearing a T-shirt featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin as they walk in central Lille, France, ahead of the match between Russia and Slovakia in the Euro 2016 championship. Russia lost 2-1. (AFP/Leon Neal)
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A Russian soccer fan poses with a fellow fan wearing a T-shirt featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin as they walk in central Lille, France, ahead of the match between Russia and Slovakia in the Euro 2016 championship. Russia lost 2-1. (AFP/Leon Neal)

South African Paralympic gold-medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Pretoria High Court on June 15. (epa/Siphiwe Sibeko)
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South African Paralympic gold-medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Pretoria High Court on June 15. (epa/Siphiwe Sibeko)

An Afghan man prays at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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An Afghan man prays at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Fighters of the Ukrainian Right Sector volunteer battalion carry coffins with the bodies of their fallen comrades Yuriy Gnatyuk and Robert Masley during a funeral ceremony in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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Fighters of the Ukrainian Right Sector volunteer battalion carry coffins with the bodies of their fallen comrades Yuriy Gnatyuk and Robert Masley during a funeral ceremony in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Athletes negotiate a water obstacle during the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at an international athletics meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, on June 14. (epa/Alexandra Wey)
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Athletes negotiate a water obstacle during the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at an international athletics meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, on June 14. (epa/Alexandra Wey)

A young Syrian shepherd leads his flock as smoke billows from a farm following a reported air strike near the rebel-held town of Douma. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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A young Syrian shepherd leads his flock as smoke billows from a farm following a reported air strike near the rebel-held town of Douma. (AFP/Abd Doumany)

A refugee boy rests in a makeshift camp situated at the old Athens airport. The Greek asylum service launched the registration of the migrants inside some of the camps in an attempt to speed up the asylum process. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
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A refugee boy rests in a makeshift camp situated at the old Athens airport. The Greek asylum service launched the registration of the migrants inside some of the camps in an attempt to speed up the asylum process. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

Traditional bread is sold at an Afghan shop in Kandahar during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP/Jawed Tanveer)
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Traditional bread is sold at an Afghan shop in Kandahar during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP/Jawed Tanveer)

An injured man is led away by French police in Marseille following clashes between Russia and England supporters at the Euro 2016 soccer championship after a 1-1 draw on June 11. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
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An injured man is led away by French police in Marseille following clashes between Russia and England supporters at the Euro 2016 soccer championship after a 1-1 draw on June 11. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is illuminated in the colors of the rainbow gay-pride flag in memory of the 49 victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)
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The Eiffel Tower in Paris is illuminated in the colors of the rainbow gay-pride flag in memory of the 49 victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Paramilitary policemen take part in a training session in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. (Reuters)
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Paramilitary policemen take part in a training session in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. (Reuters)

Pakistani laborers pray on their cart before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a market in Rawalpindi. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
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Pakistani laborers pray on their cart before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a market in Rawalpindi. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

Friends and family members embrace outside Orlando police headquarters following the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were shot and killed by Omar Mateen, a U.S.-born citizen of Afghan descent. Police said the attacker opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun in the nightclub shortly before 2 a.m. and then held a group of club patrons hostage for three hours before he was killed in a shoot-out. (Reuters/Steve Nesius) 
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Friends and family members embrace outside Orlando police headquarters following the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were shot and killed by Omar Mateen, a U.S.-born citizen of Afghan descent. Police said the attacker opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun in the nightclub shortly before 2 a.m. and then held a group of club patrons hostage for three hours before he was killed in a shoot-out. (Reuters/Steve Nesius)

Civil-defense members and rescuers push a car at a site hit by air strikes in Idlib, Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)
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Civil-defense members and rescuers push a car at a site hit by air strikes in Idlib, Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

A soccer ball flies toward cut-out portraits of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin, the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Media Group, Alina Kabaeva, and Duma deputy Nikolai Valuev during a rally demanding that Russia be deprived of the right to host 2018 World Cup, in front of Russian Embassy in Kyiv. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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A soccer ball flies toward cut-out portraits of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin, the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Media Group, Alina Kabaeva, and Duma deputy Nikolai Valuev during a rally demanding that Russia be deprived of the right to host 2018 World Cup, in front of Russian Embassy in Kyiv. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

An artist performs during the annual Kyiv Fire Fest in Kyiv. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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An artist performs during the annual Kyiv Fire Fest in Kyiv. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

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