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Photos Of The Week #25

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 25th week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Lightning cuts through the clouds during a heavy thunderstorm in Prague on June 22. (RFE/RL/Amos Chapple)
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Lightning cuts through the clouds during a heavy thunderstorm in Prague on June 22. (RFE/RL/Amos Chapple)

Graduates of the Moscow Military Commanders Training School drink sparkling wine from a helmet during their graduation ceremony in Red Square in Moscow. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)
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Graduates of the Moscow Military Commanders Training School drink sparkling wine from a helmet during their graduation ceremony in Red Square in Moscow. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)

An Afghan man makes sweets at a traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
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An Afghan man makes sweets at a traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Colorful umbrellas hang above Nizhneimeretinskaya Street in the Russian city of Sochi. (TASS/Artyom Korotayev)
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Colorful umbrellas hang above Nizhneimeretinskaya Street in the Russian city of Sochi. (TASS/Artyom Korotayev)

Smoke rises around buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
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Smoke rises around buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)

Drenched by a downpour, Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) speaks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a wreath-laying ceremony marking the anniversary of the Nazi invasion in 1941, by the Kremlin wall in Moscow on June 22. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
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Drenched by a downpour, Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) speaks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a wreath-laying ceremony marking the anniversary of the Nazi invasion in 1941, by the Kremlin wall in Moscow on June 22. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko makes an obscene gesture during a session of the parliament in Kyiv. (Reuters/Vladyslav Musiienko)
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Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko makes an obscene gesture during a session of the parliament in Kyiv. (Reuters/Vladyslav Musiienko)

A girl walks through rubbish left by waves along Clifton Beach in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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A girl walks through rubbish left by waves along Clifton Beach in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

People participate in Solstice In Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, an all-day yoga event in Times Square in New York City to mark the summer solstice on June 21. (epa/Justin Lane)
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People participate in Solstice In Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, an all-day yoga event in Times Square in New York City to mark the summer solstice on June 21. (epa/Justin Lane)

Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a blaze in a three-story house on Khreshatyk Street, a main thoroughfare in Kyiv. (epa/Volodymyr Petrov)
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Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a blaze in a three-story house on Khreshatyk Street, a main thoroughfare in Kyiv. (epa/Volodymyr Petrov)

Afghan men make sweets at a traditional factory in Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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Afghan men make sweets at a traditional factory in Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)

A member of Iraq's security forces fires a 23-mm antiaircraft gun as they advance toward the Old City of Mosul during an ongoing offensive to retake the last district still held by Islamic State fighters. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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A member of Iraq's security forces fires a 23-mm antiaircraft gun as they advance toward the Old City of Mosul during an ongoing offensive to retake the last district still held by Islamic State fighters. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Children take part in a martial arts competition in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. (Reuters) 
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Children take part in a martial arts competition in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. (Reuters) 

Children in gowns and mortarboards are all smiles during their kindergarten graduation ceremony in Handan, Hebei Province, China. (Reuters/China Daily)
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Children in gowns and mortarboards are all smiles during their kindergarten graduation ceremony in Handan, Hebei Province, China. (Reuters/China Daily)

Pakistani cricket fans cheer after Pakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy finals in Lahore on June 18. 
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Pakistani cricket fans cheer after Pakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy finals in Lahore on June 18. 

Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, break their fast with the iftar meal on a heavily damaged street during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AFP/Hamza Al-Ajweh)
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Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, break their fast with the iftar meal on a heavily damaged street during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AFP/Hamza Al-Ajweh)

Iraqi Army personnel drop informational leaflets over the old city of Mosul, which government forces are still trying to wrest from Islamic State extremists. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)
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Iraqi Army personnel drop informational leaflets over the old city of Mosul, which government forces are still trying to wrest from Islamic State extremists. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)

Female Afghan refugees wait to have their eyes scanned at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AFP/Abdul Majeed)
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Female Afghan refugees wait to have their eyes scanned at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AFP/Abdul Majeed)

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