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Photos Of The Week #31

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

A girl holds a gun across her lap as she sits with a Free Syrian Army fighter on a street in Aleppo. (Reuters/Loubna Mrie)
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A girl holds a gun across her lap as she sits with a Free Syrian Army fighter on a street in Aleppo. (Reuters/Loubna Mrie)

North Korean war veterans and commanding officers take part in a military parade held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the truce of the Korean War. (Reuters/KCNA)
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North Korean war veterans and commanding officers take part in a military parade held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the truce of the Korean War. (Reuters/KCNA)

A Chinese soldier jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during Army Day celebrations in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, on August 1. (Reuters)
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A Chinese soldier jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during Army Day celebrations in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, on August 1. (Reuters)

Ahead of a major heavy metal festval, Benni from Dortmund jumps from a three-meter tower into swimming pool with an inflatable guitar in Wacken on August 1. (epa/Axel Heimken)
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Ahead of a major heavy metal festval, Benni from Dortmund jumps from a three-meter tower into swimming pool with an inflatable guitar in Wacken on August 1. (epa/Axel Heimken)

Palestinian onlookers and motorists pause to inspect an Israeli army bomb as it lies unexploded on the road that links northern and southern Gaza. (AFP/Marco Longari)
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Palestinian onlookers and motorists pause to inspect an Israeli army bomb as it lies unexploded on the road that links northern and southern Gaza. (AFP/Marco Longari)

A Palestinian boy pulls a horse as civilians who were displaced from their houses due to fighting between Israel's army and Hamas fighters return to check their homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood on August 1. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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A Palestinian boy pulls a horse as civilians who were displaced from their houses due to fighting between Israel's army and Hamas fighters return to check their homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood on August 1. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Russian soldiers of the Rapid Deployment Forces of the Central Asian nations take part on August 1 in joint military exercises Indestructible Brotherhood - 2014 at the Ala-Too training ground, some 20 km outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Russian soldiers of the Rapid Deployment Forces of the Central Asian nations take part on August 1 in joint military exercises Indestructible Brotherhood - 2014 at the Ala-Too training ground, some 20 km outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

An Afghan family travel on a motorbike in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kosar)
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An Afghan family travel on a motorbike in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kosar)

A Ukrainian soldier gestures as he directs traffic at a checkpoint in the village of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on July 31. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A Ukrainian soldier gestures as he directs traffic at a checkpoint in the village of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on July 31. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

A newly married couple walks past an art installation showing an unexploded bomb, set near the Taras Shevchenko monument (left) in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, close to Poland's border. (AFP/Yurko Dyachyshyn)
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A newly married couple walks past an art installation showing an unexploded bomb, set near the Taras Shevchenko monument (left) in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, close to Poland's border. (AFP/Yurko Dyachyshyn)

The son of Ibrahim al-Haj, a Hezbollah commander who died during a mission in Iraq, wears a military outfit as he lies on his father's coffin during his funeral in Mashghara village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (Reuters/Shawky Haj)
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The son of Ibrahim al-Haj, a Hezbollah commander who died during a mission in Iraq, wears a military outfit as he lies on his father's coffin during his funeral in Mashghara village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (Reuters/Shawky Haj)

Palestinians inspect a damaged classroom of a UN school in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, after it was bombed by Israeli forces on July 30. (epa/Mohammed Saber)
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Palestinians inspect a damaged classroom of a UN school in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, after it was bombed by Israeli forces on July 30. (epa/Mohammed Saber)

A man with his dog looks at a damaged area after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on July 29. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A man with his dog looks at a damaged area after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on July 29. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

A Palestinian man takes a picture of a fire raging at Gaza's main power plant following an Israeli air strike, south of Gaza City. (epa/Oliver Weiken)
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A Palestinian man takes a picture of a fire raging at Gaza's main power plant following an Israeli air strike, south of Gaza City. (epa/Oliver Weiken)

A man jumps into Lake Drozdy on the outskirts of Minsk. (AFP/Maksim Malinovsky)
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A man jumps into Lake Drozdy on the outskirts of Minsk. (AFP/Maksim Malinovsky)

A desperate Palestinian woman throws debris in the air in a classroom where she is taking shelter with her family following Israeli army shelling in the area. (AFP/Marco Longari)
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A desperate Palestinian woman throws debris in the air in a classroom where she is taking shelter with her family following Israeli army shelling in the area. (AFP/Marco Longari)

An Israeli soldier holds a weapon atop an armoured personnel carrier after crossing back into Israel from Gaza on July 28. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
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An Israeli soldier holds a weapon atop an armoured personnel carrier after crossing back into Israel from Gaza on July 28. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Muscovites cool off at a public fountain during a hot summer day in the Russian capital on July 28. (epa/Yury Kochetkov)
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Muscovites cool off at a public fountain during a hot summer day in the Russian capital on July 28. (epa/Yury Kochetkov)

Palestinian men clean up graves from debris from a nearby house that was destroyed during an Israeli air strike during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr at the Sheikh Aduwan cementery in Gaza City, on July 28. (epa/Oliver Weiken)
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Palestinian men clean up graves from debris from a nearby house that was destroyed during an Israeli air strike during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr at the Sheikh Aduwan cementery in Gaza City, on July 28. (epa/Oliver Weiken)

Afghan children, wearing new clothes, which is an Eid al-Fitr tradition, look on during the festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Mazar-e Sharif on July 28. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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Afghan children, wearing new clothes, which is an Eid al-Fitr tradition, look on during the festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Mazar-e Sharif on July 28. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

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