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Photos Of The Week #31

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 31st week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A bride walks in a fountain on a hot summer day in Kyiv, where temperatures reached over 36 degrees Celsius. (epa/Sergey Dolzehnko)
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A bride walks in a fountain on a hot summer day in Kyiv, where temperatures reached over 36 degrees Celsius. (epa/Sergey Dolzehnko)

Israelis watch and take photos of hot air balloons flying during the Gilboa Hot Air Balloon Festival near Kibbutz Ein Harod in northern Israel's Jezreel Valley. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Israelis watch and take photos of hot air balloons flying during the Gilboa Hot Air Balloon Festival near Kibbutz Ein Harod in northern Israel's Jezreel Valley. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

A boy jumps into the Cijevna River to cool off near Tuzi as a heatwave hit Montenegro. (Reuters/Stevo Vasiljevic)
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A boy jumps into the Cijevna River to cool off near Tuzi as a heatwave hit Montenegro. (Reuters/Stevo Vasiljevic)

Ukrainian militants of the Azov battalion take part in an exercise on a shooting range close to the village of Urzuf near Mariupol. (epa/Volodymyr Petrov)
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Ukrainian militants of the Azov battalion take part in an exercise on a shooting range close to the village of Urzuf near Mariupol. (epa/Volodymyr Petrov)

A boy can be seen through a giant soap bubble in Central Park in New York. (epa/Alba Vigaray)
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A boy can be seen through a giant soap bubble in Central Park in New York. (epa/Alba Vigaray)

Afghan protesters shout against the Islamic State extremist group following a mosque attack that killed 33 people in Herat. (AFP/Hoshang Hashimi)
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Afghan protesters shout against the Islamic State extremist group following a mosque attack that killed 33 people in Herat. (AFP/Hoshang Hashimi)

Festivalgoers take part in the traditional mud bath on the first day of the 23rd Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Bus Stop) festival in Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland. (epa/Lech Muszynski)
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Festivalgoers take part in the traditional mud bath on the first day of the 23rd Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Bus Stop) festival in Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland. (epa/Lech Muszynski)

Swimmers cool down at the Dreamland aquapark in Minsk, Belarus. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Swimmers cool down at the Dreamland aquapark in Minsk, Belarus. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

Russian airborne veterans celebrate Paratroopers' Day at Gorky Park in Moscow. (AFP/Aleksandr Nemenov)
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Russian airborne veterans celebrate Paratroopers' Day at Gorky Park in Moscow. (AFP/Aleksandr Nemenov)

Indonesian students take cover from volcanic ash falling from Mt. Sinabung as they ride on a pickup truck and a motorcycle after the volcano erupted at Beganding village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia Province. Mt. Sinabung is one of the most active volcanos in Indonesia. The 2,460-meter volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. (epa/Dedi Sinuhaji)
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Indonesian students take cover from volcanic ash falling from Mt. Sinabung as they ride on a pickup truck and a motorcycle after the volcano erupted at Beganding village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia Province. Mt. Sinabung is one of the most active volcanos in Indonesia. The 2,460-meter volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. (epa/Dedi Sinuhaji)

U.S. troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle belonging to the NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Reuters/Ahmad Nadeem)
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U.S. troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle belonging to the NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Reuters/Ahmad Nadeem)

A Jewish worshipper prays in front of an entrance to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, on Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament, in Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
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A Jewish worshipper prays in front of an entrance to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, on Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament, in Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Lorens Listo jumps from the Old Bridge during the 451st diving competition in Mostar, Bosnia- Herzegovina. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
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Lorens Listo jumps from the Old Bridge during the 451st diving competition in Mostar, Bosnia- Herzegovina. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

Damaged buildings in the Old City in western Mosul, Iraq, which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State extremist group. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Damaged buildings in the Old City in western Mosul, Iraq, which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State extremist group. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

Sumo wrestler Kaiho eats a "chanko" meal in the main hall of the Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan. (Reuters/Issei Kato)
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Sumo wrestler Kaiho eats a "chanko" meal in the main hall of the Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

A woman holds an umbrella while using her mobile phone as a lightning storm rolls into Prague, in the Czech Republic. (epa/Martin Divisek)
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A woman holds an umbrella while using her mobile phone as a lightning storm rolls into Prague, in the Czech Republic. (epa/Martin Divisek)

A couple enjoys the view at Serebryano-Vinogradnii Lake in Moscow on July 30. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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A couple enjoys the view at Serebryano-Vinogradnii Lake in Moscow on July 30. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

Flames erupt as clashes break out during civil unrest in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 30. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
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Flames erupt as clashes break out during civil unrest in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 30. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

A dog plays in a pool with colored balls during the Freaky Summer Party 2017 city festival in Minsk, Belarus, on July 30. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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A dog plays in a pool with colored balls during the Freaky Summer Party 2017 city festival in Minsk, Belarus, on July 30. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

Residents of the village of Vilardevos in northwestern Spain observe a large forest fire that prompted warnings from authorities. (epa/Brais Lorenzo)
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Residents of the village of Vilardevos in northwestern Spain observe a large forest fire that prompted warnings from authorities. (epa/Brais Lorenzo)

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