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Photos Of The Week #32

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 32nd week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Boys cool themselves in a fountain during a hot summer day in central Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Boys cool themselves in a fountain during a hot summer day in central Minsk. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A man stands on a board as he paddles on a lake during sunset on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A man stands on a board as he paddles on a lake during sunset on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A bowhead whale that was stuck in the estuary of a river in Russia's Khabarovsk territory was eventually able to swim into the Sea of Okhotsk during high tide. Rescuers poured water on the whale to keep it hydrated until it could swim free. (Reuters/Sergei Dolya)
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A bowhead whale that was stuck in the estuary of a river in Russia's Khabarovsk territory was eventually able to swim into the Sea of Okhotsk during high tide. Rescuers poured water on the whale to keep it hydrated until it could swim free. (Reuters/Sergei Dolya)

A girl looks at a barbed-wire fence decorated with ribbons bearing messages wishing for the unification between the two Koreas near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)
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A girl looks at a barbed-wire fence decorated with ribbons bearing messages wishing for the unification between the two Koreas near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

A boy enjoy the waves at sunset on an embankment in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)
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A boy enjoy the waves at sunset on an embankment in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)

A member of the Saudi Special Forces holds his weapon as he walks in the town of Awamiya following a security campaign against Shi'ite Muslim gunmen in eastern Saudi Arabia. (Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser)
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A member of the Saudi Special Forces holds his weapon as he walks in the town of Awamiya following a security campaign against Shi'ite Muslim gunmen in eastern Saudi Arabia. (Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser)

A woman with high heels walks on a sidewalk that is under renovation in downtown Moscow, as the city continues with preparations for next year's FIFA World Cup. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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A woman with high heels walks on a sidewalk that is under renovation in downtown Moscow, as the city continues with preparations for next year's FIFA World Cup. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

People row in a small boat inside the Pool of Arches in the city of Ramla, Israel. The Pool of Arches is an ancient underground water reservoir built in A.D. 789 during the period of the Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258). (epa/Abir Sultan)
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People row in a small boat inside the Pool of Arches in the city of Ramla, Israel. The Pool of Arches is an ancient underground water reservoir built in A.D. 789 during the period of the Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258). (epa/Abir Sultan)

The Iraqi Army's 53rd Brigade participate in a live-ammunition training exercise with U.S.-led coalition trainers at a base north of Baghdad. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)
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The Iraqi Army's 53rd Brigade participate in a live-ammunition training exercise with U.S.-led coalition trainers at a base north of Baghdad. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)

A man and a boy watch the demolition of illegally erected Romany houses in the village of Plekhanovo in Russia's Tula region. (TASS/Sergei Starikov)
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A man and a boy watch the demolition of illegally erected Romany houses in the village of Plekhanovo in Russia's Tula region. (TASS/Sergei Starikov)

A T-72 tank's barrel emerges from gun smoke during the Tank Biathlon competition at this year's International Army Games outside Moscow. (Reuters/Maksim Shemetov)
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A T-72 tank's barrel emerges from gun smoke during the Tank Biathlon competition at this year's International Army Games outside Moscow. (Reuters/Maksim Shemetov)

A barrel organ grinder plays at the 4th International Organ Grinders Festival under the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 8. (epa/Martin Divisek)
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A barrel organ grinder plays at the 4th International Organ Grinders Festival under the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 8. (epa/Martin Divisek)

A man frames the moon with his hands in a partial lunar eclipse in Frankfurt, Germany, on August 7. (AFP-dpa/Frank Rumpenhorst)
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A man frames the moon with his hands in a partial lunar eclipse in Frankfurt, Germany, on August 7. (AFP-dpa/Frank Rumpenhorst)

Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica in action during the women's triple-jump final at the London IAAF World Athletics Championships. (dpa/Frank Rumpenhorst)
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Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica in action during the women's triple-jump final at the London IAAF World Athletics Championships. (dpa/Frank Rumpenhorst)

A worker collects salt at the Ston Saltworks in Croatia. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)
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A worker collects salt at the Ston Saltworks in Croatia. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

Participants compete in a motorcross competition in Russia's Omsk Region. (TASS/Dmitry Feoktistov)
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Participants compete in a motorcross competition in Russia's Omsk Region. (TASS/Dmitry Feoktistov)

Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia competes in the women's triple-jump final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships on August 7. (epa/Franck Robichon)
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Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia competes in the women's triple-jump final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships on August 7. (epa/Franck Robichon)

Boys in Karachi wear masks in colors of the national flag as Pakistan prepares to celebrate Independence Day on August 7. (epa/Rehan Khan)
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Boys in Karachi wear masks in colors of the national flag as Pakistan prepares to celebrate Independence Day on August 7. (epa/Rehan Khan)

Members of Iraq's federal police patrol in the destroyed Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on August 7. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
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Members of Iraq's federal police patrol in the destroyed Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on August 7. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

Turkey's Tarik Langat Akdag clears an obstacle as Spain's Sebastian Martos falls while competing in the heats of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium on August 6. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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Turkey's Tarik Langat Akdag clears an obstacle as Spain's Sebastian Martos falls while competing in the heats of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium on August 6. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

A man jumps into the river during a heat wave in Mirusha, Kosovo, where temperatures have hit 40 degrees Celsius. (epa/Valdrin Xhemaj)
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A man jumps into the river during a heat wave in Mirusha, Kosovo, where temperatures have hit 40 degrees Celsius. (epa/Valdrin Xhemaj)

A woman wearing a dress rides a bike during the Lady on a Bicycle parade in Moscow's Sokolniki Park on August 6. (TASS/Artyom Geodakyan)
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A woman wearing a dress rides a bike during the Lady on a Bicycle parade in Moscow's Sokolniki Park on August 6. (TASS/Artyom Geodakyan)

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