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Photos Of The Week

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 37th week of 2014. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive by clicking on the banner above.

A man and woman walk past a Ferrari in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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A man and woman walk past a Ferrari in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

Armenian police taking part in exercises at the Arzni airport, close to Yerevan.
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Armenian police taking part in exercises at the Arzni airport, close to Yerevan.

Shi'ite fighters launch rockets during fierce clashes with Islamic State members near Tikrit in northern Iraq on September 12. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
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Shi'ite fighters launch rockets during fierce clashes with Islamic State members near Tikrit in northern Iraq on September 12. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

Residents carry an injured man out from the debris at a site hit by what activists claim were at least five air strikes by Syrian government forces in Douma near Damascus on September 11. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)
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Residents carry an injured man out from the debris at a site hit by what activists claim were at least five air strikes by Syrian government forces in Douma near Damascus on September 11. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)

An icon and a weapon lie in a bus window in a military camp in Volnovaha town, some 60 km from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on September 11. (epa/Roman Pilipey)
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An icon and a weapon lie in a bus window in a military camp in Volnovaha town, some 60 km from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on September 11. (epa/Roman Pilipey)

A Kyrgyz stuntman performs during the first World Nomad Games in the Kyrchin (Semenovskoe) gorge, some 300 kilometers from Bishkek on September 10. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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A Kyrgyz stuntman performs during the first World Nomad Games in the Kyrchin (Semenovskoe) gorge, some 300 kilometers from Bishkek on September 10. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

A photographer clambers along mounds of potassium waste from the local salt mine in the town of Salihorsk, some 140 kilometers south of Minsk, Belarus. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)
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A photographer clambers along mounds of potassium waste from the local salt mine in the town of Salihorsk, some 140 kilometers south of Minsk, Belarus. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

The “Tribute in Light” illuminates the sky down in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
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The “Tribute in Light” illuminates the sky down in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev looks out of the Russian Soyuz TMA-12M space capsule shortly after landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Maksim Shipenkov)
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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev looks out of the Russian Soyuz TMA-12M space capsule shortly after landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Maksim Shipenkov)

A woman looks at the site of a car-bomb attack in Baghdad. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)
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A woman looks at the site of a car-bomb attack in Baghdad. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

A Pro-Russian separatist fighter holds a grenade as he stands guard at a checkpoint on a road near the Donetsk airport. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
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A Pro-Russian separatist fighter holds a grenade as he stands guard at a checkpoint on a road near the Donetsk airport. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A dog at a flooded house following heavy rains in Jhang, Punjab Province, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A dog at a flooded house following heavy rains in Jhang, Punjab Province, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter during a visit to the Iraqi capital on September 10. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter during a visit to the Iraqi capital on September 10. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Improvised mortar shells are seen inside a weapons factory in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)
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Improvised mortar shells are seen inside a weapons factory in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire at Islamic State militant positions from their position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point about 25 kilometers east of Mosul. (AFP/JM Lopez)
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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire at Islamic State militant positions from their position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point about 25 kilometers east of Mosul. (AFP/JM Lopez)

Despite a cease-fire, a Ukrainian forces' field camp was destroyed by shelling by pro-Russian militants in the eastern region of Luhansk. (AFP/Sergei Bobok)
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Despite a cease-fire, a Ukrainian forces' field camp was destroyed by shelling by pro-Russian militants in the eastern region of Luhansk. (AFP/Sergei Bobok)

Afghan laborers rest as they work at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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Afghan laborers rest as they work at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

An "Air" in-flight magazine is pictured at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Hrabove in Ukraine's Donetsk region, on September 9. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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An "Air" in-flight magazine is pictured at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Hrabove in Ukraine's Donetsk region, on September 9. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

Pro-Russian rebels stand near a monument in Donetsk, Ukraine, during a ceremony to honor the World War II defenders of Donetsk from Nazi forces. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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Pro-Russian rebels stand near a monument in Donetsk, Ukraine, during a ceremony to honor the World War II defenders of Donetsk from Nazi forces. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A boy collects items thrown by devotees as religious offerings next to idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, a day after they were immersed in the waters of the Sabarmati River in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. (Reuters/Amit Dave)
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A boy collects items thrown by devotees as religious offerings next to idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, a day after they were immersed in the waters of the Sabarmati River in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. (Reuters/Amit Dave)

Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after his prostate operation at a hospital in Tehran. (AFP via Khamenei's website)
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Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after his prostate operation at a hospital in Tehran. (AFP via Khamenei's website)

Ukrainian soldiers check a smoldering army truck after an overnight bombing attack at a Ukrainian Army checkpoint on the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
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Ukrainian soldiers check a smoldering army truck after an overnight bombing attack at a Ukrainian Army checkpoint on the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A member of the Guard of Honor of the Presidential Regiment from Russia performs on the final day of the International Military Music Festival on Red Square in Moscow. (Reuters/Maksim Zmeyev)
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A member of the Guard of Honor of the Presidential Regiment from Russia performs on the final day of the International Military Music Festival on Red Square in Moscow. (Reuters/Maksim Zmeyev)

Members of Russia's Squadron of the Special Guards dressed like Russian soldiers of World War I perform during the closing of the International Military Music Festival on Moscow's Red Square. (epa/Sergei Ilnitsky)
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Members of Russia's Squadron of the Special Guards dressed like Russian soldiers of World War I perform during the closing of the International Military Music Festival on Moscow's Red Square. (epa/Sergei Ilnitsky)

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