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Photos Of The Week #38

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

A youth practices on the bars at a park near a building damaged in recent shelling in the town of Ilovaysk in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters/Marko Djurica )
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A youth practices on the bars at a park near a building damaged in recent shelling in the town of Ilovaysk in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters/Marko Djurica )

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians fleeing the fighting in their country wait behind border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa Province. (Reuters/Kadir Celikcan)
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Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians fleeing the fighting in their country wait behind border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa Province. (Reuters/Kadir Celikcan)

A woman cries as she sits on a bed in the Oktiabrskiy district of the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. At least four rockets hit three houses, killing one man living in the neighborhood, next to a cement factory occupied by pro-Russian militants. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
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A woman cries as she sits on a bed in the Oktiabrskiy district of the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. At least four rockets hit three houses, killing one man living in the neighborhood, next to a cement factory occupied by pro-Russian militants. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line against IS militants in the Gwer district, 40 kilometers south of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line against IS militants in the Gwer district, 40 kilometers south of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

Russian designer Aleksei Maistro on board his electro-solar boat "Amon Ra" in St. Petersburg. The boat is expected to participate in an international competition of solar boats in 2015 in the Russian city. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)
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Russian designer Aleksei Maistro on board his electro-solar boat "Amon Ra" in St. Petersburg. The boat is expected to participate in an international competition of solar boats in 2015 in the Russian city. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)

A jihadist gunman looks at bottles of perfume at a cosmetic shop in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. (AFP/Raqa Media Center/STR)
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A jihadist gunman looks at bottles of perfume at a cosmetic shop in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. (AFP/Raqa Media Center/STR)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures while addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington on September 18. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures while addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington on September 18. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Despite a cease-fire, an artillery shell falls near the Ukrainian front line in Zuivka, 50 kilometers east of Donetsk, on September 18. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
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Despite a cease-fire, an artillery shell falls near the Ukrainian front line in Zuivka, 50 kilometers east of Donetsk, on September 18. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A Russian sailor is seen aboard the cruiser "Aurora" museum in St. Petersburg. The former cruiser, which was used during the Russian-Japanese War in 1904-05 and the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, will be towed for planned repair works on September 21. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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A Russian sailor is seen aboard the cruiser "Aurora" museum in St. Petersburg. The former cruiser, which was used during the Russian-Japanese War in 1904-05 and the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, will be towed for planned repair works on September 21. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

Torches are lit in front of Warsaw's Monument to the Fallen and Murdered in the East, during ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's invasion of the eastern part of Poland at the outbreak of World War II. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)
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Torches are lit in front of Warsaw's Monument to the Fallen and Murdered in the East, during ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's invasion of the eastern part of Poland at the outbreak of World War II. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

Cupcakes are displayed in the window of Cuckoo's bakery in Edinburgh, Scotland, ahead of a landmark independence referendum. (Reuters/Russell Cheyne)
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Cupcakes are displayed in the window of Cuckoo's bakery in Edinburgh, Scotland, ahead of a landmark independence referendum. (Reuters/Russell Cheyne)

A Ukrainian man who left his burned flat stands in front of a building destroyed by shelling on September 17 near the international airport in Donetsk. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
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A Ukrainian man who left his burned flat stands in front of a building destroyed by shelling on September 17 near the international airport in Donetsk. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

The aftermath of floods in Kladovo, Serbia.
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The aftermath of floods in Kladovo, Serbia.

A woman passes photographs of riots in the United States to a Russian policeman while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. (AFP/Aleksandr Nemenov)
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A woman passes photographs of riots in the United States to a Russian policeman while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. (AFP/Aleksandr Nemenov)

A man grieves at a cemetery in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)
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A man grieves at a cemetery in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a signed landmark Association Agreement with the European Union during a session of the parliament in Kyiv on September 16. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a signed landmark Association Agreement with the European Union during a session of the parliament in Kyiv on September 16. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)

A man carries a coffin from an undertaker's showroom that was recently shelled in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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A man carries a coffin from an undertaker's showroom that was recently shelled in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

State Duma deputy and opera singer Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs and the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture, Joseph Kobzon, sing the Russian national anthem at the opening session of the State Duma in Moscow. (ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov)
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State Duma deputy and opera singer Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs and the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture, Joseph Kobzon, sing the Russian national anthem at the opening session of the State Duma in Moscow. (ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov)

A Pakistani Army soldier distributes food bags from a helicopter in flooded areas in Shujabad, on the outskirts of Multan. Hundreds have died from flooding. (epa/Omer Saleem)
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A Pakistani Army soldier distributes food bags from a helicopter in flooded areas in Shujabad, on the outskirts of Multan. Hundreds have died from flooding. (epa/Omer Saleem)

A woman carries her baby past an APC of the volunteer pro-Kyiv Shakhtarsk battalion on a beach in Mariupol, Ukraine. (AFP/Aleksei Chernyshev)
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A woman carries her baby past an APC of the volunteer pro-Kyiv Shakhtarsk battalion on a beach in Mariupol, Ukraine. (AFP/Aleksei Chernyshev)

Iranian Kurdish female members of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan take part in a training session in Dibis, some 50 kilometers northwest of Kirkuk, Iraq. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Iranian Kurdish female members of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan take part in a training session in Dibis, some 50 kilometers northwest of Kirkuk, Iraq. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

An Afghan man carries a victim away from the scene of a suicide attack in central Kabul. At least three foreign troops were killed. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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An Afghan man carries a victim away from the scene of a suicide attack in central Kabul. At least three foreign troops were killed. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Maria Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, listen to a question from the audience during a forum at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)  
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Maria Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, listen to a question from the audience during a forum at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)  

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells toward Zummar, which is controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, near Mosul in northern Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells toward Zummar, which is controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, near Mosul in northern Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

A photographer in Herat, Afghanistan, shoots pictures in her studio. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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A photographer in Herat, Afghanistan, shoots pictures in her studio. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

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