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Photos Of The Week #42

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 42nd week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

An elderly woman begs for money for food and for treatment for her cat on a street in downtown Moscow. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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An elderly woman begs for money for food and for treatment for her cat on a street in downtown Moscow. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

A jogger makes his way past sprinklers alight with the morning sun on a beautiful autumn day in Washington, D.C. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
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A jogger makes his way past sprinklers alight with the morning sun on a beautiful autumn day in Washington, D.C. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Former U.S. President George W. Bush is presented with a cadets' sword as he is honored with the Sylvanus Thayer Award at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
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Former U.S. President George W. Bush is presented with a cadets' sword as he is honored with the Sylvanus Thayer Award at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

Rohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Burma two days before, walk after they received permission from the Bangladeshi Army to continue on to refugee camps in Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (Reuters/Jorge Silva)
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Rohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Burma two days before, walk after they received permission from the Bangladeshi Army to continue on to refugee camps in Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (Reuters/Jorge Silva)

Mykh, a young great gray owl, flies through a window during a training session that is a part of a program of taming wild animals for research, education, and interaction with visitors, in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Mykh, a young great gray owl, flies through a window during a training session that is a part of a program of taming wild animals for research, education, and interaction with visitors, in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Israeli security forces grab an ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy who was among demonstrators in Jerusalem against Israeli Army conscription. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews oppose military service because they believe it exposes soldiers to influences and temptations not found in the insular world of prayer and religious study. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Israeli security forces grab an ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy who was among demonstrators in Jerusalem against Israeli Army conscription. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews oppose military service because they believe it exposes soldiers to influences and temptations not found in the insular world of prayer and religious study. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

Indian fishermen look out from a cell at a police station in Karachi, Pakistan. Eighteen Indian fishermen were arrested and three boats were seized for illegally fishing in Pakistan's territorial waters. (epa-EFE/Shahzaib Akber)
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Indian fishermen look out from a cell at a police station in Karachi, Pakistan. Eighteen Indian fishermen were arrested and three boats were seized for illegally fishing in Pakistan's territorial waters. (epa-EFE/Shahzaib Akber)

Location and range information is seen on a wall at the Kitton outpost along the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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Location and range information is seen on a wall at the Kitton outpost along the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

A yellow maple leaf floats in a pond at Ostankino park in Moscow. (epa-EFE/Sergei Ilnitsky)
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A yellow maple leaf floats in a pond at Ostankino park in Moscow. (epa-EFE/Sergei Ilnitsky)

 A traditional Moroccan knight falls off his horse in an equestrian show during the Festival of Tbourida, a competition between Moroccan tribes, in El Jadida, Morocco. Tbourida is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in the Maghreb performed during cultural festivals and to close Maghrebi wedding celebrations. (epa-EFE/Nabil Mounzer)
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 A traditional Moroccan knight falls off his horse in an equestrian show during the Festival of Tbourida, a competition between Moroccan tribes, in El Jadida, Morocco. Tbourida is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in the Maghreb performed during cultural festivals and to close Maghrebi wedding celebrations. (epa-EFE/Nabil Mounzer)

A woman picks marigold flowers in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
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A woman picks marigold flowers in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

A hot-air balloon flies during a balloon festival in honor of the 2,799th anniversary of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, as Mt. Ararat is seen in the background. Fourteen balloon teams from Russia, Armenia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria took part in the festival. (AFP/Karen Minasian)
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A hot-air balloon flies during a balloon festival in honor of the 2,799th anniversary of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, as Mt. Ararat is seen in the background. Fourteen balloon teams from Russia, Armenia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria took part in the festival. (AFP/Karen Minasian)

Afghan schoolgirls attend class in Herat. According to a report released by Human Rights Watch on October 17, Afghan government and international donor efforts since 2001 to educate girls have significantly faltered in recent years. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan schoolgirls attend class in Herat. According to a report released by Human Rights Watch on October 17, Afghan government and international donor efforts since 2001 to educate girls have significantly faltered in recent years. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)

Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim Square in Raqqa on October 17. U.S.-backed forces said they had taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State extremist group. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim Square in Raqqa on October 17. U.S.-backed forces said they had taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State extremist group. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Waves crash over a lighthouse as Ophelia, a former Atlantic hurricane, passes Porthcawl, Wales, on October 16. (Reuters/Rebecca Naden)
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Waves crash over a lighthouse as Ophelia, a former Atlantic hurricane, passes Porthcawl, Wales, on October 16. (Reuters/Rebecca Naden)

Men herd cattle during a forest fire in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal, on October 16. At least 27 people have been killed in the wave of wildfires. (epa-EFE/Ricardo Graca)
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Men herd cattle during a forest fire in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal, on October 16. At least 27 people have been killed in the wave of wildfires. (epa-EFE/Ricardo Graca)

A Ukrainian serviceman exercises using a 35-kilogram barbell made from a 120mm mortar shell, not far from the front line in the village of Vodyane in the Donetsk region. (epa-EFE/Sergei Vaganov)
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A Ukrainian serviceman exercises using a 35-kilogram barbell made from a 120mm mortar shell, not far from the front line in the village of Vodyane in the Donetsk region. (epa-EFE/Sergei Vaganov)

Protesters carry an injured man following clashes with police during a rally of the Ukrainian opposition in front of parliament in Kyiv on October 17. Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of the Odesa region, told the rally that President Petro Poroshenko needed to make anticorruption reforms or leave power if Ukrainians were to see change in their country. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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Protesters carry an injured man following clashes with police during a rally of the Ukrainian opposition in front of parliament in Kyiv on October 17. Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of the Odesa region, told the rally that President Petro Poroshenko needed to make anticorruption reforms or leave power if Ukrainians were to see change in their country. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Ushers pose for photos in Tiananmen Square during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. (Reuters/Ahmad Masood)
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Ushers pose for photos in Tiananmen Square during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. (Reuters/Ahmad Masood)

A woman cries after being rescued by fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants on October 17. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
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A woman cries after being rescued by fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants on October 17. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)

Attendants prepare tea inside the Great Hall of the People before the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. (Reuters/Jason Lee)
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Attendants prepare tea inside the Great Hall of the People before the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

An Iraqi boy drags a Kurdish flag as Iraqi forces advance towards the center of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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An Iraqi boy drags a Kurdish flag as Iraqi forces advance towards the center of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Supporters of the ruling Social Democratic Union wave a Macedonian flag during victory celebrations for the local elections in Skopje on October 16. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)
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Supporters of the ruling Social Democratic Union wave a Macedonian flag during victory celebrations for the local elections in Skopje on October 16. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

Members of the Iraqi security forces enter Kirkuk in military vehicles on October 16. (Reuters)
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Members of the Iraqi security forces enter Kirkuk in military vehicles on October 16. (Reuters)

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by U.S. Special Forces, looks out from a building at the front line in Raqqa on October 16. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by U.S. Special Forces, looks out from a building at the front line in Raqqa on October 16. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

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