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Photos Of The Week #43

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 43rd week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A Romanian father helps his boy to kiss the golden box containing the relics of Saint Dimitrie Basarabov during a Mass attended by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. ( epa-EFE/Robert Ghement)
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A Romanian father helps his boy to kiss the golden box containing the relics of Saint Dimitrie Basarabov during a Mass attended by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. ( epa-EFE/Robert Ghement)

An Indian Hindu devotee prays to the sun god standing on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at marina beach during the Chhath Puja festival in Chennai on October 27. (AFP/Arun Sankar)
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An Indian Hindu devotee prays to the sun god standing on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at marina beach during the Chhath Puja festival in Chennai on October 27. (AFP/Arun Sankar)

Pope Francis speaks to the crew aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican on October 26. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
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Pope Francis speaks to the crew aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican on October 26. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

A Russian Orthodox priest walks past a police line blocking the access to Red Square during a rehearsal for the upcoming parade on October 26. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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A Russian Orthodox priest walks past a police line blocking the access to Red Square during a rehearsal for the upcoming parade on October 26. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

A Syrian boy cries outside a makeshift morgue following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on October 26. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
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A Syrian boy cries outside a makeshift morgue following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on October 26. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

A boy holds a rock during a demonstration in Kisumu on October 25, ahead of Kenya's presidential election. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)
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A boy holds a rock during a demonstration in Kisumu on October 25, ahead of Kenya's presidential election. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

A Syrian boy places another child on the tip of an abandoned missile at the Ash'ari camp for the displaced in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area outside the capital Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
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A Syrian boy places another child on the tip of an abandoned missile at the Ash'ari camp for the displaced in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area outside the capital Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

A man begs for money in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A man begs for money in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak at her first press conference in Moscow after announcing that she intended to run for the presidency in 2018. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
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Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak at her first press conference in Moscow after announcing that she intended to run for the presidency in 2018. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

An Indian camel trader arrives with his herd for the annual cattle fair in Pushkar in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. (AP/Deepak Sharma)
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An Indian camel trader arrives with his herd for the annual cattle fair in Pushkar in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. (AP/Deepak Sharma)

Migrating great white pelicans rest as they are fed as part of an Israeli Agricultural Ministry-funded project in Mishmar Hasharon. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
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Migrating great white pelicans rest as they are fed as part of an Israeli Agricultural Ministry-funded project in Mishmar Hasharon. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Kurdish men smoke a water pipe in central Irbil, Iraq. (AP/Felipe Dana)
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Kurdish men smoke a water pipe in central Irbil, Iraq. (AP/Felipe Dana)

A girl takes a selfie during a fashion show in Moscow on October 24. (TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov)
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A girl takes a selfie during a fashion show in Moscow on October 24. (TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov)

Hostesses jump in the air and throw their hats on Tiananmen Square during the closing session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on October 24. (epa-EFE/Roman Pilpey)
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Hostesses jump in the air and throw their hats on Tiananmen Square during the closing session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on October 24. (epa-EFE/Roman Pilpey)

Small Russian flags bearing the word "Trump" are thrown by a protester toward U.S. President Donald Trump, as he walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington on October 24. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)
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Small Russian flags bearing the word "Trump" are thrown by a protester toward U.S. President Donald Trump, as he walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington on October 24. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

Russian Orthodox believers holding portraits of the last tsar, Nicholas II, protest outside the Mariinsky Theater before the premiere of Russian film director Aleksei Uchitel’s movie Matilda in St. Petersburg on October 23. (TASS/Aleksandr Demianchuk)
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Russian Orthodox believers holding portraits of the last tsar, Nicholas II, protest outside the Mariinsky Theater before the premiere of Russian film director Aleksei Uchitel’s movie Matilda in St. Petersburg on October 23. (TASS/Aleksandr Demianchuk)

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga, members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran), take part in routine military exercise in Koya, 100 kilometers east of Irbil, on October 22. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga, members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran), take part in routine military exercise in Koya, 100 kilometers east of Irbil, on October 22. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

People clash with Ukrainian riot policemen during a demonstration of opposition supporters in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on October 22. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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People clash with Ukrainian riot policemen during a demonstration of opposition supporters in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on October 22. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

A man shepherds geese in the village of Krevo, some 100 kilometers northwest from Minsk. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)
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A man shepherds geese in the village of Krevo, some 100 kilometers northwest from Minsk. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

A girl shoots a gun loaded with blanks at an weapons exhibition during a military show in St. Petersburg. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A girl shoots a gun loaded with blanks at an weapons exhibition during a military show in St. Petersburg. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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