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Photos Of The Week #44

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 44th week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Flames and smoke rise from oil wells set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara in Iraq. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)
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Flames and smoke rise from oil wells set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara in Iraq. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)

People react during a funeral ceremony for servicemen from the Aidar Battalion who were killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine on Independence Square in central Kyiv on November 4. (epa/Roman Pilipey)
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People react during a funeral ceremony for servicemen from the Aidar Battalion who were killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine on Independence Square in central Kyiv on November 4. (epa/Roman Pilipey)

Iranian-Kurdish female fighters hold their weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, near Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
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Iranian-Kurdish female fighters hold their weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, near Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

Hackers from the Ukrainian "hactivist" group RUH8 are seen during an interview with Reuters in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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Hackers from the Ukrainian "hactivist" group RUH8 are seen during an interview with Reuters in Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A woman looks out from a damaged police building after a blast in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. At least eight people were killed in a blast believed to have been a car bomb, blamed by authorities on the Kurdistan Workers Party. (Reuters/Sertac Kayar)
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A woman looks out from a damaged police building after a blast in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. At least eight people were killed in a blast believed to have been a car bomb, blamed by authorities on the Kurdistan Workers Party. (Reuters/Sertac Kayar)

A girl runs past a damaged site after an air strike in the besieged rebel-held town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)
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A girl runs past a damaged site after an air strike in the besieged rebel-held town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)

Iraqi priests hold the first Mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State militants in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq, on November 2. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)
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Iraqi priests hold the first Mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State militants in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq, on November 2. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)

A woman wearing a Cossack hat attends the 20th meeting of the World Russian People's Council at a hall in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on November 1. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavstev)
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A woman wearing a Cossack hat attends the 20th meeting of the World Russian People's Council at a hall in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on November 1. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavstev)

A member of Belarus's Interior Ministry special forces takes part in the qualifying examinations for the Madder Beret headdress outside Minsk. (AFP/Maksim Malinovsky)
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A member of Belarus's Interior Ministry special forces takes part in the qualifying examinations for the Madder Beret headdress outside Minsk. (AFP/Maksim Malinovsky)

Smoke rises after an explosion at the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan on November 1. (epa/Rehan Khan)
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Smoke rises after an explosion at the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan on November 1. (epa/Rehan Khan)

A displaced Iraqi boy leads his animals to safety after escaping from the Islamic State-controlled village of Abu Jarboa during clashes with the militants near Mosul on November 1. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
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A displaced Iraqi boy leads his animals to safety after escaping from the Islamic State-controlled village of Abu Jarboa during clashes with the militants near Mosul on November 1. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

People light candles during All Saints Day at Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia, on November 1. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)
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People light candles during All Saints Day at Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia, on November 1. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

A 20-year old Muslim woman gets caned after being caught in close proximity to her boyfriend in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Aceh is the only province in the predominantly Muslim country that applies Shari'a law. Public canings for breaches of Islamic code happen on a regular basis and often attract huge crowds. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)
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A 20-year old Muslim woman gets caned after being caught in close proximity to her boyfriend in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Aceh is the only province in the predominantly Muslim country that applies Shari'a law. Public canings for breaches of Islamic code happen on a regular basis and often attract huge crowds. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

Holocaust survivor Carmela Ben Yehuda, 89, dances during the annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant in the Israeli city of Haifa. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
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Holocaust survivor Carmela Ben Yehuda, 89, dances during the annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant in the Israeli city of Haifa. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Afghan yoga teacher Fakhria Ibrahimi (front) teaches women at a yoga club in Kabul. The first yoga club, called Blue Moon, has opened in Kabul to provide opportunities for Afghan women to work on their mental and physical health. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)
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Afghan yoga teacher Fakhria Ibrahimi (front) teaches women at a yoga club in Kabul. The first yoga club, called Blue Moon, has opened in Kabul to provide opportunities for Afghan women to work on their mental and physical health. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)

A man who just fled the village of Bazwaia carries a white flag as he talks to a member of the Iraqi special forces east of Mosul. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A man who just fled the village of Bazwaia carries a white flag as he talks to a member of the Iraqi special forces east of Mosul. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A displaced boy walks past wastewater at the Debaga refugee camp near Irbil in Iraq. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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A displaced boy walks past wastewater at the Debaga refugee camp near Irbil in Iraq. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

Czech fishermen pull a net in during the traditional carp haul at Lake Zablatsky near Trebon on October 31. (epa/Filip Singer)
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Czech fishermen pull a net in during the traditional carp haul at Lake Zablatsky near Trebon on October 31. (epa/Filip Singer)

Afghan children play during sunset in Zaranj in the southwestern province of Nimroz. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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Afghan children play during sunset in Zaranj in the southwestern province of Nimroz. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

An Iraqi soldier stands next to a detained man accused of being an Islamic State fighter at a checkpoint near Mosul. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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An Iraqi soldier stands next to a detained man accused of being an Islamic State fighter at a checkpoint near Mosul. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

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