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Photos Of The Week #49

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

A man washes his rickshaw on the shores of the Sardaryab River in Charsadda near Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 4. (Reuters/​Fayaz Aziz)
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A man washes his rickshaw on the shores of the Sardaryab River in Charsadda near Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 4. (Reuters/​Fayaz Aziz)

People feed pigeons in front of a cathedral in a park in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on December 4. (Reuters/​Shamil Zhumatov)
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People feed pigeons in front of a cathedral in a park in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on December 4. (Reuters/​Shamil Zhumatov)

Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Karbala on December 3. (Reuters/Ahmad al-Husseini)
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Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Karbala on December 3. (Reuters/Ahmad al-Husseini)

Truck drivers watch Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address in Ivanovo on December 3. (TASS/Vladimir Smirnov)
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Truck drivers watch Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address in Ivanovo on December 3. (TASS/Vladimir Smirnov)

Students recite the Koran at the Abu Bakar Saddiq Jamia Mosque on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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Students recite the Koran at the Abu Bakar Saddiq Jamia Mosque on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

Greek police spray stranded migrants as they try to cross Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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Greek police spray stranded migrants as they try to cross Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

A lenticular cloud forms as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the Macedonian town of Gevgelija on December 2. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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A lenticular cloud forms as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the Macedonian town of Gevgelija on December 2. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

Low-lying clouds cover valleys between peaks in the Austrian Alps as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies over the country to meet with Kosovo's prime minister in Pristina. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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Low-lying clouds cover valleys between peaks in the Austrian Alps as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies over the country to meet with Kosovo's prime minister in Pristina. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

An unusual sight in the skies of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, as a pilot dressed as Santa Claus comes in on a paramotorized sled. (epa/Emil Mihaylov)
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An unusual sight in the skies of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, as a pilot dressed as Santa Claus comes in on a paramotorized sled. (epa/Emil Mihaylov)

Competitors in action during a motocross race at a beach near The Hague, Netherlands. (epa/Remko de Waal)
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Competitors in action during a motocross race at a beach near The Hague, Netherlands. (epa/Remko de Waal)

A devotee walks to a shrine of the Muslim Saint Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, also known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, during the three-day annual Urs religious festival in Lahore, Pakistan. (epa/Rahat Dar)
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A devotee walks to a shrine of the Muslim Saint Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, also known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, during the three-day annual Urs religious festival in Lahore, Pakistan. (epa/Rahat Dar)

A member of the Afghan security forces prays during an ongoing operation against militant groups in Achin district of Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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A member of the Afghan security forces prays during an ongoing operation against militant groups in Achin district of Nangarhar Province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

A woman swims in a partially frozen lake at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. (Reuters/Sheng Li)
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A woman swims in a partially frozen lake at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. (Reuters/Sheng Li)

A policeman looks at a car that fell into a pit after crashing through a brick wall on a hazy day in Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, China. Local police said the accident occurred when the driver could not see the road clearly due to thick fog. No one was injured. (Reuters)
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A policeman looks at a car that fell into a pit after crashing through a brick wall on a hazy day in Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, China. Local police said the accident occurred when the driver could not see the road clearly due to thick fog. No one was injured. (Reuters)

Members of the Kosovar parliament react after tear gas was launched by opposition lawmakers in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia. (AFP/Driton Vitia)
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Members of the Kosovar parliament react after tear gas was launched by opposition lawmakers in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia. (AFP/Driton Vitia)

An Afghan man watches a ship travel along the Amu River on the border of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, about 75 kilometers north of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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An Afghan man watches a ship travel along the Amu River on the border of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, about 75 kilometers north of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

Vegetables are covered in dust as people inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian Air Force on a busy market in the town of Ariha, in Idlib Province, Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)
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Vegetables are covered in dust as people inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian Air Force on a busy market in the town of Ariha, in Idlib Province, Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

The honor guards are reflected in the limousine carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrives at the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on November 30. (AFP/Christophe Ena)
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The honor guards are reflected in the limousine carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrives at the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on November 30. (AFP/Christophe Ena)

French President Francois Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama place flowers at a makeshift memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the Bataclan in Paris on November 29. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
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French President Francois Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama place flowers at a makeshift memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the Bataclan in Paris on November 29. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

A doll placed by stranded Iranian migrant protesters hangs from barbed wire in front of Madedonian police at the Greek-Macedonian border near to the Greek village of Idomeni. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)
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A doll placed by stranded Iranian migrant protesters hangs from barbed wire in front of Madedonian police at the Greek-Macedonian border near to the Greek village of Idomeni. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

Protesters gather during an antigovernment rally demanding a referendum to return to a direct presidential election at the Great National Assembly Square in Chisinau, Moldova, on November 29. (epa/Dumitru Doru)
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Protesters gather during an antigovernment rally demanding a referendum to return to a direct presidential election at the Great National Assembly Square in Chisinau, Moldova, on November 29. (epa/Dumitru Doru)

An election observer of the far-right Ukrainian party Right Sector stands at a polling station in Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, during postponed local elections on November 29. (AFP/Aleksey Filippov)
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An election observer of the far-right Ukrainian party Right Sector stands at a polling station in Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, during postponed local elections on November 29. (AFP/Aleksey Filippov)

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