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Photos Of The Week #5

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

An Olympic shuttlebus is on seen on the road to Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort next to a cableway in Krasnaya Polyana, site of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Russia. (epa/Michael Kappeler)
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An Olympic shuttlebus is on seen on the road to Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort next to a cableway in Krasnaya Polyana, site of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Russia. (epa/Michael Kappeler)

Young people play in the first snow in the city of Rasht, Iran. (IRNA)
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Young people play in the first snow in the city of Rasht, Iran. (IRNA)

Vanished wetlands in the Sistan Basin on the Iranian-Afghan border, where shallow lakes (or lagoons), usually seasonal, occur in deserts of southeast Iran and adjacent areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of snowmelt. (Mehr)
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Vanished wetlands in the Sistan Basin on the Iranian-Afghan border, where shallow lakes (or lagoons), usually seasonal, occur in deserts of southeast Iran and adjacent areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of snowmelt. (Mehr)

Members of a local winter swimming club bathe in the Yenisei River during their weekly bathing session, with temperatures at around minus-30 degrees Celsius, in the town of Divnogorsk, near Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Members of a local winter swimming club bathe in the Yenisei River during their weekly bathing session, with temperatures at around minus-30 degrees Celsius, in the town of Divnogorsk, near Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

A man wearing a mask holds a child who was rescued at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)
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A man wearing a mask holds a child who was rescued at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

Ludmila (left) and Tofig Akhundov perform with their hippopotamuses in a circus in Minsk, Belarus. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Ludmila (left) and Tofig Akhundov perform with their hippopotamuses in a circus in Minsk, Belarus. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

A man in a zebra costume invites passersby to have a picture taken in exchange for money outside a barricade on Independence Square in Kyiv, hub of two months of antigovernment protests. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)
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A man in a zebra costume invites passersby to have a picture taken in exchange for money outside a barricade on Independence Square in Kyiv, hub of two months of antigovernment protests. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

A Palestinian protester jumps as tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers rises during clashes in Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 31. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokma)
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A Palestinian protester jumps as tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers rises during clashes in Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 31. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokma)

Hindu devotees wait to fill pots with water from the Bagmati River at the Pashupatinath Temple during the monthlong Swasthani festival in Kathmandu. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)
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Hindu devotees wait to fill pots with water from the Bagmati River at the Pashupatinath Temple during the monthlong Swasthani festival in Kathmandu. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

A man, injured and covered in dust, stands in a street of the northern city of Aleppo after an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 29. (Topshots/AFP/Momammed Al-Khatieb)
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A man, injured and covered in dust, stands in a street of the northern city of Aleppo after an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 29. (Topshots/AFP/Momammed Al-Khatieb)

A couple walks beneath a display of lanterns for the Lunar New Year as China prepares for the Year of the Horse in Beijing. (AFP/Mark Ralston)
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A couple walks beneath a display of lanterns for the Lunar New Year as China prepares for the Year of the Horse in Beijing. (AFP/Mark Ralston)

Employees sort eggs at a poultry farm in the Belarusian village of Dubovliany, some 20 kilometers west of Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)
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Employees sort eggs at a poultry farm in the Belarusian village of Dubovliany, some 20 kilometers west of Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

Ballet dancers prepare to perform a scene from "Swan Lake" during a protest near the Russian Embassy in London to protest Russian antigay legislation, organized by Amnesty International ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. (AFP/Leon Neal)
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Ballet dancers prepare to perform a scene from "Swan Lake" during a protest near the Russian Embassy in London to protest Russian antigay legislation, organized by Amnesty International ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. (AFP/Leon Neal)

A woman sells hot tea and coffee at a market in Moscow. (epa/Yury Kochetkov)
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A woman sells hot tea and coffee at a market in Moscow. (epa/Yury Kochetkov)

Ukrainian riot police take souvenir snapshots of each other during a brief rest on another day of antigovernment protest in Kyiv on January 28. (epa/Maksim Shipenkov)
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Ukrainian riot police take souvenir snapshots of each other during a brief rest on another day of antigovernment protest in Kyiv on January 28. (epa/Maksim Shipenkov)

A medic of the antigovernment protest camp (left) poses for a portrait with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kyiv on January 28. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)
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A medic of the antigovernment protest camp (left) poses for a portrait with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kyiv on January 28. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

An Indian band member waits at the roadside ahead of the bridal procession in New Delhi. South Asian weddings are often lavish affairs, filled with ritual and celebration that continues for several days. (AFP/Sajjad Hussain)
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An Indian band member waits at the roadside ahead of the bridal procession in New Delhi. South Asian weddings are often lavish affairs, filled with ritual and celebration that continues for several days. (AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

An Afghan girl struggles to handle a wheelbarrow as she waits for food donations from the World Food Program in Kabul. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)
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An Afghan girl struggles to handle a wheelbarrow as she waits for food donations from the World Food Program in Kabul. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Dancers wearing traditional costumes of North Caucasus ethnic groups perform at a stadium during the Olympic torch relay in Makhachkala, Daghestan, on January 27. (AFP/Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee)
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Dancers wearing traditional costumes of North Caucasus ethnic groups perform at a stadium during the Olympic torch relay in Makhachkala, Daghestan, on January 27. (AFP/Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee)

Olympic volunteers walk in front of Russian Cossacks who patrol the Adler district of Sochi. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)
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Olympic volunteers walk in front of Russian Cossacks who patrol the Adler district of Sochi. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)

Afghan children weave a carpet at a traditional carpet factory in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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Afghan children weave a carpet at a traditional carpet factory in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

Ukrainians walk past a sign with a picture of President Viktor Yanukovych at a garbage-collection point at the site of clashes with riot police in Kyiv. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Ukrainians walk past a sign with a picture of President Viktor Yanukovych at a garbage-collection point at the site of clashes with riot police in Kyiv. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Ukrainian antigovernment protesters pose inside the seized Justice Ministry in Kyiv on January 27. (RIA Novosti/Andrei Stenin)
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Ukrainian antigovernment protesters pose inside the seized Justice Ministry in Kyiv on January 27. (RIA Novosti/Andrei Stenin)

One of two "doves of peace" is attacked by a seagull seconds after its release by a youth as part of an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. The other dove was similarly attacked by a crow. (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)
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One of two "doves of peace" is attacked by a seagull seconds after its release by a youth as part of an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. The other dove was similarly attacked by a crow. (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)

Workers suspended on ropes prepare the Olympic rings during heavy snowfall at the "Laura" Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi, site of the Winter Olympics next month. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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Workers suspended on ropes prepare the Olympic rings during heavy snowfall at the "Laura" Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi, site of the Winter Olympics next month. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

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