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Photos Of The Week #50

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 50th week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A Turkish student cries during a protest to show solidarity with trapped citizens of Aleppo, Syria, in Sarajevo on December 14. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
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A Turkish student cries during a protest to show solidarity with trapped citizens of Aleppo, Syria, in Sarajevo on December 14. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

A boy runs past sandbags covering the windows of a school intended to protect children in case of shelling in the small Ukrainian town of Maryinka. (AFP/Aleksey Filippov)
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A boy runs past sandbags covering the windows of a school intended to protect children in case of shelling in the small Ukrainian town of Maryinka. (AFP/Aleksey Filippov)

A couple walk on Pristina's main square, which has been decorated with lights ahead of Christmas (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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A couple walk on Pristina's main square, which has been decorated with lights ahead of Christmas (AFP/Armend Nimani)

An elderly Belarusian woman walks home from a shopping trip in the village of Krasnaya Gorka, some 30 kilometers from Minsk (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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An elderly Belarusian woman walks home from a shopping trip in the village of Krasnaya Gorka, some 30 kilometers from Minsk (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

A wounded by sits inside an ambulance as Syrian rebels and their families gather at the rebel-held Al-Amiriyah neighborhood as they wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa on the southern outskirts of the city on December 15. (AFP/Karam al-Masri) 
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A wounded by sits inside an ambulance as Syrian rebels and their families gather at the rebel-held Al-Amiriyah neighborhood as they wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa on the southern outskirts of the city on December 15. (AFP/Karam al-Masri) 

Young Bosnian women hold baby dolls wrapped in white fabric with stains symbolizing blood as several thousand Bosnian protesters gather to raise their voice against the killing in eastern Aleppo, Syria, during a rally in Sarajevo on December 14. (epa/Fehim Demir)
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Young Bosnian women hold baby dolls wrapped in white fabric with stains symbolizing blood as several thousand Bosnian protesters gather to raise their voice against the killing in eastern Aleppo, Syria, during a rally in Sarajevo on December 14. (epa/Fehim Demir)

Afghan girls carry bags of coal to use as fuel in their homes as the winter sets in on the outskirts of Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan girls carry bags of coal to use as fuel in their homes as the winter sets in on the outskirts of Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Syrian pro-government forces take a selfie in the courtyard of the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13. After weeks of heavy fighting, regime forces were poised to take full control of Aleppo, dealing the biggest blow to Syria's rebellion in more than five years of civil war. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Syrian pro-government forces take a selfie in the courtyard of the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13. After weeks of heavy fighting, regime forces were poised to take full control of Aleppo, dealing the biggest blow to Syria's rebellion in more than five years of civil war. (AFP/George Ourfalian)

A reflection shows a man waving a Free Syrian flag as an aid convoy to Aleppo organized by the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is about to leave Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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A reflection shows a man waving a Free Syrian flag as an aid convoy to Aleppo organized by the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is about to leave Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Protesters clash with police during a demonstration on the Ministries Esplanade, the avenue of the main governmental buildings in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, after the Senate passed cuts promoted by the government. (epa/Joédson Alves)
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Protesters clash with police during a demonstration on the Ministries Esplanade, the avenue of the main governmental buildings in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, after the Senate passed cuts promoted by the government. (epa/Joédson Alves)

Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses for a picture with the FC Barcelona team on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC in the Qatari capital, Doha. Murtaza became an online sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey made from a discarded plastic bag went viral. He finally got to meet his idol (first row left) on December 13. The meeting was arranged by the organizing committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (AFP/Karim Jaafar)
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Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses for a picture with the FC Barcelona team on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC in the Qatari capital, Doha. Murtaza became an online sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey made from a discarded plastic bag went viral. He finally got to meet his idol (first row left) on December 13. The meeting was arranged by the organizing committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (AFP/Karim Jaafar)

Nadia Murad Basee, a public advocate for the Yazidi community in Iraq and a survivor of sexual enslavement by Islamic State militants, reacts after being awarded -- along with fellow activist Lamiya Aji Bashar -- the 2016 Sakharov Prize For Freedom Of Thought on December 13 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (AFP/Fredereick Florin)
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Nadia Murad Basee, a public advocate for the Yazidi community in Iraq and a survivor of sexual enslavement by Islamic State militants, reacts after being awarded -- along with fellow activist Lamiya Aji Bashar -- the 2016 Sakharov Prize For Freedom Of Thought on December 13 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (AFP/Fredereick Florin)

An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Kashmiri Muslim women pray following the Islamic festival of Eid-e-Milad, the Prophet Muhammad's birthday, in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (epa/Farooq Khan)
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Kashmiri Muslim women pray following the Islamic festival of Eid-e-Milad, the Prophet Muhammad's birthday, in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (epa/Farooq Khan)

A television reporter points at the wreckage of a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet after it crashed in an empty field in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. The pilot ejected safely. A technical fault is being blamed. (Reuters/Sertac Kayar)
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A television reporter points at the wreckage of a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet after it crashed in an empty field in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. The pilot ejected safely. A technical fault is being blamed. (Reuters/Sertac Kayar)

Kyrgyz men arrive on their horses to a polling station during a constitutional referendum in Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Kyrgyz men arrive on their horses to a polling station during a constitutional referendum in Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Chinese paramilitary border guards train in the snow in China's northeast Heilongjiang Province on the border with Russia. (AFP)
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Chinese paramilitary border guards train in the snow in China's northeast Heilongjiang Province on the border with Russia. (AFP)

An Indian Muslim boy reacts as he participates in a procession to mark Mulid, the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad in Mumbai on December 12. (epa/Divyakant Solanki)
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An Indian Muslim boy reacts as he participates in a procession to mark Mulid, the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad in Mumbai on December 12. (epa/Divyakant Solanki)

A civil defense member attempts to get out of a site hit at night by an air strike in Saraqeb in the rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria. (Reuters/Ammar  Abdullah)
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A civil defense member attempts to get out of a site hit at night by an air strike in Saraqeb in the rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria. (Reuters/Ammar  Abdullah)

Iraqi boys, who fled their homes west of Mosul due to the fighting between government forces and Islamic State jihadists, gesture as they are escorted from a makeshift camp to safer areas by Shi'ite paramilitary forces. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi boys, who fled their homes west of Mosul due to the fighting between government forces and Islamic State jihadists, gesture as they are escorted from a makeshift camp to safer areas by Shi'ite paramilitary forces. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

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