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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 2015. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A girl stands at the entrance of a damaged house in the Sur district in Diyarbakir, Turkey. The province has been under military curfew for eight days as Ankara wages an offensive against PKK strongholds in the southeast of the country and in northern Iraq following the collapse in July of a two-year truce with rebels. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
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A girl stands at the entrance of a damaged house in the Sur district in Diyarbakir, Turkey. The province has been under military curfew for eight days as Ankara wages an offensive against PKK strongholds in the southeast of the country and in northern Iraq following the collapse in July of a two-year truce with rebels. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

A Syrian woman and a child wait before being evacuated by members of the Syrian Red Crescent from a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
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A Syrian woman and a child wait before being evacuated by members of the Syrian Red Crescent from a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)

Ukrainian parliament deputy Oleh Barna (2nd right) tries to remove Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk from the tribune, after presenting him a bouquet of roses, during a parliament session in Kyiv, on December 11. (epa/Aleksandr Kosarev)
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Ukrainian parliament deputy Oleh Barna (2nd right) tries to remove Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk from the tribune, after presenting him a bouquet of roses, during a parliament session in Kyiv, on December 11. (epa/Aleksandr Kosarev)

An F-18 Super Hornet creates a vapor cone as it flies at a transonic speed while doing a flyby of the USS Eisenhower off the coast of Virginia in the Atlantic Ocean. (AFP/Mark Wilson)
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An F-18 Super Hornet creates a vapor cone as it flies at a transonic speed while doing a flyby of the USS Eisenhower off the coast of Virginia in the Atlantic Ocean. (AFP/Mark Wilson)

A ballet dancer relaxes backstage after a performance of Nacho Duato's The Nutcracker at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Reuters/Grigory Dukor)
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A ballet dancer relaxes backstage after a performance of Nacho Duato's The Nutcracker at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Reuters/Grigory Dukor)

People play Frisbee on the Smetovi mountain range near Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
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People play Frisbee on the Smetovi mountain range near Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

A searchlight from a Turkish coast-guard ship shines on a boat carrying Syrian migrants as they attempt to reach Greek island of Chios in the Agean Sea near Izmir. (epa/Tolga Bozoglu)
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A searchlight from a Turkish coast-guard ship shines on a boat carrying Syrian migrants as they attempt to reach Greek island of Chios in the Agean Sea near Izmir. (epa/Tolga Bozoglu)

Participants compete in a men's classic bodybuilding contest in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Participants compete in a men's classic bodybuilding contest in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Workers take meassurements of a near-finished section of a 3.7-kilometer-long fence at a border crossing between Austria and Slovenia at Spielfeld. (AFP/Joe Klamar)
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Workers take meassurements of a near-finished section of a 3.7-kilometer-long fence at a border crossing between Austria and Slovenia at Spielfeld. (AFP/Joe Klamar)

A man carries his bicycle past debris and burning cars following reported air strikes in the town of Hamouria in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
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A man carries his bicycle past debris and burning cars following reported air strikes in the town of Hamouria in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)

Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015. (Reuters/Karim Sahib)
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Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015. (Reuters/Karim Sahib)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past an image projected onto a wall surrounding Jerusalem's Old City during the Hanukkah holiday on December 8. 
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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past an image projected onto a wall surrounding Jerusalem's Old City during the Hanukkah holiday on December 8. 

The U.S.S. Zumwalt, a new destroyer, begins sea trials in Massachusetts prior to joining the U.S. Navy's fleet. (AFP)
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The U.S.S. Zumwalt, a new destroyer, begins sea trials in Massachusetts prior to joining the U.S. Navy's fleet. (AFP)

A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)
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A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)

A woman wearing a protective mask in smog poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing. (epa/Rolex Dela Pena)
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A woman wearing a protective mask in smog poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing. (epa/Rolex Dela Pena)

Farmers harvest carrots during at a farm on the outskirts of Faisalabad, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayyaz Hussain)
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Farmers harvest carrots during at a farm on the outskirts of Faisalabad, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayyaz Hussain)

Civilians look out of a damaged building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo following a reported air strike by government forces on December 7. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
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Civilians look out of a damaged building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo following a reported air strike by government forces on December 7. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)

A member of the Iraqi security forces carries a rocket-propelled grenade during fighting with Islamic State militants near Ramadi on December 7. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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A member of the Iraqi security forces carries a rocket-propelled grenade during fighting with Islamic State militants near Ramadi on December 7. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

People walk alongside a railway track on a foggy day in Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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People walk alongside a railway track on a foggy day in Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Arif Ali)

A visitor poses for a picture near a life-sized statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin made out of chocolate that is on display at the Festival of Chocolate fair in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Peter Kovalev)
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A visitor poses for a picture near a life-sized statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin made out of chocolate that is on display at the Festival of Chocolate fair in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Peter Kovalev)

Turkish riot police use a water cannon to disperse protesters from Diyarbakir's historic Sur district which has been placed under a curfew following the killing of a prominent Kurdish lawyer in the city on November 28. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
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Turkish riot police use a water cannon to disperse protesters from Diyarbakir's historic Sur district which has been placed under a curfew following the killing of a prominent Kurdish lawyer in the city on November 28. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

Migrants and refugees warm up around a bonfire as they wait to enter an accommodation camp after crossing the Greek border near Gevgelija in Macedonia on December 6. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
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Migrants and refugees warm up around a bonfire as they wait to enter an accommodation camp after crossing the Greek border near Gevgelija in Macedonia on December 6. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

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