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Photos Of The Week #52

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

A Turkish police officers stands guard on the site of an armed attack on January 1 in Istanbul. At least two people were killed in an armed attack on an Istanbul nightclub where people were celebrating the New Year. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
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A Turkish police officers stands guard on the site of an armed attack on January 1 in Istanbul. At least two people were killed in an armed attack on an Istanbul nightclub where people were celebrating the New Year. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

The body of Haya, a 3-year-old Syrian girl, lies at a makeshift morgue in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, following reported air strikes on December 29. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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The body of Haya, a 3-year-old Syrian girl, lies at a makeshift morgue in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, following reported air strikes on December 29. (AFP/Abd Doumany)

A girl sits among costumes made from bearskins after performing a dance in the town of Comanesti, Romania. People from this region follow a pre-Christian rural tradition in which they sing and dance to ward off evil. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
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A girl sits among costumes made from bearskins after performing a dance in the town of Comanesti, Romania. People from this region follow a pre-Christian rural tradition in which they sing and dance to ward off evil. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Family members mourn over the body of a relative who died after consuming locally made toxic liquor in Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayyaz Hussain)
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Family members mourn over the body of a relative who died after consuming locally made toxic liquor in Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayyaz Hussain)

Pakistani passengers walk through a railway station amid heavy fog in Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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Pakistani passengers walk through a railway station amid heavy fog in Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)

The Houses of Parliament and a statue of Winston Churchill are seen on a foggy morning in central London. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)
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The Houses of Parliament and a statue of Winston Churchill are seen on a foggy morning in central London. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

This photo taken on December 28 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows leader Kim Jong Un (center) at a concert in Pyongyang. (AFP/KCNA)
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This photo taken on December 28 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows leader Kim Jong Un (center) at a concert in Pyongyang. (AFP/KCNA)

Bashar al-Toum (center) cries as he holds the body of one of his three dead children in a car on the way to the cemetery in the Syrian city of Douma.  At least 13 were killed, including six children, due to bombing on the rebel-held city. (epa/Mohammed Badra)
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Bashar al-Toum (center) cries as he holds the body of one of his three dead children in a car on the way to the cemetery in the Syrian city of Douma.  At least 13 were killed, including six children, due to bombing on the rebel-held city. (epa/Mohammed Badra)

A Belgian serviceman patrols on the Grand-Place (Groote Markt) on the sidelines of the "winter wonders" Christmas market in Brussels. (AFP/Hatim Kaghat)
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A Belgian serviceman patrols on the Grand-Place (Groote Markt) on the sidelines of the "winter wonders" Christmas market in Brussels. (AFP/Hatim Kaghat)

A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces rests as they patrol the eastern part of the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul during the ongoing military operation against Islamic State (IS) extremists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces rests as they patrol the eastern part of the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul during the ongoing military operation against Islamic State (IS) extremists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Iraqis flee the Islamic State stronghold in the town of Bartella, east of Mosul, on December 28. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
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Iraqis flee the Islamic State stronghold in the town of Bartella, east of Mosul, on December 28. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Petra Vlhova of Slovakia reacts in the finish area after her second run in the women's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Giant Slalom race in Semmering, Austria, on December 28. (epa/Christian Bruna)
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Petra Vlhova of Slovakia reacts in the finish area after her second run in the women's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Giant Slalom race in Semmering, Austria, on December 28. (epa/Christian Bruna)

Participants dance during the Winter Ball in Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 27. ( epa/Anatoly Maltsev)
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Participants dance during the Winter Ball in Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 27. ( epa/Anatoly Maltsev)

A woman pushes a pram during a heavy snowfall in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on December 27. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A woman pushes a pram during a heavy snowfall in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on December 27. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Displaced women, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, make bread in a camp, east of the Iraqi city on December 27. (Reuters/Khalid al Mousily)
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Displaced women, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, make bread in a camp, east of the Iraqi city on December 27. (Reuters/Khalid al Mousily)

Flooded rice fields are pictured after heavy rains and strong winds brought by Typhoon Nock-ten battered the central Philippines. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)
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Flooded rice fields are pictured after heavy rains and strong winds brought by Typhoon Nock-ten battered the central Philippines. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)

People lay flowers next to a portrait of famed Russian charity activist Elizaveta Glinka (known as Dr. Liza) at a makeshift memorial on the shore of the Black Sea in Sochi, Russia, after a military plane carrying Glinka and 91 others crashed into the Black Sea. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)
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People lay flowers next to a portrait of famed Russian charity activist Elizaveta Glinka (known as Dr. Liza) at a makeshift memorial on the shore of the Black Sea in Sochi, Russia, after a military plane carrying Glinka and 91 others crashed into the Black Sea. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Swimmers climb down ladders to the Vltava River for the annual Christmas swim in Prague on December 26. (epa/Filip Singer)
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Swimmers climb down ladders to the Vltava River for the annual Christmas swim in Prague on December 26. (epa/Filip Singer)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays after lighting a candle outside his house during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, on December 26. (epa/Abir Sultan)
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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays after lighting a candle outside his house during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, on December 26. (epa/Abir Sultan)

Residents of Sochi place candles and lay flowers  at an impromptu shrine paying tribute to the victims of a plane that crashed minutes after taking off from the Black Sea city on December 25, killing all 92 people on board. (epa/Yevgeny Reutov) 
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Residents of Sochi place candles and lay flowers  at an impromptu shrine paying tribute to the victims of a plane that crashed minutes after taking off from the Black Sea city on December 25, killing all 92 people on board. (epa/Yevgeny Reutov) 

Heavy smoke billows from a fuel tank that caught fire at a refinery in the Israeli northern coastal city of Haifa on December 25. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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Heavy smoke billows from a fuel tank that caught fire at a refinery in the Israeli northern coastal city of Haifa on December 25. (AFP/Jack Guez)

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