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Photos Of The Week #48

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 48th week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Refugee children mimic ballet dancing along with an entertainer in Bucharest, Romania. Children from families of refugees, coming from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Congo, took part in an event occasioned by Romania's national day. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)
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Refugee children mimic ballet dancing along with an entertainer in Bucharest, Romania. Children from families of refugees, coming from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Congo, took part in an event occasioned by Romania's national day. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

History enthusiasts dressed in regimental costumes rest on their way to Slavkov u Brna in the Czech Republic. The reenactment of Napoleon's famous battle of Austerlitz, celebrating its 212th anniversary, took place on December 2. (AP/Petr David Josek)
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History enthusiasts dressed in regimental costumes rest on their way to Slavkov u Brna in the Czech Republic. The reenactment of Napoleon's famous battle of Austerlitz, celebrating its 212th anniversary, took place on December 2. (AP/Petr David Josek)

Afghan girls learn the skills to weave rugs at a small factory in the Enjil district of Herat Province. Afghanistan's hand-woven rugs require skilled labor and are in great demand all over the world. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan girls learn the skills to weave rugs at a small factory in the Enjil district of Herat Province. Afghanistan's hand-woven rugs require skilled labor and are in great demand all over the world. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)

A man walks in fog near the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery in Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A man walks in fog near the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery in Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A man carrying an umbrella is seen silhouetted through a window covered with raindrops during a wet day in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
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A man carrying an umbrella is seen silhouetted through a window covered with raindrops during a wet day in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

Students hold red ribbons during an event to mark World AIDS Day on December 1 at a medical college in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Students hold red ribbons during an event to mark World AIDS Day on December 1 at a medical college in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. (Reuters/Stringer)

A man walks past a giant mural depicting boys running after a wheel, in Dubai. (AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)
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A man walks past a giant mural depicting boys running after a wheel, in Dubai. (AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

An army dog stands up as retiring soldiers salute their guard post before retirement in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China. (Reuters/Stringer)
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An army dog stands up as retiring soldiers salute their guard post before retirement in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China. (Reuters/Stringer)

A coal train moves along coal beds as a rotary dredge excavates coal at Russia's Borodinsky opencast colliery, near the Siberian town of Borodino, in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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A coal train moves along coal beds as a rotary dredge excavates coal at Russia's Borodinsky opencast colliery, near the Siberian town of Borodino, in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Convicted war criminal Slobodan Praljak brings a bottle to his lips at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague on November 29. Praljak yelled, "I am not a war criminal!" and drank a poisonous substance, seconds after judges reconfirmed his 20-year prison sentence. He died a short time later. (ICTY via AP)
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Convicted war criminal Slobodan Praljak brings a bottle to his lips at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague on November 29. Praljak yelled, "I am not a war criminal!" and drank a poisonous substance, seconds after judges reconfirmed his 20-year prison sentence. He died a short time later. (ICTY via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen with what Pyongyang says is a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, in a photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on November 30. North Korea said it had successfully tested the missile, which it claims can reach the entire U.S. mainland, in defiance of UN sanctions. (Reuters/KCNA)
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen with what Pyongyang says is a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, in a photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on November 30. North Korea said it had successfully tested the missile, which it claims can reach the entire U.S. mainland, in defiance of UN sanctions. (Reuters/KCNA)

An aerial picture taken in Moscow shows the intersection between the People's Militia Street and the Marshal Zhukov Prospect. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)
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An aerial picture taken in Moscow shows the intersection between the People's Militia Street and the Marshal Zhukov Prospect. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

A Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the Meteor M satellite and 18 other smaller satellites lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, in Russia's Amur region, on November 28. The mission failed, likely caused by the failure of the booster's final stage. (epa-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov)
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A Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the Meteor M satellite and 18 other smaller satellites lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, in Russia's Amur region, on November 28. The mission failed, likely caused by the failure of the booster's final stage. (epa-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov)

A woman uses her mobile phone as she walks past a shopping mall entrance with Christmas decorations in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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A woman uses her mobile phone as she walks past a shopping mall entrance with Christmas decorations in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A boy takes pictures during an eruption of Mt. Agung on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The eruption stranded tens of thousands of tourists after the ash cloud prevented planes from taking off. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)
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A boy takes pictures during an eruption of Mt. Agung on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The eruption stranded tens of thousands of tourists after the ash cloud prevented planes from taking off. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

A man carries his belongings during heavy fog in Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A man carries his belongings during heavy fog in Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A couple walks downstairs at a concert hall under construction in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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A couple walks downstairs at a concert hall under construction in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's eastern Amur region on November 28. (epa-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov)
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A Russian Soyuz rocket blasts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's eastern Amur region on November 28. (epa-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov)

Syrian men run through an alley in the rebel-controlled town of Mesraba outside of Damascus on November 27. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)
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Syrian men run through an alley in the rebel-controlled town of Mesraba outside of Damascus on November 27. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)

A long-exposure photograph shows the Mount Agung volcano spewing hot in Bali on November 27. (epa-EFE/Made Nagi)
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A long-exposure photograph shows the Mount Agung volcano spewing hot in Bali on November 27. (epa-EFE/Made Nagi)

An injured elderly Pakistani protester of the Tehreek-e Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan religious group prays along with others after their leader announced the end of a sit-in protest on a blocked flyover bridge in Islamabad on November 27. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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An injured elderly Pakistani protester of the Tehreek-e Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan religious group prays along with others after their leader announced the end of a sit-in protest on a blocked flyover bridge in Islamabad on November 27. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

People dressed in the historic uniforms of the French Army take part in a reenactment of the 1812 Battle of Berezina to mark the 205th anniversary of the battle near the village of Bryli, Belarus, on November 26. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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People dressed in the historic uniforms of the French Army take part in a reenactment of the 1812 Battle of Berezina to mark the 205th anniversary of the battle near the village of Bryli, Belarus, on November 26. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Israeli security forces spray water as they try to disperse ultra-Orthodox Jews from blocking the road in a demonstration against conscription in Jerusalem on November 26. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Israeli security forces spray water as they try to disperse ultra-Orthodox Jews from blocking the road in a demonstration against conscription in Jerusalem on November 26. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

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