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Photos Of The Week #4

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the fourth week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

A car burns on the street after the deadly shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on January 24. (Reuters/Nikolai Ryabchenko)
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A car burns on the street after the deadly shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on January 24. (Reuters/Nikolai Ryabchenko)

Belarusians play with their dog in a park after snowfall in Minsk. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Belarusians play with their dog in a park after snowfall in Minsk. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

Children dressed in uniform sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red army elementary school in Beichuan, southwest Sichuan Province, China. (AFP/Fred Dufour)
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Children dressed in uniform sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red army elementary school in Beichuan, southwest Sichuan Province, China. (AFP/Fred Dufour)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledges the public after making a special address at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledges the public after making a special address at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)

Abdulla Al-Karbi of Qatar and Barys Pukhouski of Belarus (right) run for the ball during their preliminary round of the 24th men's handball world championship in Doha. (Reuters/Mohammed Dabbous)
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Abdulla Al-Karbi of Qatar and Barys Pukhouski of Belarus (right) run for the ball during their preliminary round of the 24th men's handball world championship in Doha. (Reuters/Mohammed Dabbous)

Living witness Hans-Joerg Schmidt looks at the new 360-degree panorama Dresden 1945-- Tragedy And Hope Of A European City in the eastern German city of Dresden. The panorama, which is more than 30 meters high and has an 100-meter circumference, shows the city of Dresden after the bombings in February 1945. (epa/Arno Burgi)
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Living witness Hans-Joerg Schmidt looks at the new 360-degree panorama Dresden 1945-- Tragedy And Hope Of A European City in the eastern German city of Dresden. The panorama, which is more than 30 meters high and has an 100-meter circumference, shows the city of Dresden after the bombings in February 1945. (epa/Arno Burgi)

The scene following an explosion at a public transport stop in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on January 22. At least six and as many as 13 people were killed. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but some reports said a mortar or artillery shell hit a trolleybus.С (TASS/Nikolai Muravyev)
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The scene following an explosion at a public transport stop in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on January 22. At least six and as many as 13 people were killed. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but some reports said a mortar or artillery shell hit a trolleybus.С (TASS/Nikolai Muravyev)

A Ukrainian serviceman fires a weapon during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the village of Pesky near Donetsk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia this week of sending 9,000 troops to back separatist rebels. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)
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A Ukrainian serviceman fires a weapon during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the village of Pesky near Donetsk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia this week of sending 9,000 troops to back separatist rebels. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)

An internally displaced Afghan child warms herself near a wood-burning stove as winter continues on the outskirts of Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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An internally displaced Afghan child warms herself near a wood-burning stove as winter continues on the outskirts of Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

Hundreds of miners in Kosovo refused to resurface at the end of their shift to protest a government climbdown on the fate of the mine, which is claimed by the country's former master, Serbia. Fearing bankruptcy, Kosovo's new government said last week it would take control of the sprawling Trepca mining complex, but backtracked this week following a furious response from Serbia and intense discussions with Western diplomats. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)
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Hundreds of miners in Kosovo refused to resurface at the end of their shift to protest a government climbdown on the fate of the mine, which is claimed by the country's former master, Serbia. Fearing bankruptcy, Kosovo's new government said last week it would take control of the sprawling Trepca mining complex, but backtracked this week following a furious response from Serbia and intense discussions with Western diplomats. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

While speaking at the Davos forum, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held up a fragment of the bus in which 12 civilians were killed in a rocket attack in eastern Ukraine. Kyiv blames pro-Russian separatists for the shelling, a charge denied by the rebels. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)
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While speaking at the Davos forum, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held up a fragment of the bus in which 12 civilians were killed in a rocket attack in eastern Ukraine. Kyiv blames pro-Russian separatists for the shelling, a charge denied by the rebels. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)

Visitors look at a display of discarded shoes at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will take place on January 27, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. (Reuters/Pawel Ulatowski)
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Visitors look at a display of discarded shoes at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will take place on January 27, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. (Reuters/Pawel Ulatowski)

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leave after a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leave after a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

A pro-Russian separatists' Grad multiple-rocket launcher is parked in front of a cemetery in the eastern city of Donetsk. (AFP/Alexander Gayuk)
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A pro-Russian separatists' Grad multiple-rocket launcher is parked in front of a cemetery in the eastern city of Donetsk. (AFP/Alexander Gayuk)

A man and his daughters walk along Hanna Lake after a snowfall on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan. (Reuters/Naseer Ahmed)
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A man and his daughters walk along Hanna Lake after a snowfall on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan. (Reuters/Naseer Ahmed)

Bohdanna Nikonenko holds a portrait of her father Serhiy as she takes part in a funeral ceremony for the serviceman from the "Aydar" battalion, who was killed in  fighting in eastern Ukraine, on Independence Square in Kyiv on January 20. (epa/Sergey Dolzhenko)
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Bohdanna Nikonenko holds a portrait of her father Serhiy as she takes part in a funeral ceremony for the serviceman from the "Aydar" battalion, who was killed in  fighting in eastern Ukraine, on Independence Square in Kyiv on January 20. (epa/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Pakistani demonstrators  in Peshawar burn the French flag during a protest against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Muhammad by Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/A Majeed)
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Pakistani demonstrators  in Peshawar burn the French flag during a protest against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Muhammad by Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/A Majeed)

A Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) fighter mans a checkpoint in Ras al-Ain, Syria. 
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A Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) fighter mans a checkpoint in Ras al-Ain, Syria. 

A baby is baptised during a mass baptism ceremony on the Orthodox feast of Epiphany in Tbilisi, Georgia, on January 19. (Reuters/​David Mdzinarishvili)
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A baby is baptised during a mass baptism ceremony on the Orthodox feast of Epiphany in Tbilisi, Georgia, on January 19. (Reuters/​David Mdzinarishvili)

A displaced boy from the minority Yazidi sect walks in a refugee camp in Shikhan, Iraq, on January 19. (Reuters/Ari Jalal)
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A displaced boy from the minority Yazidi sect walks in a refugee camp in Shikhan, Iraq, on January 19. (Reuters/Ari Jalal)

A Macedonian priest, carrying an umbrella, heads a procession during an Epiphany celebration in the village of Bitushe about 150 kilometers west of Skopje. (Reuters/Ognen Teolovski)
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A Macedonian priest, carrying an umbrella, heads a procession during an Epiphany celebration in the village of Bitushe about 150 kilometers west of Skopje. (Reuters/Ognen Teolovski)

An aerial view of the massive rally in the Chechen capital, Grozny, to protest against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo's satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (epa/Kazbek Vakhayev)
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An aerial view of the massive rally in the Chechen capital, Grozny, to protest against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo's satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (epa/Kazbek Vakhayev)

A man takes a selfie as hundreds of thousands of Chechens participated in a rally in the capital, Grozny, to protest against satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)
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A man takes a selfie as hundreds of thousands of Chechens participated in a rally in the capital, Grozny, to protest against satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

Laborers shovel coal onto a truck in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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Laborers shovel coal onto a truck in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

A man makes the sign of the cross while taking a dip in the icy waters of the Istra River during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in the town of Istra in the Moscow region. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
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A man makes the sign of the cross while taking a dip in the icy waters of the Istra River during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in the town of Istra in the Moscow region. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

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