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Photos Of The Week #17

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

Contest winner Milica, 22, from Belgrade poses with the winner's trophy during the Miss Trans Serbia 2015, the first Miss Transsexual contest ever held in Serbia. Nine candidates aged 22 to 47 aspired to win the title. (AFP/Andrej Isakovic)
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Contest winner Milica, 22, from Belgrade poses with the winner's trophy during the Miss Trans Serbia 2015, the first Miss Transsexual contest ever held in Serbia. Nine candidates aged 22 to 47 aspired to win the title. (AFP/Andrej Isakovic)

A man dressed in a World War II U.S. Army uniform attends the Convoy of Liberty event in Prague. The Convoy of Liberty commemorated the events of 1945 when the western part of Czechoslovakia was liberated from Nazi oppression by the U.S. Army. (epa/Filip Singer)
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A man dressed in a World War II U.S. Army uniform attends the Convoy of Liberty event in Prague. The Convoy of Liberty commemorated the events of 1945 when the western part of Czechoslovakia was liberated from Nazi oppression by the U.S. Army. (epa/Filip Singer)

Afghan children pose for a photograph near their temporary shelter in Mazar-e Sharif. (epa/Sayed Mustafa)
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Afghan children pose for a photograph near their temporary shelter in Mazar-e Sharif. (epa/Sayed Mustafa)

Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt in southern Chile. The Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in more than five decades this week, sending a plume of ash more than 10 kilometers in the air. (Reuters/Rafael Arenas)
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Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt in southern Chile. The Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in more than five decades this week, sending a plume of ash more than 10 kilometers in the air. (Reuters/Rafael Arenas)

An injured boy waits inside a field hospital after what activists said were air strikes and shelling by government forces in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Mohammed Badra)
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An injured boy waits inside a field hospital after what activists said were air strikes and shelling by government forces in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Mohammed Badra)

A woodpecker in the zone of Guapiles, in the province of Limon, Costa Rica. (epa/Jeffrey Arguedas)
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A woodpecker in the zone of Guapiles, in the province of Limon, Costa Rica. (epa/Jeffrey Arguedas)

A woman leans to peek into a chasm as Armenians gather during a commemoration ceremony at a site called Dudan, near Diyarbakir, and believed to be a mass grave dating to the mass killings of Armenians during World War I. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
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A woman leans to peek into a chasm as Armenians gather during a commemoration ceremony at a site called Dudan, near Diyarbakir, and believed to be a mass grave dating to the mass killings of Armenians during World War I. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

Gas masks lie on the floor in a school in the abandoned village of Orevichi, inside the exclusion zone around the Chornobyl nuclear reactor, some 390 kilometers from Minsk. The explosion at Reactor No. 4 on April 26, 1986, sent radioactive fallout into the atmosphere that spread across Europe, particularly contaminating Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. (AFP/Stringer)
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Gas masks lie on the floor in a school in the abandoned village of Orevichi, inside the exclusion zone around the Chornobyl nuclear reactor, some 390 kilometers from Minsk. The explosion at Reactor No. 4 on April 26, 1986, sent radioactive fallout into the atmosphere that spread across Europe, particularly contaminating Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. (AFP/Stringer)

A view of more than 800 schoolchildren, teachers, and volunteers forming the shape of a fish with a sad expression, alongside Chinese characters that read "refrain," at Repulse Bay in Hong Kong. The event was in honor of Kids Ocean Day, to send a global message to stop consuming reef fish in order to protect the Earth's coral reefs. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)
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A view of more than 800 schoolchildren, teachers, and volunteers forming the shape of a fish with a sad expression, alongside Chinese characters that read "refrain," at Repulse Bay in Hong Kong. The event was in honor of Kids Ocean Day, to send a global message to stop consuming reef fish in order to protect the Earth's coral reefs. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

Ukrainian coal miners protest outside the government building in Kyiv, demanding the government protect their jobs as the eastern separatist conflict threatens to force pits to close. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)
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Ukrainian coal miners protest outside the government building in Kyiv, demanding the government protect their jobs as the eastern separatist conflict threatens to force pits to close. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

People hold flags and flowers as they arrive to pay tribute to Lenin by a statue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 22, the 145th anniversary of his birth. (​AFP/Behrouz Mehri) 
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People hold flags and flowers as they arrive to pay tribute to Lenin by a statue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 22, the 145th anniversary of his birth. (​AFP/Behrouz Mehri) 

An Afghan laborer works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Kabul. (EPA/Jawad Jalali)
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An Afghan laborer works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Kabul. (EPA/Jawad Jalali)

A woman is reflected in a display containing a banner depicting "tools of genocide" forming the number "1915" -- a reference to the year of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan. (Reuters/​David Mdzinarishvili)
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A woman is reflected in a display containing a banner depicting "tools of genocide" forming the number "1915" -- a reference to the year of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan. (Reuters/​David Mdzinarishvili)

An Iranian woman walks on the Khajou Bridge in the historic city of Isfahan on April 21. 
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An Iranian woman walks on the Khajou Bridge in the historic city of Isfahan on April 21. 

New Russian Army conscripts wait at a military registration and enlistment office in St. Petersburg, on April 21. ​(AFP/Olga Maltseva) 
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New Russian Army conscripts wait at a military registration and enlistment office in St. Petersburg, on April 21. ​(AFP/Olga Maltseva) 

Pro-Russian separatist soldiers stand on their tank as they drive along a road near the village of Kirovske in eastern Ukraine on April 21. (AFP/Odd Anderson)
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Pro-Russian separatist soldiers stand on their tank as they drive along a road near the village of Kirovske in eastern Ukraine on April 21. (AFP/Odd Anderson)

People mourn at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum in Yerevan on April 21. (Reuters/David Mdzinashvili)
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People mourn at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum in Yerevan on April 21. (Reuters/David Mdzinashvili)

A woman stands outside her destroyed home as she speaks to neighbors in the village of Nikishino, eastern Ukraine on April 21. (AFP/Odd Anderson)
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A woman stands outside her destroyed home as she speaks to neighbors in the village of Nikishino, eastern Ukraine on April 21. (AFP/Odd Anderson)

A man watches ice drifting down the Irtysh River in Omsk, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Malgavko)
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A man watches ice drifting down the Irtysh River in Omsk, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Aleksei Malgavko)

A Ukrainian soldier salutes President Petro Poroshenko (left) during the opening ceremony of joint military training exercises with the U.S. Army near the western city of Lviv. (epa/Sergei Dolzheko)
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A Ukrainian soldier salutes President Petro Poroshenko (left) during the opening ceremony of joint military training exercises with the U.S. Army near the western city of Lviv. (epa/Sergei Dolzheko)

Students of the Yekaterinburg Suvorov Military School in Russia take part in a rehearsal for a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn)
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Students of the Yekaterinburg Suvorov Military School in Russia take part in a rehearsal for a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn)

Migrants trying to reach Greece are rescued by members of the Greek Coast Guard and local residents near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes. A wooden sailboat carrying dozens of immigrants ran aground April 20 off Rhodes. At least three people drowned. As many as 900 people may have died in a migrant boat disaster off the coast of Libya on April 19. (Reuters/Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi)
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Migrants trying to reach Greece are rescued by members of the Greek Coast Guard and local residents near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes. A wooden sailboat carrying dozens of immigrants ran aground April 20 off Rhodes. At least three people drowned. As many as 900 people may have died in a migrant boat disaster off the coast of Libya on April 19. (Reuters/Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi)

A man passes by discarded umbrellas during heavy rain in New South Wales, Australia. More than 20 people have been rescued from floodwaters and 215,000 homes and businesses are without power as storms lashed New South Wales. (epa/David Moir)
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A man passes by discarded umbrellas during heavy rain in New South Wales, Australia. More than 20 people have been rescued from floodwaters and 215,000 homes and businesses are without power as storms lashed New South Wales. (epa/David Moir)

An Afghan blacksmith looks on as he works at his shop in the capital, Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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An Afghan blacksmith looks on as he works at his shop in the capital, Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A handout picture provided by Estudios Revolucion and Cubadebate shows former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, casting his vote during the elections to choose local assemblies' delegates at his home in Havana on April 19. (epa/Cubdebate/Estudios Revolucion)
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A handout picture provided by Estudios Revolucion and Cubadebate shows former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, casting his vote during the elections to choose local assemblies' delegates at his home in Havana on April 19. (epa/Cubdebate/Estudios Revolucion)

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