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Photos Of The Week #21

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 21st week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

An Afghan worker prepares sweets at a traditional factory ahead of the holy month of Ramadan at the Chendawol market in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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An Afghan worker prepares sweets at a traditional factory ahead of the holy month of Ramadan at the Chendawol market in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

Fruit vendors sell their produce at a market in Karachi, Pakistan. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)
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Fruit vendors sell their produce at a market in Karachi, Pakistan. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)

A laborer empties a basket at a salt pan in Mumbai, India. (Reuters/Shailesh Andrade)
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A laborer empties a basket at a salt pan in Mumbai, India. (Reuters/Shailesh Andrade)

An employee arranges products for display next to a sign reading "No Entry For Faggots" at a store in central Moscow. The chain of Russian food stores is run by German Sterligov, a nationalist businessman who has placed signs in his store windows saying gay customers will be refused entry. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
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An employee arranges products for display next to a sign reading "No Entry For Faggots" at a store in central Moscow. The chain of Russian food stores is run by German Sterligov, a nationalist businessman who has placed signs in his store windows saying gay customers will be refused entry. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

A displaced Iraqi girl bakes bread at a camp for internally displaced people south of Mosul, as government forces continue their offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State extremist group. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
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A displaced Iraqi girl bakes bread at a camp for internally displaced people south of Mosul, as government forces continue their offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State extremist group. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

A cow stands amid the debris of burnt houses after recent wildfires in the Siberian settlement of Strelka, located on the bank of the Angara River in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region on May 25. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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A cow stands amid the debris of burnt houses after recent wildfires in the Siberian settlement of Strelka, located on the bank of the Angara River in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region on May 25. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Buffalo carry bears on their backs as they perform during the presentation of the new show Unprecedentedness at the Belarus State Circus in Minsk on May 25. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Buffalo carry bears on their backs as they perform during the presentation of the new show Unprecedentedness at the Belarus State Circus in Minsk on May 25. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Protesters wearing masks depicting the leaders of the G7 countries pose for a selfie during a demonstration organized by Oxfam in Giardini Naxos, Sicily, on May 25. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)
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Protesters wearing masks depicting the leaders of the G7 countries pose for a selfie during a demonstration organized by Oxfam in Giardini Naxos, Sicily, on May 25. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

A policeman inspects a house that was damaged by a recent shelling in the government-held town of Avdiyivka on May 23. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)
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A policeman inspects a house that was damaged by a recent shelling in the government-held town of Avdiyivka on May 23. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)

Bus attendants look for passengers during rush hour in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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Bus attendants look for passengers during rush hour in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

A girl holding her newborn sister waits in line during a vaccination campaign under the supervision of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian nonprofit organization in the besieged town of Douma. (epa/Muhammad Badra)
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A girl holding her newborn sister waits in line during a vaccination campaign under the supervision of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian nonprofit organization in the besieged town of Douma. (epa/Muhammad Badra)

Pope Francis (right) stands with U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump (center) and Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24. (AFP/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Pope Francis (right) stands with U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump (center) and Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24. (AFP/Alessandra Tarantino)

Afghan children carry bags as they walk through dense fog on the outskirts of Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan children carry bags as they walk through dense fog on the outskirts of Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

An Iraqi soldier plays with an accordion found on the street while on patrol in the western neighborhood of Tamuz in Mosul. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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An Iraqi soldier plays with an accordion found on the street while on patrol in the western neighborhood of Tamuz in Mosul. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

A Pakistani fruit vendor reads a newspaper as he waits for customers on a street in Islamabad. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)
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A Pakistani fruit vendor reads a newspaper as he waits for customers on a street in Islamabad. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes at a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 22. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
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A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes at a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 22. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest against the detention of two hunger-striking teachers in Ankara, Turkey. (Reuters)
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Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest against the detention of two hunger-striking teachers in Ankara, Turkey. (Reuters)

An Iraqi military vehicle passes displaced Iraqi boys who were returning to their homes in western Mosul's Oreibi neighborhood after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State militant group. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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An Iraqi military vehicle passes displaced Iraqi boys who were returning to their homes in western Mosul's Oreibi neighborhood after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State militant group. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

U.S. President Donald Trump places a note between the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 22. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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U.S. President Donald Trump places a note between the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 22. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

A Ukrainian serviceman loads ammunition at a position on the front line near Avdiyivka. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)
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A Ukrainian serviceman loads ammunition at a position on the front line near Avdiyivka. (Reuters/Oleksandr Klymenko)

Children participate in open-air mass tae kwon do classes at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maktseva)
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Children participate in open-air mass tae kwon do classes at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. (AFP/Olga Maktseva)

An Afghan National Army soldier fires his weapon after an attack by Islamic State militants in the Chapahar district of Nangarhar Province. (epa/Ghulamullah Habibi)
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An Afghan National Army soldier fires his weapon after an attack by Islamic State militants in the Chapahar district of Nangarhar Province. (epa/Ghulamullah Habibi)

Members of the Russian Young Pioneers attend a ceremony organized by the Communist Party welcoming new members to the organization in Red Square in Moscow. The organization, a relic of the Soviet era, was an element of communist education and propaganda at school. Russian schools are currently reviving and promoting the moral values of the pioneer organizations. (epa/Sergei Ilnitsky)
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Members of the Russian Young Pioneers attend a ceremony organized by the Communist Party welcoming new members to the organization in Red Square in Moscow. The organization, a relic of the Soviet era, was an element of communist education and propaganda at school. Russian schools are currently reviving and promoting the moral values of the pioneer organizations. (epa/Sergei Ilnitsky)

Afghan children walk past security personnel as they leave a village during an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar Province. (AFP/ Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan children walk past security personnel as they leave a village during an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar Province. (AFP/ Noorullah Shirzada)

Belarusian honor guards perform during the opening ceremony of the MILEX-2017 international military exhibition in Minsk. Over 140 companies and enterprises from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Germany, and Slovakia participated. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Belarusian honor guards perform during the opening ceremony of the MILEX-2017 international military exhibition in Minsk. Over 140 companies and enterprises from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Germany, and Slovakia participated. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

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