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Photos Of The Week #30

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 30th week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus competes in the women's high-diving competition at the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. (Reuters/Bernadett Szabo)
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Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus competes in the women's high-diving competition at the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. (Reuters/Bernadett Szabo)

Ladislav Vlna, a metallurgic painter, works on a painting in Prague. Vlna uses a unique technique, heating up steel to different temperatures to obtain different colors. (Reuters/David W Cerny)
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Ladislav Vlna, a metallurgic painter, works on a painting in Prague. Vlna uses a unique technique, heating up steel to different temperatures to obtain different colors. (Reuters/David W Cerny)

A supporter of Pakistan's former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, passes out after the Supreme Court's decision to disqualify him from office, in Lahore. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)
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A supporter of Pakistan's former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, passes out after the Supreme Court's decision to disqualify him from office, in Lahore. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

Pedestrians attempt to cross a street during a heavy downpour of rain and hail near Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Pedestrians attempt to cross a street during a heavy downpour of rain and hail near Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Workers are seen at the Kosovo lignite power plant and lignite mine near Shipitulle, Kosovo. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)
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Workers are seen at the Kosovo lignite power plant and lignite mine near Shipitulle, Kosovo. (Reuters/Hazir Reka)

Amphibious vehicles drive in formation past the Russian missile cruiser Moskva during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)
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Amphibious vehicles drive in formation past the Russian missile cruiser Moskva during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)

Young Hindu priests take a holy bath together as part of a ritual during the sacred thread festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred threads, also known as janai, for protection and purification during the festival. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
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Young Hindu priests take a holy bath together as part of a ritual during the sacred thread festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred threads, also known as janai, for protection and purification during the festival. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

Train attendants take part in training ahead of celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing. (Reuters/Stringer) 
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Train attendants take part in training ahead of celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing. (Reuters/Stringer) 

Assateague wild ponies rear up during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. (AFP/JimWatson)
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Assateague wild ponies rear up during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. (AFP/JimWatson)

An Afghan laborer works in a chalk factory at sunset on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)
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An Afghan laborer works in a chalk factory at sunset on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

A Soyuz spacecraft is moved into position at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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A Soyuz spacecraft is moved into position at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

A child is seen near the fountain outside the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in central Grozny, Russia. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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A child is seen near the fountain outside the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in central Grozny, Russia. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Pace Talmadge Clark of the United States is seen prior to the start of the men's 200-meter butterfly semifinal at the World Aquatics Championships in the Duna Arena in Budapest on July 25. (epa/Tibor Ilyes)
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Pace Talmadge Clark of the United States is seen prior to the start of the men's 200-meter butterfly semifinal at the World Aquatics Championships in the Duna Arena in Budapest on July 25. (epa/Tibor Ilyes)

Smoke fills the sky above a burning hillside as tourists relax on the beach in Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, on July 26. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
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Smoke fills the sky above a burning hillside as tourists relax on the beach in Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, on July 26. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

A man pours water on his face to cool off in Skopje, Macedonia. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)
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A man pours water on his face to cool off in Skopje, Macedonia. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

A woman performs a fire show at the Cucuteni International Festival near the village of Ivancea, north of Chisinau, Moldova. The Cucuteni festival is an arts event dedicated to the preservation of the traditional arts, as well as the promotion of local brands and artisans. (epa/Dumitru Doru)
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A woman performs a fire show at the Cucuteni International Festival near the village of Ivancea, north of Chisinau, Moldova. The Cucuteni festival is an arts event dedicated to the preservation of the traditional arts, as well as the promotion of local brands and artisans. (epa/Dumitru Doru)

The shoes of victims are seen on the ground as Afghan residents inspect the site of a car-bomb attack in western Kabul on July 24. At least 24 people were killed and 42 wounded. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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The shoes of victims are seen on the ground as Afghan residents inspect the site of a car-bomb attack in western Kabul on July 24. At least 24 people were killed and 42 wounded. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

An Afghan man looks through the damaged windows of his business near the scene of a suicide car-bomb attack in Kabul on July 24. At least 24 people were killed and more than 40 injured. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)
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An Afghan man looks through the damaged windows of his business near the scene of a suicide car-bomb attack in Kabul on July 24. At least 24 people were killed and more than 40 injured. (epa/Hedayatullah Amid)

A worker carries a cow's head at a slaughterhouse in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A worker carries a cow's head at a slaughterhouse in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

Members of Russian opposition parties take part in a march for a free Internet in central Moscow on July 23. The protest came amid a broad crackdown on online speech in recent years that rights activists say is targeting legitimate dissent under the pretext of battling extremism. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)
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Members of Russian opposition parties take part in a march for a free Internet in central Moscow on July 23. The protest came amid a broad crackdown on online speech in recent years that rights activists say is targeting legitimate dissent under the pretext of battling extremism. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

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