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Photos Of The Week #33

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 33rd week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive by clicking on the banner above.


A tank fires during a competition at the Alabino Firing Range during the 2015 Army Games, an international event organized by the Russian Defense Ministry, in the Moscow region, on August 13. (TASS/Sergei Bobylev)
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A tank fires during a competition at the Alabino Firing Range during the 2015 Army Games, an international event organized by the Russian Defense Ministry, in the Moscow region, on August 13. (TASS/Sergei Bobylev)

A grouse sits on the head of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he visits a facility of the Forest and Water Management Ministry in Rize, Turkey. (Reuters)
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A grouse sits on the head of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he visits a facility of the Forest and Water Management Ministry in Rize, Turkey. (Reuters)

Recruits of the controversial far-right Azov volunteer battalion take part in a competition in Kyiv prior to leaving to the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
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Recruits of the controversial far-right Azov volunteer battalion take part in a competition in Kyiv prior to leaving to the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Female migrants and children from Syria take a rest as they arrive on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on an inflatable boat with 35 other people. Some 124,000 people, almost all of them fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, have come ashore since the beginning of the year. (AFP/Achilleas Zavallis)
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Female migrants and children from Syria take a rest as they arrive on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on an inflatable boat with 35 other people. Some 124,000 people, almost all of them fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, have come ashore since the beginning of the year. (AFP/Achilleas Zavallis)

Migrants with sticks, stones, and knives fought after a brawl erupted over places in an overcrowded train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, Macedonia. (epa/Georgi Livovski)
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Migrants with sticks, stones, and knives fought after a brawl erupted over places in an overcrowded train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, Macedonia. (epa/Georgi Livovski)

Pakistani troops march during a ceremony marking Pakistan's Independence Day at the mausoleum of the country's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in Karachi on August 14. Pakistan celebrated its 68th independence anniversary from British rule in 1947. (epa/Rehan Khan)
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Pakistani troops march during a ceremony marking Pakistan's Independence Day at the mausoleum of the country's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in Karachi on August 14. Pakistan celebrated its 68th independence anniversary from British rule in 1947. (epa/Rehan Khan)

A Pakistani boy wears a mask in the national colors during a ceremony marking Pakistan's Independence Day in Karachi on August 14. (epa/Rehan Khan)
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A Pakistani boy wears a mask in the national colors during a ceremony marking Pakistan's Independence Day in Karachi on August 14. (epa/Rehan Khan)

Two attendants install British and Chinese flags behind the podium before a speech by Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to students at Peking University in Beijing on August 12. (AFP/Greg Baker)
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Two attendants install British and Chinese flags behind the podium before a speech by Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to students at Peking University in Beijing on August 12. (AFP/Greg Baker)

A wounded Syrian boy cries at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital, Damascus, following reported air strikes by regime forces on August 12. At least 27 civilians were killed in Syrian government air strikes on the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus according to a monitoring group. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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A wounded Syrian boy cries at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital, Damascus, following reported air strikes by regime forces on August 12. At least 27 civilians were killed in Syrian government air strikes on the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus according to a monitoring group. (AFP/Abd Doumany)

Firefighters battle a wildfire as thick smoke rises over the Hungarian steppe of Hortobagy, near Nadudvar, some 183 kilometers east of Budapest. (epa/Zsolt Czegledi)
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Firefighters battle a wildfire as thick smoke rises over the Hungarian steppe of Hortobagy, near Nadudvar, some 183 kilometers east of Budapest. (epa/Zsolt Czegledi)

A general view of the destruction after massive explosions destroyed large parts of the port area of Tianjin in northern China. At least 104 people were killed, with hundreds injured and some still unaccounted for. A rapid succession of explosions — one equal to 21 tons of TNT which was felt by earthquake monitors and seen by satellites in outer space — were sparked by a fire in what authorities said were shipping containers containing hazardous material at a warehouse. (epa)
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A general view of the destruction after massive explosions destroyed large parts of the port area of Tianjin in northern China. At least 104 people were killed, with hundreds injured and some still unaccounted for. A rapid succession of explosions — one equal to 21 tons of TNT which was felt by earthquake monitors and seen by satellites in outer space — were sparked by a fire in what authorities said were shipping containers containing hazardous material at a warehouse. (epa)

Migrants and refugees registering at a stadium on the Greek island of Kos. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)
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Migrants and refugees registering at a stadium on the Greek island of Kos. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)

A woman pushes a baby stroller in the aftermath of what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)
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A woman pushes a baby stroller in the aftermath of what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)

A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia. (Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)
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A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia. (Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)

A Ukrainian mother and child stand atop the Friendship of Nations monument in downtown Kyiv. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)
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A Ukrainian mother and child stand atop the Friendship of Nations monument in downtown Kyiv. (epa/Sergei Dolzhenko)

Pakistani students ride a cart through the village of Hussain Khanwala in Punjab Province. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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Pakistani students ride a cart through the village of Hussain Khanwala in Punjab Province. (AFP/Arif Ali)

Syrian men form a safety passage for refugee women following clashes during a registration procedure in the national stadium on the Greek island of Kos. Local authorities are struggling to cope with the increasing numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on dinghies from the nearby Turkish coast. (Reuters/ Yannis Behrakis)
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Syrian men form a safety passage for refugee women following clashes during a registration procedure in the national stadium on the Greek island of Kos. Local authorities are struggling to cope with the increasing numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on dinghies from the nearby Turkish coast. (Reuters/ Yannis Behrakis)

Downhill cyclists Kemal Mulic (center), Tarik Hadzic (left), and Kamer Kolar train on a disused bobsled track from the 1984 Winter Olympics near Sarajevo. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as by the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
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Downhill cyclists Kemal Mulic (center), Tarik Hadzic (left), and Kamer Kolar train on a disused bobsled track from the 1984 Winter Olympics near Sarajevo. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as by the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

An Afghan policeman stands guard as smoke and flames rise from the site of a huge blast near the entrance to Kabul's international airport. Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar posted on Twitter that seven civilians, including a child, were killed in the attack. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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An Afghan policeman stands guard as smoke and flames rise from the site of a huge blast near the entrance to Kabul's international airport. Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar posted on Twitter that seven civilians, including a child, were killed in the attack. (AFP/Shah Marai)

An aerial view shows People's Liberation Army soldiers and local residents placing sandbags to block floodwaters after a dam breached under the influence of Typhoon Soudelor in China's Zhejiang Province. Typhoon Soudelor battered China's east coast on August 9, killing 14 people and forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands more. (Reuters/China Daily)
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An aerial view shows People's Liberation Army soldiers and local residents placing sandbags to block floodwaters after a dam breached under the influence of Typhoon Soudelor in China's Zhejiang Province. Typhoon Soudelor battered China's east coast on August 9, killing 14 people and forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands more. (Reuters/China Daily)

Migrants rush as they try to get on a train heading to the border with Serbia at a train station in Gevgelija on the Macedonian-Greek border. Non-EU Serbia's frontier with Hungary, which is in the bloc's passport-free Schengen zone, has become a major crossing point for huge numbers of migrants entering the EU. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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Migrants rush as they try to get on a train heading to the border with Serbia at a train station in Gevgelija on the Macedonian-Greek border. Non-EU Serbia's frontier with Hungary, which is in the bloc's passport-free Schengen zone, has become a major crossing point for huge numbers of migrants entering the EU. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Chinese soldiers participate in the international "Masters of Reconnaissance" competition in Novosibirsk, Russia. (TASS)
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Chinese soldiers participate in the international "Masters of Reconnaissance" competition in Novosibirsk, Russia. (TASS)

Kashmiri government employees shout slogans as Indian police spray purple-colored water to disperse them during a protest march in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Government employees have been demanding regularization of their jobs and release pending salaries. (epa/Farooq Khan)
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Kashmiri government employees shout slogans as Indian police spray purple-colored water to disperse them during a protest march in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Government employees have been demanding regularization of their jobs and release pending salaries. (epa/Farooq Khan)

A Syrian refugee from Kobani holds two children as he jumps off a small boat onto a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. The UNHCR called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on its Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)
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A Syrian refugee from Kobani holds two children as he jumps off a small boat onto a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. The UNHCR called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on its Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

A picture taken on August 10 shows smoke billowing following a reported attack on a tunnel used by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the village of Foua in the northwestern province of Idlib. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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A picture taken on August 10 shows smoke billowing following a reported attack on a tunnel used by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the village of Foua in the northwestern province of Idlib. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

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