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Photos Of The Week #34

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MIG-29 jet fighters from the Russian aerobatic group Strizhi (Swifts) practice ahead of the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 21. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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MIG-29 jet fighters from the Russian aerobatic group Strizhi (Swifts) practice ahead of the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 21. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

A Chinese soldier wearing a gas mask runs behind animals in cages placed by the authorities to test conditions near the site of last week's blasts in the Binhai district of the northern city of Tianjin. (Reuters)
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A Chinese soldier wearing a gas mask runs behind animals in cages placed by the authorities to test conditions near the site of last week's blasts in the Binhai district of the northern city of Tianjin. (Reuters)

Pakistani men collect seashells on a beach in the port city of Karachi. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)
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Pakistani men collect seashells on a beach in the port city of Karachi. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)

Local residents stand near the scene where a bomb detonated next to a national security building in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, on August 20. (epa/Oliver Weiken)
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Local residents stand near the scene where a bomb detonated next to a national security building in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, on August 20. (epa/Oliver Weiken)

Migrants rest on a platform at Gevgelija railway station in Macedonia. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)
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Migrants rest on a platform at Gevgelija railway station in Macedonia. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

Members of the Slovenian rock band Laibach pose for a photo in Pyongyang, North Korea. With a 45-minute set that included cover versions of "Edelweiss" and "Do-Re-Mi" from the "Sound of Music," Laibach became the first foreign rock band to play a gig in North Korea. (AFP/Mute/Joerund F. Pedersen)
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Members of the Slovenian rock band Laibach pose for a photo in Pyongyang, North Korea. With a 45-minute set that included cover versions of "Edelweiss" and "Do-Re-Mi" from the "Sound of Music," Laibach became the first foreign rock band to play a gig in North Korea. (AFP/Mute/Joerund F. Pedersen)

Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance on the top of Rila Mountain, near Babreka Lake, Bulgaria. More than 1,500 pilgrims gathered to mark their "spiritual" new year with a collective meditative dance they believe connects them to cosmic rhythms and beats the blues. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)
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Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance on the top of Rila Mountain, near Babreka Lake, Bulgaria. More than 1,500 pilgrims gathered to mark their "spiritual" new year with a collective meditative dance they believe connects them to cosmic rhythms and beats the blues. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)

An aerial photo of the clipper ship Stad Amsterdam, accompanied by smaller vessels, as it makes its way to Amsterdam to join a flotilla of large ships. (epa/Robin Van Lonkhuijsen)
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An aerial photo of the clipper ship Stad Amsterdam, accompanied by smaller vessels, as it makes its way to Amsterdam to join a flotilla of large ships. (epa/Robin Van Lonkhuijsen)

A migrant bathes as the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos leaves port on the Greek island of Kos. The ship -- carrying Syrian refugees -- was headed for the mainland as authorities struggle to cope with a wave of arrivals. The ship had acted as a floating accommodation and registration center and was heading for the northern port of Thessaloniki. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)
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A migrant bathes as the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos leaves port on the Greek island of Kos. The ship -- carrying Syrian refugees -- was headed for the mainland as authorities struggle to cope with a wave of arrivals. The ship had acted as a floating accommodation and registration center and was heading for the northern port of Thessaloniki. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)

A Ukrainian serviceman checks for mines along the positions of Ukrainian forces near Seversk in the eastern Donetsk region. (AFP/Oleksandr Ratushniak)
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A Ukrainian serviceman checks for mines along the positions of Ukrainian forces near Seversk in the eastern Donetsk region. (AFP/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

A man is reflected in a puddle as he walks across Moscow's Red Square on August 18. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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A man is reflected in a puddle as he walks across Moscow's Red Square on August 18. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

The Indonesian Navy blows up a foreign fishing vessel that it had seized when it was caught fishing illegally in the Indonesian Sea. (epa)
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The Indonesian Navy blows up a foreign fishing vessel that it had seized when it was caught fishing illegally in the Indonesian Sea. (epa)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) inside a research bathyscaphe in the waters of the Black Sea while visiting Sevastopol, Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014. (TASS/Aleksei Nikolsky)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) inside a research bathyscaphe in the waters of the Black Sea while visiting Sevastopol, Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014. (TASS/Aleksei Nikolsky)

Migrants line up to receive sandwiches offered by volunteers outside a derelict hotel on the Greek island of Kos on August 17. (Reuters/​Alkis Konstantinidis)
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Migrants line up to receive sandwiches offered by volunteers outside a derelict hotel on the Greek island of Kos on August 17. (Reuters/​Alkis Konstantinidis)

A man cries as he inspects debris while standing outside his damaged house, which, according to locals, was caused by recent shelling, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)
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A man cries as he inspects debris while standing outside his damaged house, which, according to locals, was caused by recent shelling, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his son Nikolay harvest potatoes at the presidential residence outside Minsk. (TASS/Andrei Stasevich)
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Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his son Nikolay harvest potatoes at the presidential residence outside Minsk. (TASS/Andrei Stasevich)

A competitor jumps from the old bridge during a cliff-diving competition in Kanal ob Soci in southwestern Slovenia. (Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic)
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A competitor jumps from the old bridge during a cliff-diving competition in Kanal ob Soci in southwestern Slovenia. (Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic)

A girl lies on a bench near the bank of the Bagmati River after floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall entered a slum in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
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A girl lies on a bench near the bank of the Bagmati River after floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall entered a slum in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

A local resident stands in a flat that, according to locals, was damaged by recent shelling on the outskirts of Donetsk on August 16. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)
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A local resident stands in a flat that, according to locals, was damaged by recent shelling on the outskirts of Donetsk on August 16. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

A man walks past graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Simferopol, Crimea, on August 17. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)
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A man walks past graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Simferopol, Crimea, on August 17. (Reuters/Pavel Rebrov)

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