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Photos Of The Week #35

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 35th week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Pedestrians walk past a television screen showing a news program on a possible North Korean nuclear test in Tokyo on September 3 after North Korea appeared to carry out a sixth nuclear test. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)
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Pedestrians walk past a television screen showing a news program on a possible North Korean nuclear test in Tokyo on September 3 after North Korea appeared to carry out a sixth nuclear test. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

People greet each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year. (epa/Ghulamullah Habibi)
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People greet each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year. (epa/Ghulamullah Habibi)

Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco on September 1. In response to a Russian government demand for the United States to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 455, the Trump administration ordered the closure of the consulate and two trade annexes in New York and Washington. A fire department spokeswoman said the consulate had a fire going in a fireplace and that unidentified items were being burned. (AFP/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco on September 1. In response to a Russian government demand for the United States to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 455, the Trump administration ordered the closure of the consulate and two trade annexes in New York and Washington. A fire department spokeswoman said the consulate had a fire going in a fireplace and that unidentified items were being burned. (AFP/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A baby in a stroller passes by life jackets displayed by the international antipoverty organization Oxfam Novib in front of the Dutch parliament in The Hague. The jackets serve as a visual reminder to the Dutch government of the suffering and risks hundreds of thousands of refugees have endured. (AFP/ANP/Robin Utrecht)
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A baby in a stroller passes by life jackets displayed by the international antipoverty organization Oxfam Novib in front of the Dutch parliament in The Hague. The jackets serve as a visual reminder to the Dutch government of the suffering and risks hundreds of thousands of refugees have endured. (AFP/ANP/Robin Utrecht)

Muslim worshippers gather outside the Namrah Mosque during the hajj pilgrimage in Arafat, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (epa/Mast Irham)
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Muslim worshippers gather outside the Namrah Mosque during the hajj pilgrimage in Arafat, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (epa/Mast Irham)

Cadets of a Siberian military school attend a ceremony marking Knowledge Day. The holiday marks the beginning of a new school year in Russia and is celebrated on September 1. (TASS/Kirill Kukhmar)
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Cadets of a Siberian military school attend a ceremony marking Knowledge Day. The holiday marks the beginning of a new school year in Russia and is celebrated on September 1. (TASS/Kirill Kukhmar)

People make their way on an flooded street after a heavy downpour in Karachi, Pakistan. Massive flooding is blamed for the deaths of at least 2,100 people in the region. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)
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People make their way on an flooded street after a heavy downpour in Karachi, Pakistan. Massive flooding is blamed for the deaths of at least 2,100 people in the region. (epa/Shahzaib Akber)

A Muslim pilgrim checks her mobile phone as she rests in a tent near Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca on August 31. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
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A Muslim pilgrim checks her mobile phone as she rests in a tent near Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca on August 31. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, on August 27. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
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A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, on August 27. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on August 28. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
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Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on August 28. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

A man slides on the pavement covered with squashed tomatoes as he takes part in the traditional tomato fight called "Tomatina" in Bunol, Spain, on August 30. (epa-EFE/Miguel Aangel Polo)
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A man slides on the pavement covered with squashed tomatoes as he takes part in the traditional tomato fight called "Tomatina" in Bunol, Spain, on August 30. (epa-EFE/Miguel Aangel Polo)

A medium-range ballistic-missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, before being successfully intercepted by Standard Missile-6 missiles fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, in Kauai, Hawaii, on August 29. (epa-EFE/Latonja Martin)
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A medium-range ballistic-missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, before being successfully intercepted by Standard Missile-6 missiles fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, in Kauai, Hawaii, on August 29. (epa-EFE/Latonja Martin)

Participants explore the playa as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
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Participants explore the playa as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

An injured Afghan girl receives treatment at a hospital following an air strike in Herat. Afghan authorities acknowledged that its air force had killed up to 13 civilians, including women and children, in air strikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat.  (AFP/Hoshang Hashimi)
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An injured Afghan girl receives treatment at a hospital following an air strike in Herat. Afghan authorities acknowledged that its air force had killed up to 13 civilians, including women and children, in air strikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat.  (AFP/Hoshang Hashimi)

Mourners grieve on the coffin of a victim who was killed in a car-bomb attack in the Sadr City district of Baghdad. (Reuters/Alaa al-Marjani)
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Mourners grieve on the coffin of a victim who was killed in a car-bomb attack in the Sadr City district of Baghdad. (Reuters/Alaa al-Marjani)

A man makes traditional jelabi sweets at a small factory ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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A man makes traditional jelabi sweets at a small factory ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

Pakistani vendors sell apples at roadside stalls in Killa Abdullah, a district in the northwest of Balochistan Province. (AFP/Banaras Khan)
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Pakistani vendors sell apples at roadside stalls in Killa Abdullah, a district in the northwest of Balochistan Province. (AFP/Banaras Khan)

Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas. Houston officials announced a curfew on the flood-stricken city late on August 29 to prevent looting in evacuated areas as the deluge of rain from Tropical Storm Harvey set a new record for the continental United States. (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman)
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Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas. Houston officials announced a curfew on the flood-stricken city late on August 29 to prevent looting in evacuated areas as the deluge of rain from Tropical Storm Harvey set a new record for the continental United States. (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman)

Taoist monks from Wudangshan, China, perform at a parade as part of the 2017 Spasskaya Tower international military music festival on Moscow's Poklonnaya Hill. (TASS/Artyom Geodakyan)  
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Taoist monks from Wudangshan, China, perform at a parade as part of the 2017 Spasskaya Tower international military music festival on Moscow's Poklonnaya Hill. (TASS/Artyom Geodakyan)
 

Members of the Valery Khalilov Moscow Suvorov Military Music College band perform at a parade as part of the 2017 Spasskaya Tower international military music festival on Moscow's Poklonnaya Hill. (TASS/Artyom Geodakyan)
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Members of the Valery Khalilov Moscow Suvorov Military Music College band perform at a parade as part of the 2017 Spasskaya Tower international military music festival on Moscow's Poklonnaya Hill. (TASS/Artyom Geodakyan)

Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. (AFP/ Karim Sahib)
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Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. (AFP/ Karim Sahib)

A Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet of the Russian Knights aerobatic team performs a demonstration flight as part of the Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum at the Kubinka air base outside Moscow. (TASS/Marina Lystseva)  
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A Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet of the Russian Knights aerobatic team performs a demonstration flight as part of the Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum at the Kubinka air base outside Moscow. (TASS/Marina Lystseva)
 

Flying kites during the 2017 Pyostroye Nebo (Colorful Sky) kite festival in Moscow's Tsaritsyno Park. (TASS/Asya Dobrovolskaya)
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Flying kites during the 2017 Pyostroye Nebo (Colorful Sky) kite festival in Moscow's Tsaritsyno Park. (TASS/Asya Dobrovolskaya)

People attend a religious service marking the Day of the Virgin Mary at Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
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People attend a religious service marking the Day of the Virgin Mary at Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Syrian girls pose for a photograph against a bullet-riddled wall in the rebel-held village of Kafr Ghan, in the northern countryside of Aleppo. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)
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Syrian girls pose for a photograph against a bullet-riddled wall in the rebel-held village of Kafr Ghan, in the northern countryside of Aleppo. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)

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