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Photos Of The Week #36

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 36th week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Russian Navy ships take part in a military exercise called Kavkaz 2016 on the coast of the Black Sea on the Crimea Peninsula, forcibly annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)
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Russian Navy ships take part in a military exercise called Kavkaz 2016 on the coast of the Black Sea on the Crimea Peninsula, forcibly annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Female Russian soldiers pose at the international military-technical forum "ARMY-2016" in the Moscow region. (TASs/Sergei Bobylev)
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Female Russian soldiers pose at the international military-technical forum "ARMY-2016" in the Moscow region. (TASs/Sergei Bobylev)

Bishop Abanoub performs an exorcism on a woman at a monastery in Cairo, Egypt. Hundreds of Egyptians -- Christians and Muslims alike -- attend the healing and exorcism service held at St. Simon the Tanner monastery. (epa/Oliver Weiken)
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Bishop Abanoub performs an exorcism on a woman at a monastery in Cairo, Egypt. Hundreds of Egyptians -- Christians and Muslims alike -- attend the healing and exorcism service held at St. Simon the Tanner monastery. (epa/Oliver Weiken)

A bird flies during heavy fog in Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A bird flies during heavy fog in Minsk, Belarus. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A child waves the flag of Syrian rebels as Syrians in wheelchairs participate in a race in Douma. People who suffered disabilities in the Syrian war joined the race, which was held under the slogan "Searching For Life." (epa/Mohammed Badra)
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A child waves the flag of Syrian rebels as Syrians in wheelchairs participate in a race in Douma. People who suffered disabilities in the Syrian war joined the race, which was held under the slogan "Searching For Life." (epa/Mohammed Badra)

A bride and groom pose for a photographer on the Charles Bridge in the early morning in Prague, Czech Republic. (AFP/Michal Cizek)
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A bride and groom pose for a photographer on the Charles Bridge in the early morning in Prague, Czech Republic. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

A performer in a wheelchair takes part in the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on September 7. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)
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A performer in a wheelchair takes part in the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on September 7. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)

Artists perform during the opening ceremonies in Maracana Stadium at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (epa/Alexandra Wey)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremonies in Maracana Stadium at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (epa/Alexandra Wey)

A woman climbs to the top of Mount Al-Noor ahead of the hajj in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first words of the Koran at the top of Mount Al-Noor. The hajj pilgrimage takes place in Mecca from September 9-14. (epa/Fazry Ismail)
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A woman climbs to the top of Mount Al-Noor ahead of the hajj in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first words of the Koran at the top of Mount Al-Noor. The hajj pilgrimage takes place in Mecca from September 9-14. (epa/Fazry Ismail)

A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three crew members from the International Space Station touches down in the Kazakh steppe on September 7. (AFP/Maxim Shipenkov)
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A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three crew members from the International Space Station touches down in the Kazakh steppe on September 7. (AFP/Maxim Shipenkov)

International Space Station crew members Jeff Williams of the United States (left), and Aleksei Ovchinin (center) and Oleg Skripochka of Russia rest after landing on the Kazakh steppes on September 7 after finishing a 172-day mission aboard the orbiting station. (Reuters/Maxim Shipenkov)
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International Space Station crew members Jeff Williams of the United States (left), and Aleksei Ovchinin (center) and Oleg Skripochka of Russia rest after landing on the Kazakh steppes on September 7 after finishing a 172-day mission aboard the orbiting station. (Reuters/Maxim Shipenkov)

Local children Ulyana and Sergei leave a bomb shelter which they are using as living quarters after their homes were destroyed in shelling not far from the front line in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)
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Local children Ulyana and Sergei leave a bomb shelter which they are using as living quarters after their homes were destroyed in shelling not far from the front line in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (epa/Alexander Ermochenko)

A woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
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A woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits in her car after arriving at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits in her car after arriving at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

A Belarusian soldier votes in a transparent voting booth at a polling station during early parliamentary voting in Minsk. Parliamentary elections in Belarus are being held on September 11. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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A Belarusian soldier votes in a transparent voting booth at a polling station during early parliamentary voting in Minsk. Parliamentary elections in Belarus are being held on September 11. (epa/Tatyana Zenkovich)

A young Afghan boy rides a bicycle along a road at sunset on the outskirts of Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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A young Afghan boy rides a bicycle along a road at sunset on the outskirts of Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

A fighter from the Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) runs to avoid sniper fire near the rebel-held stronghold of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. (AFP/Sameer Al-Doumy)
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A fighter from the Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) runs to avoid sniper fire near the rebel-held stronghold of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. (AFP/Sameer Al-Doumy)

Pakistani men use a crane to lift a young bull from the roof of a building in preparation for the annual Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. The owner keeps young animals -- three or four bulls and some goats -- on the roof of a four-story building for a year until they are ready for sacrifice. Muslims believe that they will receive more rewards if they raise an animal and sacrifice it after a year or two. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
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Pakistani men use a crane to lift a young bull from the roof of a building in preparation for the annual Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. The owner keeps young animals -- three or four bulls and some goats -- on the roof of a four-story building for a year until they are ready for sacrifice. Muslims believe that they will receive more rewards if they raise an animal and sacrifice it after a year or two. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

Free Syrian Army fighters launch a Grad rocket from Halfaya town in Hama Province toward forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)
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Free Syrian Army fighters launch a Grad rocket from Halfaya town in Hama Province toward forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

Women walk along the decorated embankment of the Ishim River in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Women walk along the decorated embankment of the Ishim River in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity clap as they sing a prayer song during Mother Teresa's death anniversary in Kolkata, India. Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint of the Catholic Church in a ceremony in St. Peter's Square in Rome’s Vatican City on September 4. (Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri)
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Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity clap as they sing a prayer song during Mother Teresa's death anniversary in Kolkata, India. Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint of the Catholic Church in a ceremony in St. Peter's Square in Rome’s Vatican City on September 4. (Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

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