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Photos Of The Week #45

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's coverage area and beyond for the 45th week of 2017. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

A South Korean protester kicks a mock rocket after spray painting the word "lunatic" next to a bust resembling U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally held to show opposition to Trump's visit to South Korea, near the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8. (epa-EFE/Kim Hee-chul)
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A South Korean protester kicks a mock rocket after spray painting the word "lunatic" next to a bust resembling U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally held to show opposition to Trump's visit to South Korea, near the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8. (epa-EFE/Kim Hee-chul)

Pakistani Shi'ite Muslims beat their chests during a procession to mark the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the seventh-century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and one of Shi'ite Islam's most beloved saints, in Lahore. (AP/K.M. Chaudary)
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Pakistani Shi'ite Muslims beat their chests during a procession to mark the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the seventh-century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and one of Shi'ite Islam's most beloved saints, in Lahore. (AP/K.M. Chaudary)

A murmuration of starlings is seen across the sky near the town of Gretna Green, Scotland. (Reuters/Phil Noble)
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A murmuration of starlings is seen across the sky near the town of Gretna Green, Scotland. (Reuters/Phil Noble)

Syrian children tour their damaged school in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta town of Saqba, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, following air raids by government forces on the area the previous day. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
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Syrian children tour their damaged school in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta town of Saqba, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, following air raids by government forces on the area the previous day. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

A vendor sells fruits on a smoggy day in Lahore, Pakistan. Smog has enveloped much of Pakistan, causing highway accidents and respiratory problems, and forcing many residents to stay home, officials said. (AP/K.M. Chaudary)
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A vendor sells fruits on a smoggy day in Lahore, Pakistan. Smog has enveloped much of Pakistan, causing highway accidents and respiratory problems, and forcing many residents to stay home, officials said. (AP/K.M. Chaudary)

A boat floats on the Sava River in Belgrade on November 9. (AP/Darko Vojinovic)
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A boat floats on the Sava River in Belgrade on November 9. (AP/Darko Vojinovic)

Students wave American and Chinese flags as they send off U.S. first lady Melania Trump and her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan after their visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9. (AFP/Ng Han Guan)
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Students wave American and Chinese flags as they send off U.S. first lady Melania Trump and her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan after their visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9. (AFP/Ng Han Guan)

A man selling colored cotton candy walks on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India. (Reuters/Shailesh Andrade) 
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A man selling colored cotton candy walks on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India. (Reuters/Shailesh Andrade) 

Volunteers of the Ukrainian Azov Civil Corps prepare to set fire to an effigy of Vladimir Lenin as they mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in downtown Kyiv on November 7. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Volunteers of the Ukrainian Azov Civil Corps prepare to set fire to an effigy of Vladimir Lenin as they mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in downtown Kyiv on November 7. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

A mother and her child sit next to a lantern shop in the Vietnamese town of Hoi An on November 8 following days of heavy rains after Typhoon Damrey hit the coast. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)
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A mother and her child sit next to a lantern shop in the Vietnamese town of Hoi An on November 8 following days of heavy rains after Typhoon Damrey hit the coast. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Kyrgyz communist supporters gather in front of the Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin monument in Bishkek on November 7. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)
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Kyrgyz communist supporters gather in front of the Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin monument in Bishkek on November 7. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

An elderly woman carries flags during a rally held by the Russian Communist Party to mark the Red October revolution's centenary in central Moscow on November 7. (Reuters/Andrei Volkov)
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An elderly woman carries flags during a rally held by the Russian Communist Party to mark the Red October revolution's centenary in central Moscow on November 7. (Reuters/Andrei Volkov)

Afghan children walk home after classes in Kabul.  (AP/Rahmat Gul)
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Afghan children walk home after classes in Kabul.  (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan children study at an open area in the Ghani Khel district of Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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Afghan children study at an open area in the Ghani Khel district of Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)

A detained member of the Other Russia movement shouts from a police bus during an unauthorized rally to mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in St. Petersburg on November 6. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A detained member of the Other Russia movement shouts from a police bus during an unauthorized rally to mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in St. Petersburg on November 6. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Pakistani students memorize the Koran at the Al-Nadwa Madrasah in Murree. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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Pakistani students memorize the Koran at the Al-Nadwa Madrasah in Murree. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

Afghan laborers reconstruct the Yu Aw Synagogue, one of four the Jewish synagogues in the western city of Herat. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan laborers reconstruct the Yu Aw Synagogue, one of four the Jewish synagogues in the western city of Herat. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)

Police officers react during an effort by climate activists to blockade coal operations at the Hambach opencast mine in the Rhineland, prior to a UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. (epa-EFE/Philipp Guelland)
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Police officers react during an effort by climate activists to blockade coal operations at the Hambach opencast mine in the Rhineland, prior to a UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. (epa-EFE/Philipp Guelland)

A woman walks past a statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin at the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A woman walks past a statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin at the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Antigovernment protesters shout "Democracy is under siege!" in Bucharest, Romania, on November 5. Tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in Bucharest and other cities to protest government plans to introduce legislation they say will weaken efforts to root out corruption. (AP/Andreea Alexandru)
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Antigovernment protesters shout "Democracy is under siege!" in Bucharest, Romania, on November 5. Tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in Bucharest and other cities to protest government plans to introduce legislation they say will weaken efforts to root out corruption. (AP/Andreea Alexandru)

Belarusian artists dance at a local market in Minsk. (epa-EFE/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Belarusian artists dance at a local market in Minsk. (epa-EFE/Tatyana Zenkovich)

Afghan women pick saffron flowers in the Karukh district of Herat. Saffron is seen as an alternative to poppy cultivation. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)
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Afghan women pick saffron flowers in the Karukh district of Herat. Saffron is seen as an alternative to poppy cultivation. (epa-EFE/Jalil Rezayee)

A man pauses to reflect at a mass grave at Kurapaty, near Minsk, on November 5, in memory of the thousands of people who were executed there by the Soviet secret police. At least 30,000 people were killed and buried at the Kurapaty preserve by the Soviet authorities under dictator Josef Stalin in the 1930s and '40s. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
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A man pauses to reflect at a mass grave at Kurapaty, near Minsk, on November 5, in memory of the thousands of people who were executed there by the Soviet secret police. At least 30,000 people were killed and buried at the Kurapaty preserve by the Soviet authorities under dictator Josef Stalin in the 1930s and '40s. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Russian riot police detain an opposition activist during an antigovernment rally in central Moscow on November 5. (AFP/Maksim Zmeyev)
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Russian riot police detain an opposition activist during an antigovernment rally in central Moscow on November 5. (AFP/Maksim Zmeyev)

A woman wearing historical dress rides her high-wheel bicycle during the traditional Prague Mile race in Prague on November 4. (epa-EFE/Martin Divisek)
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A woman wearing historical dress rides her high-wheel bicycle during the traditional Prague Mile race in Prague on November 4. (epa-EFE/Martin Divisek)

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