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Photos Of The Week #48

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 48th week of 2014. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

Afghans take a ride at City Park, the first amusement park in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
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Afghans take a ride at City Park, the first amusement park in Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

Sheep are seen in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a demonstration by shepherds against the protection of wolves in France. (Reuters/Jacky Naegelen)
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Sheep are seen in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a demonstration by shepherds against the protection of wolves in France. (Reuters/Jacky Naegelen)

Members of a Dutch delegation in Kharkiv, Ukraine, see off a Hercules C130 transport plane of the Royal Dutch Air Force that is carrying more debris recovered from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The plane, with 298 people aboard, was presumably shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17. (epa/Sergei Kozlov)
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Members of a Dutch delegation in Kharkiv, Ukraine, see off a Hercules C130 transport plane of the Royal Dutch Air Force that is carrying more debris recovered from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The plane, with 298 people aboard, was presumably shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17. (epa/Sergei Kozlov)

Visitors to the National Museum of China in Beijing look at the sculpture "The Thinker" by French artist Auguste Rodin. A total of 140 original works created by the 19th-century sculptor went on display on November 27. (Reuters/Jason Lee)
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Visitors to the National Museum of China in Beijing look at the sculpture "The Thinker" by French artist Auguste Rodin. A total of 140 original works created by the 19th-century sculptor went on display on November 27. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

A Russian Orthodox priest blesses 10 Russian SU-27 SM fighter jets on an airfield outside Sevastopol, Crimea. Crimean military air forces were reinforced by Russian fighter jets after NATO's top military commander warned that Russia's "militarization" of Crimea could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region. (TASS/Aleksei Pavlishak/TASS)
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A Russian Orthodox priest blesses 10 Russian SU-27 SM fighter jets on an airfield outside Sevastopol, Crimea. Crimean military air forces were reinforced by Russian fighter jets after NATO's top military commander warned that Russia's "militarization" of Crimea could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region. (TASS/Aleksei Pavlishak/TASS)

Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia performs during the women's short program at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating 2014 in Osaka, Japan. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)
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Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia performs during the women's short program at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating 2014 in Osaka, Japan. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

A man pulls a deep-fried turkey out of a pot of peanut oil on Thanksgiving Day outside Leesburg, Virginia. (epa/Jim Lo Scalzo)
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A man pulls a deep-fried turkey out of a pot of peanut oil on Thanksgiving Day outside Leesburg, Virginia. (epa/Jim Lo Scalzo)

A record 1,194,380 Christmas lights are switched on in aid of Sids for Kids in Canberra, Australia. The lights set a new Guiness World Record for the number of Christmas lights switched on at one time. (epa/Alan Porritt)
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A record 1,194,380 Christmas lights are switched on in aid of Sids for Kids in Canberra, Australia. The lights set a new Guiness World Record for the number of Christmas lights switched on at one time. (epa/Alan Porritt)

An Afghan vendor displays his pomegranate harvest for sale along the Kabul-Jalalabad highway near Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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An Afghan vendor displays his pomegranate harvest for sale along the Kabul-Jalalabad highway near Jalalabad. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

A man arranges firewood for sale in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)
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A man arranges firewood for sale in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of of voting in state assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which is administered by India, on November 25. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)
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Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of of voting in state assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which is administered by India, on November 25. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

Police chase protesters as a car burns during rioting following a controversial grand jury decision concerning the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the United States. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
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Police chase protesters as a car burns during rioting following a controversial grand jury decision concerning the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the United States. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Students sit in public transport outside the Psychology Department of the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Students sit in public transport outside the Psychology Department of the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A man tends his horse-drawn cart, which is loaded with tires, near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan. (epa/Akhter Gulfam)
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A man tends his horse-drawn cart, which is loaded with tires, near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan. (epa/Akhter Gulfam)

U.S. President Barack Obama walks away from the podium with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) following the announcement that Hagel will step down from his post after less than two years in office. (epa/Michael Reynolds)
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U.S. President Barack Obama walks away from the podium with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) following the announcement that Hagel will step down from his post after less than two years in office. (epa/Michael Reynolds)

Switzerland's team captain Severin Luethi celebrates with the Davis Cup trophy during a ceremony in Lausanne on November 24, one day after his country won that tennis prize for the first time ever.
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Switzerland's team captain Severin Luethi celebrates with the Davis Cup trophy during a ceremony in Lausanne on November 24, one day after his country won that tennis prize for the first time ever.

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to actress Meryl Streep during a White House ceremony. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to actress Meryl Streep during a White House ceremony. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School crosses an obstacle during a competition between school classes in the southern Russian city of Stavropol. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)
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A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School crosses an obstacle during a competition between school classes in the southern Russian city of Stavropol. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft carrying a crew for the International Space Station blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
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The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft carrying a crew for the International Space Station blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

A Pakistani family prepares food outside their home on the outskirts of Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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A Pakistani family prepares food outside their home on the outskirts of Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)

Workers repair a gas pipeline damaged during shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants in the eastern village of Krasnyi Pakhar, in the Donetsk region. (AFP/Aleksandr Khudoteply)
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Workers repair a gas pipeline damaged during shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants in the eastern village of Krasnyi Pakhar, in the Donetsk region. (AFP/Aleksandr Khudoteply)

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