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Russia Feast of the Transfiguration
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Russia Feast of the Transfiguration

An orthodox priest blesses fruits during the Feast of the Transfiguration celebration, at the village of Bolshie Kabany, in the Tatarstan republic, Russia. In Eastern Slavic folk tradition on August 19 people celebrate The Apple Feast of the Saviour, this holiday has a pre-Christian origin and is associated with harvesting of ripe fruits, especially apples. Fruits are traditionally brought to church to be blessed after the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Transfiguration.

China Hong Kong Protests
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China Hong Kong Protests

Police officers stand guard outside Mong Kok police station during an anti-government demonstration against the extradition law in Hong Kong, China. Protesters demand to fully abandon the extradition law, which would allow Hong Kong authorities to extradite suspects to various jurisdictions, including mainland China, without any bilateral agreements, which are currently required for it. China’s semi-autonomous region has been rocked by protests since early June. At first, the rallies were peaceful but they subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and the police.

China Hong Kong Protests
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China Hong Kong Protests

Protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration against the extradition law in Hong Kong, China. Protesters demand to fully abandon the extradition law, which would allow Hong Kong authorities to extradite suspects to various jurisdictions, including mainland China, without any bilateral agreements, which are currently required for it. China’s semi-autonomous region has been rocked by protests since early June. At first, the rallies were peaceful but they subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and the police.

Russia A321 Plane Accident
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Russia A321 Plane Accident

In this handout photo released by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, people pass by the Airbus A321 plane, which made a hard landing in a corn field near Zhukovsky Airport, in Moscow region, Russia. The Ural Airlines' Airbus 321, travelling from Moscow to Crimea's Simferopol with 226 passengers and seven crew members on board, made an emergency landing shortly after take off on August 15 near Zhukovsky International Airport, south-east of Moscow. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.

Kyrgyzstan Ex-president Detention
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Kyrgyzstan Ex-president Detention

A still image, taken from a video footage, shows former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev talking to his supporters in his residence in the village of Koy Tash, outside capital Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz security forces stormed the house of former president Almazbek Atambayev on August 7 but Atambayev’s supporters have surrounded the residence and repulsed an attack capturing several police officers and preventing the ex-president from being captured.

Russia Army Games Marines
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Russia Army Games Marines

Venezuelan servicemen take part at the first stage of the international competition for professional training Marine landing 2019 at the Khmelevka firing ground on the Baltic Sea coast in Kaliningrad Region, Russia. Russian, Chinese, Iranian and Venezuelan marines participate in these competitions. The competition is held as a part of the International Army Games 2019 at the Khmelevka training ground of the Baltic Fleet. The track with a total length of more than 10 km was equipped with 30 obstacles (600 m of the track is laid on water).

Russia WWI Memory
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Russia WWI Memory

Russian servicemen taking part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Monument to Heroes of the First World War on Moscow's Poklonnaya Hill on the day of the 105th anniversary of the start of WWI. The action has an international scale. Ceremony of laying flowers on monuments to Heroes of the First World War on August 1 will also be held in Poland, France and a number of regions of Russia - the cities of Tula, Lipetsk, Orenburg, Pskov, Saransk, Kaliningrad. The memory of compatriots will be honored with a minute of silence.

Kazakhstan Russia Space
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Kazakhstan Russia Space

A man dressed as a cosmonaut poses standing in front of a Russia's Soyuz-FG rocket booster carrying the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft that is installed at the launchpad ahead of its upcoming launch, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On July 20 the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft will be blasted off the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 60-61 crew members NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, of the United States, Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, of Russia, and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, of Italy.

Ukraine DPR LPR MH17
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Ukraine DPR LPR MH17

Local residents lay flowers to the monument to victims of MH17 flight outside the village of Grabovo in Donetsk region, on the border between self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Eastern Ukraine. The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane crashed on July 17, 2014, while en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, leaving all 298 people on board killed. Kiev and self-proclaimed republics in the southeast of Ukraine have blamed each other for the downing of Malaysia Airlines' plane.

Russia Ivanov Corruption
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Russia Ivanov Corruption

Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Russian Pension Fund Alexei Ivanov, who is charged with taking a bribe of 4.4 million rubles, is escorted to a court room at the Basmanny Court, in Moscow, Russia. The court considers the petition of the investigation to elect a preventive measure in the form of detention to Ivanov and his accomplice Alexey Kopeikin, director of the department for working with state structures of Tekhnoserv Management LLC, on suspicion of mediating bribery on a large scale.

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