The best photography from around the region this week: May 9, 2013

  • A foreign youth pops an ollie on her skateboard as Afghan youths gather for The Sound Central Festival at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. The Sound Central Festival, now on its second year, is the only event of its kind that takes place in Afghanistan, where music was banned by the Taliban until the end of 2001. Massoud Hossaini / AFP
  • A homeless Bangladeshi woman holds her infant child and covers herself with a plastic sheet as it rains during a general strike called by 18 opposition parties in Dhaka, Ismail Ferdous / AP Photo
  • An Afghan man feeds pigeons outside the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif. Omar Sobhani / Reuters
  • An Islamist protester sprays the words, 'The state security are dogs of the country' at the main entrance of the state security headquarters in Cairo. Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters
  • People swim in the river Nile as they celebrate the spring holiday of Sham el Nessim in Cairo.  Asmaa Waguih / Reuters
  • Iraqi-Kurdish women weave at a handicraft centre in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil. Safin Hamed / AFP
  • Girls swing at a make-shift fun fair as people celebrate the spring holiday of Sham el Nessim in Cairo. Asmaa Waguih / Reuters
  • A Pakistani girl who was displaced with her family from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between militants and the army, stands at the doorway of her home, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo
  • Syrian civilians stand near flowers petals on a market in the Bustan al-Qasr area of the northern city of Aleppo. AFP
  • A man places the head of his quail in his mouth in an effort to keep his bird cool at an impromptu arena in a timber depot where enthusiasts gather every Friday to participate in quail fighting in Mazar-e Sharif. Farshad Usyan / AFP
  • A man walks behind piles of garlic cloves in a popular market in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. AFP
  • Afghan women at the Hazrat-e Ali shrine in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.  Omar Sobhani / Reuters
  • A young boy sells fruits from a barrow stationed in front of a destroyed public transport bus, used to block the view of snipers, in the Inshaat area of the city of Aleppo. AFP

May 9, 2013

The best images from the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.