This Week in Pictures: Dec. 6-12

  • Nearly 300 Syrians landed in the port of Catania on Dec. 6, 2014.
  • A protester passes in front of burned barricades following a rally on the anniversary of the killing of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a Greek police officer, in Athens, Greece, Dec. 6, 2014.
  • A car is seen in flames during following a rally on the anniversary of the killing of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a Greek police officer, in Athens, Greece, Dec. 6, 2014.
  • Santa Claus adjusts his hat before greeting the next child for a portrait at The Court, King of Prussia Mall, United State’s largest retail shopping space, in King of Prussia, Penn., on December 6, 2014. The 2.7 million square feet shopping destination is owned by Simon Property Group.
  • The Bullett party at The Rec Room, a popular and exclusive club in South Beach, Fl., frequented by celebrities is photographed on Dec. 6, 2014.
  • A Filipino resident watches strong waves at a coastal village in Borongan city, Samar island, Philippines, Dec. 6, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit was speeding up and expected to make landfall in the eastern Philippines later on Dec. 6, a senior weather official said.
  • A protester, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Akai Gurley,  shouts slogans while holding a placard as she takes part in march through Manhattan, New York, Dec. 7, 2014.
  • Indian police man gestures to the driver of a vehicle to take deviation as they close a road to traffic in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Dec. 7, 2014. Thousands of government forces have fanned out across the Indian portion of Kashmir to provide a security shield for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to make a campaign speech Monday ahead of local elections.
  • Filipino children play on a fallen coconut tree in the town of Taft after Typhoon Hagupit made landfall, Samar island, Philippines, Dec. 7, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power and flattened houses as it pummelled the eastern and central Philippines overnight, leaving millions of people in darkness amid heavy rains and howling winds, officials said. At least three people were killed and two injured as powerful typhoon lashed the eastern and central Philippines.
  • People push a car stuck on the A93 Braemar to Glenshee road as snow is forecast for much of the U.K. on Dec. 8, 2014, in Glenshee, Scotland. The Met Office yellow “Be Aware” warning remains in place across the country, as drivers struggled with overnight snowfall.
  • A man runs with a "toro encuetado," a structure resembling a bull and covered with exploding fireworks, as part of the celebrations in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception on her feast day in Managua, Nicaragua, Dec. 8, 2014. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception is Nicaragua's patron saint.
  • Filipino typhoon victims burn collected debris at a coastal village in the typhoon-hit town of Villarial, Samar island, Philippines, Dec. 8, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as “Ruby,” weakened into a tropical storm as it moved towards the Philippine capital after killing at least 27 people and displacing more than one million people in the eastern and central provinces. Hagupit slammed into the country’s eastern coast on Dec. 6, bringing heavy rains and gale-force winds that flattened homes, ripped off roofs, and knocked out power and communications.
  • An Afghan man heads home walking through a dust cloud as the sun sets in Kabul, Dec. 8, 2014.
  • Afer a Brooklyn Nets basketball game on Dec. 8, 2014, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a demonstrator is arrested inside the Barclays Center subway station while protesting the Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July. The royal couple, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were on an official three-day visit to New York and in attendance for the Brooklyn Nets game.
  • More than 200 Los Angeles firefighters work to control a massive fire as it destroys a seven-story building under construction in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014. The building was completely destroyed and the intense heat heavily damaged two nearby buildings while also forcing the closure of Interstate 110 and the Southbound side of US Route 101. As the building was unoccupied and under construction, no injuries have been reported.
  • Policemen stand outside their headquarters during a protest by women's group Janwadi Mahila Samiti against the rape of a female taxi passenger, in New Delhi, Dec. 8, 2014. An Uber taxi driver will appear in an Indian court on Monday accused of raping a young female passenger, as the popular U.S. online ride-hailing service came under fire for hiring a man who was arrested for a sexual assault three years ago.
  • The Podomoro City apartments are reflected in a building’s surface in Jakarta, Dec. 8, 2014. Property analysts Ali Tranghada said property growth in 2015 is expected to drop due to increasing fuel prices and electricity tariff hikes.
  • Footprints and cycle tracks are seen on a snowy road in Buxton, central England, Dec. 8, 2014.
  • A firefighter sprays water on the smoldering hot spots of a large fire that consumed an apartment building that was under construction in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014. The blaze in downtown Los Angeles early on Monday shut down two major freeways, the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said. The fire was extinguished, but firefighters were still on the scene monitoring hot spots. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities in the fire.
  • Young Filipino typhoon victims swim in a swelling river in the typhoon-hit town of Taft, Samar island, Philippines, Dec. 8, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm as it moved towards the Philippine capital after killing at least 27 people and displacing more than one million people in the eastern and central provinces.
  • Trees and bushes are covered in snow and ice as the sun sets on Feldberg Mountain in the Taunus region near Schmitten, Germany, Dec. 8, 2014. The traffic in the Feldberg region remains shut down due to the danger of snow breakage.
  • Protesters block an Amtrak train in Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night, blocking an interstate highway and stopping the train as activists rallied against grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.
  • Members of the California Highway Patrol form a line on Highway 80 Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 8, 2014, after removing protesters from the highway during a march against the New York City grand jury decision to not indict in the death of Eric Garner. Cities across the United States have seen large protests in recent nights following a grand jury’s decision not to charge an officer in the July killing of Garner. An unarmed black father of six, Garner died after police put him in an apparent chokehold.
  • Yinfeng Hotel collapses as it is being demolished by explosives in Wuhan, Hubei province, Dec. 9, 2014.
  • Firefighters stand on lanes of the 110 freeway near smoldering hot spots of a large fire that consumed an apartment building that was under construction in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014. The blaze in downtown Los Angeles early on Monday shut down two major freeways, the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said. The fire was extinguished, but firefighters were still on the scene monitoring hot spots. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities in the fire.
  • Birds fly past as a man rows his boat in River Yamuna in the morning in New Delhi, India, Dec. 9, 2014. Clogged with garbage, sewage and industrial runoff, the Yamuna, which is one of India’s major rivers, is also one of the most polluted.
  • Thick and hot smoke spews from Mount Sinabung in Karo on Dec. 9, 2014. Indonesian local government relocated residents who live in danger zones around Mount Sinabung following deadly eruptions in early February 2014 that killed about 17 people.
  • In this Dec. 9, 2014, photo, a worker walks past a construction site reflected on a window of a subway station in Beijing, China. Liu Tienan, a former deputy head of the agency that steers China’s state-dominated economy, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for taking bribes, adding to a growing toll of prominent figures ensnared in a spreading anti-corruption crackdown.
  • A family of giraffes look out from their enclosure before taking part in a Christmas-themed feeding session at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo, Dec. 9, 2014. The giraffe enclosure at the zoo has panoramic views of Sydney's harbour and allows visitors the chance to get close and feed the zoo's tallest animals which are native to Africa.
  • An image of joint Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, center, is displayed on a screen alongside previous winners of the prize in the Nobel Field exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 9, 2014. The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to and shared between the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, 17-year-old Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai, and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday.
  • Smoke rises from burning incense as Tibetan nuns take part in an event organized by the Tibetan Refugee Community in Nepal commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize conferment to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and the 66th International Human Rights Day in Kathmandu, Dec. 10, 2014. Nepal ceased issuing refugee papers to Tibetans in 1989 and recognizes Tibet to be a part of China.
  • A woman pushes a pram with a child as heavy fog covered streets in a small town of Zaslavl, northwest of Minsk, Dec. 10, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protesters transport supplies outside the government headquarters at Admiralty in Hong Kong, Dec. 10, 2014. Hong Kong urged pro-democracy protesters to pack up their tents and leave their main camp near government headquarters, saying it couldn’t promise there would be no “confrontations” when the site is cleared on Thursday. The T-shirt reads: “Revolution.”
  • Protesters pose for photographs on a barricade at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 10, 2014. Hong Kong's dwindling number of pro-democracy protesters vowed Wednesday to stay until the last minute before authorities clear them off a highway where they've been camped out for more than two months.
  • A man stands in falling snow following a news conference where members of Justice League NYC presented a list of demands at City Hall in New York, Dec. 10, 2014. The league, made up of of juvenile and criminal justice advocates, artists and experts, and formerly incarcerated individuals, presented the list in response to the failure of a Staten Island grand jury to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner.
  • A child plays with water lights in Medellin, Colombia, Dec. 10, 2014.
  • A surfer rides a huge wave during a tow-in surfing session at the Praia do Norte or North beach, in Nazare, Portugal, Dec, 11, 2014. The beach has become a famous break point for big wave riders around the world.
  • Guests stand after Belgian designer Raf Simons’ Fall 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Tokyo, Dec. 11, 2014.
  • A demonstrator is taken away by police officers at an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 11, 2014. Hong Kong police arrested pro-democracy activists and cleared most of the main protest site on Thursday, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city, but many chanted: “We will be back.”
  • Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants march during a military drill in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 11, 2014.
  • Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco, Dec. 11 , 2014. For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate. Monaco’s Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality’s future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco’s laws of succession. 
  • Members of the U.S. Congress depart after passage of a spending bill on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Dec. 11, 2014. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late on Thursday to fund most federal agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. By a vote of 219-206, the House approved the bill, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security only through February to give Republicans a chance early next year to try to stop President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms that are largely carried out by DHS. 
  • Indian men bathe in water from a broken pipe next to a sewage canal on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Dec. 12, 2014. Though India is famous for its brutally hot summers, temperatures fall sharply for a few weeks in December and January. Cold winds and fog in north India have affected poor people, particularly those living on the streets. 

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The release of a Senate report detailing horrific interrogation practices by the CIA led the news this week. On Thursday, CIA Director John Brennan defended the agency while Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA of using unauthorized “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were characterized as torture in the report, to extract information from detainees. 

Around the country, demonstartors continued to take to the streets and stage “die-ins” to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Residents in the Philippines braced for Typhoon Hagupit, which bore down on the country as it was still recovering from last year’s massive Typhoon Haiyan. In the U.S., a storm system from Hawaii pummeled the Pacific Northwest as torrential downpours flooded city streets and caused landslides.

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