This Week in Pictures: Nov. 21-27

  • U.S. President Barack Obama greets students while on a tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation, an education program for refugee and low-income children, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 21, 2015.
  • Two National Police officers guard a detained protester carrying two machetes, during a demonstration against the results of the presidential elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 26, 2015. 
  • Migrants who are not from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan protest because they are not allowed to cross the border between Macedonia and Greece, near Gevegelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nov. 21, 2015.
  • In this Nov. 21, 2015 photo, flip flops with the design of the U.S. flag lay next to its owner, a Cuban migrant sleeping inside of the public restroom of the border control building in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, border with Nicaragua. Once they reach the U.S. border, they can just show up at an established U.S. port of entry and declare their nationality, avoiding the dangerous desert crossings that confront many migrants who try to avoid U.S. border patrol.
  • A woman collapses during a demonstration as migrants wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian borders near the village of Idomeni, Greece, Nov. 22, 2015.
  • A participant of a blockade (C) attempts to stop members of the Ukrainian armed forces and Interior Ministry, in the Kherson region, Ukraine, in this still image taken from footage shot on Nov. 21, 2015. Crimea was left without electricity supplies from Ukraine on Sunday after pylons carrying power lines to the Russia-annexed peninsula were blown up overnight.
  • A picture made available on Nov. 22, 2015 shows locals taking pictures around illuminations of a fantasy world attracting visitors at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 21, 2015. Thousands of holiday makers visited the amusement park on this weekend while Christmas selling season will come soon.
  • Paramilitary police officers transport snow from their camp outside the Wumen Gate of Forbidden City during snowfall, at night in central Beijing, China, Nov. 22, 2015.
  • An Egyptian man casts his ballot at a polling station during the second round of Egyptian parliamentary elections at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 22, 2015. Egyptians in nearly half the country, including the capital Cairo, are voting in the second stage of parliamentary elections that will produce the country’s first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.
  • An internally displaced girl holds a baby after her family left their village in the Achin district of Afghanistan, due to clashes between the Islamic State group and other insurgent groups, on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Nov. 22, 2015.
  • A woman tries to protect her daughter as refugees scuffle with the Greek police in their effort to reach the borderline with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Nov. 22, 2015. Over 1,000 migrants gathered in the Greek town Idomeni protested Saturday against the decision by Macedonian authorities across the border to turn away migrants who are not from war zones such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Supporters of Daniel Scioli, the ruling party presidential candidate, watch a large screen at Plaza de Mayo square that broadcasts live statements from Scioli aid Diego Bossio about the presidential election results in Buenos Aires, Nov. 22, 2015. Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri took an early lead over the ruling party contender Daniel Scioli in Sunday’s historic runoff to pick a replacement for outgoing President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated Argentine politics for 12 years.
  • Followers of opposition candidate Mauricio Macri holding Argentine flags walk down a street littered with leaflets in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 22, 2015.
  • Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) wears maple leaf-themed socks during the First Ministers’ meeting in Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 23, 2015.
  • An Israeli female soldier reacts at the scene where a Palestinian stabbed and killed an Israeli soldier at a petrol station before he was shot dead by soldiers near the West Bank village of Khirbit Al-Misbah between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Nov. 23, 2015.
  • A girl, who was injured by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, stands at the entrance of her house in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Nov. 22, 2015.
  • A Kashmiri man walks surrounded by a dense fog on a cold morning on the outskirts Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Nov. 23, 2015. The Indian-controlled Kashmir region is experiencing cold conditions after the Himalayan Mountains received snowfall in the past few days.
  • Women gather inside a polling center waiting to vote, during the second phase of the parliamentary election in Menoufiya, 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 23, 2015.
  • A Filipino human rights advocate rests by the road during a protest march marking the killings of journalists in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 23, 2015. The Maguindanao Massacre is considered Philippines’ worst politics-related crime, which left 58 people dead in the southern province of Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009.
  • Soldiers line up outside the Michel church during the official memorial service for former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Hamburg, northern Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. Schmidt died Nov. 10, 2015. He was 96.
  • French soldiers patrol under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Nov. 23, 2015. French President Francois Hollande will preside over a national ceremony on Nov. 27 honoring the at least 130 victims of the deadliest attacks on France in decades.
  • A refugees family walks to the registration and transit camp after crossing the border near Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nov. 23, 2015. Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia on Nov. 19, 2015 have started restricting access to migrants on the Balkan route to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans.
  • Kashmiri Muslims carry the body of Adil Shiekh,a local militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen, during his funeral procession in Bijbehara some 50km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Nov. 24, 2015. Hundreds of people participated in the funeral procession of two slain militants. Three militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed on the afternoon of Nov. 23 in a gunfight with Indian army and police at neighboring Silligam village.
  • The sun rises behind the Lower Manhattan skyline seen from The Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J., Nov. 24, 2015.
  • A woman is helped by volunteers and relatives after arriving on a dinghy with other refugees and migrants from a Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Nov. 23, 2015.
  • A still image made available on Nov. 24, 2015, from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria, Nov. 24, 2015. A Russian fighter jet was shot down Nov. 24 over the Turkish-Syrian border, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said, according to Interfax news agency.
  • Demonstrators chant as the walk the streets during protests in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 24, 2015, reacting to the release of a police video of the 2014 shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by a white policeman, Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with murder in the incident.
  • A winter storm clears at sunset over the Interstate 80 near Baxter, Calif., Nov. 24, 2015. A winter storm has hit Northern California dropping rain and snow.
  • Stranded Iranian migrants on hunger strike, some with their lips sewn together, sit on rail tracks at the borderline between Greece and Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni, Nov. 25, 2015. European countries are stretched to their limits in the refugee crisis and cannot take in any more new arrivals, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was quoted as saying in a German newspaper on Wednesday.
  • Kendra Taylor, of Atlanta, waits to catch an Amtrak train to spend Thanksgiving in Decatur, Ala., Nov. 25, 2015, in Atlanta. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA.
  • A Belgian police officer stands guard outside a school in central Brussels, Nov. 25, 2015. Brussels’ schools re-opened on Wednesday after staying closed for two days following tight security measures linked to the fatal attacks in Paris.
  • Omar Perez of Colombia’s Santa Fe reacts after missed a chance against of Paraguay’s Sportivo Luqueno during their Copa Sudamericana soccer match in Bogota Nov. 25, 2015. 
  • Children dance as Pope Francis, figure beneath the crucifix in the background, celebrates a Mass at the campus of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 26, 2015. 
  • New York City Police special task force at the parade, Nov. 26, 2015. A record number of police officers were patrolling the parade with security on high alert after the attacks in Paris and threats made to NYC. 
  • A man kneels before a Macedonian police officer in an effort to cross the border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Nov. 26, 2015. 
  • In this photo provided by Vanessa Pena, a man jumps a fence at the White House, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges. 
  • Shoppers wait to enter Macy’s Herald Square store during the early opening of the Black Friday sales in the Manhattan borough of N.Y., Nov. 26, 2015. 

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Tensions escalated this week when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian warplane over the Turkey-Syria border. While Russia and Turkey promised not to go to war over the incident, the incident ignited fears in the region and particularly among Turkey’s NATO allies.

Nearly two weeks following the fatal attacks in France, heightened security measures were implemented in Brussels and Paris. In the U.S., debates escalated about how to prevent similar attacks at home, as many Republican presidential candidates and governors vowed to halt or prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in America.

The release of a shocking police video of the brutal 2014 shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by a white policeman, Jason Van Dyke, in Chicago led to the charge of murder for Van Dyke. In response to his death and the vidoe, Chicagoans took to the streets in protest.

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