This Week in Pictures: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
Protesters took to the streets around the country this week after grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, decided not to indict white police officers in the killing of unarmed black men. The issue of race relations rose to the forefront as many demonstrators demanded police reform.
As pro-Democracy protests ramped up in Hong Kong, the 26th annual World AIDS Day was recognized around the world on Dec. 1, and intense fighting broke out in the Chechen capital of Grozy after a period of relative calm.
In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Parliament in November, forcing candidates to campaign for a snap election that will be held on Dec. 14. Palestinians and Israelis clash in the West Bank this week, as well.