This Week in Pictures: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

  • A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province, Nov. 29, 2014. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300 circus troupes.
  • Big-wave surfer Cliff Skudin of the U.S. drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal, Nov. 29, 2014.
  • An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of a Taliban attack on a foreign aid workers’ guest house in Kabul, Nov. 29, 2014. The Taliban attack on the foreign aid workers’ guest house ended Saturday night with all three gunmen dead, an army commander said. At least two civilians died in the assault.
  • Smoke and fire rise from a foreign aid workers’ guest house after a Taliban attack in Kabul, Nov. 29, 2014. The Taliban attack on the foreign aid workers’ guest house ended Saturday night with all three gunmen dead, an army commander said. At least two civilians died in the assault.
  • Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at Boleyn Ground on Nov. 29, 2014 in London, England.
  • Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in reference to protests in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The players said after the game that they raised their arms in a “hands up” gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson.
  • Pro-democracy protesters push police back as they advance on Lung Wo Road outside Hong Kong’s Government complex on Nov. 30, 2014, in Hong Kong. Leaders from the Federation of Students called on fellow protesters to attend a rally and come prepared for escalated action. Protesters were asked to bring masks, umbrellas and helmets in a bid to move the protests forward after police successfully cleared the Mong Kok protest site earlier this week.
  • A burnt wall is seen in a torched classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem, Nov. 30, 2014. Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to the classroom, police said on Sunday, targeting a symbol of co-existence in a city on edge over a recent surge in violence.
  • Policemen clash with pro-democracy protesters during a rally close to the chief executive office in Hong Kong, Nov. 30, 2014. Student activist groups have called for an escalation of the protests in Admiralty. Thousands of policemen are on standby, according to the South China Morning Post.
  • Rain falls on production crew members preparing to start the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, Nov. 30, 2014.
  • An image of 18-year-old Michael Brown is seen on the tie of his father Michael Brown Sr. as he attends Sunday service under a makeshift tent next to the destroyed Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 30, 2014.
  • Calgary Stampeders’ Rob Maver is treated after an injury in the second half against the Hamilton Tiger Cats during the CFL’s 102nd Grey Cup football championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 30, 2014.
  • A man carrying a large cross walks down the sidewalk across the street from The Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 30, 2014. The church of Michael Brown Sr. was burned Nov. 24, when the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. was announced.
  • A supporter of Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party, sits in a tree listening to his speech during an anti-government protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 30, 2014. Khan spoke to thousands of supporters who have been rallying threatening to shut down the country with protests as Khan aims to change the government.
  • A maple leaf that is frozen into the surface of the Bryant Park Skating rink is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York, Nov. 30, 2014.
  • A terminally ill patient raises his arm in a hospice for those dying of AIDS at the Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Nov. 30, 2014. Since 1992, the temple has provided housing for HIV-positive patients and palliative care for those in the final stages of the AIDS disease. Data from 2013 estimates Thailand has 450,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, but only 353,000 have access to life-saving anti-retroviral drugs. Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day.
  • A Romanian soldier sleeps on a bus before taking part in a military parade to mark Romania’s national day in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 1, 2014. Romanians braved the cold weather to watch the traditional armed forces parade, held outside the Palace of Parliament formerly the House of the People, built during the rule of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
  • An Orthodox Jewish man walks near the Western Wall at dawn on Dec. 1, 2014, in Jerusalem, Israel. As violence continues in Israel, an Israeli was stabbed and lightly injured Monday morning in the West Bank south of Jerusalem.
  • Colorful trees along a road near West Lake in Hangzhou, in east China’s Zhejiang Province, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • The hand of a sex worker is seen as she hides herself behind a curtain in a street at Kamathipura, the world’s largest and oldest red-light district, on World AIDS Day in Mumbai, India, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • A poster of Abdul Karim Jedban, a late member of the Yemeni parliament, is seen on a water tank damaged by an explosion of a bomb planted at the gate of a house belonging to a Shi’ite Houthi in Sanaa, Dec. 1, 2014. The blast did not cause any casualties, police said. The poster reads, “The martyr Dr. Abdul Karim Jedban.”
  • Romanian soldiers are reflected in a puddle as they march during a military parade celebrating Romania’s National Day in Bucharest, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Protesters hold up their hands while chanting “hands up don’t shoot” outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks inside to members of the community during an interfaith service, Dec. 1, 2014, in Atlanta.
  • Dell Taylor, right, is comforted by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, a member of the Ferguson Commission appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, during the opening meeting of the commission at the Ferguson Community Center in Ferguson, Mo., Dec. 1, 2014. The 16-person panel was chosen by Missouri’s governor to help find long-term solutions after the Ferguson police shooting of an unarmed man.
  • A man living with HIV sits inside the HIV/AIDS Care Center, a hospice run by Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Party, in Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Demonstrators participate in a nationwide “Hands Up, Walk Out” protest at Boston University in Boston, Mass., Dec. 1, 2014. The nationwide protest took place at the same time that Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in August.
  • An LAPD motorcycle officer uses his baton to push back demonstrators as his colleagues detain a man during a rally against the Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson in his fatal shooting of Michael Brown and the LAPD’s fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 1, 2014. Ezell Ford, 25, was killed by police in Los Angeles on August 11, 2014, two days after Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, who has since resigned as a police officer.
  • Smoke rises from bungalows on Dec. 2, 2014, in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, China. Hulunbuir’s minimum air temperature reached -25 degrees farenheit on Tuesday.
  • A Kashmiri man casts his vote at a polling station in Handwara, some 41 miles north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Dec. 2, 2014. The second phase of polls is being held in 18 assembly segments across the five districts with a total of 1.54 million people eligible to vote.
  • A goat sits on top of a car at a vehicle dumping yard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 2, 2014.
  • A protester pushing his bicycle yells slogans while walking underneath a red cloth during a protest in support of the 43 missing trainee teachers in Mexico City, Dec. 1, 2014. The popularity of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has sunk amid concerns about his handling of security problems and corruption, polls showed on Monday, in a sign that his ruling party could lose ground in elections next year.
  • Men bury coffins of six people during a funeral service in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Dec. 2, 2014. The people were killed during the Oct. 30 and 31 popular uprising.
  • A lone man stands on Hermosa Beach as a rainstorm moved over the region, in Hermosa Beach, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014. The drenching storm set off a combination of celebration and chaos, but, unless this signals a beginning of a long and wet winter, a single day of rain will barely begin to address a drought that has bordered on biblical.
  • A frozen memorial cross near Ottenschlag, Lower Austria, Dec. 2, 2014. Frost and sleet have caused a number of roadblocks due to broken trees throughout parts of Austria, especially Lower Austria, Burgenland and Styria.
  • Scene from a massive solidarity protest to support anarchist Nikos Romanos in Athens, Greece, Dec. 2, 2014. Romanos has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 10.
  • The French Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron, seen at a press conference on Dec. 2, 2014, at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin, Germany.
  • Indian Navy marine commandos demonstrate their skills in rescue operations during a pre-Navy Day celebration in Mumbai, India, Dec. 2, 2014. The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Day on 04 December to commemorate the Indian Navy attack on Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.
  • People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York, Dec. 3, 2014.
  • Lufthansa employees wait for customers beside Christmas decoration at the airport in Munich, southern Germany, Dec. 2, 2014. German airline Lufthansa said it has cancelled about half of its flights after pilots went on strike in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.
  • African migrants sit atop a border fence, as Spanish Civil Guard officers stand under them during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories, between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla, Dec. 2, 2014. Around 600 migrants attempted to cross the border into Spain and about 30 managed to get pass the fence, according to local media.
  • Protesters staged a “die-in” in response to a grand jury’s decision not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Dec. 3, 2014. Garner, who is black, died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer, and city officials are expecting a new round of protests on the heels of those regarding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Gregory Hughes (front), the father of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, cries as he carries his son’s casket past mourners after his funeral service in the town of Macksville, located north of Sydney, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral of Australian test cricketer Hughes began to the strains of a song entitled “Forever Young” in his home town on Wednesday as a nation united to celebrate the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime. Eight days after he was struck by a ball in the back of the head and six after he died of the catastrophic injuries that resulted, his family, friends and a host of cricketing greats gathered at Macksville High School to bid farewell to him.
  • Alexandra Coletti of Monaco is airlifted after a crash during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill Training on Dec. 3, 2014 in Lake Louise, Canada.
  • Women herd their sheep to their village in Huaraz, Peru, Dec. 3, 2014. Peru’s glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70% Peru’s 30 million people who inhabit the country’s Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer.
  • Filipino security officers wearing Santa Claus costumes direct the traffic in front of a shopping mall in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, Dec. 3, 2014. Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas in the world which starts as early as September every year.
  • A police trooper stands at the residence of the Iranian ambassador after a car bomb attack in Sanaa, Dec. 3, 2014. A suicide attacker drove a car laden with explosives at the Iranian ambassador’s residence in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, security officials said, killing as many as three people.
  • People and horses are seen during the Sicab International Pre Horse Fair in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Dec. 3, 2014. The show runs till Dec. 7 and is dedicated in full and exclusively to the purebred Spanish horse.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (C, top) arrives to a news conference at the Staten Island borough of New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury has decided not to charge white police officer Daniel Pantaleo who killed unarmed black man Eric Garner with an apparent chokehold after approaching him on the suspicion of illegally selling un-taxed cigarettes, the local district attorney said on Wednesday.
  • New York City police gather on a shutdown portion of the Westside Highway during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner in New York, New York, Dec. 3, 2014.
  • A ground worker runs over a cover after the third ODI (One Day International) cricket match between England and Sri Lanka was stopped due to rain, in Hambantota, Dec. 3, 2014.
  • Indian commuters wait to board a train at a metro station as they go home after work in New Delhi, India, Dec. 4, 2014. The metro is the pride of the city where commuters were long forced to rely on rickshaws, motorcycles or smoke-belching buses.
  • A local media building known as the Press House burns as militants attack in the Chechen capital Grozny, Dec. 4, 2014. At least six gunmen and three policemen were killed in gun battles in which a building was stormed in the Chechen capital Grozny on Thursday, the leader of the turbulent southern Russian region said.
  • A group of protesters rallying against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner occupies the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 2014, in New York.
  • Guests look out of their hotel room as Keith Stephens, of Atlanta, chants with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Dec. 4, 2014, during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo.
  • A Palestinian protester uses a sling to throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes following a demonstration against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, Dec. 5, 2014.
  • Hachiro Okonogi, center, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for a Kanagawa district, delivers a speech atop a vehicle decorated with his name banners and photo in front of a billboard pasted with posters of local candidates from different political parties during a lower house election campaign rally at dusk in Yokohama, Dec. 5, 2014. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the LDP dissolved the lower house of parliament on Nov. 20, forcing a snap poll on Dec. 14. 

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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. 

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