This Week in Pictures: Dec. 5-11

  • A Filipino woman searches for salvageable materials following a fire in Manila, Philippines, Dec. 5, 2015. A fire that swept through a residential area in the Philippine capital on Dec. 4 left more than 4,000 people homeless, a district fire official said.
  • Pauline Tratz of TG Karlsruhe-Soellingen competes in the Vault during the DTL Finals 2015 at Messehalle 2 on Dec. 5, 2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Migrants and refugees cross the Greek borders in Idomeni village, northern Greece, heading to FYROM, Dec. 5, 2015. Macedonian authorities allow only migrants from war-torn countries and heading for rich EU states to cross the country while citizens of other states regarded as economic migrants are blocked by a fence built by Macedonia along this section of the border.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally, Dec. 5, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. 
  • A migrant speaks on the phone as he stands among railway tracks at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, Dec. 5, 2015. More than 1600 people remain stuck on the Greek side of the border, the Greek authorities said Saturday as Macedonia and other Balkan countries refuse to let them through, considering them economic migrants.
  • Border Security Force personnel patrol in a foggy winter night at International border on Dec. 5, 2015 at Octroi post about 25 km from Jammu, India.
  • A man and a child stand on the harbor wall during stormy conditions at Porthcawl, South Wales, Dec. 6, 2015.
  • Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse protesters from Diyarbakir’s historical Sur district, which has been placed under a curfew, on Dec. 6, 2015 in Diyarbakir.
  • A member of the Spanish Armed Forces gets his face covered by a giant Spanish flag as he helps raise it during a ceremony to mark the 37th anniversary of the 1978 Spanish constitution in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 6, 2015.
  • Hooded and masked demonstrators hurl molotov cocktails against Greek riot policemen during clashes that broke after a rally marking the anniversary of the killing of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a Greek police officer, in Athens, Greece, on Dec. 6, 2015.
  • Denzel Perryman #52 of the San Diego Chargers leaves the stadium after a game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. Denver Broncos defeat the San Diego Chargers 17-3.
  • Winton Elementary fifth graders Juliana Ragan, from left, Chloe Windsor and Paisley Ganske wait backstage for their turn to perform as the Andrew Sisters during the Pearl Harbor/Veterans assembly at the school on Dec. 7, 2015, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dec. 7 is the 74th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
  • Kashmiri Muslim women devotees pray at the shrine of the Sufi saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom during a festival on Dec. 7, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims make the pilgrimage to the shrine of Sufi Saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoomi, also known as Makhdoom Sahib, to offer prayers on the anniversary of his birth.
  • Pakistani women walk along a street on a foggy day in Lahore on Dec. 7, 2015. Most areas of Punjab, province face heavy fog causing traffic disruptions on motorways.
  • Employees of a bar take pictures with their mobile phones of Spain’s Prime Minister and People’s Party (PP) candidate Mariano Rajoy (not pictured) as he walks along a street after an election campaign rally in downtown Estepona, southern Spain, Dec. 7, 2015.
  • The city center in seen under flood waters in Carlisle, north west England, Dec. 7, 2015. Severe flooding in northwest England has left thousands of homes without power for a second day.
  • The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy, heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath Iron Works, Dec. 7, 2015, in Bath, Maine. The ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers prayers at the shrine of Sufi saint, Hazrat Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom, during the Urs festival, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Dec. 7, 2015. The Urs festival commemorates the death of Makhdoom, a highly revered Sufi mystic, scholar and spiritual teacher.
  • People search for their belongings after a fire broke at slums in Kadivali area of Mumbai, India, Dec. 7, 2015. Hundreds of homes were reportedly destroyed as fire tenders labored to reach the source in the heavily congested area.
  • A woman cast a shadow as she crosses a zebra crossing in a business district in central Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 8, 2015. Japan’s economy dodged recession in the third quarter with the initial estimate of a contraction revised to an annualised expansion of 1.0 percent, offering a glimmer of hope for policymakers struggling to end years of stagnation.
  • People take part in a religious procession on Dec. 8, 2015 in the central French city of Lyon.
  • The sun rises behind a forest shrouded in fog near Baunatal, Germany, Dec. 8, 2015. The weather forecast predicts cold temperatures for the coming days.
  • A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on Dec. 8, 2015.
  • An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man walks past an image projected on a wall surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, Dec. 8, 2015.
  • A batch of reared carp (Cyprinus carpio) caught in a net is extracted from a pond at a fish farm in Kemecse, 242 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Dec. 8, 2015. The fishery supplies some 150 tons of carp, a popular item of Christmas shopping lists in Hungary, to the inland market and exports a further 400 tons to Romania, primarily.
  • Turkish Coast Guard ship TCSG Umut (Hope) crew members rescue the migrants after their boat sank off as they were trying to cross Aegean Sea, near Izmr, Turkey on Dec. 8, 2015. Six children have died after an inflatable boat carrying Afhan refugees.
  • South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock during his bail hearing proceedings at the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 8, 2015. Pistorius fired four shots at Reeva Steenkamp through a locked toilet door at his home in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. He was convicted of murder.
  • In this photo made with a long exposure, blades on wind turbines spin to produce electricity on Dec. 8, 2015, at a wind farm near Ellsworth, Kan.
  • A woman covers her face with a mask as she rushes to a subway station on a heavily polluted day in Beijing Dec. 8, 2015. Beijing’s red alerts for smog are as much about duration as they are about severity of pollution forecasts. The forecasting model must predict three or more days of smog with levels of 300 or higher on the city’s air quality index - which typically would include having levels of dangerous PM 2.5 particles of about 10 times the safe level.
  • Pope Francis, right, meets with a group of Argentinean policemen in St. Peter’s Square during the weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Dec. 9, 2015.
  • Migrants and refugees wait to return by bus to Athens after they were not given permission to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on Dec. 9, 2015. Greek police launched an operation to remove a thousand migrants gathered at the border with Macedonia, after Skopje introduced a system of filtering those who can cross the frontier by nationality.
  • A phase of the sun rising over the Russian capital Moscow, Russia, on Dec. 9, 2015 morning, heralding a bright, partially cloudy day with temperatures around 1 degree Celsius.
  • Liberians protest the high rate of ritualistic killings, rapes and all forms of gender based violence in the country, outside Liberia’s Supreme Court, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 9, 2015. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
  • A man holds up a picture of Mario Woods during a meeting of San Francisco’s Police Commission, Dec. 9, 2015, in San Francisco. San Francisco’s Police Chief Greg Suhr wants city officials to arm his department with Tasers amid continued protests over the shooting death of Woods, who was wielding a knife when he was shot by police.
  • A pushing match between Chicago police officers and protesters erupts during a march calling for Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign in the wake of a police scandal, Dec. 9, 2015, in Chicago.
  • A picture taken on Dec. 9, 2015 shows a general view of the Nad Al Sheba Desert in Dubai.
  • Artificial snow from a snow machine is sprayed onto a ski piste in Fischen, Germany, Dec. 10, 2015. Lift operators used the frosty temperatures in the morning to make artificial snow.
  • A Chinese honor guard prepares for the arrival of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev before a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2015. Ilham Aliyev is on a visit to China from Dec. 8 to 11.
  • A member (C) of the ruling party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) smiles as she looks on before the opening ceremony of the party’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 10, 2015. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak was to address the annual meeting of his ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), as he seeks to rally support amid a political funding scandal that has triggered calls for him to step down.
  • A picture made available on Dec. 10, 2015 shows the light beam from the Turkish Coastal Guard ship UMUT shown on a boat carrying Syrian migrants as they attempt to reach Greek Island Chios at the Agean Sea in Cesme district near Izmir, coastal city of Turkey, Dec. 9, 2015.
  • A worker stands at an entrance to a passenger train as it rests on tracks, Dec. 10, 2015, in Boston. The six-car train with passengers on board left a suburban Boston transit station without a driver Thursday and went through four stations without stopping, was tampered with, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said. 
  • Daniel Holtzclaw, center, puts his head on the table and cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray and at right is defense attorney Scott Adams. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts.
  • Prisoners perform during a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 10, 2015. All of the 531 inmates at the Nelson Hungria prison has her own concrete bunk bed, and the spacious cinderblock cells were free of the overpowering stench, thick clouds of mosquitoes and troops of roaches that are a usually a staple of lockups here. 
  • Roses adorn a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center, Dec. 11, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. Authorities said Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malikkilled shot and killed several people at a holiday gathering at the center on Dec. 2. 
  • A member of the Afghan security services arrives at the scene of an explosion and alleged attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 11, 2015. 



Climate talks continued this week in Paris, where a deal to curb global warming was close to being reached.

Support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump increased despite controversial remarks he made about banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. in the wake of the deadly shootings in San Bernadino last week. The shooting massacre is being investigated as an act of terror.

In Chicago, protesters called for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel amid an uproar over how his administration and the police department handled the killing of black teenager by a white police officer last year. And in Oklahoma, a police officer was convicted on 18 of 36 counts of sexual assault in attacks on 13 women. 

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