This Week in Pictures: Jan. 2-8
Tensions in the Middle East escalated this week after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric, sparking protests in the region. In Afghanistan, violence continued as more U.S. forces were killed.
Throughout the U.S., political rallies and speeches gained momentum as the election season continued to heat up in advance of the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1.
President Obama gave an emotional speech on Tuesday announcing his plan for executive action on guns, citing an increasing number of mass shootings in recent years. Among other things, the president called for an increased number of FBI agents to perform federal background checks and more funding for mental health. Meanwhile, in Oregon, a group of anti-government militiamen continue to occupy a federal building within a wildlife refuge.