Photos of the Week (12/25/16)

1) A German police officer stands next to a merry-go-round in the Christmas market in Frankfurt one day after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin killing several people. Photo: AP

2) View of the truck that crashed the evening before into a Christmas market at Gedächtniskirche church in Berlin. Photo: Getty Images

3) A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committee, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, fires a weapon as a fellow tribesman rescues the body of a dead comrade in the country’s third-city of Taez during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels, on December 19, 2016. Photo: AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP – Getty Images

4) A member of Iraqi special forces kisses a child in the neighborhood of al-Barid east of Mosul during their ongoing operation against ISIS to wrest back the city. Photo: MAHMOUD AL-SAMARRAI / AFP – Getty Images

5) A man places his hand over his mouth as he walks past graffiti of a dragon on a street in Beijing. Thick, gray smog fell over Beijing, choking China’s capital in a haze that spurred authorities to cancel flights and close some highways in emergency measures to cut down on air pollution. Ng Han Guan / AP

6) An investigator stands amidst the wreckage of houses destroyed in an explosion at the San Pablito fireworks market outside the Mexican capital, in Tultepec, Mexico. Photo: EDGARD GARRIDO / Reuters

7) Women, with images of loved ones who “disappeared”, sit chained to pews in protest at the idea the Catholic Church would grant forgiveness to human rights violators under the Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship, in Santiago, Chile. The Catholic Church said on Thursday it did not favor impunity for human rights violators under the military dictatorship, but would provide a liturgical service at the prison where some of them are currently housed. Photo: Luis Hidalgo / AP

8) An Indian girl fishes with bare hands on the dried bed of the River Tawi in Jammu, India. The river is considered holy, as are most rivers in India. Photo: AP

9) Hoarfrost covers plants near the frozen Malomvolgy Lake near Pecs, Hungary. Photo: TAMAS SOKI / EPA

10) Young people enjoy a pillow fight at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: FILIP SINGER / EPA

11) Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers scores on a 6-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won its 5th game in a row, 38-25. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. After his touchdown Rodgers celebrated in the stands with a Lambeau leap. Photo: Dan Powers, USA TODAY Network.

12) Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 60-yard pass to set up Mason Crosby’s 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Green Bay Packers to a 30-27 victory over the Bears in one of the coldest games ever played in Chicago last Sunday afternoon. Photo: WISC-TV

13) Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas Eve Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Photo: Tony Gentile / Reuters

14) Akram Abu al-Foz decorates a Christmas tree with empty shells which he painted, in the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria. Photo: Reuters

15) Chloe, a Lebanese Christian teenager dressed as Santa Claus, hands a gift to a Syrian refugee during a gift distribution in Dbayeh, north of Beirut. Photo: Patrick Baz / AFP – Getty Images

16) At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich., some two hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses came from across the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway to learn wood toy-making, brush up on storytelling skills, drive sleighs, feed reindeer and, most importantly, spread the Christmas spirit. Cookies are readily available at all times during the three-day training course on becoming Santa. Here Santas learn breathing techniques as they attend class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

17) Santa Jack Bradley of Iron Ridge, Wis. is fitted for a suit following classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

18) Santa Lamar May of Dallas, Ga. is shown how to groom his beard and moustache during class. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

19) Santas and Mrs. Claus greet a child at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Mich. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

20) Santa listens to a reindeer at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Mich. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

21) Five-year-old Claire tugs the beard of Santa Barry Westmoreland of Germanton, N.C. as the Santas visit a Toys R Us store, during a field trip from the school. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

22) A swimmer disguised as Superman dives into the lake during the 78th “Coupe de Noel” (Christmas cup) swimming race in Lake Geneva, in Switzerland.  Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP – Getty Images

23) A nutcracker stands in the doorway of a Dyker Heights home in New York on Dec. 21, 2016. Photo: Mohammed Elshamy / Getty Images

24) Infants learn underwater skills in a pool in Odessa, Ukraine. Again.  And again.  And one more. Photos: Barcroft Images


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