Photos of the Week (12/24/17)

1) Donald Trump, joined by Republican members of the House and Senate on the South Lawn of the White House, speaks about the passage of the Republican tax plan. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

2) President Donald Trump greets South Carolina Senator Tim Scott on stage during a bill passage event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on December 20, 2017, to acknowledge the final passage of tax cut legislation by Congress. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

3) An Amtrak train traveling for the first time on a new high-speed route derailed in Seattle. Photograph: Rachel La Corte/AP

4) Young Marine Lance Corporal John Ackerman of Canonsburg pauses at the headstone of a veteran during the Wreaths Across America Day at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Dec. 16, in Bridgeville, Pa. The group lays wreaths on the graves of veterans during the holidays. Photo: Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP

5) Russia’s Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft, carrying members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 54/55, blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and crewmates Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency lifted off on December 17, 2017.  Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP / Getty

6) A small statue of baby Jesus lies in a bed of bullet shells in a nativity scene outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, on December 21, 2017. The 445 shells represent the number of priests, nuns, monks, and religious teachers killed for their faith since 2000. Photo: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

7) A Palestinian woman and a member of the Israeli security forces photograph each other in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

8) A woman protects herself from the snow with an umbrella as she walks under the Christmas decorations set on a street in central Moscow on Dec. 18.  Photo: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

9) In Shijiazhuang, China, tourists enjoy the frozen scenery at Mimishui scenic spot. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

10) Swimmers in banana suits dive into Lake Geneva during the 79th Coupe de Noel (Christmas cup) swimming race on December 17, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. More than 2,000 participants took part in the event, a 120-meter-long swim off Geneva’s banks into the 6.1 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) water. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty

11) A giant panda cub is pulled by her mother at Ueno zoo in Tokyo during a debut appearance in front of spectators who obtained tickets through a highly competitive lottery process. Photograph: AP

12) A view of parts of  ‘The Origami Christmas Tree’ in the lobby of the library of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, Dec. 8. Every year, library employees create their own interpretation of the Christmas tree. The decoration was created with 284 construction lines measuring seven meters. Photo: Waszczu/EPA/Shutterstock

13) A new tribe of bottlenose dolphins has been identified off the coast of Cornwall bring joy to conservationists everywhere. Photograph: Karen van der Zijden/Alamy

14) Nikolai Vasilyev, 64, dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, water-skis along the Yenisei River outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on December 19, 2017. Vasilyev, a former teacher at the Siberian State Aerospace University, constructed the water skis out of plastic foam and designed the sticks to propel him forward, while traveling on the water surface. Photo: Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

15) In New Taipei, Taiwan, a man dressed as Father Christmas greets residents at the Catholic Home for the Aged. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

16) In Bangkok, Thailand, babies are dressed in Santa and Christmas tree outfits at the Paolo memorial hospital. Photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

17) A large wooden pyramid turns in front of the cathedral on the Christmas market in Mainz, Germany, Dec. 12. Photo: Michael Probst/ Associated Press

18) Lights illuminate the Queen Victoria Inn in the village of Priddy that has been transformed into a giant gingerbread house in time for Christmas, near Wells on Dec. 13, in Somerset, England. Renamed The Gingerbread Inn, which now features giant candy canes, sherbet, lollipops, liquorice allsorts, gingerbread men and also a giant Christmas tree made up of recycled bottles and has been described by its creator as the world’s largest gingerbread inn. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

19) People take photos in front of a house lit up by Christmas light installations in Rizal, Manila, Philippines, on December 22, 2017. Photo: Dondi Tawatao / Reuters

20) In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, performers dressed as Santa Claus dance in a shopping centre. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

21) In Gatwick, England, Stig the reindeer offers a festive farewell to passengers at the airport. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

22) African penguins, wearing red and green holiday garments, take a walk at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, , Dec. 12. Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi/ Associated Press

23) A giraffe named Nyota reaches for apples and fresh leaves while enjoying special Christmas treats at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Dec. 14. Photo: Rick Rycroft/ Associated Press

24) A man compares a photo on his phone to a coffee depicting his image at The Tea Terrace in the House of Fraser department store in London, England, on December 21, 2017. For £5.75 ($7.69 USD), customers can send a photo to the barista, who then applies the image to the foam of the coffee using edible food dye from a fine art printer. Photo: Leon Neal / Getty

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