Photos Of The Week 49

We are rapidly coming to the end of 2011. We’ll post our Best of 2011 review early next week, but in he meantime you’ll have to make do with the coolest pix of week 49. [51 photos total]

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People are seen on a ride at the Al-Zawraa Amusement Park in Baghdad December 2, 2011. The last 13,000 U.S. troops will pull out of Iraq by the end of the year. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) #
Owen Williams (top) of Wales vies against Ed Jenkins of Australia during their Sevens World Series rugby match in Dubai December 2, 2011. Wales beat Australia 33-14. (REUTERS/Sonza Gabriel) #
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. turns past a gate while on her way to winning the Women's World Cup downhill alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta December 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) #
People walk past the Facebook wall inside their office in New York December 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) #
Salah Aldin Abdurrahman, 27, a blind member, is seen at the center for the Sudanese Association for Disabled People in El Fasher November 17, 2011. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3. Picture taken November 17, 2011. (REUTERS/UNAMID/Albert Gonzalez Farran/Handout) #
An Andean woman and a girl are seen next to the Cortada lagoon during a march against Newmont Mining's Conga gold project at Peru's region of Cajamarca, November 24, 2011. Peru's prime minister on December 2, 2011, said Newmont Mining must set aside money to finance social projects and any environmental damage as a precondition for moving forward on a stalled $4.8 billion gold mine project. Opponents of Newmont Mining's $4.8 billion Conga project refused to end their rallies on November 30, 2011, saying Peru must permanently cancel the proposed mine after temporarily halting work on it to avert violence. Protesters and farmers say the mine would cause pollution and hurt water supplies by replacing a string of alpine lakes with artificial reservoirs. Picture taken November 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil) #
Members of the Basij militia wait outside Tehran's Mehrabad airport to welcome diplomats expelled from Britain December 3, 2011. All Iranian diplomats left Britain on Friday, expelled by the British government in response to protesters storming its embassy in Tehran, hardening a confrontation between Tehran and the West over its nuclear programme. (REUTERS/Caren Firouz) #
A man reads the Koran at Al Azhar mosque in the old city of Cairo December 2, 2011. The Muslim Brotherhood's party and its ultra-conservative Salafi rivals looked set to top the polls in Egypt's election, to the alarm of many at home and abroad. Moderate Islamists have won elections in Tunisia and Morocco in the past two months. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
A half moons sits over Moose Meadow at sunset in Banff National Park near Lake Louise, Alberta December 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #
Women wait in line to see the sacred Buddha's tooth relic on display at a temple in Yangon December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man takes a break as he and others flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 3, 2011. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) #
Members of a Taekwondo display team perform during the Olympics 2012 Taekwondo test event at the ExCel centre in east London December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli (L) scores past Norwich City's John Ruddy (R) during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #
Trees are covered with hoarfrost in Wienerwald area in Vienna December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Herwig Prammer) #
Maieva Coutant of France (R, red helmet) competes against Lucija Zaninovic of Croatia during the Olympics 2012 taekwondo test event at the ExCel centre in east London December 3, 2011. Photographed using an in-camera multiple exposure technique. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #
Cars drive over Albert Bridge in London December 3, 2011. The bridge reopened to traffic for the first time in two years on Friday following major strengthening and refurbishment work. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) #
Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher (R) and Sebastian Vettel arrive for the Race of Champions (ROC) at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Alex Domanski) #
A skier stops to watch some of the Women's World Cup downhill alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #
LSU Tigers kicker Drew Alleman celebrates with confetti on the field after his team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship NCAA football game in Atlanta, Georgia December 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Chris Keane) #
Participants compete on the Bund near the Huangpu River during the Shanghai international Marathon in Shanghai December 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Penny Young) #
Miguel Cotto from Puerto Rico (R) lands a right hand to the head of Antonio Margarito from Mexico during their WBA World Junior Middleweight championship boxing match at New York's Madison Square Garden, December 3, 2011. Cotto retained his title with a technical knockout in the ninth round after the referee stopped the fight. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
Star V838 Monocerotis's (V838 Mon) light echo, which is about six light years in diameter, is seen from the Hubble Space Telescope in this February 2004 handout photo released by NASA on December 4, 2011. Light from the flash is reflected by successively more distant rings in the ambient interstellar dust that already surrounded the star. V838 Mon lies about 20,000 light years away toward the constellation of Monoceros the unicorn. It became the brightest star in the Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002 when its outer surface greatly expanded suddenly. (REUTERS/ NASA, ESA, H. E. Bond (STScI)/Handout) #
Police arrest Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Dhaka City mayor and vice chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), during clashes between police and BNP activists in front of Dhaka Judge Court in Dhaka December 4, 2011. Activists of the BNP torched a number of motorcycles and a police vehicle and vandalised around a dozen cars as police charged at them with batons and fired teargas to disperse the demonstrators during the day-long opposition strike, police said. The activists are against the government's decision to split the city into two administrative zones. (REUTERS/Andrew Biraj) #
Nepalese Armed Police Force disperse members of Young Communist League, a sister wing of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), after they clashed with members of Youth Association Nepal (YAN), a sister wing of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), during a protest in Kathmandu December 4, 2011. Members of YAN protested outside the main gate of Tribhuvan International Airport against what they said was Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun's misappropriation of the Self-Employment Fund, according to local media reports. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
Runners dressed as Father Christmas start in the 3rd Michendorfer Nikolaus Lauf running event in Michendorf December 4, 2011. Around 700 participants took part in the competition that is hosted by the Laufclub Michendorf running association on Sunday. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz) #
A Palestinian man is carried by Israeli border police officers after he tried to block a construction vehicle from working on Israel's barrier in the West Bank village of Qaladiya near Ramallah December 4, 2011. According to a Reuters witness, about 20 residents of the village protested the work to replace a section of the wire fence which is part of Israel's controversial barrier running through the occupied West Bank. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) #
Muslim girls take pictures of themselves at a stage with a picture of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people gather outside the Royal Palace in Bangkok to mark his birthday December 4, 2011. King Bhumibol, who has been revered as almost divine for three generations in the largely Buddhist country, will celebrate his 84th birthday on December 5. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
A man dressed as Saint Nicolas waits for children at a scout company in Brussels December 4, 2011. In Belgium, children traditionally wait for Saint Nicolas to bring them sweets and presents on the night of December 5. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
Anarchists burn flares, shout and hold a banner during a protest after voting closed in Russia's parliamentary election in central Moscow, December 4, 2011. Vladimir Putin's ruling party suffered a big drop in support in a parliamentary election on Sunday, exit polls showed, as voters signalled their growing unease with his domination of Russian politics before a planned return to the presidency next year. Banner reads We were cheated. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CIVIL UNREST)) #
A giant panda named Yang Guang chews on bamboo stems at its new home in the Edinburgh Zoo December 4, 2011. A pair of pampered giant pandas, of which one was Yang Guang, arrived in Scotland on Sunday to a reception of cheering and flag-waving crowds while British officials said the 10-year loan of the bears by China strengthened ties between the two countries REUTERS/Rob McDougall/Handout (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY (REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT) #
Players and supporters of Boca Juniors celebrate after beating Banfield during an Argentine First Division soccer match in Buenos Aires December 4, 2011. Boca Juniors won the Argentine league title with two matches to spare when they beat Banfield 3-0. (REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian) #
A group of men walk across the Panchgani Tableland at sunrise, about 260km (161 miles) south of Mumbai, December 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash) #
Tiger Woods of the U.S. celebrates after winning the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament with a birdie on the 18th hole in Thousand Oaks, California December 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
Police officers investigate wrecked luxury cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan in this December 4, 2011 photo taken by Kyodo. Ten people were slightly injured in the pile up involving eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, two Mercedes-Benz and two Japanese cars, according to the police. A group of luxury sports car fans were believed to be driving together when the accident occurred, local media reported. Picture taken December 4, 2011. Digital masking of license plate from source. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
Workers erect a Christmas tree, more than 30 metres high, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican early December 5, 2011. The tree came from the forests in west Ukraine this year. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
A motorboat sails through a frosty fog along the Yenisei River some 55 km (34 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin) #
Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers from Germany remove barbed wire from the road in the village of Jagnjenica, near Zubin Potok December 5, 2011. Kosovo Serbs have started the removal of barricades in the tense north of the country on Monday, a reconciliatory gesture that may help Belgrade in securing EU candidacy later this week and in mending ties with Pristina. (REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic) #
U.S. Army soldiers from Charlie Company 2-5 Cavalry Regiment watch illumination rounds during a night patrol near Camp Kalsu in Tunis, Iraq December 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) #
Members of the U.S. Military stand near airplane wreckage during the surprise Japanese aerial attack at Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii December 7, 1941. December 7, 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in which over 2,400 members of the United States military were killed. Picture taken December 7, 1941. (REUTERS/Department of the Navy/Handout) #
A model presents a creation during the 2012 Korea Hair Collection in Seoul December 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak) #
People react seconds after a suicide blast targeting a Shi'ite Muslim gathering in Kabul December 6, 2011. A suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in central Kabul on Tuesday where a crowd of hundreds had gathered for the festival of Ashura, killing up to 20 people in what appeared to be an unprecedented sectarian attack (REUTERS/Najibullah Musafer) #
A male cross-breed dog Pusuke, who was listed as the oldest living dog in the Guinness Book of World Records, is seen in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo December 24, 2010, in this photo released by Kyodo on December 6, 2011. Pusuke died on December 5, 2011 at the age of 26 years and 9 months. Mandatory Credit (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
A protester throws a petrol bomb against riot police guarding the parliament in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square during clashes December 6, 2011. Greek police fired tear gas on Tuesday at dozens of black-clad protesters in Athens who hurled petrol bombs and stones, while hundreds marched to parliament to mark the 2008 shooting of a student by police. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) #
An assistant of Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth moves his latest work, a bronze statue of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, in Budapest December 6, 2011. The statue was commissioned by chief of Hungarian software maker Graphisoft Gabor Bojar and will be delivered on December 20. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #
Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at his Chicago home, after the first day of his sentencing hearing, December 6, 2011. (REUTERS/John Gress) #
The Oval Office and Rose Garden of the White House in Washington are seen decorated with holiday lights, December 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
Walker a 58 stone (368 kg) polar bear eats a salmon on his third birthday at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland December 7, 2011. Walker was born in Rhenen Zoo in Holland and came to live at the Highland Wildlife Park after his aunt, Freedom, became pregnant and needed space to retire to her cubbing den. Winds of up to 70mph are expected to hit Scotland today, and snow in the Highlands is expected to be deeper than 10cm in places. (REUTERS/Russell Cheyne) #
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates winning the women's World Cup Super G in Beaver Creek, Colorado December 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) #
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at an European Union summit in Brussels December 8, 2011. European Union leaders will discuss proposals for tighter euro zone integration on December 8-9, with the aim of bringing deficits and debt much more strictly into check, a move that may give the European Central Bank room to step up purchases of sovereign bonds and reassure financial markets. (REUTERS/Thierry Roge) #
A vendor waits for customers at her meat stall inside a market in Nanjing, Jiangsu province December 9, 2011. China's annual inflation rate tumbled in November to 4.2 percent, the lowest level in more than a year, fuelling expectations of further monetary policy easing to combat deteriorating domestic and international economic conditions. The rate has dropped rapidly since hitting a three-year high of 6.5 percent in July and is now at a pace closer to the full-year government target for 2011 of 4 percent. (REUTERS/Sean Yong) #
A Virginia Tech student places flowers for the Virginia Tech police officer who was killed earlier on campus at Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, Virginia December 8, 2011. A gunman ambushed and killed a campus police officer and was later reported to have been found dead on Thursday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the worst shooting rampages in U.S. history. (REUTERS/Chris Keane) #

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