Photos Of The 2014 Week 48

This week we have Black Fiday in the UK, a flood protection system in Venice, scenes from Ferguson, Missouri, Australian bats, parade balloons in New York City, a Soyuz launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and much more. [35 photos total]

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A Ferguson firefighter surveys rubble at a strip mall that was set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #
People look at trees that are illuminated at a preview for this year's Enchanted Christmas at the Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt near Tetbury on November 26, 2014 in Gloucestershire, England. Enchanted Christmas is Westonbirt's signature winter event, aimed at inspiring festive cheer with its one mile stretch of beautifully lit trees and interactive light and sound exhibits. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Anton Shkaplerov of Russia, Terry Virts of the U.S. and Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 24, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov) #
A damaged dome lies in the yard of an orthodox church damaged by recent shelling in the Kuibyshevski district in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on November 25, 2014. Three civilians were killed and eight were injured during shelling in Donetsk the previous day. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic) #
A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani, Syria, on November 19, 2014. Here, Kurdish fighters backed by small numbers of Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels, are battling what they see as an existential battle against the militants who swept into their town in mid-September as part of a summer blitz that saw the group seize large chunks of territory in Syria and neighboring Iraq. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin) #
Members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation team work on Spiderman during preparations for the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 26, 2014. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz) #
A person dressed like a wolf holding a lamb demonstrates against the protection of wolves in France on November 26, 2014 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images) #
Kashmiris stand in queue to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of voting to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections at Shadipora, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on November 25, 2014. Thousands lined up to cast their votes amid a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups who reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) #
A monkey reaches from a cage at a rescue and rehabilitation center in Santiago, Chile, on November 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo) #
A row of cars burn at a used car lot during a violent demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #
A man looks at his phone in a courtyard with a water feature in New York on November 24, 2014. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
A cat hides under a bed in its cage at the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy's "Supreme Championship Cat Show" at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, on November 22, 2014. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #
Thousands of sacrificed buffaloes lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the "Gadhimai Mela" festival held in Bariyapur, Nepal, on November 28, 2014. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar) #
Phil Mohun does a back flip off of his family home after clearing snow from the roof following a massive snowstorm in Cowlesville, New York, on November 22, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
The inside of a car, filled with snow, in a parking lot where authorities left abandoned cars found from the freeway, that were abandoned during massive snow storm in Cheektowaga, New York, on November 23, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
People enjoy an annual year-end illumination in Shiodome district in Tokyo, Japan, on November 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) #
A ship sails in the Mediterranean Sea as lightning strikes in the sky, seen from the Israeli coastal moshav of Mikhmoret, north of Tel Aviv, on November 24, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Elf on the Shelf balloon floats down Sixth Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly) #
A monument to the Revolution built 1967, in Podgaric, Croatia, photographed on November 5, 2014, picture released on November 27, 2014. Across the former Yugoslavia stand giant monuments to a state that no longer exists, once visited and celebrated during public holidays such as Republic Day on November 29, marking the creation of socialist Yugoslavia. Many are now neglected or ignored, aging symbols of a joint state forged during World War Two but torn apart by nationalism half a century later. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic) #
A bat flies over an inner-city Sydney park on November 25, 2014 as New South Wales is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus, officials said. The New South Wales government fears transmission of the potentially fatal Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) to humans and the state's health department has issued a warning to residents not to approach the bats. (William West/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rob Robertson wipes away tears as he sits with his wife Linda while they visit the grave of their son, Ryan, in Issaquah, Washington. The couple, evangelical Christians, brought their son to "reparative therapy" when he came out to them as gay. His sexual orientation didn't change, and he became addicted to drugs and eventually died of an overdose. The Robertsons are now dedicated to helping other evangelical parents accept their gay children. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) #
A man sits in front of the artwork "To be in Limbo" hanging from the ceiling in the Jesuit church in Vienna on November 28, 2014. The sculpture, which measures eight meters (26 feet) in height and 700kg (1540lbs) in weight, was created by artist group Steinbrenner/Dempf & Huber as a homage to Rene Magritte's floating stones. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger) #
A worker works at the construction site of a new pier at New Priok container terminal in north Jakarta, on November 26, 2014. President Joko Widodo said his government plans to build 24 seaports in the next five years, local media reported earlier this month. (Reuters/Beawiharta) #
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses for pictures with female pilots as he provides field guidance to a flight drill of female pilots of pursuit planes of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 28, 2014. (Reuters/KCNA) #
Mist and frost lingers in fields surrounding the village of Evercreech as the winter sun begins to rise on November 24, 2014 in Somerset, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
A man is taken away by police officers as workers start clearing away barricades at an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on November 25, 2014. Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday began clearing away some barricades from part of the pro-democracy protest site, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #
People take photos of a Christmas tree made up of Japanese Manga character Doraemon at a shopping mall in the central business district in Singapore on November 24, 2014. (Reuters/Edgar Su) #
An ethnic Miao man shaves with a sickle in the morning at the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, China, on November 27, 2014. The village, an ethnic Miao settlement with a population of 2,200, is believed to be the last community authorized by the Chinese government to keep guns. (Reuters/Sheng Li) #
Fresh snow rests on top of a sign that stands in the rubble of a business destroyed during protests in reaction to the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
A detained protester escapes from a police truck after riot police released teargas to disperse the "OccupyHarambeeAve" demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi on November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya) #
A fisherman rows a raft under a bridge in the Sabarmati River, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, on November 25, 2014. (Reuters/Amit Dave) #
An aerial view shows rescue workers investigating at collapsed houses after an earthquake in Hakuba town, Nagano prefecture, Japan, on November 23, 2014. The earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured, police and public broadcaster NHK said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 180 km (110 miles) away. (Reuters/Kyodo) #
Blocks of mobile gates, part of the Experimental Electromechanical Module (Mose), a project intended to protect Venice from floods, emerge during technical tests at the "Bocca di Porto" at Venice's Lido, on November 28, 2014. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Afghan laborer pauses as he works at a charcoal shop on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) #
Shoppers wrestle over a television as they compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley, north London, on November 28, 2014. Britain's high streets, malls and online sites were awash with discounts on Friday as more retailers than ever embraced U.S.-style "Black Friday" promotions, seeking to kickstart trading in the key Christmas period. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) #

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