Photos Of The 2014 Week 49

This week we have nationwide protests about the failure to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Typhoon Hagupit approaching the Philippines, the most complete Stegosaurus fossil ever discovered, demonic Perchten on the march, the UK Christmas Tree Throwing Championships, the successful test launch of the Orion spacecraft, and much more. [35 photos total]

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A demonstrator cries during a gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Mark Makela/Getty Images) #
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Over one million lights have been set up in Canberra's central business district, officially breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest LED image display on November 29, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. The display will raise money for SIDS and Kids ACT and will be open for viewing for the Christmas period. (Stefan Postles/Getty Images) #
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The Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on December 5, 2014. The spacecraft made two orbits around the Earth on this test flight, and successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean hours later. (Reuters/Steve Nesius) #
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St. Louis Rams players put their hands up to show support for Michael Brown before a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 30, 2014. From left, the players are wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12), wide receiver Tavon Austin (11), tight end Jared Cook (89), wide receiver Chris Givens (13), and wide receiver Kenny Britt (81). (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY/Reuters) #
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Student activists stage a "die-in" as part of the nationwide "Hands up, walk out" protest, demanding justice for the fatal August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, at Washington University in St. Louis on December 1, 2014. Police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown during an August 9 confrontation in Ferguson, Missouri, about 12 miles outside St. Louis, which set off a national debate on race and policing. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #
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Protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner carry a collection of mock coffins bearing the names of victims of fatal police encounters as they cross the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge, on December 4, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) #
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Yosemite Falls, flowing once again in Yosemite National Park on December 3, 2014. Two days of heavy rains have re-invigorated the landmark falls, as a major Pacific storm brought more rain on Wednesday. (Reuters/National Park Service) #
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Firefighters wearing helmets in Vendin-le-Vieil, France, on December 2, 2014. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Indian Navy marine commandos demonstrate their skills during Navy Day celebrations, marking their battle at Karachi Harbour during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, in Mumbai, on December 2, 2014. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui) #
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Statues stand for sale on a sidewalk in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on December 3, 2014. The statues known as "Años Viejos," or "Last Years" are often stuffed with fireworks and traditionally burned on New Years, symbolizing the end of the previous year. They're usually made in the likeness of TV and film personalities, comic characters and politicians. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) #
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History enthusiasts dressed as soldiers take part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Austerlitz near the southern Moravian city of Slavkov, Czech Republic, on November 29, 2014. The Battle of Austerlitz, also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, took place in the year 1805 between a French army commanded by Emperor Napoleon I, and a Russo-Austrian army. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Student leader Joshua Wong makes a phone call during a hunger strike outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. Speaking on a stage on Monday night in the heart of the Admiralty protest site next to government headquarters, 18-year-old Wong said he and two others, including a secondary school student, would start a hunger strike to pressure Beijing to grant Hong Kong full democracy. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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A man takes part in the UK Christmas Tree Throwing Championships held at Keele Christmas Tree Farm in central England on November 30, 2014. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A large storm front crosses over the Sydney suburb of Wakehurst on December 5, 2014. A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Sydney on Friday afternoon and damaged more than 100 properties, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a "severe thunderstorm warning" for flash floods and damaging winds over the next several hours. (Reuters/Rick Stevens) #
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A terminally ill patient raises his arm in a hospice for those dying of AIDS at the Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, on November 30, 2014. Since 1992, the temple has provided housing for HIV positive patients and palliative care for those in the final stages of the AIDS disease. Data from 2013 estimates Thailand has 450,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, but only 353,000 have access to life-saving antiretroviral drugs. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
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Saudi youths demonstrate a stunt known as "sidewall skiing" (driving on two wheels) in the northern city of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, on December 3, 2014. (Reuters/ Mohamed Al Hwaity) #
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A fire rages near a mosque with the Lion's Head mountain forming the backdrop near the city of Cape Town, South Africa, on December 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) #
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A monkey is led by its trainer Qi Defang during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province, China, on November 29, 2014. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300 circus troupes. (Reuters/William Hong) #
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A protester pushing his bicycle yells slogans while walking underneath a red cloth during a protest in support of the 43 missing trainee teachers in Mexico City on December 1, 2014. The popularity of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has sunk amid concerns about his handling of security problems and corruption, polls showed on Monday, in a sign that his ruling party could lose ground in elections next year. Polls noted the sharp drop in his approval rating since the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers students and a conflict of interest scandal involving a home being purchased by the first lady. (Reuters/Henry Romero) #
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An ambulance on fire outside a pharmacy at Xingqing District on December 1, 2014 in Yinchuan, Ningxia province of China. An ambulance parked outside a pharmacy for emergency situation and transporting medicine caught on fire due to the driver heating its fuel tank in cold winter. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images) #
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Kamchatka Brown Bear Mascha stands beside a Christmas tree, decorated with fruits and fish, at Hagenbecks Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on December 5, 2014. (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer) #
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People pose for pictures in front one of the five 7-meter high illuminated white rabbits which make up "Intrude" by artist Amanda Parer at the Southbank Center in London, England, on December 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) #
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Participants dressed as Perchten roam village streets to chase away evil winter spirits in the annual Perchten gathering in Bavaria on November 29, 2014 near Kirchseeon, Germany. Perchten are the mythical entourage of Perchta, a goddess in ancient southern German alpine pagan tradition, and are usually fearsome creatures with tusks and horns and covered in hair. The tradition dates back at least to the 16th century and is also related to traditions of Krampus, Teifel, Klausen and La Befana, all animal-like creatures in the German, Austrian, Italian and Swiss alpine regions whose duties include instilling fear into naughty children. (Philipp Guelland/Getty Images) #
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A rebel fighter fires a Grad long-distance shell towards forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad located in the city of Jableh on the Syrian coast, from Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's northwestern Latakia province, on December 4, 2014. (Reuters/Alaa Khweled) #
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A sheep stands amidst scrub covered in frost on Hoher Meissner mountain near Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany, on December 2, 2014. (Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People view and film the most complete Stegosaurus fossil ever discovered, on display at the Natural History Museum in London, England, on December 3, 2014. The 150-million-year-old specimen is similar in size to a 4x4 vehicle and is made up of over 300 bones. It was discovered in 2003 at the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming, USA. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) #
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A publishing house building in flames in the center of Grozny, Russia, early Thursday, December 4, 2014. A gun battle broke out early Thursday in the capital of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, puncturing the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by a Kremlin-appointed leader. Security officials and the leader of Chechnya said gunmen traveling in several cars killed at least three traffic police officers at a checkpoint late at night in the capital of the republic, Grozny. The Moscow-based National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement that after the attack on the traffic police, gunmen occupied a publishing house in the center of Grozny. It said security services, police and emergency services personnel surrounded the building. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev) #
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People stand near bodies lined up on the ground at a quarry site where attackers killed at least 36 workers in a village in Korome, Kenya, outside the border town of Mandera, on December 2, 2014. Somali al Shabaab militants killed at least 36 non-Muslim workers at the quarry in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, beheading at least two of them in the same area that they hijacked a bus and killed 28 passengers just over a week ago. (Reuters/Stringer) #
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Indian Navy soldiers demonstrate their skills as they play drums during Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai on December 4, 2014. The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Day to commemorate its offensive operation at Karachi Harbour during the India-Pakistan war in 1971. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui) #
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This image captured by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite shows Typhoon Hagupit on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 02:10 UTC, as it approaches the Philippines. Villagers are fleeing coastal towns in the central Philippines as the advancing storm evokes memories of last year's deadly typhoon. Forecasters say Typhoon Hagupit may hit some of the same places devastated by Haiyan in 2013. (AP Photo/NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response) #
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Lazar and his sister Andjelka sit by a candle in their home in the eastern Serbian town of Majdanpek on December 4, 2014. Electricity workers in Serbia struggled through snow, ice and treacherous terrain on Thursday to restore electricity to an eastern town left shivering without power, heating or running water for a fourth day. (Reuters/Marko Djurica) #
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The glacier Huascaran is seen in Huaraz, Peru, on December 3, 2014. Peru's glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70 percent Peru's 30 million people who inhabit the country's Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
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Galina Bayeva cries with her son (left) and husband (right) next to the body of her father Vladimir Churilov, who was killed by shelling at the Azotny district in Donetsk, Ukraine, on December 5, 2014. Bayeva's parents were out walking in the neighborhood when they were hit by a shelling attack, leaving her father dead and her mother with severe injuries. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic) #
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A demonstrator protests recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, at Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 4, 2014. Reaction to Wednesday's decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the videotaped confrontation that left 43-year-old Garner dead echoed a wave of outrage sparked nine days earlier by a similar outcome in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Brown by a white policeman in Missouri. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
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Fog spreads across a field in the early morning on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Lahore on December 4, 2014. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

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