Photos of the Week: 12/3–12/16

Santacon in London, a toppled wind turbine in Germany, protests against proposed austerity measures in Rio de Janeiro, the evacuation of Aleppo, snow sculpture in China, an earthquake in Aceh Province, Indonesia, and much more. This collection includes photos from the past week, as well as from the previous week—which we missed while doing the year-end wrap-ups. [35 photos total]

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A grey seal pup rolls on the sand near the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Donna Nook nature reserve on December 5, 2016, in Louth, England. Seal numbers have continued to increase with over 1,600 pups born at the reserve this year. Large bull seals are the first to arrive at the reserve in late October or early November where they will wait for females. The cow's arrive later and are herded into harems by the bulls, where they give birth to a single pup which is covered in white fur. (Dan Kitwood / Getty) #
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People dressed as Stormtroopers from the Star Wars films pose on the Millennium Bridge to promote the latest release in the series, "Rogue One", on December 15, 2016 in London, England. (Leon Neal / Getty) #
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A full moon rising over the Re Island Bridge in Rivedoux, is pictured on December 14, 2016. (Xavier Leoty / AFP / Getty) #
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Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn lies in repose, under a United States Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, on December 16, 2016. (Bill Ingalls / NASA) #
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Chinese paramilitary police border guards train in the snow at Mohe County in China's northeast Heilongjiang province, on the border with Russia, on December 12, 2016. (STR / AFP / Getty) #
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A recently-arrived rare breed Valais Blacknose lamb explores its new home in a paddock at the Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell on December 14, 2016 in Cornwall, England. The Lost Garden's of Heligan's farm is home to a variety of traditional and rare breed livestock and poultry, which is managed using a mixture of traditional breeds and sustainable, low intensity techniques. (Matt Cardy / Getty) #
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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand atop a damaged tank near Umayyad mosque, in the government-controlled area of Aleppo, Syria, on December 13, 2016. (Omar Sanadiki / Reuters) #
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A rainbow appears as an athlete competes in the Steve Hooker Pole Vault Challenge during the Zatopek 10 Australian 10,000m Championships on December 8, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge / Getty) #
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Joao Guilherme, who has microcephaly and turned one year old on October 28, receives aquatic physiotherapy treatment with Dr. Karen Maciel at a clinic on December 13, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. As many of the babies with microcephaly, believed to be linked to the Zika virus, turn one in Recife, doctors and mothers are adapting and learning treatments to assist and calm the children. Many of the children are suffering a plethora of difficulties including vision and hearing problems with doctors now labeling the overall condition as "congenital Zika syndrome". Authorities have recorded thousands of cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. Microcephaly results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders. (Mario Tama / Getty) #
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From left, Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer / Getty) #
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Steam comes off players during a scrum during a match between Exeter Chiefs and Bordeaux-Begles at the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Five at Sandy Park in Exeter, England, on December 11, 2016. (Henry Browne / Action Images / Reuters) #
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A Native American activist rides down from a ridge which overlooks Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed 1,172-mile-long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois. (Scott Olson / Getty) #
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Artists work on snow sculptures at an exhibition in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, on December 13, 2016. (Reuters) #
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Chinese people attend the state memorial ceremony for the Nanjing Massacre at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall on December 13, 2016 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. The state ceremony is to mourn the Nanjing Massacre victims whose lives were taken by Japanese invaders. (VCG / Getty) #
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A picture taken on December 7, 2016, shows Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel. More than half a billion birds of some 400 different species pass through the Jordan Valley to Africa and go back to Europe during the year. Some 42,500 Gray Cranes stayed this winter in the Agamon Hula Lake instead of migrating to Africa, taking advantage of the safety of this artificial water source. Local farmers feed the birds with corn in a bid to prevent them from destroying their crops. (Jack Guez / AFP / Getty) #
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An ammunition belt lies on a set of stairs during clashes with ISIS militants south of Mosul, Iraq, on December 10, 2016. (Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters) #
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An Iraqi soldier uses his helmet to distract an opposing sniper during clashes with ISIS militants south of Mosul, Iraq, on December 10, 2016. (Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters) #
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Policemen look through a hole in a house from the clashes in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq, on December 9, 2016. (Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters) #
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A wrecked U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft that crash-landed in the sea off Nago is seen in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 14, 2016. (Kyodo / Reuters) #
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A Vietnamese bride is seen pushing the groom on a scooter during a photo shoot for their wedding in An Bang Beach outside Hoi An in Vietnam on December 11, 2016 (Reuters) #
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People walk along the Neva River at sunset in St.Petersburg, Russia, on December 6, 2016. The temperature in St.Petersburg was -9C ( 15.8 °F). (Dmitri Lovetsky / AP) #
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A deer runs in a snow-covered field near the village of Karpavichi, some 50 km (31 miles) north of Minsk, Belarus, on December 14, 2016. (Sergei Grits / AP) #
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Houses of worship destroyed by an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude on December 7, 2016 in Pidie, Aceh Province, Indonesia. An undersea earthquake struck Indonesia's northern Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 54 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse and many people are feared trapped under rubble. (Getty) #
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Migrants wait to disembark from a vessel in the Sicilian harbor of Augusta, Italy, on December 14, 2016. (Antonio Parrinello / Reuters) #
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Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city. (Karam Al-Masri / AFP / Getty) #
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Buses line up during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighborhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. A convoy of ambulances and buses left rebel territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad's forces to reclaim complete control of Syria's second city, handing the regime its biggest victory in more than five years of civil war. (Karam Al-Masri / AFP / Getty) #
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In this aerial view a wind turbine whose mast had snapped lies toppled over in a field on December 13, 2016 in the Suederholz community near Grimmen, Germany. The turbine, which was built in 2000, was 69 meters tall, had an output of 600 kW and was operated by Oekofair Energie GmbH, fell over two days ago due to component failure, according to an assessor in an initial conclusion. (Sean Gallup / Getty) #
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Lenny Zappavigna, from New South Wales, Australia during his during his IBF Junior Welterweight boxing match against Sergey Lipinets, from Moscow, Russia, at the Galen Center at the University of Southern California on December 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty) #
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Tim Pink of Saratoga Dog Walkers controls 12 dogs on a walk in fresh snow at Congress Park on December 15, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, New York, (Hans Pennink / AP) #
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Sumatran tiger cub Achilles opens up a Christmas present in its enclosure at London Zoo, in London, England, on December 15, 2016. (Reuters) #
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A man dressed as Santa Claus relieves himself during the Santacon event in London, England, on December 10, 2016. (Peter Nicholls / Reuters) #
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University of Southern California student Bre Flores practices her routine for her team's upcoming ice show in front of a large Christmas tree at an outdoor skating rink Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Jae C. Hong / AP) #
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People walk past a street fire set by protesters during a public servants protest against proposed austerity measures on December 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired by police while protesters launched fireworks and rocks towards police and set fires in the street. Three months after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the state of Rio is essentially broke. The state government is voting on controversial cutbacks that could slash state employee salaries by 30 percent. (Mario Tama / Getty) #
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Kashmiri Muslims react as a custodian displays a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed on the last Friday of celebrations marking Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the prophet, at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on December 16, 2016. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer prayers on the Prophet's birth anniversary. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP / Getty) #
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The numerals '17' arrive in Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York City on December 15, 2016. The '17' numerals will be part of the '2017' sign that will light up light up above Times Square at midnight on December 31 to ring in the new year. (Drew Angerer / Getty) #

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