Photos of the week: 12/11 - 12/18

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Photos of the week: 12/11 - 12/18
A Palestinian protester is enveloped in smoke as he hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border Eastern Gaza City, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People walk on the beach of Biarritz, southwestern France, along the Atlantic ocean, Friday Dec. 18, 2015. Temperatures in southwestern France rose an unusual 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
Charles Mason III collects musical instrument cases representing coffins of victims of police violence outside of Baltimore City Hall in Baltimore on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Mason's mentor, artist Paul Rucker, placed the cases in response to the trial for Officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. The trial ended Wednesday with a hung jury and mistrial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People walk on a bridge as Christmas lights illuminate the Darsena dei Navigli, the neighborhood named for the canals that run through this area of Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Traffic moves past the St. George Monument decorated with illuminations resembling a Christmas tree set up for New Year celebrations in Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
In this photo taken with long time exposure the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The Russian rocket carries British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A person views the fog shrouded Benjamin Franklin Bridge spanning the Delaware River Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Philadelphia. Dense fog following a weekend of record-breaking temperatures is slowing the commute in parts of Pennsylvania. Forecasters say the fog has reduced visibility to a quarter mile or less. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A young Malaysian girl walks in front of a Christmas tree at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. The spirit of Christmas is felt very much in Muslim-dominated Malaysia, as shopping malls in Malaysia have decorated their premises with Christmas trees, lights, Santa Claus and carols as a chance to boost year-end sales. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
Family members and friends of Isaac Amanios grieve during a memorial services at St. Minas Church in Colton, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Isaac Amanios, 60-year-old environmental health inspector, fled his war-torn country in search of the American dream. Amanios immigrated to California in January 2000 from Ertiera. On Wednesday, he was among 14 people killed and 21 wounded when two assailants entered the Inland Regional Center and fired at a gathering with San Bernardino County Department of Health employees.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Revelers dressed in holiday theme costumes drink alcohol as a woman comes out with her laundry during SantaCon in New York Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in New York. As thousands of Santa-suited merrymakers prepare to hit the city's streets and bars, organizers of the annual pub crawl say they're taking more steps than ever to deter naughty behavior.(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Afghan displaced girls pose for a photograph inside their temporary home on the outskirts of Herat province, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)
KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Miners react after their last shift at Kellingley Colliery on December 18, 2015 in Knottingley, England. Kellingley began production in 1965 and is the UK's last deep coal mine. Its closure will complete a carefully managed two-year plan for the UKs deep mines. This has been implemented by UK Coal with financial support from the British government. It follows a long period of difficult trading conditions largely due to low international coal prices. (Photo by John Giles - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 17: Grizzly bear cubs, Juneau & Sitka, stand during their first day out in the public at the Palm Beach Zoo on December 17, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo will host the two-orphaned female grizzly bear cubs until their new permanent home in a South Dakota zoo is completed. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Two men walk up a flight of stairs towards the entrance of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Asian stocks resumed losses as the bout of optimism that followed the first U.S. interest-rate hike since 2006 faded, replaced with anxiety over commodities and the widening divergence in global monetary policy. Oil slumped, while the dollar solidified its gains. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
YANTAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 16: (CHINA OUT) A man rides in snow with his backseat carrying another one on December 16, 2015 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. Yantai Weather Bureau has issued yellow alert to ice road as heavy snow fell on Wednesday in east China's Shandong Province. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Chimneys emit vapor at Jaenschwalde lignite power plant, operated Vattenfall AB, at dusk in Peitz, Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. Global governments and companies are counting the costs and benefits from the United Nations COP21 climate agreement, which calls for wholesale transformations of energy, transportation, and dozens of other lines of business. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Actors take part in a full dress rehearsal of the Wintershall Nativity play at the Wintershall Estate on December 15, 2015 in Guildford, England. The Wintershall's theatrical production of the Nativity depicts a Christian Christmas and is complete with shepherds and sheep, donkeys and the three wise men on horseback. It will be performed from December 16 -20, 2015 at the Wintershall Estate near Guildford in Surrey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A person wearing a 'stormtrooper' costume stands in front of the exit of the Grand Rex movie theatre during the 'Darth Vader's trial' event in Paris, on December 14, 2015, two days ahead of the premiere screening of the widely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
ZUNYI, CHINA - DECEMBER 13: (CHINA OUT) Tourists play in a maze made of rice straws in Yuqing County on December 13, 2015 in Zunyi, Guizhou Province of China. Villagers made cartoon scarecrows and maze to attract tourist in Yuqing, Guizhou Province. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SANTA ANA, CA - DECEMBER 12: Pallbearers stand guard over the casket of the slain Tin Nguyen, 31, one of the victims of the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attack, at the start of the memorial service at St. Barbara's Catholic Church, in Santa Ana, Calif., on Dec. 12, 2015. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
TOPSHOT - Concert goers hold up their cellphones with torch lights switched on for peace as Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi (not in picture) performs on stage during the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Men dressed as a Santa drink at a bar called The Hall during the annual SantaCon pub crawl December 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of revelers take part in the holiday pub crawl, though some local bars and businesses have banned participants in an effort to avoid the typically rowdy SantaCon crowds. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An anti-riot policeman walks through orange smoke from a teargas on December 12, 2015 in Nantes, western France, during a demonstration of activists against the state of emergency and the police state. / AFP / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Sudanese refugees from Darfur stand amid tents as they gather during an open-ended sit-in outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Jordanian capital Amman on December 12, 2015, demanding better treatment and acceleration of their relocation. / AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A photographer looks at the sky at night to see the annual Geminid meteor shower on the Elva Hill, in Maira Valley, near Cuneo, northern Italy on December 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
A baby red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) kisses a volunteer during its recovery at the Santa fe zoo in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on December 11, 2015. Nine monkeys who had been under the care of the Santa Fe zoo as part of a wildlife conservation program after they were are torn away from their families in the forests and sold by traffickers to travelers within the country, were released into the wild. The red howler monkeys are an endangered species, which makes them attractive to wildlife traders. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP / RAUL ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

San Bernardino, smog, Star Wars -- these are just a few of the topics that made headlines this past week. We also saw how various parts of the world are preparing for next week's Christmas holiday, including New York City's SantaCon event, and a smiling goat who is part of an English live nativity play.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the next seven days.

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