An athlete competes in the Air Sports Paragliding Men's Individual Accuracy during the 2014 Asian Beach Games at Chaofa Mine on November 17, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. (Cameron Spencer, Getty)
As the U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, awaits a grand jury decision on whether to bring criminal charges against a police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, demonstrators lay on the ground during a mock death protest of Michael Brown on November 16, 2014. (Samuel Corum, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
91-year-old Nel Bolten has a tattoo on her chest that says: 'Do not reanimate, I am 91+' on November 15, 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers has declared that this tattoo is a legal declaration that gives Nel Bolten the right to self determination to end her life. Euthanasia and self determination to end one's life are complex issues in The Netherlands with an ever increasing population of eldery people. (Michel Porro, Getty)
A newborn baboon cuddles a teddy bear after its mom refused to have her at Gaziantep Zoo, in Gazitantep, Turkey on November 15, 2014. Gaziantep Zoo clinic chief and mother-of-two Ozsun Yurt Gunes (not seen) takes care of the newborn baby at her home after she finishes her shifts at the Zoo. (Kerem Kocalar, Anadolu Agency/Getty)
A general view as runners clear a fence at Cheltenham racecourse on November 14, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst, Getty)
A player during the second round of the European Tour qualifying school final stage at PGA Catalunya Resort on November 16, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Stuart Franklin, Getty Images)
Competitors race in the Men's RS-One Windsurfing class during the 2014 Asian Beach Games at Karon Beach on November 16, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. (Cameron Spencer, Getty)
A student of Cairo University lights flare during an anti-coup protest in Cairo, Egypt on November 17, 2014. (Stringer, Anadolu Agency/Getty)
Family members of Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, the Palestinian who drove his car into passengers at a railway station causing the death of a 3-month-old baby last month in Jerusalem, look at his destroyed house on November 19, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Last night Israeli Army and Police destroyed the house of Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi. The Israeli goverment have announced they will demolish the houses of terrorists following any terror attacks carried out. (Ilia Yefimovich, Getty)
Police confront demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside the police station on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Scott Olson, Getty)
A tower of Ettal Abbey is seen in front of the snow-covered landscape on November 18, 2014 in Ettal, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on as downpour of rain falls during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw, Getty)
A woman wearing a gag holds with a banner as she participates in a protest against the Spanish Government organic draft law known as 'Gag Law' gathered at Sol square on November 20, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The Spanish Government has drafted a proposal for new, strict laws regarding unauthorized protests by activists. The draft legislation would propose steep fines for activists taking part in such demonstrations, claiming that they involve a safety risk to the public. Opponents to the draft bill have stated they are outraged at what they claim is a 'kick in the teeth for democracy'. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno, Getty)
It's the last weekend before we're all consumed by Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the true beginning of the holiday season, so take one final moment of calm to look back at this past week in photos.
Beachgoers in Nicaragua banded together last weekend to try to save a whale that had become stranded on Popoyo Beach along the country's southern coast. The whale, believed to be a humpback, was reportedly about 60 feet long. Nicaraguans and tourists attempted to push the giant mammal back into the ocean for several hours, until sunset forced them to unfortunately abandon their efforts. The next day arrangements were made to respectfully bury the animal where it lay on the beach.
Intense winter weather around the world also made headlines this week. Unbelievable photos came out of western New York state, as more than 7 feet of snow piled up in the Buffalo area and dozens of miles of Interstate 90 were shut down. A similar wintry scene occurred in southern Germany, while the country's northern city of Hannover still looked and felt like autumn. In California, heavy rain fell down on the Thursday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders, and Pavlof, Alaska's most active volcano, erupted once again over the weekend.
Once you've eaten your turkey and finished your shopping, make sure to check back next week for our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.