U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cuddle together as they participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, U.S. December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27: An aeronautical display over the grid before the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Fallen trees are seen during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino SEARCH "AMAZON GUARDIANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
CANNON BALL, ND - NOVEMBER 30: Snow covers Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on November 30, 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. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
WUHAN, CHINA - DECEMBER 02: Buildings are shrouded in heavy smog at Chu Hehan Street on December 2, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. The city stayed under a smog cover as air pollution is expected to reach a moderate level in Wuhan. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Rescue teams recover the bodies of victims of the LAMIA airlines charter that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, Colombia, on November 29, 2016 carrying members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real. A charter plane carrying the Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said. / AFP / STR / Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
WARMINSTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: The sun begins to rise over the town of Warminster viewed from the National Trust's Cley Hill, as the country wakes up to sub-zero temperatures, on November 30, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Sennybridge in Wales recorded the lowest temperature of the season overnight, with the Met Office reporting a low of -9.4C. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 25: Orangutan Fei Fei holds a male cub in her arms at Shanghai Zoo on November 25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Orangutan Fei Fei gave birth to a male cub at Shanghai Zoo on October 26. The male cub's father Bin Bin and his mother Fei Fei came to Shanghai Zoo from Philippines in July in 2012. It's the first successful reproduction of Orangutan at Shanghai Zoo. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Oil lamps offered by devotees illuminate the Bagmati River flowing through the premises of the Pashupatinath Temple during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean Georges restaurant, November 29, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 29: Hundreds of people attend a rally to protest against Michel Temer's government constitutional amendment (PEC) 241, cuts in public spending and education reform on November 29, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo Botelho/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)
An Iraqi father (L) mourns the death of his son, who was killed during clashes in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, in al-Samah neighborhood, Iraq December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Cubans participate in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Fidel Castro and fellow revolutionaries in the Granma yacht, in Playa Las Coloradas, Cuba, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A handler swims with a horse from the Garrison Savannah in the Caribbean Sea near Bridgetown, Barbados December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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The past week in news has been dominated largely by devastating events. Wildfires have taken a destructive toll on the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, killing 11 so far, and a tragic plane crash in the mountains of Colombia took the lives of 71 people on board, including many players from a Brazilian soccer team.
There were mixed feelings around the world in response to the death of Fidel Castro last Friday, while Cuba went into a mourning period for several days.
In politics, President-elect Donald Trump began his victory tour around the United States and continued to select the members of his administration.
Click through the slideshow above for photos from all of these events and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the coming seven days.