The young giraffe 'Sala' stands next to her mother Koobi in its enclosure in the zoo in Cologne, western Germany on december 08, 2016. / AFP / dpa / Federico Gambarini / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read FEDERICO GAMBARINI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A migrant sits in a makeshift shelter at an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade on December 8, 2016.
According to the latest figures, 6,300 migrants are stranded in Serbia. Hundreds of thousands of migrants had passed through Serbia in 2015 and early 2016. This road trough the Balkans had been closed in March after the borders of several countries, including Croatia, had been closed for migrants. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Pakistani sit beside the wreckage of the crashed PIA passenger plane Flight PK661 near the village of Saddha Batolni in the Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on December 8, 2016. A Pakistani aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board, authorities said, as they began collecting DNA to identify victims. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, MI - DECEMBER 05: Jim Powers, of Troy, folds his hands over his head as he watches volunteers and city officials participate in a recount after a federal judge ordered the statewide recount at the Oakland Schools Conference Center on December 5, 2016 in Waterford Township, Michigan. The recount was requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein following the close margin of Michigan's election results. (Photo by Rachel Woolf/Getty Images)
Smoke rises after air strikes on rebel-controlled besieged eastern Aleppo, Syria December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Danielle Boudreaux, 40, who knew Derick Ion Almena and his children and went to the Ghost Ship many times, cries a sidewalk memorial near the burned warehouse following the fatal fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 8: A person wearing a Hillary Clinton mask walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, December 8, 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)
TOPSHOT - An Indian man walks past a camel and an elephant tethered under a flyover on a cold foggy morning in New Delhi on December 8, 2016. / AFP / Money SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Members of the public enjoy a Christmas Tree Maze on December 7, 2016 in Edinburgh,Scotland. The Christmas Market is situated in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and has a number of stalls and attractions such as an ice rink, carousel, Big Wheel, and has been open since late November and runs until January 7, 2017. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (C) gestures during a rally on jobs December 7, 2016 at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. Our Revolution and Good Jobs Nation, the organizer, held a rally to demand good jobs and workers' rights from the incoming President-elect Donald Trump administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
TEKNAF, BANGLADESH - DECEMBER 06: Rohingya Muslims, fled from violence over Muslims in Myanmar take shelter at Leda unregistered Rohingya camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh on December 06, 2016. The camp is now overpopulated and some people cannot manage any room to stay. International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh stated mora than 21,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. (Photo by zakir hossain chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles after addressing delegates during her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's congress in Essen, western Germany, on December 6, 2016.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel launches into campaign mode for elections taking place in 2017. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNON BALL, ND - DECEMBER 05: Despite blizzard conditions, military veterans march in support of the 'water protectors' at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 5, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Over the weekend a large group of military veterans joined native Americans and activists from around the country who have been at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Yesterday the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not grant an easement for the pipeline to cross under a lake on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation. 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)
A picture taken on December 04, 2016 near the Israeli kibbutz of Nahsholim shows a halo around the sun.
The optical phenomena is produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. / AFP / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman feeds birds on Langeron Beach in Odessa, Ukraine, December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CANNON BALL, ND - DECEMBER 04: Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The US Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will not grant an easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a lake on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation, ending a months-long standoff. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Hundreds of runners dressed in Santa Claus costume run the 8th 'Michendorfer Nikolauslauf' on December 04, 2016 in Michendorf, eastern Germany. / AFP / dpa / Ralf Hirschberger / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read RALF HIRSCHBERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Polar bears Aurora and Peregrino, respectively 5 and 6 years old, live in the SÃo Paulo Aquarium in Ipiranga, South Zone of the capital on 4 December 2016. Born in cold Russia, mammals are the first of its kind in the country. Despite the climatic difference between their homeland and Brazil, the bears, who together weigh 730 kg, had no problem adapting to their new home. They are located in an area of 1,500 square meters and with a temperature between -15 Â° C and -5 Â° C. The couple lived in a zoo in the Russian city of Kazan but, according to experts, the space was not large enough for their proper development. (Photo by Cris Faga/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 03: Masses of protesters gather and occupy major streets in the city center for a rally against South Korean President Park Geun-hye on December 3, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. Park addressed to the nation this week that she would leave it to the Parliament to decide if she should step down from her presidency after her friend Choi Soon-sil was charged with corrupt influence over state affairs. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Law enforcement personnel look on from a rooftop while U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plane takes off as Trump is travelling to Ohio from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, U.S. December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A street performer dressed as a bear is seen at a Christmas and New Year market, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower seen in the background, at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People gather during an event to mark late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday at Bhumibol Bridge over Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, Thailand December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pigeons flys as 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
Children of supporters of North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper lean on a wall amidst shadows of crowd members before a victory rally the day after his Republican opponent and incumbent Pat McCrory conceded in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA on December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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This week, President-elect Trump continued his "victory tour" around the United States, while recounts in several states were ordered (and some canceled) and supporters continued to turn out in response to the heated gubernatorial race in North Carolina.
We also saw devastating news from around the world as a devastating fire took dozens of lives in Oakland, California, and a plane crash in Pakistan killed all people on board.
Not all was tragic, however -- winter holiday celebrations are beginning, and gorgeous fall weather around the world also provided us with beautiful scenery.
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 days.