Photos of the week: 12/1 - 12/8

Photos of the week: 12/1 - 12/8
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Photos of the week: 12/1 - 12/8
VENTURA, CA - DECEMBER 07: Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on December 7, 2017 north of Ventura, California. The firefighters occasionally used a flare device to burn-off brush close to the roadside. Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Bobo, a British Bulldog, takes a shower at The Wagington luxury pet hotel in Singapore December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Rohingya refugee child cries at the camp for widows and orphans inside the Balukhali camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh December 5, 2017. More than 230 women and children live at a so-called widows camp built by fellow refugees with the help of donor funds for Rohingya widows and orphans to offer them better protection and shelter. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "ROHINGYA WIDOWS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Al Franken leaves the Senate floor after delivering a speech where he resigned from the US Senate on Thursday December 7, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Palestinians watch a televised broadcast of U.S. President Donald Trump delivering an address where he is expected to announce that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jerusalem's Old City December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors John Seelie (L), 95, and Armando "Chick" Gallela, 93, attend an annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces, at the Intrepid museum in New York, U.S., May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
WERFEN, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 07: Hohenwerfen Castle stands on a crisp, winter morning under a mountain of the Berchtesgaden Alps among trees brushed with snow on December 7, 2017 near Werfen, Austria. The castle was built in the 11th century and overlooks the Salzach Valley, about 40 kilometers south of Salzburg. Today the castle is a museum and home to a falconry center. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
OPA LOCKA, FL - DECEMBER 04: U.S. Postal service mail handler Barbara Lynn sorts boxes at the U.S. Postal service's Royal Palm Processing and Distribution Center on December 4, 2017 in Opa Locka, Florida. The U.S. Postal Service is projecting more than 850 million packages will be sent during the busy holiday shopping and gift giving season. More than 6 million packages are expected to be delivered each of the five Sundays before Christmas in select major markets. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump pushes a shopping cart as he tours the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' food distribution center at LDS Welfare Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017, alongside LDS President Henry B. Eyring (L). / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberal MP Warren Entsch lifts up Labor MP Linda Burney as they celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra December 7, 2017. AAP/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
A four-month-old cub named Yuan Meng, which means ?the realization of a wish? or ?accomplishment of a dream?, is pictured during it naming ceremony at the Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, France, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE A MULTIPLE LONG EXPOSURE WAS USED IN THE CREATION OF THIS IMAGE) In this combination of two images the interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by trails of candles carried by choristers during the annual 'darkness to light' advent procession on December 1, 2017 in Salisbury, England. The service, which begins with the medieval cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent Candle is lit at the West End, is one of the most popular services of the liturgical year. The annual advent service, which also takes place over tonight and tomorrow night and is seen by several thousand people, is a mix of music and readings during which two great candlelit processions move around the different spaces in the over 750-year-old building which, by the end, is illuminated by more than 1300 candles and is a spectacular start to the Christmas season. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 54/55, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle (back), Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C) and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (front) take part in the preflight preparation at the Russian leased Kazakh Baikonur cosmodrome on December 05, 2017. The space crew is to take off to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Soyuz MS-07 on December 17, 2017 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH Leaves cover the face of 11-month-old Rohingya refugee Abdul Aziz, after his body was brought back to the family shelter, at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, a few hours after he died on December 4, 2017. Aziz, whose family fled Myanmar some two months ago, died at local clinic after suffering from high fever and severe cough for ten days, his mother said. Picture taken December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A member of a security looks on as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - Michael and Vonea McQuillam stand beside their house that was burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017. Firefighters battled a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California that has left at least one person dead, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses and forced tens of thousands to flee. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
People dressed as Santa Claus enjoy the snow during the Saint Nicholas Day at the Alpine ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland, December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Interstate 405 is deserted after being closed during rush hour in an area near the Skirball Fire on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump holds her son Theodore (C) alongside Jared Kushner (R), senior White House advisor, attends a Hanukkah reception hosted by US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the anti narcotics force pose for a picture as drugs are burned during a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises in Washington, D.C., U.S. in this December 3, 2017 handout photo. The full Moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018. A supermoon occurs when the moon?s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. Bill Ingalls/NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.
Homes can be seen near a river and bordering bushland in south-western Sydney, Australia, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Vatican Christmas tree is lit up after a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The driver of a Maerlitram (fairy tram), dressed as a Santa Claus, walks past a car which crashed into the tram in Zurich, Switzerland December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Angelika Gruber TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 08: Ella, an Irish Doodle, a cross between an Irish red setter and a poodle, plays in the snow at Stormont on December 8, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The MET Office has issued a weather warning across the UK for heavy snow with northern and western parts bearing the brunt of the cold snap. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A photo taken from the International Space Station and moved on social media by astronaut Randy Bresnik shows smoke rising from wildfire burning in Southern California, U.S., December 6, 2017. Courtesy @AstroKomrade/NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets George Adesola Oguntade, the High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as he presents his Letter of Credence, with his wife, Mrs Oguntade, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in central London, Britain December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Victoria Jones/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A view of the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery is seen during the opening ceremony in Shanghai, China, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Supporters of Georgian former President Mikheil Saakashvili move paving stones during clashes with police in Kiev, Ukraine December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Palestinian man holds his baby tortoises near the West Bank town of Tubas December 3, 2017. Picture taken December 3, 2017. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Two young men dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence welcome Trump as he arrives aboard Air Force One in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People sit together next to a camel at the look-out point of Mount Olives opposite to the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Alexander Yaroshenko, a member of the Cryophile winter swimming club, rubs himself with snow after swimming in the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Indian Navy marine commandos demonstrate their skills during Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai, India, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Participants take part in the 8th Edition of the Nautic SUP Paris Crossing stand up paddle competition near the Notre Dame Cathedral on the river Seine in Paris, France, December 3, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A couple walk their dog through the ruins of Dinas Bran castle above the town of Llangollen, north Wales, on December 8, 2017, as Storm Caroline plunges temperatures across the UK. / AFP PHOTO / Phil HATCHER-MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL HATCHER-MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Producer Kathleen Kennedy, C-3PO and Mark Hamill attend the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' press conference at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo on December 7, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Disney)
A petrol bomb explodes next to riot police during clashes following an anniversary rally marking the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Athens, Greece, December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People prepare a snow sculpture for the Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Participants take part in a candlelight vigil as part of the 5th annual National Vigil For Gun Violence Victims at St. Mark's Episcopal Church December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The event, held by the Newtown Foundation, is held nationally for the victims, survivors and families impacted by gun violence in the U.S. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The major storyline of the week was the devastating wildfires that ravaged Southern California. The numbers associated with the tragedy are staggering -- more than 8,700 firefighters battled the fast-moving blazes throughout the week, at least 500 structures have been destroyed and the largest fire has charred 132,000 acres in Ventura County. Smoke billowing from the fires could be seen from space with the powerful Santa Ana winds driving the flames.

Other major headlines of the week included President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Sen. Al Franken announcing his resignation amid allegations he inappropriately touched several women and TIME magazine naming 'The Silence Breakers' as their Person of the Year

Click through the slideshow above to see 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 week.     


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