Photos of the week: 12/8 - 12/15

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Photos of the week: 12/8 - 12/15
Thomas wildfire burns above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in this social media photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Montecito, California, U.S. December 12, 2017. Courtesy Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
JACKSON, MS - DECEMBER 9: Brittany Brent, front, stands with other silent protesters during the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History in Jackson, Mississippi on December 9, 2017. They were protesting the Mississippi state flag. (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: New York City Police Department officers patrol inside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 12: Supporters of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Jones faced off against Judge Roy Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
TOPSHOT - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man and woman light candles on the second night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, in the Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim of Jerusalem, on December 13, 2017 The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C. victory over the Hellenist Syrians when Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A female leopard looks up while lying inside a dry well after it got trapped in it, at a residential area in Guwahati, India, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Skiing - Men's Alpine Ski World Downhill - Val Gardena, Italy - December 14, 2017 Saslong mountain is seen during the Men's Alpine Ski World Cup Downhill training session. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry meet BB8 as they attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Soyuz MS-05 capsule carrying the crew of Paolo Nespoli of Italy, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Russia and Randy Bresnik of the U.S lands in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Palestinian Hamas militant takes part in a rally marking the 30th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A camel is seen as he is being brought for the foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017.REUTERS/Satish Kumar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CARPINTERIA, CA - DECEMBER 12: A smoke-filled sky filter orange light around surfers as the Thomas Fire continues to grow and threaten communities from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara on December 12, 2017 in Carpinteria, California. The Thomas Fire has spread across 365 miles so far and destroyed about 800 structures since it began on December 5 in Ojai, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Undercover Israeli security personnel detain a Palestinian demonstrator during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. SEARCH "TOROKMAN UNDERCOVER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 12: A supporter of democratic U.S. Senator candidate Doug Jones cries as Jones is declared the winner during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Doug Jones defeated his republican challenger Roy Moore to claim Alabama's U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)� (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is seen with children from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dhal's Marvellous Children's Charity decorating the Clarence House Christmas tree at Clarence House on December 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A prosthetic leg lies amid rubble of a damaged building in the rebel-held area, in the city of Deraa, Syria December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa al-Faqir
Rohingya refugee Suruj Job, whose family says she is 105 years old, is seen inside a temporary shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
USAK, TURKEY - DECEMBER 13: Meteors named as 'Geminid' streak across the sky over Turkey's Usak on December 13, 2017. (Photo by Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Members of a family reunite through the border wall between Mexico and United States, during the 'Keep our dream alive' event, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on December 10, 2017. Families separated by the border are reunited for three minutes through the fence that separates Ciudad Juarez Park in Mexico and Sunland in New Mexico, United States, during an event called 'Keep our dream alive', organized by the Border Network for Human Rights on the International Human Rights Day. / AFP PHOTO / Herika MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Three year old Josh Bedford runs through artist Ron Mueck's world-premiere installation 'Mass', consisting of 100 larger-than-life skulls each measuring 1.5m x 2m during a media preview of NGV Triennial at NGV International on December 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Featuring the work from more than 100 artists and designers from over 30 countries, the NGV Triennial is a gallery-wide exhibition of contemporary art, design and architecture. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
(L-R) Rachel Crooks, a former receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina, attend a news conference for the film "16 Women and Donald Trump" which focuses on women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Emmanuel Macron, France's president, left, and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, react during a Permanent Structured Cooperation in Defence (PESCO) family photo session at a European Union (EU) leaders summit at the Europa Building in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The united front that�European Union�leaders claim in Brexit talks cracked at the bloc's last�summit�of the year with heads of state and government clashing openly on migration and admitting to divisions on how to move the monetary union forward. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, December 11 included Jack Black (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso (ESPNs College Game Day) and Musical Guest Walk The Moon. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JIMMY KIMMEL, BILLY KIMMEL
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 10: Over eight thousand members of the public take part in Glasgow's annual Santa dash make their way up St Vincent Street on December 10, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Santa Dash has been held since 2006 and this year is the 11th anniversary event, in total the event has raised over �200,000 for charities working in and around Glasgow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Workers unload the numerals 1 and 8 as they arrive in Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration, arrive in Times Square, December 13, 2017 in New York City. The '18' numerals will be part of the '2018' sign that will light up light up above Times Square at midnight on December 31 to ring in the new year. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The barrel-shaped carriages of a new funicular line are seen during sunny winter weather in the Alpine resort of Stoos, Switzerland December 13, 2017. Picture taken December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore speaks to the media after arriving at a polling station in Gallant, Alabama, on December 12, 2017. The state of Alabama holds a closely-watched special election for US Senate featuring Republican candidate Roy Moore, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump despite being accused of molesting teenaged girls. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Villagers hold torches to represent light and vision during the Divina Pastora procession, as part of a festival to honour the Virgin of Los Rondeles, on the eve of St Lucia's Day, in Casarabonela, near Malaga, southern Spain December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jon Nazca TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Maru, a two-month-old King Penguin chick and the first successful hatching by the Jurong Bird Park in almost a decade, looks at an adult penguin from a Christmas theme enclosure in the Penguin Coast exhibit at the park in Singapore December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - A picture taken from Vodno Mountain shows the tops of some of the city's highest buildings above clouds in an area with a high level of air pollution in Skopje on December 15, 2017. Skopje on December 15 was affected for the second day in a row by air pollution that almost paralyzed the Macedonian capital. / AFP PHOTO / Robert ATANASOVSKI (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A boy looks at a rainbow during a sunset in Bogota on December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: AFP OUT U.S. President Donald Trump holds a plastic astronaut figurine given to him by Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. Senator Jack Schmitt during a signing ceremony for 'Space Policy Directive 1' in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 -- the last crewed mission to the moon -- Trump signed the order directing NASA 'to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,' according White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA DECEMBER 14, 2017: Christams lights on Palace Bridge with the State Hermitage Museum in the background. Peter Kovalev/TASS (Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building against the end of net neutralityrules December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lead by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the commission is expected to do away with Obama Administration rules that prevented internet service providers from creating different levels of service and blocking or promoting individual companies and organizations on their systems. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: The giraffes discover their Ho Ho Ho wreath of treats at Taronga Zoo on December 14, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The Christmas-themed treats and enrichment were developed and refined by Taronga Zoo keepers and the Zoos' Behavioural Studies Unit with the aim of maintaining the animals' wildness. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - DECEMBER 12: Thousands of cured fish is dried in the sun at an aquatic product factory on December 12, 2017 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 10: A Jewish man speaks on the phone as he passes stores at an entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City on December 10, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. In an already divided city, U.S. President Donald Trump pushed relations in the city to breaking point after making the announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 09: People work to pull out a capsized car from frozen Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang province,China, 09 December 2017.No casualties have been reported so far. (Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)
Boris Nauban dressed as a Santa Claus smiles as he sits inside his tent in downtown Rome, Italy, December 9, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A procession of firefighting vehicles passes through Santa Paula, while carrying the body of a fellow firefighter who was killed today battling the Thomas wildfire near Fillmore, California, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A story that captured headlines for months came to a close this week. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate special election Tuesday in a stunning upset. During the campaign sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Moore, accusing him of pursuing teen girls when he was an adult. As of Friday evening Moore had yet to concede, but Jones' win makes him the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 20 years. 

Other major headlines of the week included Omarosa Manigault stepping down from her role at the White House, an attempted terrorist attack on New York City's subway and the five year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

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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