A graduate of Brazil's School of Santa Claus gets his beard trimmed by students in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, December 28. The school prepares men to represent Santa Claus during the Christmas season.
Black-headed gulls gather near the sea in Qingdao, China, on Monday, December 28.
Archbishop Blase Cupich waits to greet inmates in Chicago following Christmas Mass at the Cook County Jail on Friday, December 25.
Macaques bathe in a hot spring at a monkey park in Yamanouchi, Japan, on Sunday, December 27.
A man and his son look at a vehicle that wound up in the culvert of their driveway after floodwaters swept it and its four occupants off the road Friday, December 25, in Pinson, Alabama. The car's occupants had to be rescued by the fire department.
People skate on Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, Switzerland, on Friday, December 25.
A child receives medical treatment after a reported airstrike in Douma, Syria, on Wednesday, December 30.
"Galejadors" in Barcelona, Spain, carry their selected pine tree into a church during the Festival of the Pine on Wednesday, December 30. As part of a centuries-old tradition, the pine will be decorated with five bouquets of apples and wafers and hung inside the church until January 6.
The casket of Hall of Fame hockey player Dickie Moore is carried from a church following his funeral in Montreal on Monday, December 28. During his career, Moore won six Stanley Cups with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. He was 84.
A dog walks near a glyptondont shell in Carlos Spegazzini, Argentina, on Tuesday, December 29. Glyptodonts, the ancestors of modern-day armadillos, have long been extinct.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, takes Vezir Cakras by hand while speaking on a phone in Istanbul on Friday, December 25. Television footage showed Erdogan's motorcade stopping over Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge, where a man was apparently contemplating suicide. Erdogan's office said Erdogan talked Cakras out of jumping.
Picador Diego Ochoa is pinned under his horse as a bull charges at it during a bullfighting festival in Cali, Colombia, on Monday, December 28.
People pile up wooden pallets Tuesday, December 29, for a traditional New Year's Eve bonfire in Scheveningen, a district of The Hague in the Netherlands.
Syrian and Lebanese people wave and flash victory signs as convoys carrying wounded Syrian opposition fighters leave the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa on Monday, December 28. The fighters will be flown to Turkey as part of a U.N.-backed truce deal reached in September.
Kashmiri villagers attend the funeral of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat during his funeral in Pulwama, India, on Thursday, December 31. He was one of two suspected militants killed in a gunfight with security forces, police said.
An Israeli policeman sits next to the dead body of a Palestinian who, according to a police spokesperson, was fatally shot after he tried to stab an officer near Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, December 26.
A Yemeni man sits on a hospital bed in Taiz, Yemen, after he was reportedly injured in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike against Houthi rebels and their allies on Tuesday, December 29.