The week in 37 photos

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters and signs autographs after a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa, on Saturday, December 5. MARK KAUZLARICH/Reuters/Landov
Police allow a crying girl to cross into Macedonia at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni on Friday, December 4. Macedonian authorities are allowing only people from the war-wracked countries of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to cross on their way to other European Union countries. Petros Giannakouris/AP
A person wearing a "fursuit" costume walks down the stairs at the Midwest FurFest in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday, December 4. More than 5,000 people gathered for the convention, where people dress as up as anthropomorphic animals. JIM YOUNG/Reuters/Landov
A woman cries after she lost her husband in a fire that broke out in slums in Mumbai, India, on Monday, December 7. Hundreds of homes were reportedly destroyed. Rajanish Kakade/AP
U.S. Border Patrol agents search a migrant family after they crossed the border near Rio Grande City, Texas, on Wednesday, December 9. John Moore/Getty Images
Afghan security forces stand in front of dead bodies of Taliban fighters after clashes in Kandahar Airfield on Wednesday, December 9. Allauddin Khan/AP
Starlings migrating from northern Europe fly in the sky above Rome on Friday, December 4. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Ten days before the opening of the newest "Star Wars" film, fans Jesse Casper and Nicolas Johnson wait in line in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 8. MONICA ALMEIDA/The New York Times/Redux
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on Sunday, December 6. Among those honored this year were "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, singer Carole King and actress Cicely Tyson. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
A man in Beijing wears a mask as he travels to work in heavy smog on Tuesday, December 8. Much of the Chinese capital shut down Tuesday after Beijing's city government issued its first red alert for pollution. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Robert Lewis Dear, who is accused of killing three people last month at a Planned Parenthood clinic, talks to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance Wednesday, December 9, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dear made a series of outbursts at his hearing, saying, "I am a warrior for the babies." Andy Cross/The Denver Post/Pool/AP
The USS Zumwalt, the biggest and most expensive destroyer the Navy has ever built, heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath, Maine, on Monday, December 7. The ship is undergoing sea trials. Robert F. Bukaty/AP
Maintenance personnel look at a large sinkhole in Gresham, Oregon, on Wednesday, December 9. Heavy rain and winds have battered Oregon and Washington state, causing widespread flooding and power outages. Steve Dipaola/AP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with members of the German military's rapid-reaction medical unit during a visit to its training center in Leer, Germany, on Monday, December 7. Merkel has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. David Hecker/Getty Images
People embrace in Caracas, Venezuela, after hearing the results of the national congressional elections on Monday, December 7. Venezuela's opposition party claimed the majority of seats in the National Assembly. It is the first major shift in power in the legislative branch since Hugo Chavez took office in 1999. Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Uniformed attendants are ready to check coats for guests arriving at a New York gala for fashion designer Valentino on Monday, December 7. MIKE SEGAR/Reuters/Landov
An injured boy is carried following reported airstrikes in the Syrian town of Hamouria on Wednesday, December 9. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 11 civilians, including four children, were killed in strikes, but it was unclear who was responsible. SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images
A baby seal with an injured eye looks out from its cubicle as it is rehabilitated in Taunton, England, on Wednesday, December 9. The RSPCA Centre has had an influx of seals after recent storms. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A day trader relaxes in London during the annual charity day for brokerage firm ICAP on Wednesday, December 9. Prince William and his wife, Catherine, attended the fundraising event, which includes traders wearing funny outfits. Jeremy Selwyn/WPA Pool/Getty Images
French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrive by helicopter to the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on Friday, December 4. The vessel is the Mediterranean Sea to help fight the ISIS militant group. POOL/Reuters/Landov
A man visits a makeshift memorial Monday, December 7, for those killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center, where employees with the county health department were attending a holiday event. The two shooters -- Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik -- were fatally shot in a gun battle with police hours after the initial incident. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A vendor tries to put out a fire at his kiosk during clashes between riot police and protesters in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, December 6. Part of central Athens was turned into a battleground during a march to mark the seventh anniversary of Alexis Grigoropoulos' death. Grigoropoulos, 15, was fatally shot by police in 2008. ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Frank Levingston Jr., who at 110 years old is believed to be the United States' oldest military veteran, is greeted after a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington on Monday, December 7. Levingston is a D-Day veteran who survived the Pearl Harbor attacks that took place 74 years ago. Andrew Harnik/AP
Fog surrounds a television tower in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Friday, December 4. Amel Emric/AP
People dressed as Santa Claus wait to start the annual Michendorf Santa Run in Michendorf, Germany, on Sunday, December 6. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, presents President Vladimir Putin with the flight recorder of the Russian fighter jet that was shot down by Turkey last month. MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN POOL/EPA /LANDOV
Michael Read, director of flight operations for the New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co., flies a Martin jet pack during a demonstration in Shenzhen, China, on Sunday, December 6. BOBBY YIP/Reuters/Landov
Jaysean Erby raises his arms in front of Apple CEO Tim Cook as he solves a coding problem Wednesday, December 9, at an Apple Store in New York. Third-graders were invited to the store to play a "Star Wars" game hosted on Apple is hosting Hour of Code events around the world as part of Computer Science Education Week. Mark Lennihan/AP
A Russian police officer holds a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya during a presentation ceremony at the French Embassy in Moscow on Monday, December 7. France accepted the puppy following the death of a police dog named Diesel. Diesel was killed during a terror raid last month in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. Dobrynya is named after a folklore hero, and it is intended as a "symbol of the unity of our nations in implacable fight against terrorism," Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said during the ceremony. SERGEI ILNITSKY/EPA/LANDOV
Pastor Jamal Bryant points something out to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, December 8, as the presidential candidate toured the Baltimore neighborhood where violence erupted after the death of Freddie Gray earlier this year. Gray, 25, died in police custody in April. According to his attorney, he died from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. The case raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents, and six police officers have been charged in connection with Gray's death. BRYAN WOOLSTON/Reuters/Landov
A Sotheby's staff member in London holds "Mabuse," a painting by Jan Gossaert, during a press preview of artwork on Friday, December 4. The Gosseart piece was expected to bring in more than $6 million at auction. Carl Court/Getty Images
A bishop takes a photo of Pope Francis as he celebrates a Mass in Vatican City on Tuesday, December 8. Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/Sipa USA
Volcanic ash fills the sky Friday, December 4, during an eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. Experts called it the volcano's most dramatic eruption in 20 years. Solent News/REX Shutterstock/AP
Oscar Pistorius leaves a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa, after he was granted bail on Tuesday, December 8. The double-amputee sprinter was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the previous conviction of culpable homicide. His lawyers said they will appeal that decision to the Constitutional Court. Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool/AP
Internet sensation "Grumpy Cat," left, looks unimpressed with her animatronic counterpart Tuesday, December 8, at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco. Kelly Sullivan/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Homes in Carlisle, England, are submerged by floodwaters on Monday, December 7. Storm Desmond dumped record levels of rain on northern England and Scotland over the weekend, flooding areas of Cumbria and Lancashire counties and prompting authorities to call in the armed forces to help evacuate. ANDREW YATES/Reuters/Landov
Border security troops patrol the area near Jammu, India, on a foggy night Saturday, December 5. See last week in 38 photos Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times/Getty Images