The week in 40 photos

Published 6:45 AM ET, Fri December 25, 2015
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A U.S. service member salutes during a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, December 23, for six Americans killed in a suicide attack in Bagram, Afghanistan. Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys/U.S. Air Force via AP
On December 23, a rescue worker grabs the hand of a man who survived more than 60 hours under debris after a landslide in Shenzhen, China. Imaginechina/Stringer/AP
Newly naturalized U.S. citizens wave flags and sing patriotic songs in a ceremony at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia, on Tuesday, December 22. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Other pageant contestants comfort Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez after she learns she was incorrectly crowned Miss Universe in Las Vegas on Sunday, December 20. Pageant host Steve Harvey initially named Gutierrez as the winner but corrected himself and announced Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as Miss Universe. John Locher/AP
Black Lives Matters protesters ride a light rail at the Mall of America in Minneapolis on December 23. The activists accuse police agencies nationwide of bias against the black community. Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP
Sen. Bernie Sanders appears on TV screens in a media workroom during the Democratic presidential debate Saturday, December 19, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sanders faced off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. GRETCHE ERTL/Reuters/Landov
The Salisbury Cathedral Choir rehearses Monday, December 21, for Christmas Eve services in Salisbury, England. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A boy sits in a makeshift flotation device in a flooded house in Calumpit, Philippines, on Sunday, December 20. Flooding has hit parts of the country after Typhoon Melor struck. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at a December 21 press conference in Zurich, Switzerland, to respond to the FIFA ethics committee's ruling he broke the body's rules relating to conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and gifts. Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP
An orangutan named Pacquiao dressed in a Santa costume joins holiday festivities at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon, Philippines, on December 21. Aaron Favila/AP
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the courthouse after his December 22 arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl was arraigned on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Andrew Craft /The Fayetteville Observer via AP
Workers carry a campaign sign for Spanish Socialist Party leader Pedro Sanchez after a December 19 rally in Madrid. Spain's ruling conservative party walked away with the most seats in the country's December 20 general election but fell short of winning a clear majority. It now faces the difficult task of forming a coalition government. The Socialist Party followed in second place. Francisco Seco/AP
An African migrant wraps himself in a blanket after the Libyan coast guard rescued him west of Tripoli on Monday as he and others tried to reach Italy on an inflatable boat. The rise of ISIS, the Syrian civil war and instability in Afghanistan, the Middle East and elsewhere drove record numbers of people to try to make the crossing to Europe. That number topped 1 million people this year, according to the International Organization of Migration. Mohamed Ben Khalifa/AP
A boat sails along the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on December 22. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/Reuters/Landov
A man walks his camel across the Liwa Oasis southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on December 20. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
Carter Widmer, 7, arrives at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters on December 23 after becoming the Detroit police's "chief for a day." Chief James Craig gave the boy the honorary title after learning he donated $250 of his Christmas money to the Detroit police K-9 unit. John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP
The Rev. Jesse Jackson jokes with the crowd before speaking at Morgan State University's December commencement on Friday, December 18, in Baltimore. Rob Carr/Getty Images
Neighbors help salvage items from a storm-damaged home in Roundaway, Mississippi, on December 23. Deadly storms swept across parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Troy Catchings/The Press Register via AP
A girl stands outside a temporary shelter at a camp for dispaced Afghans in Kabul on December 21. HEDAYTULLAH AMID/EPA/LANDOV
Cleaners in animal costumes wipe the 15th-floor windows of a Tokyo hotel during a December 21 event marking the end of the year. THOMAS PETER/Reuters/Landov
A woman pours water onto a heat-stressed koala in Adelaide, Australia, on December 19. Morne de Klerk/Getty Images
Men keep themselves warm as they wait to collect milk from a dairy on December 18 in Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Lakeisha Holloway enters a Las Vegas court with public defender Scott Coffee for her December 23 arraignment. Holloway, who is accused of crashing her car into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip, has been charged with murder, child abuse and leaving the scene of an accident. Chase Stevens/AP
Flames rise from the Portuguese Language Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 21. Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images
People gather at Stonehenge in England on December 22 to mark the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year. Natasha Quarmby/REX/Shutterstock/AP
Muslim women react to a priest displaying a relic believed to be a hair from the Prophet Mohammed's beard during Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi on Thursday, December 24, in Srinagar, India. Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi celebrates Mohammed's birthday. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images
A nearly 6-week-old baby antelope called Kirk cuddles with attendant Andreas Uterhardt at Germany's Duisburg Zoo on December 18. Horst Ossinger/DPA via ZUMA Press
Rescuers recover a body December 23 from a ferry that sank off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the Gulf of Bone. The vessel went down on December 19. Aris Daeng/AP
Cotton appears in the hair of a migrant worker as he makes a blanket from recycled cotton in Kathmandu, Nepal, on December 22. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/Reuters/Landov
White House press secretary Josh Earnest and "Star Wars" Stormtroopers wait for R2-D2 to enter the briefing room after U.S. President Barack Obama's end-of-the-year news conference December 18 in Washington. The characters were at the White House for a private screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters/Landov
Young men play soccer on the outskirts of Myanmar's Bago Region on December 23. YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images
A black kite swoops down on bats in Yangon, Myanmar, on December 22. YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully lands upright at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on December 21. SpaceX Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Heavy pollution requires schoolchildren to wear face masks in Jinan, China, on December 24. For the second time, China issued a red alert warning for pollution. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Police detain protesters December 20 in New Delhi as they show opposition to the release of man convicted as a juvenile in the 2012 gang rape of a woman. Due to a law concerning juveniles, the man was released from prison after serving three years. Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
A firefighter surveys damage to a home after storms in Newport, Oregon, on December 18. Steve Card/Newport News-Times via AP
An official escorts Myanmar migrants Win Zaw Htun, right, and Zaw Lin in Koh Samui, Thailand, on December 24 after they were found guilty of murdering two British backpackers on a Thai resort island in 2014. The two men were sentenced to death. Wason Wanichakorn/AP
A thick blanket of fog envelopes a mountainous part of Pamplona, Spain, on December 23. JESUS DIGES/EFE/LANDOV
Virgil Hughes, center, and other musicians perform during the 41st annual TubaChristmas concert in Denver on December 20. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images
A man watches the sun set at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro on December 18. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images