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The Week in Pictures: Dec. 4 - 11

Downtown L.A. bursts into flames, Filipinos shelter from a powerful typhoon, Cubans fight for human rights, Berkeley revives protest spirit & more.


A baby sleeps in a hammock at an evacuation center for Typhoon Hagupit victims in San Julian, Eastern Samar, in central Philippines, on Dec. 10. Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on the island hardest hit by the typhoon where thousands of homes were wrecked by powerful winds and a storm surge of 10 to 13 feet. Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 damaged on the island of Samar.

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An opposition activist is detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 10. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalist sang patriotic songs and slogans.

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Flames spread from a massive fire at the site of a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 8. Over 250 firefighters battled the early morning blaze which shut down two major freeways, the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said. A large investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

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An undercover police officer, who had been marching with demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 10, 2014. The man was identified as an officer with the California Highway Patrol, according to the Oakland Police Department. Police said more than 100 demonstrators marched in Berkeley, Calif., which has a history of social activism. Under cloudy skies, turnout was smaller than earlier in the week, when demonstrators in the area threw rocks at police and shut down a major freeway.

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Protesters rallying against police violence block Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 8. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Berkeley on Dec. 8 in reaction to the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island in New York.

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Large waves crash over the harbor wall in the town of Whitehaven in Cumbia, in north west England on Dec. 10. Energy companies were working Wednesday to restore power to around 17,500 homes in the west of Scotland affected by stormy weather and high winds.

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Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein, left, scuffles with an Israeli border policeman near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Dec. 10. Abu Ein died shortly after being hit by Israeli soldiers during a protest on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, a Reuters photographer who witnessed the incident and a Palestinian medic said. Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio who was in his early 50s, died en route to the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Israeli and Palestinian pathologists disagree on whether a blow to the body or a bad heart was the main cause of death of Abu Ein, who collapsed shortly after scuffling with Israeli troops during a West Bank protest on Dec. 10.

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A girl stands in line in front of a bus with other passengers travelling to Nairobi, as they wait to be searched for weapons by Kenyan police in Mandera, on the Kenya-Somalia border, on Dec. 8.

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A dolphin killed with a hunting arrow in Orange Beach, Ala., rests on a gurney in a photo released by NOAA on Dec. 8. A dolphin was lethally shot by a hunting arrow in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the second violent killing of the protected animal in recent weeks, federal authorities said on Monday.

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A man wearing a Christmas hat poses at a factory producing Christmas decorations in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, on Dec. 4.

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A man holds onto a girl as he brings her back to her family home, after she tried to escape when she realized she was going to be married, about 50 miles from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, in Kenya, on Dec. 7.

In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence, after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood.

The future husband of the girl above arrived at her family home with a group of men to collect her. They brought 10 cows, the last of the settled dowry for the girl's family. Her dowry was made up of 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, which were delivered over a period of several weeks. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home.

This is one of the traditions the Pokots have developed that aim to optimize each household's chance of survival in a difficult and hostile environment.

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Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais Camille Cerf, center, is congratulated by Miss Ile de France 2014 Margaux Savary, left, and Miss Auvergne 2014 Morgane Laporte after Cerf won the Miss France 2015 beauty contest on Dec. 6, in Orleans, France.

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Arkansas's Michael Qualls, top, tumbles into Clemson's Sidy Djitte (50) while shooting a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Dec. 7, in Clemson, S.C.

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Fausta Ortiz, 38, Pastoruri's glacier guardian, stands guard while carrying her daughter Lisoyun, 2, in Huaraz, Peru, on Dec. 4. According to Alejo Cochachin, coordinator of the glaciology unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 1890 feet between 1980 and 2014. Peru's glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades. Seventy percent of Peru's 30 million people who inhabit the country's Pacific coastal desert depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer.

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Servicemen of "Kiev 12" military defense battalion react as they take part in a welcoming ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 6. The battalion's servicement returned to Kiev after taking part in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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