The Week in Pictures: Dec. 9 - 16

Winter weather sweeps the nation, Aleppo evacuations begin, a bomb explodes in Cairo and more.

Peacekeeper troops from Ethiopia and deployed in the United Nations (UN) Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) patrol at night in Abyei town, Abyei state, Sudan on Dec. 14, 2016.

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Kashmiri Muslims pray as a priest displays a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet, at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Dec. 12.

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A man lights up his cigarette with the flames of a bus burned by anti-government demonstrators during a protest against the constitutional amendment PEC 55, which limits public spending, in front of Brazil's National Congress in Brasilia, Dec. 13. Adriano Machado / Reuters

Steven Washington, 9, dives faces first into a fresh pile of snow as he takes a break from shoveling his grandmother's driveway after school was called off for a snow day, Dec. 12, in Flint, Michigan.

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Sparrows fly along the edge of the forest as they feed in the field in outskirts Minsk, Belarus, Dec. 12. Sergei Grits / AP

A reflection on waste liquid shows a man waving a Free Syrian flag as an aid convoy to Aleppo organized by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is about to leave, on Dec. 14, in Istanbul.

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An elderly Syrian man is carried during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighborhoods on Dec. 15, in the embattled city of Aleppo.

A convoy of ambulances and buses left rebel territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad's forces to reclaim complete control of Syria's second city, handing the regime its biggest victory in more than five years of civil war. 

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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand atop a damaged tank near Umayyad mosque, in the government-controlled area of Aleppo, during a media tour, Syria, Dec. 13. Omar Sanadiki / Reuters

An injured man sits inside an ambulance as Syrian rebels and their families gather at the rebel-held al-Amiriyah neighborhood, while waiting to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramouss, a on the southern outskirts of the city, on Dec. 15.

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The pre-Alpine region near Bernbeuren, southern Germany, is pictured during the sunrise on Dec. 16.

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Supporters of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party hold flares and wave Macedonian flags during the party's last election rally in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Dec. 9. Georgi Licovski / EPA

An Egyptian Coptic nun weeps as she looks at damages inside the St. Mark Cathedral in central Cairo, following a bombing, Dec. 11. The blast at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed dozens of people and wounded many others on Sunday, according to Egyptian state television, making it one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. 

Nariman El-Mofty / AP

Businessman Bill Gates arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, Dec. 13.

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