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The Week in Pictures: Nov. 23 - 29

Michael Cohen's tough day in court, chaos at the border, instant ice, and more.

Rows of parked cars at a shopping center in Moscow are covered by the first snowfall on Nov. 28, 2018.

Snow geometry

Rows of parked cars at a shopping center in Moscow are covered by the first snowfall on Nov. 28. 

Dmitry Serebryakov / AP
Image: Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements To Congress In Russia Probe

Guilty plea

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court in New York on Nov. 29.

At the court hearing, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about a Moscow real estate project Trump pursued during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Image: 'Der groesste Schwanensee der Welt' Photocall In Berlin

48 swans

Dancers with the Shanghai Ballet pose at the Bode Museum in Berlin ahead of a production of "Swan Lake" on Nov. 29. Forty-eight swans, instead of the usual 16, will dance in English choreographer Derek Deane's production.

Christian Marquardt / Getty Images

Just add air

A villager throws hot water into the air while harvesting ice from a lake near the settlement of Oy, some 45 miles south of Yakutsk, Siberia.

With the air temperature hovering around -41 degrees Fahrenheit, water will freeze almost instantly. Many people in the area depend on ice to supply water during the cold winters.

Mladen Antonov / AFP - Getty Images
Image: Eruptions of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala

Still active

Lava is spewed from the Volcano of Fire in Guatemala on Nov. 28.

The volcano is one of the most active in Central America and an eruption in June killed 194 people. Another 234 are officially missing, although organizations supporting the communities have insisted there are thousands of missing persons.

Esteban Biba / EPA
Image: Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience at Paul VI hall at the Vatican

Uninvited guest

Six-year-old Wenzel Wirth walks on the stage during the pope's general audience at the Vatican on Nov. 28.

The boy's Argentine-Italian mother came on stage to fetch him and explained to Francis that he couldn't speak. Francis told her "Let him be, let him be" and the mother retreated and let Wenzel continue to play.

Max Rossi / Reuters

Frontline pup

Ukrainian soldiers pet a puppy near the frontline with Russia-backed separatists in Shyrokyne, eastern Ukraine, on Nov. 28.

Russian border guards fired at three Ukrainian ships, seizing the naval vessels and their 24 crew members in the Kerch Strait near Russia-occupied Crimea on Sunday.

Evgeniy Maloletka / AP

Tearing down the wall

Central American migrants climb the border fence between Mexico and the United States as others try to bring it down near El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25.

Hundreds of migrants attempted to storm a border fence separating Mexico from the U.S. amid mounting fears they will be kept in Mexico while their applications for asylum are processed.

Pedro Pardo / AFP - Getty Images
Image: A family runs away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, in Tijuana

Caught in the chaos

Maria Meza, a 40-year-old migrant from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, runs away from tear gas with her five-year-old twin daughters Saira and Cheili Mejia Meza near the border wall in Tijuana on Nov. 25.

As migrants approached the border crossing into San Diego they were forced backwards by tear gas canisters hurled by U.S. border agents.

Photographer reveals story behind iconic image of fleeing migrants at Mexico border

Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters


NASA engineer Kris Bruvold celebrates a successful touchdown by the InSight lander on Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on Nov. 26. Cheers and applause erupted at JPL as a $993 million unmanned lander touched down on the Red Planet and managed to send back its first picture.

Photos: NASA InSight lander's long journey to Mars

Al Seib / Pool via AFP - Getty Images
Image: Sandstorm hits the city of Zhangye

Wall of sand

A sandstorm hits the city of Zhangye in Gansu province, China, on Nov. 25.

China Stringer Network/Reuters

"Yellow Jacket" protesters

A demonstrator waves the French flag at a burning barricade on the Champs-Élysées in front of the Arc de Triomphe on Nov. 24 in Paris.

The demonstrations were born out of a backlash against higher fuel prices, and echo complaints about a perceived squeeze in spending power and mounting dissatisfaction with President Emmanuel Macron, who some view as out of touch with ordinary people.

Michel Euler / AP
Image: 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Midtown jewel

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree shines bright after it was lit in an annual ceremony on Nov. 28 in New York. The 75-year-old tree was donated by a couple in Wallkill, 60 miles north of New York City.

Photos: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree's journey from upstate to the plaza

The Week in Pictures: Nov. 15 - 22 

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