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The Week in Pictures: Nov. 26 - Dec. 4
Christmas trees get tossed, a sleepy snow owl, blasts from the past, shopping season kicks off and more.
A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a "die-in" during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict a white police officer who used a chokehold on an unarmed black man who died as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes. The grand jury in the city's borough of Staten Island decided against criminal charges for New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. The deadly encounter on July 17 was captured on a video that quickly spread over the Internet and helped fuel debates about how U.S. police use force, particularly against minorities.
Shoppers wrestle over a television as they compete to purchase retail items on Black Friday at an Asda superstore in Wembley, London, on Nov. 28. Britain's high streets, malls and online sites were awash with discounts on Friday as more retailers than ever embraced U.S.-style Black Friday promotions, seeking to kickstart trading in the key Christmas period.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters as he returns to Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Nov. 29. An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power. The court also cleared Mubarak and a former oil minister of graft charges related to gas exports to Israel.
Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 22 miles north of Srinagar, India, on Dec. 3. Thousands took part in the funeral procession of Shafi who was killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday.
A butcher holding his blade stands among sacrificed buffalos inside an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the Gadhimai Mela festival held in Bariyapur on Nov. 28. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise.
Former Prime Minister and leader of the Fatherland party Yulia Tymoshenko, center, and lawmakers from her party vote during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 2. Ukraine's parliament has approved the formation of a new government, bringing an end to weeks of behind-the-scenes political wrangling following an October election that ushered in a group of ardently pro-Western parties.
A man takes part in the UK Christmas Tree Throwing Championships held at Keele Christmas Tree Farm in central England on Nov. 30.
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