The World in Photos This Week

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There are 27 reported dead -- including 18 children -- after a gunman opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut on Dec 14. In this photo taken on the same day, a woman holds a child as people line up to enter the Newtown Methodist Church near the scene of the shooting.


Egyptian journalist El-Hosseiny Abou-Deif, who was hit in the head with a rubber bullet in last week's clashes at the presidential palace, died on Dec. 12, after spending a week in a coma. In this photo, taken that day in Cairo, two of the journalist's friends mourn his death after his body has been carried out from the morgue. The country's new draft constitution will be put to a referendum on Dec. 15.


Israel has approved the building of 3,000 settler homes in the E1 settlement area. The development, which has been on hold for years due to pressure from the United States and European Union, will close East Jerusalem off from the West Bank. Above is a view of the E1 settlement area taken on Dec. 9 in Maale Adumim, West Bank.


An honor guard passes by snow-covered trees after Kyrgyz President Almaz Atambayev arrived at Schloss Bellevue presidential palace in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 11. Heavy snowfalls hit much of Northern Europe over the past week.


The U.S. Congress and the White House remain locked in a stalemate over negotiations to resolve the fiscal crisis. In this photo, taken in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 11, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is on his way to address the House about the fiscal cliff negotiations.


On Dec. 13, American anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who is wanted in Belize for questioning over his neighbor's murder last month, entered Guatemala illegally after more than three weeks on the run. This photo captures a smiling McAfee as he arrives at the Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on Dec. 12. McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize; Guatemala decided to expel McAfee back to the United States instead.

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