The World in Photos This Week

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On Thursday, the United Nations passed a resolution that declares the Palestinian Authority a "non-member observer state," a move that was widely opposed by the United States and Israel. Above, a Palestinian woman adjusts a child's headwear during a rally in favor of the resolution in Ramallah, West Bank, on Nov. 29. 


Clashes between police and protesting youths erupted near Cairo's Tahrir Square this week ahead of a massive demonstration against a controversial decree awarding extrajudicial powers to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. Above, tens of thousands people take part in a mass rally against the decree at Tahrir Square in Cairo on Nov. 27. 


Over half a million people have been displaced in eastern Congo since the outbreak of the M23 rebellion in April 2012. In this photo, a displaced Congolese woman carries her belongings to a religious organization on the outskirts of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Nov. 25. 


In Myanmar, an estimated 111,000 people have been displaced since June by sectarian violence affecting mostly the ethnic Rohingya people, many of whom are now living in crowded refugee camps that are racially segregated from the Rakhine Buddhists. In this photo, Rohingya children look out from their tent at a camp on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar on Nov. 25.


U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who is widely thought to be the leading candidate for secretary of state, has met with members of Congress over the past week to explain her position on remarks made regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Above, Rice leaves Capitol Hill after meeting with members of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28.


The death toll from a fire at a Bangladeshi factory soared to at least 121 as rescue workers recovered 112 bodies on Nov. 25. Above, Bangladeshi firefighters try to put out the flames in Savar, Bangladesh, on Nov. 24. 


Former Republican presidential candiate and governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office following their lunch in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 29.


Dockers from Lisbon Harbor in Portugal have been on strike for two months in protest against the reform of their working arrangements, currently under discussion by the government. Above, dockers light flares during a demonstration in front of the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon on Nov. 29. 


At least 2,000 ethnic Albanians, who form a majority in this region of southern Serbia bordering Kosovo, gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence on Nov. 28. Above, an ethnic Albanian boy waves an Albanian flag during a rally in Presevo, Serbia. 


Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy jogs in Paris on Nov. 28. Rumors of a comeback by the former French president have been galvanizing France's conservatives in recent weeks.


Iranian Shiite Muslims beat their chests after rubbing mud on their body during the Kharrah Mali (mud rubbing) ritual that marks the religious ceremony of Ashura in the city of Khorramabad, near Tehran on Nov. 25.


Indian laborers pull a pontoon towards the Ganges river during preparations for the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad on Nov. 21. The city of Allahabad, located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers meet, is a focal point for Hindu pilgrims during the Kumbh Mela, when millions of devotees gather to bathe in the holy waters of the three rivers.


Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat at a state banquet for His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait in Windsor, England on Nov. 27.


Visitors skate on an ice rink at the annual Alexanderplatz Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, on Nov. 28.

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