Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos attends the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony at City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2016. Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for reaching an accord with Marxist rebels to end a 52-year civil war.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), delivered his farewell speech to the Senate on Dec. 8 ahead of his retirement in January, marking the end of 30 years on Capitol Hill. Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were on hand for the tribute to Reid, which included the unveiling of a portrait of Reid which will hang in the Capitol.
The First Family lit the National Christmas Tree in the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, Chance the Rapper, Yolanda Adams, James Taylor, and Kelly Clarkson performed at the ceremony which was hosted by actress Eva Longoria.
Israelis inspect the burnt remains of their homes in the Hamalish Settlement, West Bank, on November 27, 2016. Several firebombs were found in the area of the settlement where forty-five homes were damaged and eighteen completely destroyed.
Chinese salespeople assist shoppers at a pop-up Amazon Prime tent aimed at promoting 'Black Friday' sales deals in Beijing on November 25, 2016. Leading international e-commerce platforms, including Amazon Prime, are aggressively promoting their services and products in China during Black Friday and the upcoming Christmas shopping season.
President Barack Obama took to the East Room of the White House to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 distinguished innovators, entertainers athletes and philanthropists, including Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Jordan, and more.
Marking the first anniversary, people gathered to pay tribute to the victims of the November 13, 2015, terror attacks which took place across the French capital of Paris. Some 130 were killed, 90 of them at Bataclan concert hall, when Islamic militants went of the rampage in the heart of the French capital.
An estimated crowd of up to 10,000 people marched through downtown Los Angeles on November 12, 2016, as they protested the election of Donald Trump. Demonstrations have sprung up across the country, in Portland where police made more than 20 arrests and used flash bang grenades and other less-than-lethal force to clear the streets, to New York City, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Marking his final Veteran's Day as Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama reflected on those serving their country, "As we search for ways to come together ... some of our best examples are the men and women we salute on Veterans Day."
The Chicago Cubs end their 108-year wait with a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians, civilians flee the destruction in Mosul, Cardinal Timothy Dolan does the can-can with the Rockettes, and more.
Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops are now two weeks into their military campaign to root out Islamic State jihadists from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. As government forces entered the strategic city, retreating ISIS soldiers have lit fire to the surrounding oil fields, scorching the sky above.
Participants march up Sixth Avenue in costume at the 43rd annual Halloween Parade on October 31, 2016, in New York City. Thousands participate in the parade which features traditional and non-traditional costumes, dancers, giant puppets and music.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited kids into the East Room of the White House on October 31, 2016, for the final Halloween party of the Obama presidency. The first couple hosted local children and children of military families for trick-or-treating at the White House.
Master carver Hugh McMahon chiseled the faces of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump into a giant 250-pound pumpkin as New York City decked out the streets with clowns and zombies in preparation of Halloween.
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