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Added January 12, 2017 with 8 photos
President Obama awarded Vice President Biden with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the country, in a surprise ceremony on January 12, 2017.
Added January 11, 2017 with 8 photos
Activists held a rally protesting the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the office of secretary of state outside of the Dirksen Senate Building on Capitol Hill on January 11, 2017. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was holding their confirmation hearing for Tillerson inside.
Added January 11, 2017 with 17 photos
Photos from President Obama's farewell speech at McCormick Place in Chicago on January 10, 2017.
Added January 10, 2017 with 13 photos
A look at some of President Obama's most memorable speeches over the years.
Added January 10, 2017 with 14 photos
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians attended the funeral ceremony of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran, Iran on January 10, 2017. Rafsanjani, one of the last major figures of the 1979 revolution who later pushed for reforms and rapprochement with the the West, died at the age of 82 on January 8, 2017.
Added January 06, 2017 with 27 photos
Sumo wrestlers performed a traditional entering ceremony as part of a new year's dedication at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on January 6, 2017.
Added January 05, 2017 with 16 photos
Military leaders honored President Obama at the armed forces full honor review farewell ceremony in Virginia on Jan. 4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked President Obama for his commitment and accomplishments as Commander-in-Chief.
Added December 27, 2016 with 17 photos
Crews in New York City started work on the Waterford Crystal ball set to drop over Times Square on New Year's Eve, and performed their annual Confetti Test in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities.
Added December 26, 2016 with 16 photos
Japan's Emperor Akihito celebrated his 83rd birthday during a greeting at the East Plaza, Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016.
Added December 26, 2016 with 21 photos
During services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Pope Francis, leader of 1.2 million Roman Catholics worldwide, called for peace in the world's conflict zones and also addressed the gap between the rich and poor.
Added December 09, 2016 with 20 photos
From Washington, D.C., to the biblical city of Bethlehem, here are some of UPI's photos of holiday celebrations around the world.
Added December 21, 2016 with 30 photos
Pilgrims from around the world visit the biblical town of Bethlehem every year on Christmas to worship at the Church of Nativity where tradition believes Jesus Christ was born.
Added December 15, 2016 with 16 photos
The Church of Nativity, where many Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, in Bethlehem, West Bank, is currently undergoing a major renovation. The Palestinian Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church commenced a massive rehabilitation of the church with the blessings of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Churches, in September 2013. The work is being done by Piacenti, an Italian restoration company, and should be completed in 2018.
Added December 15, 2016 with 11 photos
President Barack Obama oversaw his final Hanukkah reception at the White House on Dec. 14, where a menorah owned by the family of late Israeli President Shimon Peres was lit.
Added December 12, 2016 with 18 photos
Palestinians celebrate ahead of the 29th anniversary of Hamas' founding in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza on December 11, 2016.
Added December 10, 2016 with 15 photos
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.
Added December 09, 2016 with 15 photos
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.
Added December 02, 2016 with 26 photos
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.
Added November 30, 2016 with 12 photos
Thousands of revelers braved the rain and crowded the sidewalks around New York City's Rockefeller Center to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 30, 2016.
Added November 27, 2016 with 19 photos
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.
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