Here are the most moving and breathtaking pictures from the past week.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
BuzzFeed News Photo Essay Editor
Posted on December 8, 2017, at 5:31 p.m. ET
Smoke blows out of burning palm trees on Dec. 5, in Ventura, California.
Michael and Vonea McQuillam survey the remains of their house, which was destroyed during the Thomas Fire in Ventura, California, on Dec. 5.
A stretch of Interstate 405 is closed to traffic during rush hour near the Skirball Fire on Dec. 6, in Los Angeles.
Palestinians burn an Israeli and a US flag during a protest against the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on Dec. 6.
A member of security looks on as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Dec. 7.
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn departs the US District Court, where he pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States on Dec. 1.
White House Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner waits backstage before a conversation with Haim Saban at the Saban Forum in Washington, DC, on Dec. 3. The Saban Forum is a US-Israeli dialogue hosted by the Brookings Institution.
Sen. Al Franken leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor on Dec. 7. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.
Judy Scott holds up a photo of her son Walter Scott during a news conference after former police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Scott, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Dec. 7.
Australian Liberal MP Warren Entsch lifts up Labor MP Linda Burney as they celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Dec. 7.
Antigovernment demonstrators help a woman in a wheelchair get past a burning barricade they erected to block the road to Valle de los Angeles, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 7. Eight Latin American governments on Wednesday applauded Honduras's willingness to recount disputed votes in the presidential elections, but questions remain about how thorough that recount will be.
The body of 11-month-old Rohingya refugee Abdul Aziz is brought back to the family shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, a few hours after he died on Dec. 4. Aziz, whose family fled Myanmar some two months ago, died at local clinic after suffering from a high fever and severe cough for 10 days, his mother said.
A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, puts a balloon on the shield of a soldier during a protest over a contested presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 3.
Police use tear gas on supporters of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 5. Hundreds of protesters chanting "Kiev, rise up!" blocked Ukrainian police as they tried to arrest Saakashvili.
A woman looks over the body of Yawar Bashir, a suspected militant, who according to the local media was killed in a gun battle with Indian security forces, during his funeral procession at Hablish village in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Dec. 5.
Members of an anti-narcotics force pose for a picture as drugs are burned during a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Dec. 5.
A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, New York, on Dec. 3. Sunday's moon was the first of three consecutive supermoons; the next two will occur on Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 31.
Chief Quartermaster Michael Ganitch of the USS Pennsylvania salutes
during the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation ceremony in Washington, DC, on Dec. 7.
People dressed as Santa Claus enjoy the snow during Saint Nicholas Day at the Alpine ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland, on Dec. 2.
Yuan Meng, a 4-month-old baby panda, is seen inside his enclosure during a ceremony attended by his "godmother" — French first lady Brigitte Macron — and China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui, at the Beauval zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, France, on Dec. 4.
Brides-to-be participate in the "Running of the Brides" race in Bangkok on Dec. 2.
Buddhist monks attend a ceremony at the Angkor Wat temple to pray for peace and stability in Cambodia on Dec. 2.
The sun rises near the Thomas Fire on Dec. 6, in Ventura County, California.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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