From new testimonies on Capitol Hill in the ongoing impeachment inquiry to the occupation of Hong Kong university by anti-government protesters, these are the most striking and memorable pictures from this past week.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. ET
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US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland appears before the House Intelligence Committee during an impeachment hearing at the Longworth House Office Building on Nov. 20, in Washington, DC.
Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, left, and ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes listen to testimony by Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20, in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump holds what appears to be a prepared statement as he speaks to reporters prior to departing for travel to Austin, Texas, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Nov. 20.
Protesters lower themselves from a bridge to escape from a police raid of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on Nov. 18. Dozens of Hong Kong protesters escaped a besieged university campus on by lowering themselves on a rope from a footbridge to a highway. Once on the road they were seen being picked up by waiting motorcyclists.
Police detain protesters and students after they tried to flee outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on Nov. 19.
A protester uses a flashlight while crawling in a sewer tunnel to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Nov, 19.
Anti-government protesters draped in Iraqi national flags walk into clouds of smoke from burning tires during a demonstration in the southern city of Basra on Nov. 17, as protesters cut-off roads and activists call for a general strike. Iraqis flooded the streets of the capital and southern cities in a general strike that bolstered the weeks-long movement demanding a government overhaul.
Demonstrators are pepper sprayed during clashes between supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales and the security forces in La Paz, Bolivia, on Nov, 15.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido greets supporters in front of the Bolivian Embassy during a rally to boost pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to resign on Nov. 16, in Caracas.
ISIS militants who surrendered to the Afghan government are presented to media in Jalalabad on Nov. 17.
People cross from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, to Cucuta, Colombia, through illegal trails on Nov. 20, after the Colombian government ordered the border closed.
A firefighter protects the Colo Heights Public School from being impacted by the Gospers Mountain fire near Colo Heights, Australia, on Nov. 19.
People place candles at a memorial to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution on Nov. 17, in Prague. The peaceful Velvet Revolution toppled the Communist regime in former Czechoslovakia 30 years ago, paving the way for democratic and economic reforms in the former Soviet satellite.
A woman stands next to the corpse of a man during the funeral of people killed during clashes between supporters of ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales and security forces, on Nov. 20, in El Alto, Bolivia.
Papuans perform during the Papua life arts festival held at a shopping mall in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Nov. 22.
Demonstrators gather in The Hague, Netherlands, to protest against Zwarte Piet on Nov. 16. The Dutch version of St. Nicholas and his blackface sidekick Zwarte Piet have become the backdrop for increasingly acrimonious confrontations between supporters and opponents.
Colin Kaepernick puts his hand over his heart in response to a comment at a special training event created by Kaepernick to provide greater access to scouts, the media, and the public, at Charles. R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia, on Nov. 16.
Former first lady Michelle Obama holds hands with Kaitlyn Saunders, 8, next to her mother Katrice Saunders, after the 8 year old told Obama how inspired she is by her, as they buy signed copies of Obama's book, Becoming, at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, on Nov, 16.
Lightning strikes near an Emirates A380 plane at Christchurch Airport, New Zealand, on Nov. 20.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla's design studio on Nov. 21, in Hawthorne, California.
Hamburg's "Swan Father" Olaf Niess catches a swan to put it into a boat as swans are rounded up on the river Alster in the city center of Hamburg, Germany, on Nov. 19. The swans are being moved to their ice-free winter home.
An indigenous child of the Munduruku tribe dances during a press conference to ask authorities for protection for indigenous land and cultural rights in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 21.
Giant footprints in the sand of Whitby Bay Beach, England, on Nov. 20, illustrate the carbon footprint of electric vehicles compared to petrol and diesel cars.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the Senior Photo Essay Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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