Our world in photos: December 17
CALIFORNIA — Nighttime paddle: A kayaker paddled among holiday lights on Wednesday in Long Beach.
Photo: Ashley Landis/AP
MASSACHUSETTS — First snow: Pedestrians walked along North Street in Pittsfield early Thursday as a nor’easter hit the Berkshires. The first major snowstorm of the season left the Northeast blanketed in snow. Photo: Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP
CONNETICUT — Safe Santa: Julianna, 3, and Dylan Lasczak, 5, visited with Santa through a transparent barrier at a Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport in November. In this socially distant holiday season, Santa Claus is still coming to towns (and shopping malls) across America but with a few 2020 rules in effect. Photo: Seth Wenig/AP
ARGENTINA — Breaking barriers: Angeles Rojas, a trans woman, entered a room at Banco Nación where she works in Buenos Aires, Thursday. Rojas, 23, joined the most important public bank in Argentina this year as part of the trans labor quota that is part of public policies in favor of the LGBT community which the South American country implemented in the last decade. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP
CHINA — Moon probe: In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, recovery crew members checked on the capsule of the Chang’e 5 probe after its successful landing in Siziwang district, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Thursday. A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth on Thursday with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. Photo: Ren Junchuan/Xinhua via AP
NIGERIA — Kidnapping: Shoes of students who were kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School were left inside their classroom in Kankara, Wednesday. Rebels from the Boko Haram extremist group claimed responsibility Tuesday for abducting hundreds of boys from a school in Nigeria’s northern Katsina State last week in one of the largest such attacks in years, raising fears of a growing wave of violence in the region. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP
PAKISTAN — Too thick to travel: Cars drove with headlights on as a heavy fog enveloped Lahore on Thursday. Various cities in eastern and central Pakistan have experienced several days of heavy fog, disrupting air and road transportation. Photo: K.M. Chaudary/AP
FLORIDA — Twister disaster: Cars were overturned and damage was rampant after a possible tornado touched down in Pinellas Park on Wednesday. Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP
BOSNIA — Heavy air: The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo was covered by layers of fog on Thursday. With the arrival of cold and foggy winter weather, eastern Europe is facing another health hazard in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic: dangerous air pollution. Photo: Eldar Emric/AP
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