Pictures of the Week, December 2–December 9

Yannis Behrakis—Reuters
Yannis Behrakis—Reuters
December 6, 2011. A protester hurls a petrol bomb toward riot police in Athens’ Syntagma Square, the center of months of demonstrations in Greece. Activists were marking the anniversary of the 2008 shooting of a student by police.

From suicide bombings in Afghanistan and the U.S. pullout from Iraq to the Ashura rituals in India and Russia’s elections, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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