Pictures in the News | December 19, 2014

Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in the Middle East, where Israeli border police officers detain a Palestinian protester following a prayer for Palestinian Cabinet minister Ziad Abu Ain, who collapsed shortly after a protest in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, as they clash with the troops.

Himmelpfort, Germany: Santa Claus looks through a window of a home, where he entertained 20 children who had sent him wish lists to have a pre-Christmas party. About 293,000 wish lists were sent to the Christmas post office this year.

Val d’Isere, France: Lindsey Vonn of the USA trains for the Women’s Downhill race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup.

Narathiwat, Thailand: Thai villagers watch an Indonesia’s tanker run aground carrying 2.7 million gallons of palm oil off southern Thailand after being hijacked and then recaptured by authorities.

Add stops in London, Tokyo, Prague and Jakarta to round out the report.