Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. This week, “Star Wars” took center stage with the release of the latest installment in the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Stormtroopers on the red-carpet at the premiere and a marriage in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood and a fan waiting with his light saber at a theater in Helsinki, Finland, are all part of the visual report.
Chiang Mai, Thailand: A long-exposure photo shows a meteor from the Geminid meteor shower streaking across the night sky above a pagoda on Doi Inthanon mountain in northern Thailand.
Los Angeles: Prayer candles glow at the roadside memorial near Avenue 60 and Figueroa Street in Highland Park where 17-year-old Andres Perez was killed while walking to his school.
Pristina, Kosovo: Members disperse after tear gas was launched by opposition lawmakers in the Kosovo parliament chambers in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia.
Guainia, Colombia: Colombian army pilots board a Black Hawk helicopter during a joint military operation of Colombia and Brazil against illegal mining at the Amazonia this week that resulted in 24 arrests and four gold mines dismantled.
Legaspi, Philippines: A resident walks past big waves spilling over a sea wall onto a coastal road south of Manila as typhoon Melor approaches.
Toronto: Newly arrived Syrian refugees light a candle after meeting up with relatives at the Armenian Community Center.
Lahore, Pakistan: Pakistani Christians hold a candlelight vigil on the anniversary of a deadly attack on a Pakistani school.
Adds stops in Cuba, Germany, England, Syria and Australia to round out the report.