The Week in Pictures | December 14 – 20, 2015

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.