Ivory dust flies as Zhang Yong blows it away during carving at Li Chunke's ivory carving workshop in Beijing, China on December 10, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Yan Cong for The Washington Post)
Ivory carving artist Li Chunke comments on the unfinished ivory statue made by Pan Xingjie, a former student who now works at Li's workshop in Beijing, China on December 10, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Yan Cong for The Washington Post)
AIM was finally erased from the Internet Friday.
Luis Elizondo, who led the Pentagon effort to investigate UFOs until October, when he resigned to protest what he characterized as excessive secrecy and internal opposition to the program, at McGarvey's Bar in Annapolis, Md., Dec. 7, 2017. UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. (Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times)
A crewman pulls on undersea cable that will be laid in the Caribbean in this 2001 photo from the Port of Miami. The crewman stands in a cable well holding 120 miles of cable. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)
Mats Järlström poses for this undated photo released by the Institute of Justice, a civil liberties group representing him in his lawsuit against Oregon's state engineering board. (Institute of Justice)
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department,fire engines provide structure protection at the historic San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Santa Barbara County has issued new evacuation orders as a huge wildfire bears down on Montecito and other communities. The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as Santa Ana winds pushed the fire close to the community. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
Downtown Ojai, Calif., cloaked in smoke, Dec. 8, 2017. Life in this haven for nature lovers and spiritual seekers has been anything but serene in recent days, as the Thomas Fire has enveloped Ojai in smoke and ash. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)
An Uber driver drives down a street in San Francisco, May 14, 2017. Many people are choosing to take an Uber to the hospital because of their competitive price and availability.
(Christie Hemm Klok/The New York Times)
The Kepler-90 planets have a similar configuration to our solar system, with small planets orbiting close to their star and larger planets farther away. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Wendy Stenzel/NASA/Ames Research Center
A front-loader works at a composting site on Staten Island, New York, in 2014. Food waste is a glaring measure of inequality. In poor countries, most of the food waste is on the farm or on its way to market; in wealthy countries, around 40 percent of wasted food is thrown out by consumers.
(Jake Naughton/The New York Times file)
Undercover Israeli police arrest a Palestinian demonstrator during clashes following protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Wednesday.
Leaders and officials of Muslim nations declared East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital Wednesday at a summit meeting in Istanbul, producing the strongest response yet to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. The gathering of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation was held to formulate a unified response from the Muslim world to Trump’s decision last week. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey was the host; the country currently holds the chair of the IOC, and Erdogan has long championed the Palestinian cause.
The meeting condemned Trump’s “unilateral” and “dangerous declaration” as an effort to change the status of Jerusalem. It said that it considered the action a violation of United Nations resolutions and legally null and void, and that it would hold the United States liable for all consequences of not retracting its decision.
(AP photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Senator-elect Doug Jones, a Democrat from Alabama, left, and wife, Louise, greet the audience at an election night party in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. ( Bloomberg photo/ Nicole Craine)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, embraces Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, after GOP leaders announced they had forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws on Wednesday. Democrats objected to the bill and asked that a final vote be delayed until Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama is seated.
(AP photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
MPs return their results in the House of Commons after a vote on a motion insisting a deal with the EU require an Act of Parliament before it can take effect, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. British lawmakers have delivered a defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement with the European Union. The House of Commons voted 309-305 on Wednesday to inserting Parliament in the Brexit process and deal another blow to May's already fragile authority. (PA via AP)
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Gino Sorbillo tosses dough at his celebrated pizzeria in Naples, Italy, last week. Sorbillo and Naples’ 3,000 other pizzaiuoli were recently named part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. “It’s an art,” said Sorbillo. “It started in Naples and survived the centuries, despite all the difficulties, the earthquakes, Vesuvius, the war, the wars.”
(Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times)
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A pizza fresh out of the oven at Gino Sorbillo's celebrated pizzeria in Naples, Italy, Dec. 8, 2017. (Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times)
Ed Lee, then-interim mayor of San Francisco, with his daughter, Tania, left, and wife, Anita, right, smile at City Hall in San Francisco in 2011. Lee, an affordable housing advocate and technocrat who became the first Asian-American to be elected as mayor of San Francisco, died Tuesday of undisclosed causes, his office said. He was 65.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Firefighters monitor the Thomas Fire as it burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, California, on Friday. The Thomas Fire is already in the top five largest fires in modern state history.
(AP photo/Noah Berger)
French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a screen at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, on Tuesday. More than 50 world leaders are gathering for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord.
Money was on everybody’s mind at the summit as Macron tried to shore up support for the deal by urging heads of state, chief executives and investors to commit more funding to the fight against global warming.
But the gathering was overshadowed by Trump’s promise to pull the United States out of the deal, a move that has cast doubt on the ability of the international community to meet the emission goals that were set two years ago when the pact was adopted.
“We are losing the battle,” Macron said in his speech opening the talks. He called Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris deal “very bad news,” but added that “many have decided to not necessarily accept the American federal government’s decision to leave the Paris agreement.”
(AP photo/Christophe Ena)
Rohingya refugees complete the crossing of the Naf River that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh near Palong Khali, Bangladesh, in September. A Myanmar security official told The New York Times, “There is no such thing as Rohingya,” adding: “It is fake news.” International observers have described the treatment of the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing.
(Adam Dean/The New York Times)
An image made from a video released in April 2016, by the National Transportation Safety Board shows the stern of the sunken ship El Faro. The worst maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged vessel in decades resulted in the deaths of 33 mariners.
(National Transportation Safety Board via AP, file)
In this Aug. 7, 2013, file photo, Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott prepares to return to action after being injured in the second inning of a baseball game between the Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays in Seattle. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58. The veteran crew chief missed nearly the entire 2017 season after a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo in Toronto on April 14 caught him hard in the mask, causing Scott's second concussion in nine months and fourth in five years.
(AP photo/Elaine Thompson, file)
Home plate umpire Dale Scott is attended to after he was hit by a foul tip during an April game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto.
(Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP, file)
This undated photo provided by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York's Times Square. (New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission via AP)
U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore holds up pages with a news story about himself as he speaks at a campaign rally, Monday in Midland City, Alabama. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks during a rally Monday in Birmingham, Alabama. Jones is facing Republican Roy Moore. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at Naval Air Station Norfolk in Virginia, July 22, 2017. Transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, Defense Department officials said on Dec. 11, a move that pauses President Trump’s effort to bar transgender troops. Mattis was given only a day's notice of Trump's decision in July. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)
Microsoft co-founder and current board member Bill Gates, right, sits with other board members at the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Firefighters keep a close eye on nearby flames while protecting buildings in Carpinteria, California. Many areas were evacuated in the seaside city in Santa Barbara County that has been under fire threat for days.
(Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and his son Jose Regalado wade through streets flooded by a king tide in October. Citizen volunteers are helping scientists track the higher than normal high tides.
(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald file via Tribune News Service)
Leader of the Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen, left, presents the Nobel Peace Prize to Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Fihn, leader of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, in Oslo on Sunday.
Thurlow, who was 13 years old when the U.S. bomb devastated her Japanese city during the final weeks of World War II, compared her struggle to survive in 1945 to the objectives of the group awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize during a formal presentation Sunday.
Thurlow said the Hiroshima blast left her buried under the rubble, but she was able to see light and crawl to safety. In the same way, the campaign she is part of now is a driving force behind an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, she said after ICAN received the Nobel prize it won in October.
“Our light now is the ban treaty,” Thurlow said. “I repeat those words that I heard called to me in the ruins of Hiroshima: ‘Don’t give up. Keep pushing. See the light? Crawl toward it.’”
The treaty has been signed by 56 countries — none of them nuclear powers — and ratified by only three. To become binding it requires ratification by 50 countries.
Fihn, ICAN’s executive director, said that while the treaty is far from ratification “now, at long last, we have an unequivocal norm against nuclear weapons.”
(Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix via AP)
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A production and editing room at Zan TV, a new station where all the on-air personalities, newscasters and producers are young women, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 5, 2017. There have been rumors of women resigning their positions at Zan TV due to sexual harassment, which the station denies. (Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)
Maryam Mehtar, a journalist who said that she had been harassed or assaulted at least five times, at the Afghan news agency Sarienews, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 30, 2017. A few particularly courageous Afghan women are speaking out about sexual harassment, a problem long just accepted in the country as commonplace and unsolvable. (Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)
Patrik Swanljung, a retiree on Medicare, uses a startup, Blink Health, to get a better deal on his generic cholesterol drug, in Anacortes, Wash., Oct. 14, 2017. Some consumers are finding that they can get a better deal on prescription drugs by leaving their insurance cards at home. (Evan McGlinn/The New York Times)