This weeks most moving and thought-provoking photographs. —Photos by AFP
A Palestinian stone thrower runs from tear gas smoke fired by Israeli security forces (unseen) during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on November 20, 2012. Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank as thousands marched demanding revenge for the killing of a protester the day before.
Religious Jews play music for Israeli soldiers sitting on a tank, next to lines of artillery shells, at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 20, 2012. A ceasefire to end almost a week of violence in and around the Gaza Strip is to be announced in Cairo, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sources told AFP.
Israeli soldiers inspect a belt of bullets of the machine gun of a tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 20, 2012. Senior Israeli ministers decided overnight to hold off from launching a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to give Egyptian-led truce efforts a chance to work, a senior Israeli official said.
A suspected looter is restrained by a policeman with a dog in the somali district of Eastleigh in Nairobi on November 19, 2012. Police used tear gas and fired into the air to contain the violence which erupted after a bomb exploded in Eastleigh on November 18 2012 killing seven people and wounding many more.
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to the sun during the Chhath Festival on the banks of the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad on November 19, 2012.T he Chhath festival is observed in the eastern part of India, where homage is paid to the sun and water Gods eights days after Diwali, the festival of lights.
Birzeit University students cover their faces during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012.
Pakistani children from the group Pasban light oil lamps during a vigil for child victims who were killed in air strikes by Israeli forces on Gaza, in Karachi on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace.
US President Barack Obama (R) and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (L) kiss after speaking to the media during a brief joint presser at her residence in Yangon, on November 19, 2012. Obama arrived in Myanmar for a historic visit aimed at encouraging a string of dramatic political reforms in the former pariah state.
This picture shows workers cleaning up the heavily polluted Nanming River in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou province. China will start assessing the "social risk" of major projects, its environmental protection minister said November 12, after anti-pollution protests forced a series of industrial ventures to be cancelled.
A Palestinian boy tends to his horse at the central market in Gaza City on November 19, 2012. Food prices have started to rise due to lack of fresh supplies due to ongoing unrest with Israel, as scarce produce is met with more demands by the residents of the Palestinian coastal enclave.
Kashmiri residents walk in a park during a one day strike in Srinagar on November 19 ,2012. Many seperatist organisations in the Kashmir Valley had called on residents to observe a one day strike after the announcement by The Jammu and Kashmir high court, that separatist outfit Muslim League chief Faktoo, alias Qasim, convicted of killing a Kashmiri Pandit, "will serve life imprisonment till death".
A Palestinian student from Birzeit University pushes a burning tire during clashes with Israeli soldiers for the second consecutive day as they protest against the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in the West Bank town of Betunia on November 18, 2012.