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Patty Sam Porter, of the Colville tribe in Washington state, talks about their journey after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe to join the protests in North Dakota. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Protests Continue At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Over Dakota Pipeline Access Project

Members of the of the Colville tribe in Washington state joined activists at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 1, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed 1,172-mile-long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois. As many as 2,000 veterans are expected at the camp this weekend to participate in non-violent protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Night falls on Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 1, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Angie Spencer (L) performs sage smudging on a Military veteran at Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota.

Native Americans from Washington state arrive at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe on December 1, 2016

Police stand guard to keep activists of a bridge near Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on November 30, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference At The Capitol

Earlier this week, Nancy Pelosi won the House Democratic Leadership election, after a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaks to the media during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, December 2, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Delegates Attend The Women’s Equality Party Conference

The Women’s Equality Party was conceived by journalist Catherine Mayer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig at the Women of the World Festival in 2015. Journalist Sophie Walker is the party’s first leader.

Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, makes an emotional speech during the party’s first ever annual conference at Trafford’s Victoria Warehouse on November 26, 2016 in Manchester, England.

Garrison Horses Are Washed In The Sea In Preparation For Barbados 50 Years of Independence Celebrations

Prince Harry is visiting the Caribbean marking the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.

Horses from the Garrison Savannah (who are involved in 50 years of Independence celebrations today) are washed in the sea first thing in the morning on December 1, 2016 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Brass Band Festival Held in Rio

The 2016 Honk! Rio Festival, a celebration of brass bands, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The four-day festival includes free performances for citizens across the city in an effort to bring revellers together in public spaces through music, art and dance.

Performers dance during the 2016 Honk! Rio Festival, a celebration of brass bands, on November 27, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Plane Crash in Colombia Kills 75 Including Brazilian Football team

The LAMIA airlines charter that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, Colombia, on November 29, 2016, was carrying members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real. The charter plane crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said.

Rescue and forensic teams recover the bodies of victims of the LAMIA airlines charter that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, Colombia, on November 29, 2016.

Miami Residents React To The Death Of Fidel Castro

News of the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro reached Miami, Florida and many, mostly Cubans, gathered to wave flags and celebrate the news of the death of the Cuban revolutionary who died at 90.

People take to the streets as they react to the news of the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

China’s Virtual Reality Arcades Bring VR To The Masses

While virtual reality is still seen as a niche technology in many Western countries, Virtual Reality (VR) is flourishing in China as a form of mainstream entertainment. Hundreds of VR arcades, kiosks, cafes, and ‘experience rooms’ are springing up in cities across the country. These places offer a VR experience for about the price of a movie ticket. Chinese companies are investing heavily, and some offer VR headsets for as little as US $20 to make VR accessible to the masses. Analysts expect the virtual reality industry in China to boom to US$8.5 billion by 2020. It’s a high-tech surge supported by the government as it seeks ways to diversify the economy away from heavy manufacturing. Chinese president Xi Jinping cited China’s development of virtual reality as establishing an ‘innovative the world economy’ during his keynote speech to world leaders at the G20 Summit in September 2016.

A Chinese boy watches his dad as he wears virtual reality glasses (VR) while playing a game at the Leke VR Park on November 26, 2016 in Beijing, China.