Top news photos: Protests against CAA, Nirmala Sitharaman at pre-budget meeting, and more

4 p.m. | A woman shows a banner reading in Spanish "Happy Birthday" to Pope Francis as he arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Photo: AP
2 p.m. | Students of New College gather to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NRC, at the college campus, Royapettah in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
12 p.m. | Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives for a pre-budget meeting with Finance Ministers of States/ UT's, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Photo: PTI
11:04 a.m. | A man is detained by police after taking placards of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during a protest held by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on December 18, 2019. - Chinese President Xi Jinping will land in Macau on December 18. Photo: AFP