Photo Essay

  • A man wearing a goat mask runs into the English Bay during the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver, British Columbia January 1, 2013
  • A Chadian soldier fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, sits on a truck in a convoy of other Chadian soldiers near Damara, Central African Republic, Jan. 2, 2013. 
  • Pakistani schoolgirls, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting between militants and the army, chant prayers during a class to pay tribute for five female teachers and two aid workers who were killed by gunmen two days earlier at a school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Jan. 3, 2013.
  • In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo Tammy Holmes, and her grandchildren, two-year-old Charlotte Walker, left, four-year-old Esther Walker, third from left, nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda, second from right, and six-year-old Caleb Walker, right, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. 
  •  In this Jan. 6, 2013 photo, a Pakistani woman who claims that her daughter has a fever, stands at the doorway of her makeshift tent waiting for her brother’s arrival to take her daughter to a clinic to be examined, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 15, 2013. 
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter displays a damaged ordinance in Aleppo, Syria, Jan. 15, 2013.
  • An Afghan security walks at the scene after an attack by militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama arrives at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, on Jan. 21, 2013.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds forcefully to intense questioning on the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Jan. 23, 2013. 
  • A truck is covered in ice as firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, Ill. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. 
  • Authorities carry out the public amputation of the fingers of a thief in Shiraz, Iran on Jan. 24, 2013. The 29-year-old man was convicted for being part of a gang that carried out burglaries in the city and on charges of having €œ”illegal relations” according to the Mehr news agency.
  • The outfit worn by the two-year-old Princess Anne at Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation on June 2, 1953, is seen during a photo opportunity at the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace in central London, Jan. 24, 2013. 
  • Egyptian protesters take part in a protest in Tahrir Square to call for the fall of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Jan. 24, 2012 in Cairo.
  • 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu sits inside his 1.5 square meter (16 square feet) cage, which he calls home, in Hong Kong. on Jan 25, 2013.  Some 100,000 people in the former British colony live in what’s known as inadequate housing, according to the Society for Community Organization, a social welfare group.
  • An Egyptian protester evacuates an injured boy during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. 
  • Bangladeshi workers inspect the damage inside a two-storied garment factory that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan.26, 2013.
  • Will Carter, 15, surveys the damage to his house upon arriving home from school following a tornado, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Adairsville, Ga. 
  • Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus Jan. 30, 2013.
  • Hindus of the Juna Akhara sect participate in rituals that they believe rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a ‘Naga’ or holy men, after taking dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, on Jan. 31, 2013.
  • A young boy holds a bird in his hand that he said was injured in a government airstrike that hit the neighborhood of Ansari, in Aleppo, Syria, Feb. 3, 2013.
  • Herring worth billions in exports are seen floating dead Feb. 5, 2013 in Kolgrafafjordur, a small fjord on the northern part of Snaefellsnes peninsula, western Iceland. Between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of herring died since December 2012 due to lack of oxygen thought to have been caused by a landfill and bridge constructed across the fjord.
  • A Palestinian child cries after his family house has been demolished by the municipality in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013.
  • Nigeria soccer fans celebrate after Nigeria soccer player Elderson Echiejile scored a goal against Mali , during an African Cup of Nations semi final match in Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 6, 2013. Nigeria cruised to a 4-1 win over Mali to reach the African Cup final for the first time in more than a decade.
  • Worshippers arrive for prayers at the Tomb of Askia built in 1495 in Gao, northern Mali, Feb. 9, 2013. 
  • A performer spits fire during a carnival celebration in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 9, 2013. The carnival, which takes place across Spain just before Lent, is believed to have its origins in pagan traditions. 
  • A French soldier checks  passengers of a transport truck arriving in Gao, northern Mali, Feb. 14, 2013. Malian forces have stepped up security around the port an the main market, in an effort to stop the infiltration of rebel fighters in the town. 
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokes with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after being presented the Department of Defense’s highest award for public service at the Pentagon Feb. 14, 2013 in Arlington, Va.
  • Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Feb 15, 2013, at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 
  • Women fighters, who are part of the Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo, Feb. 17, 2013. They are undergoing military training to form the Nazek Obeid group as part of the Sawt al-Haq battalion, which is based on the frontline of Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighborhood. 
  • A woman is rescued from flood waters by another resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, Greece, Feb. 22, 2013. 
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gather at a yeshiva, a rabbinical seminary, during Purim celebrations in Jerusalem, Feb. 25, 2013. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther which is read in synagogues.
  • Female Marine recruits stand in line before getting lunch in the chow hall during boot camp on Feb. 26, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, S.C. 
  • Pakistani Kushti wrestlers warm up before attending their daily training session, at a wrestling club in Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 26, 2013. Kushti, an Indo-Pakistani form of wrestling, is several thousand years old and is a national sport in Pakistan. 
  • Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year-old boy who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, holds a picture of himself with his son Jesse and wipes his eye while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. 
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel bows as he concludes his remarks to service members and civilian employees at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013, after being sworn-in. Hagel took charge of the Defense Department after a bruising confirmation fight and two days before billions in budget cuts were scheduled to hit the military. 
  • Masaai line up to vote in a general election in Ilbissil, Kenya, March 4, 2013. Five years after more than 1,000 people were killed in election-related violence, Kenyans went to the polls to begin casting votes in the nationwide election seen as the country’s most important - and complicated - in its 50-year history.
  • Election volunteers listen to instructions before proceeding to the opening of the ballot boxes at a polling station in the Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya, March 4, 2013. 
  • A student of Anand Vihar College takes part in an inter-college bridal show competition in Bhopal, India, March 6, 2013. 
  • Mark Kelly leans his head on the shoulder of his wife and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords as they attend a news conference asking Congress and the Senate to provide stricter gun control in the United States on March 6, 2013 in Tucson, Az.
  • The flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez is taken from the hospital where he died, to a military academy, where it will remain until his funeral in Caracas, March 6, 2013. 
  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to a waiting vehicle as he leaves the Capitol after his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 7, 2013. 
  • The wrapped bodies of two dead people hang from an overpass as three more dead bodies lie on the ground in Saltillo, Mexico, March 8, 2013. 
  • Lesleigh Coyer, 25, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer at Arlington National Cemetery on March 11, 2013. Coyer served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan and died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan. 
  • New York Police Department (NYPD) officers arrest a young man during a protest against the killing of 16-year-old Kimani “Kiki” Gray who was killed in a shooting involving the NYPD, in the Brooklyn borough of New York on March 13, 2013.
  • People stand in St. Peter’s Square as they listen to newly elected Pope Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who will take the name Pope Francis on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.
  • A bodysurfer punches through a wave at the Ehukai sandbar near the surf break known as ‘Pipeline’ on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on March 20, 2013. 
  • Egyptian protesters drag a wounded Muslim Brotherhood supporter during clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’€™s powerful Muslim Brotherhood near the Islamist group’s headquarters in Cairo, March 22, 2013. 
  • An Afghan refugee girl carries her laundry after washing it in a polluted stream on World Water Day in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, March 22, 2013. The U.N. estimates that more than one in six people worldwide do not have access to enough safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs. 
  • President Barack Obama walks with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau in the Hall of Remembrance during Obama’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, March 22, 2013. 
  • Soldiers with the Afghan National Civil Order Police smoke cigarettes at sunset during a two-day, joint mission with the United States Army’s 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment near Command Outpost Siah Choy on March 25, 2013 in Kandahar Province, Zhari District, Afghanistan. 
  • Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013. 
  • An Indian Hindu widow walks with a cane as flowers fall from above during Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013. 
  • An elderly Pakistani Christian man, prays during a Mass on Good Friday in a church in Islamabad, March 29, 2013.
  • A supporter of losing presidential candidate Raila Odinga gestures as he protests with others in the rain in front of riot police guarding the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya on March 30, 2013.
  • An Afghan police man offers evening prayers on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan, March 31, 2013. 
  • U.S. Border Patrol agent Sal De Leon stands near a section of the U.S.- Mexico border fence while stopping on patrol on April 10, 2013 in La Joya, Tx.
  • The Jefferson Memorial is framed by cherry blossom trees in full bloom along the Tidal Basin on April 10, 2013, in Washington. 
  • A Kashmiri government employee shouts as policemen beat him during a protest in Srinagar, India, April 10, 2013. Police used force to stop government employees during a protest called by the workers’ union demanding regularization of contractual jobs and a hike in salary. 
  • Pakistani daily laborer, Wakeel Mohammed, 38, who fled Pakistan’s tribal region, due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, and took refuge in Islamabad, sits on a roadside with his 1 year-old daughter Halimah, sitting on his lap and his relative Khadijah, 7, right, near their home, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 
  • An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. 
  • Young Egyptian men dance with fireworks at a bachelor party in Cairo, Egypt, April 16, 2013. Egypt’s economy has been hard hit by the two years of turmoil that followed the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Half of the country’s 85 million people live at or below the poverty line of $2 a day and rely on government subsidies.
  • An overhead view of guests attending the ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, April 17, 2013. 
  • A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013. 
  • An empty street is seen near the historic Faneuil Hall (on L, with white cupola) and City Hall (back, in C) in Boston, Massachusetts, April 19, 2013, as the manhunt continues for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Afghan refugee boys, play a traditional fighting game, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 22, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
  • North Korean soldiers tour the park surrounding Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, in Pyongyang on April 25, 2013. 
  • A Bangladeshi man holds on to a woman, both victims of a building collapse, in the debris of Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. The collapse killed 1,129 people and caused President Obama to announce the suspension of U.S. trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety.
  • Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford arrives to give his victory speech on May 7, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 
  • An Iraqi man dives into a public swimming pool in Baghdad on May 12, 2013. 
  • Greek teachers and students demonstrate in central Athens, May 13, 2013. Greek government took emergency action, the third this year, to ward off a strike by secondary school teachers timed to coincide with university entry exams.
  • Barack Obama sits with Attorney General Eric Holder during the 32nd annual the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, May 15, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. 
  • Visitors gather in the new ‘Rain Room’ installation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on May 15, 2013. The 5,000 square-foot installation creates a field of falling water that stops in the area where people walk through, allowing them to remain dry. 
  • Dayan Sanchez, 25, a gay transvestite artist known as “Venus,” takes a break from a make-up session that can take as long as two hours, at the Fashion Bar Havana, in Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2013. A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminated with celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia. 
  • A Palestinian refugee holds her baby in front of her house at Gezirat al-Fadel village, Sharqiya, about 93 miles east of Cairo, Egypt on May 17, 2013. As Palestinians around the world recently marked the 65th anniversary of their mass displacement, the refugees in Gezirat al-Fadel say they have it worse than others who fled to Jordan, Syria or Lebanon.
  • Graduates of the class of 2013 react to their commencement address given by President Barack Obama at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. on May 19, 2013. 
  • At sunrise on May 21, 2013, an American flag blows in the wind atop the rubble of a destroyed home in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school. 
  • A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. on May 20, 2013, following a massive tornado.
  • Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member’s home one day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Okla. on May 21, 2013. 
  • Drenched protestors run from a water cannon near the Chilean Congress where President Sebastian Pinera delivered his final state of the nation address, in Valparaiso on May 21, 2013. Thousands gathered to protest against Pinera’s public policy on education, work and health. 
  • A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square, central Istanbul on May 28, 2013.
  • Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire at The Angeles National Forest, with the fire now having destroyed several homes near the Lake Hughes area in California on June 1, 2013. 
  • A man flashes a victory sign as people demonstrate in Ankara on June 4, 2013, during ongoing protests against the ruling party, police brutality, and the destruction of Taksim park for the sake of a development project. 
  • A protester sleeps inside a structure, which was damaged during the recent protests, at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 5, 2013. Turkish trade unionists banging drums and trailing banners marched on the square joining unprecedented protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan over what they see as his authoritarian rule.  
  • Anti-government protesters try to protect themselves from a water cannon as riot police disperse them during a protest in Ankara, Turkey on June 5, 2013. 
  • Pope Francis attends his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square on June 5, 2013 in Vatican City.
  • A young Turkish protester rests as others demonstrate, on June 6, 2013, at Kizilay square, in Ankara, the theatre of violence between demonstrators and Turkish police forces in recent days.
  • Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in downtown in Chicago, Ill. on June 12, 2013.
  • Storm clouds fill the sky over the U.S. Capitol Building, June 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. 
  • A protestor runs as police fire a water canon during a demonstration in front of the Indonesian parliament against a proposed rise in fuel prices on June 17, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • A military police peper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2013. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and the following month’s Papal visit.
  • A member of the Free Syrian Army sits with his weapon inside a house in Aleppo’s al-Sayyid Ali neighborhood, June 18, 2013. 
  • A protester prepares to throw stones at riot police on a street near Taksim Square in Istanbul June 22, 2013. Turkish riot police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in central Istanbul as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan castigated those behind protests he said had played into the hands of Turkey’s enemies.
  • Police investigate a shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on June 23, 2013 in Chicago, Ill. Two men were wounded in the incident. There were 29 homicides in Chicago during the first three weeks of June. More than 165 people have been shot and wounded in the city during the same period. 
  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz., on June 23, 2013, on the Navajo Nation outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. Wallenda completed the tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile across the gorge in just more than 22 minutes.
  • Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, votes during a filibuster to kill an abortion bill, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers.
  • An anti-abortion supporter carries a cross as he enters the Texas capitol, July 1, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The Texas Senate had convened for a new 30-day special session to take up a contentious abortion restrictions bill and other issues.
  • A burned home is seen in an unidentified neighborhood west of Highway 89 in Yarnell, Ariz., July 3, 2013. Firefighters tightened their grip on a blaze in Arizona that killed 19 of their comrades days earlier in the deadliest U.S. wildfire tragedy in 80 years, and officials said they feared more bodies may be found during mop-up operations.
  • Children, a choir and other well-wishers hold balloons to release them to mark former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 27th day in hospital, correlating with the 27 years he spent in prison during the apartheid era, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, July 5, 2013.
  • Members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing songs in support of Nelson Mandela outside the hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, July 6, 2013. There was no update on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection.
  • Fire from a train explosion is seen in Lac Megantic, July 6, 2013. Forty seven people were killed after the runaway train carrying crude oil exploded and destroyed the center of a small Canadian town in a disaster that raises fresh questions about shipping oil by rail.
  • Visitors watch water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River, during a sand-washing operation in Jiyuan, Henan province, China, July 7, 2013. 
  • George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of Zimmerman’s trial at the Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013.
  • Crowds of demonstrators prepare to march towards Times Square, July 14, 2013, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.
  • Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo, Egypt, July 15, 2013.
  • A woman watches from her window as police look for evidence after 20-year-old Carlos Barron was shot and killed in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on July 19, 2013 in Chicago, Ill. At least six people were killed and at least 22 others were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago, including a 6-year-old girl.
  • A man walks past a vacant, boarded-up home surrounded by overgrown grass in a once vibrant neighborhood, near downtown Detroit, Mich., July 19, 2013. Investors dumped Detroit’s municipal bonds a day after the city’s historic bankruptcy filing even as a ruling in state court raised questions about whether the bankruptcy will stand up to court review.
  • A message is displayed on the face of Keesha Clark during a march to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, in Los Angeles, Calif. July 20, 2013. Celebrities and hundreds of protesters participated in rallies across the country to express anger over the acquittal of Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
  • Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary’s Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth.
  • Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon (R) is helped by two men after his train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. Garzon, the driver of the Spanish train that derailed, killing at least 80 people, was under police guard in hospital after the dramatic accident which an official source said was caused by excessive speed.
  • Wounded people and dead bodies are seen at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013.
  • A man reaches out of a hotel window to take a photo as crowds jam Copacabana Beach for Pope Francis’ final Mass on his trip to Brazil, July 28, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A reported crowd of 3 million faithful jammed the beach for a prayer vigil on the final night of World Youth Day last night.
  • New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner rubs his eyes during a candidate forum on small business, in the Inwood section of New York, N.Y., July 30, 2013. Weiner had plunged to fourth place among Democrats in a poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal.
  • A supporter of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi reacts while praying during a protest against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 2, 2013.
  • Central American migrants sit atop a freight train as lightning flashes early on Aug. 4, 2013 in Arriaga, Mexico. Thousands of immigrants ride atop the trains, known as “la bestia,” or the beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S. border.
  • A smouldering mountainside is seen under the stars at the Silver Fire near Banning, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. The fire broke out near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County, and within hours had blackened more than 5,000 acres, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlandt said.
  • Carson Dennis stands in the middle of the destruction caused by a flash flood that poured down Canon Avenue, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo.
  • Wounded supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the floor of a makeshift hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of Morsi in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out.
  • Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi counts bodies in a makeshift morgue at a sit-in in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Aug. 14, 2013.
  • An injured protester who supports ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi lies inside a mosque in Ramses Square in Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 16, 2013. Protests by supporters Morsi turned violent across Egypt, with witnesses reporting four dead in central Cairo and at least 12 killed in northern cities as the Muslim Brotherhood staged a “Day of Rage”.
  • Critics of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk policy celebrate after City Council members voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes to establish an inspector general for the NYPD weeks after a federal judge ruled that the NYPD violated the civil rights of minorities with their stop-and-frisk policy on Aug. 22, 2013 in New York, N.Y.
  • Students of Howard University march from campus to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the Realize the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March in Washington, Aug. 24, 2013. Thousands of marchers were expected in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.
  • Inmate firefighters walk along Highway 120 after a burnout operation as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 25, 2013.
  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden (C) and Rev. Joe Lowery (R) wait for President Barack Obama to speak at the Lincoln Memorial, Aug. 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and others spoke to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the US civil rights era March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech”.
  • (Front L-R) Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama and President Obama listen to the national anthem during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Aug. 28, 2013.
  • An aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival is seen in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Aug. 29, 2013. People come from all over the world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops at the festival.
  • People sit in a caravan as they watch the election debate between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chancellor candidate of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Peer Steinbrueck on a TV at a camping ground in Hagen-Vorhalle, Germany, Sept 1, 2013.
  • A woman practices yoga on the beach on Sept. 5, 2013 in Sheerness, England. Southern England is enjoying a couple of days of late summer sunshine with temperatures today expected to peak at 30°C (86°F), before predicted rain and cooler temperatures are pushed in tonight.
  • A waiter with rubber boots serves drinks at a cafe during high water on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, Sept. 5, 2013. Water in the historic town of Venice reached some 43 in above sea level.
  • Members of the Tokyo bid committee celebrate as Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Game during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 7, 2013.
  • Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded on three sides by a flooded Cheyenne Creek, Sept. 13, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies, transforming normally scenic rivers and creeks into unforgiving torrents and forcing thousands more evacuations from water-logged communities beset by days of rain.
  • A Pakistani boy reacts from the cold water as he showers himself with leaking water from a supply pipe in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sept. 13, 2013. Pakistanis are facing a shortage of clean drinking water due to the low level of water in the country’s dams.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) stands in front of her election campaign tour bus before a CDU board meeting in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • A detail of the previously submerged side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013. The cruise ship was pulled upright after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year.
  • A flag flies at half-staff behind Valerie Parlave (L), Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, and Cathy Lanier (R), Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, during a press conference to update the media on their investigation into the shootings that occurred at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2013. 
  • People take cover behind a counter at the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with the loved ones of Navy Yard shooting victims after the playing of Taps during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks, Sept. 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.
  • Visitors take pictures of tidal waves under the influence of Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Sept. 22, 2013. According to official Xinhua news agency, China’s National Meteorological Center issued its highest alert, warning that Usagi would bring gales and downpours to southern coastal areas.
  • North Koreans ride on an amusement park ride while watching a 3D movie at the Rungna People’s Pleasure Park in Pyongyang, Sept. 22, 2013.
  • Young Palestinian groom Ahmed Soboh, 15, and his bride Tala, 14, pose for a photograph inside Tala’s house, which was damaged during an Israeli strike in 2009, during their wedding party in Beit Lahiya town, northern Gaza Strip, Sept. 24, 2013.
  • Pakistani Christians, who lost a grandmother and two grandchildren in twin suicide bombings that targeted the All Saints Church, attend their funeral in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sept. 24, 2013.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon, Sept. 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
  • Back dropped by a balloon vendor surrounded with children, Pakistani girls sing an Islamic song to their teacher, during a voluntary two hours daily class for illiterate children on how to read verses of the holy Quran, in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sept. 25, 2013. Slums which are built on illegal lands have neither running water or sewage disposal.
  • Kenyans pray as they hold a church service for the victims of the Westgate Shopping Centre attack on Sept. 29, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. Security forces have started clearing and securing the Westgate shopping mall following the four-day siege that killed at least 67 civilians and police and was claimed by the Somali militant group al Shabaab.
  • Young visitors wearing 3D glasses sit in their car and watch the Disney movie ‘Planes’ at the drive-in movie theater on the parking lot of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands, Sept. 30, 2013.
  • From left Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) meet with other House Republican conferees on Capitol Hill, Oct, 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill.
  • A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2013. Teachers have been on strike demanding better pay for almost two months.
  • Furloughed Americorps employee Jeffrey Wismer sits alone on the Washington Mall, Oct. 8, 2013, as he calls on congress to end the government shut down.
  • A protester calling for comprehensive immigration reform is detained outside the U.S. Capital Building in Washington, Oct. 8, 2013.
  • Pakistani schoolboys look out the window of their classroom at other classmates chanting prayers to commemorate the anniversary of Malala’s shooting by Taliban, at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Oct. 9, 2013.
  • A Pakistani woman, center, buys bananas from a vendor standing at a livestock market, for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” which starts tomorrow in Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 15, 2013. Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
  • An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armoured Corps Exercise. Oct. 16, 2013. Tension in the Golan has risen since the 2011 start of the civil war in Syria.
  • Tourists stand beneath moon landing artwork in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on Capitol Hill, Oct. 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US federal government reopened today after a 16 day forced shutdown.
  • A Russian Orthodox pilgrim enters the water on the West Bank side of the Jordan River for the baptismal ceremony at the site known as Qasr el-Yahud on the the Jordan River near the city of Jericho, Israel, Oct. 21, 2013. Many Orthodox pilgrims visit the site where they believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
  • Lydia Torres (L) watches her spouse Jenelle Torres as they talk to the media after their marriage ceremony in Newark, N.J. , Oct. 21, 2013. Same-sex couples in New Jersey are now able to wed after the state’s highest court unanimously denied Governor Chris Christie’s request to put gay marriage on hold while the state’s appeal is heard.
  • A youth stands on a a whale shark towed by fishermen along the coast of Surabaya in eastern Java island, Oct. 22, 2013, to be sold to prospective buyers after getting entangled in a fishing net.
  • Pakistani boy, Awais Shaukat, 13, suffering from the mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever, is comforted by his father Shaukat while lying in bed covered with a net at an isolation ward of a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Oct. 24, 2013.
  • Freed Palestinian prisoner Ahmed al-Damoni, who was held by Israel for 23 years, is kissed by his mother as he eats breakfast inside his family’s house in the central Gaza Strip, Oct. 30, 2013.
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about issues and complications with the Affordable Care Act enrollment website, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 30, 2013.
  • Afghan refugees and Pakistani school children, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, sing with their teacher during the morning assembly, before starting their classes, at their makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 31, 2013.
  • Belgian tourists watch a hybrid solar eclipse from Lake Oloidien near Naivasha in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday with some areas witnessing a total blackout and others experiencing a partial version. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • American Airlines Captain Kriss Kliegle carries the U.S. Honor Flag off the plane as it arrives at Los Angeles International Airport in memory of TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez on Nov. 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, Cali.
  • Pedro Taverna, 18, takes part in a protest for better wages outside Wal-Mart in Los Angeles Nov. 7, 2013. More than 50 people demanding better wages for Wal-Mart workers in a protest organized by a union were arrested outside the retailer’s store in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles.
  • Afghan refugee boys, play with a balloon in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 7, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.
  • Janelle Arevalo (L) and Gisselle Rubio (R) insurance agents with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors make a house call to sign up Norma Pacheco (L, Center) and Rosa Gonzalez for  insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act on Nov 14, 2013 in Miami, Fl.
  • Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, is sworn in to testify at her U.S. Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing in Washington Nov. 14, 2013. 
  • A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, Nov. 17, 2013. A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, officials said.
  • Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, 2013, over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area.  The United Nations estimates that 13 million people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with around 1.9 million losing their homes.
  • A man fans flames on a fire Tanauan on Nov. 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over a week ago has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
  • A residential compound is seen during a smoggy day in Wujiaqu, Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, Nov. 19, 2013. 
  • Surrounded by elected officials, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago
  • A man takes a picture with his phone as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke seen from Tigapancur village on Nov. 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York.
  • In this photo taken Nov. 29, 2013, African migrants are seen covered with blankets in a detention center for illegal migrants in Abu Salim district on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya. After being captured by the Libyan Coast Guard while on a boat heading to Italy, almost 200 migrants are held in poor conditions in barracks at a detention center in Tripoli.
  • A McDonald’s patron reads a newspaper while a demonstrator dressed as Ronald McDonald protests for higher wages in Oakland, Calif., Dec. 5, 2013. About 200 protesters filled the restaurant on a day of nationwide strikes by fast-food workers demanding a $15 dollar minimum wage.
  • Egyptian women supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi stand inside the defendants’ cage in a courtroom in Alexandria, Egypt, Dec. 7, 2013. A defense lawyer says an Egyptian appeal court has sentenced 14 women to a suspended year for protesting in support of Morsi, overturning a harsh sentence of 11 years that has caused an outcry.
  • A troupe of traditional dancers from the Kliptown suburb of Soweto perform outside Nelson Mandela’s old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 7, 2013. South Africa is readying itself for the arrival of world leaders for the memorial service and funeral of Mandela as mourners continued to flock to sites around the country to pay homage to the icon.
  • Erica Lafferty, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, Dawn Hochsprung, right, consoles Carlee Soto, sister of victim Victoria Soto after families addressed the media, Dec. 9, 2013, in Newtown, Conn.
  • A woman carrying a child on her back walks past a banner showing former president Nelson Mandela, at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • Ukrainian riot police block Pro-European Union activists’ tent camp next to the Ukrainian Government buildings in Kiev, Ukraine, Dec. 9, 2013. Hundreds of police in full riot gear flooded into the center of Kiev as mass anti-government protests gripped the Ukrainian capital for yet another week, raising fears of an imminent crackdown.
  • A South African woman, crosses the street while police officers in the background block the sides waiting for the convoy transporting the body of former president Nelson Mandela to pass by, in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 11, 2013.
  • Mourners queue after waiting for hours to get into a bus to go to the Union Buildings where the casket of Former President Nelson Mandela lies in state for three days, in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 11, 2013.
  • A woman complains of the financial crisis, outside Bankia bank, in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 11, 2013.
  • South African mourners hold posters of former president Nelson Mandela, while chanting slogans as the convoy transporting the body of Mandela passes by, in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 11, 2013. Motorcycle-riding police officers escorted the casket from 1 Military Hospital outside of Pretoria to the Union Buildings.
  • South African mourner, Charlotte Nthetea, 35, poses for a picture, while waiting with other mourners for hours to catch a bus to see the body of former President Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • South African mourners, wave and shout as the hearse carrying the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela passes by, in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • A cheering man climbs up a fence after the casket of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela passed on its way to lay in state for the third and final day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 13, 2013.
  • North Korean subway commuters gather around a public newspaper stand on the train platform in Pyongyang, North Korea, Dec. 13, 2013 to read the headlines about Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle who was executed as a traitor.
  • Army cadets hold a large photo of Army head coach Rich Ellerson during an NCAA college football game against Navy, Dec. 14, 2013, in Philadelphia. Navy won 34-7. 
  • A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the ‘Step into the Void’ installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, Dec. 17, 2013. 
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2013: The Year in Pictures

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From a government shutdown in DC to chaos and bloodshed across the Mideast. Pope Francis said Mass for three million Catholics in Brazil, and gay Americans reached important milestones. 2013 was both tumultuous and triumphant. It certainly wasn’t boring. Look back through images of the moments you remember–and the ones you’d forgotten.