This Year in Pictures
It has been a tumultuous year, marked by upheaval across the world. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine boiled over. The terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continued its brutal assault in the Middle East. And protests rocked Ferguson, Missouri and New York City following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. Photographers have documented these events at every turn.
Ebola threatened to ravage West Africa, as officials and international aid workers mounted unified efforts to combat the devastating outbreak.
Sports fans celebrated a month of World Cup soccer in Brazil, Olympians struggled with warmer-than-normal weather in Sochi, and Derek Jeter played his last game as a New York Yankee after an indelible 20-year career.
Environmental disasters wreaked havoc across the globe: In Indonesia, Japan and Hawaii, volcanoes caused widespread damage; flooding and droughts affected vast swaths of the United States; and the Philippines endured the threat of another crippling typhoon.
In the U.S., Democrats suffered a resounding defeat in the midterm elections, even as progressive issues like gay marriage and marijuana legalization continued to gain traction.
And in the skies above it all, two Malaysia Airlines flights ended in heartbreaking disaster – one plane disappeared without a trace, and another was shot down over Ukraine.