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The best images from around the world

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Plunge into the New Year

Over thousands of New Year swimmers, many in costume, braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim on January 1, 2013 in South Queensferry, Scotland.

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Crippling Circumstances

Washington, Illinois 
November 18, 2013

According to reports the tornado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five. 

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Typhoon Tragedy

Tacloban city, Philippines
November 10, 2013

Survivors pass by two large boats after they were washed ashore by strong waves caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

North Sumatra, Indonesia
November 7, 2013
As Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash, children practice their morning exercises at a school in the Karo district, outside of the evacuation zone. 

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Too Cold?

Washington
November 6, 2013

A three-month-old Sumatran tiger cub named "Bandar" shows his displeasure after being dunked in the tiger exhibit moat at the National Zoo in Washington.

Spencer Platt/Getty

Election Day Yawns

Brooklyn, New York
November 5, 2013

Tobias Nichols, 2, yawns while waiting for his father, Dan Nichols, to vote on Election Day in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Day In Court

Cairo, Egypt
November 4, 2013

Ousted President Mohammed Morsi, right, speaking from the defendant's cage as he stands with co-defendants in a makeshift courtroom during a trial hearing. Emerging from four months of detention, Morsi defiantly rejected a court's authority to try him, saying he was the country's "legitimate" leader and those that overthrew him should face charges instead.

Andres Gutierrez/AP

Solar Eclipse

Canary Islands, Spain
November 3, 2013

People look at the moon crossing in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. The total eclipse was seen sweeping east across Africa.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

Dog Days

Katmandu, Nepal
November 2, 2013

A Nepalese woman carries a dog, decorated with vermillion, in her bag after performing rituals during Tihar festival celebrations. Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during Tihar festival, one of the most important Hindu festivals dedicated to the worship of the Goddess of wealth Laxmi.

Dita Alangkara/AP

Bus Strike

Jakarta, Indonesia
November 1, 2013

Indonesian workers take shelter from the rain inside a bus during a protest demanding higher wages outside the city hall.  Laborers across Indonesia went on the second day of a strike Friday to demand more benefits and higher pay.

 

Christopher Furlong/Getty

Aint Nothin But a Hound Dog

Knutsford, United Kingdom
October 31, 2013

Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season.

Prabhjot Gill/AP

Diwali Celebrations

Amritsar, India
October 30, 2013

A potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of light. Festival goers light lamps, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival which will be celebrated on Nov. 3.

Ammar Awad/Reuters

Demolition

East Jerusalem
October 29, 2013.

A Palestinian woman stands near furniture removed from her house as it is being demolished in the Beit Hanina.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Wide Array of Work

Singapore
October 28, 2013

Workers start their shift at a construction site in the central business district area.

L Ananthakrishnan/Reuters

Welcome Ceremony

Beijing
October 25, 2013

A flag covers the face of an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Mongolian Prime Minister Norovyn Altankhuyag outside the Great Hall of the People.

Rob Griffith/AP

Raging Fires

Faulcombridg, Australia
October 24, 2013

A helicopter drops water on bush land in Faulcombridge, 53 miles west of Sydney. More than 100 wildfires have killed one resident and destroyed more than 200 homes in New South Wales state this month.

Pool photo by John Stillwell

Royal Christening

London
October 23, 2013

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks with Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive with their son Prince George at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace. Britain's 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George will be christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Presidential Carvings

New York City
October 22, 2013

Pumpkins carved in the likeness of U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are lit at Madame Tussauds in New York.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Battle of the Nations

Markkleeberg, Germany
October 20, 2103

Performers wearing 19th century Allied forces military uniforms prepare to attack French forces during a reenactment of the Battle of the Nations.

Loubna Mrie/Reuters

Underground Meeting

Idlib, Syria
October 17, 2013

Free Syrian Army fighters gathered inside a cave in the village of Maaret al-Naaman.

Toru Hanai/Reuters

Wild Is the Wind

Tokyo, Japan
October 16, 2013

Men struggle against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Wipha.

Athar Hussain/Reuters

Follow the Leader

Karachi, Pakistan
October 15, 2013

Men ride on a motorcycle while leading a recently purchased camel ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations on the outskirts of Karachi. Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage, by slaughtering goats, sheep, cows and camels in commemoration of the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to Allah.

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Murmuration

Rome, Italy
October 14, 2013

An Alitalia plane approaches to land as starlings fly at Fiumicino international airport.

Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Dressed to Impress

Kabul, Afghanistan
October 13, 2013

Vendors wait for customers at a livestock market. Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha, marking the end of the Haj, by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.

Biswaranjan Rout/AP

Hang On!

Podampeta, India
October 12, 2013

An Indian villager braving strong winds and rain attempts to walk to a safer place. Strong winds and heavy rains pounded India's eastern coastline Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of people took shelter from the powerful Cyclone Phailin.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Roll It Up

Bangkok, Thailand
October 11, 2013

A red carpet is removed after Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra welcomed China's Premier, Li Keqiang during a ceremony at the government house.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Haunting Horse Heads

Falkirk, Scotland
October 9, 2013

Work continues on The Kelpies sculptures at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal. The Kelpie originated from Celtic folklore and is believed to haunt the rivers of Scotland and Ireland. The structure was designed by sculptor Andy Scott.

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Skimming the Surface

Washington, D.C.
October 8, 2013

A lone boater skims across the surface of the Potomac River at sunset.

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Burning Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 7, 2013

A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike. Teachers have been on strike demanding better pay for almost two months. 

Hassan Ammar/AP

Clashes Continue

Cairo, Egypt
October 6, 2013

Egyptian riot police patrol the streets during clashes with supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Sources say that at least 28 people have been killed and many injured.

Juls Ibanez/Corbis

Ahoy!

Sydney, Australia
October 5, 2013

A Tall ship sails into Sydney harbor to participate in the International Fleet Review. The Review is being held to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney on 4 October 1913.

Yves Logghe/AP

Capturing The Gold

Antwerp, Belgium,

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Simone Biles from the U.S. performs on the balance beam, during the all-around final at the artistic gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Simone Biles from the U.S. won gold, Kyla Ross from the U.S. won silver and Russia's Aliya Mustafina won bronze.


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You Can't Go Home Again

Naraha, Japan
Otober 3, 2013

Keigo Sakamoto, 58, holds Atom, one of his 21 dogs from over 500 animals he keeps at his home, in the exclusion zone near Fukushima. Sakamoto, a former caregiver and farmer who refused to leave the exclusion zone around the crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant, decided to name his dog Atom because it was born just before the 2011 disaster. With donations and support from outside Fukushima, Sakamoto lives with his animals of which many were abandoned by previous owners as they left the exclusion zone.

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Non-essential

Arlington, Virginia
October 2, 2013

Dozens of empty cubicles occupy space where naval civilians that are federal government employees normally work at the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel. With the government shutdown looking like it'll be prolonged, thousands of federal employees across the world could be looking at a long haul ahead while a deeply divided congress tries to pass a budget.

Tomas Bravo/Reuters

The Man Is Not My Man

Mexico City, Mexico 
October 1, 2013

A striking teacher leans on a fence in front of the main access to the Benito Juarez International airport. Mexico's Congress approved a government bill to overhaul an education system that badly lags global peers, despite teacher protests seeking to derail it.

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Bus on the Border

Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Gaza
September 30, 2013
Palestinian children look out of a bus window in hopes of crossing into Egypt. Egypt partially reopened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days on Saturday for the humanitarian needs of patients seeking treatment, and students studying outside of Gaza, a Palestinian official said. 

Mike Sturk/ Reuters

Full of Hot Air

High River, Canada
September 28, 2013

A pink elephant balloon, one of the entries in the Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships, lands in a field in High River.

Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Bath Time!

Gaza
September 26, 2013

A Palestinian man pulls a donkey into the sea for a bath in Gaza.

Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

Pilgrimage

Jerusalem, Israel
September 25, 2013

Ultra-Orthodox Jews leave the synagogue after prayers during the last day of Sukkot.  Thousands of Jews make the week-long pilgrimage to Jerusalem during Sukkot, which commemorates the desert wanderings of the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt.

Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Beit Lahiya, Gaza
September 24, 2013

Young Palestinian groom Ahmed Soboh, 15 and his bride Tala, 14, stand inside Tala's house which was damaged during an Israeli strike in 2009, during their wedding party.

Jerome Delay/AP

Kenyan Chaos

Nairobi, Kenya
September 23, 2013
A Kenyan Defense Forces leave the near vicinity of the Westgate Mall. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists. 

Chance Chan/Reuters

Look Out!

Hangzhou, China
September 22, 2013

A man dodges tidal waves brought on by Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou. China's National Meteorological Center issued its highest alert, warning that Usagi would bring gales and downpours to southern coastal areas.

Matthias Schrader/AP

Flying High

Munich, Germany
September 21, 2013

People enjoy a swing ride in front of the St. Pauls church at the opening day of "Oktoberfest". The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million visitors from around the world.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Stealing Third

Boston, Massachusetts
September 20, 2013

The Toronto Blue Jays Rajai Davis  slides through Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks to steal third base in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park.

Ahmed Abdel Fattah/AP

Still Burning

Kerdasa, Egypt
September 19, 2013

Egyptian security forces try to carry Giza Police Gen. Nabil Farrag, center, to safety after he was shot by unidentified militants who opened fire on security forces deployed early in the morning to drive off suspected Islamists taking control of the town near Giza Pyramids. It was later learned that Gen. Farrag was already dead from the gun shots. Forces backed by armored vehicles and military helicopters laid a siege on an Islamists’ stronghold and exchanged fire with what official news agency identified as “terrorist and criminal elements.”

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Beauty Queen

Jakarta, Indonesia
September 18, 2013
Nigerian Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola reacts after being named World Muslimah 2013.  Twenty Muslim women from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Nigeria competed in the pageant held exclusively for Muslim women.

Tony Gentile/Reuters

Damage Revealed

Giglio Harbor, Italy
September 17, 2013

The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor. Salvage crews on the Italian island of Giglio raised the Costa Concordia cruise liner early on Tuesday, completing one of the most difficult and expensive wreck recovery projects ever performed. In a 19-hour operation which ended at 2:00 GMT, the 114,500 ship was pulled upright by a series of huge jacks and cables and left resting in 30 metres of water on underwater platforms drilled into the rocky sea bed.

Jasper Juinen/Getty

Equine Exercise

Schieveningen, Netherlands
September 16, 2013

Horsemen ride their horses through smoke during a practice session at the beach. Some eighty members of the Dutch cavalry practiced for any possible emergency during tomorrow's Prinsjesdag ceremony which marks the opening of the Dutch parliament. 

Darryl Webb/AP

Get Your Game Face On!

Glendale, Arizona
September 15, 2013

Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, is reflected in the face mask of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu during the second half of an NFL football game.

Mike Groll/AP

One Colorful Cadet

West Point, N.Y.
September 14, 2013

A cadet dressed in an alligator mascot outfit joins fellow cadets in a salute during the national anthem before an NCAA college football game between Army and Stanford.

Reuters

Inside Syria

Aleppo, Syria
September 13, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes a position as he aims his weapon at the Justice Palace, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Larry Downing/Reuters

Diplomacy

Geneva, Switzerland
September 12, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a point next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) as they speak to the media before their meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty

Touch Down

Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan
September 11, 2013

Three astronauts, Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin along with American Chris Cassidy, returned today to Earth on board a Russian Soyuz capsule after a half-year mission on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan, mission control in Moscow announced.

Juan Medina/Reuters

Entry Denied

Madrid, Spain
September 10, 2013

Maria Dolores Ferrer (L) argues with a worker of Spanish Women's Institute, as Hazar Abbara covers her face, after the women were denied entry into the institute. The women were trying to get the Institute involved to help them stop their evictions, but to no avail.

Pool photo by Alexander F. Yuan

Detailed Defense

Beijing, China
September 9, 2013

Chinese soldiers guard inside the gate of Chinese Defense Ministry's Bayi Building, while James Miller, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, is meeting with Maj. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of general staff of the People's Liberation Army.

Kyodo/Reuters

Gracious Hosts

Tokyo, Japan
September 8, 2013

An aerial view shows people in a formation of the words "thank you" and displaying signs that collectively read "Arigato" (Thank You) during an event celebrating Tokyo being chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Sivaram V/Reuters

Roar!

Kochi, India
September 7, 2013

Dancers in body paint wait to take part in a performance marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam". The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects.

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Minsk Megahit

Minsk, Belarus 
September 6, 2013
A member of the Lipnitsky show orchestra plays the violin during the Miss Supranational contest.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Vogue Visions

New York City
September 5, 2013

Models are pictured in compact mirrors as they prepare backstage before a presentation of the Honor Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week.

Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters

Flying Free

Dheba, Saudi Arabia
September 4, 2013

A hunter releases his falcon in a desert area near the Saudi city of Dheba. Falconry is part of Bedouin life in Saudi Arabia where these birds are used for hunting rabbits and other desert animals.

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Making The Case

Washington, DC
September 3, 2013

State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talk during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill.

Stephen Lam/Reuters

Dirty Diana's Last Dance

San Francisco, California
September 2, 2013

Michael Jackson impersonators dance in the entrance lobby of the Lusty Lady strip club during it's going out of business party. The club became the nation's first and only unionized, employee-owned strip club nearly ten years ago. The building's landlord refused to negotiate on a lower rent, forcing the employee-owners to close up shop on the historic venue.

Hasan Jamali/AP

Hidden Heartbreak

Sehla, Bahrain

September 1, 2013

Bahraini youths masked and wearing headbands with Arabic that reads "Al-Mehdi Soldiers" participate in a funeral procession for an anti-government activist. Clashes erupted after the funeral for Sadeq Sabt, 22, who died Sunday of injuries sustained a month ago when he was struck by a vehicle during a protest.

Sheng Li/Reuters

In Sync

Shenyang, China

August 31, 2013

College students march in formation during a massive performance to mark the opening ceremony of the 12th Chinese National Games at the Olympic Sports Center. The National Games will be held in the city from August 31 to September 12.

Markus Schreiber/AP

Cradle Cubs

Berlin, Germany 

August 30, 2013

Four caracal cubs play in a basket as they make their debut to the media at the Animal Park zoo. The caracals, also known as desert lynxes, were born in the zoo on July 21, 2013.

Mohammad Hannon/AP

Stand by

Mafraq, Jordan
August 28, 2013

A Syrian refugee, Nowar, 19, enters her tent at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp. Nowar hopes that the international community will soon decide on a military strike on President Bashar Assad's regime. More than 2 million Syrians have fled the country's two-and-a-half year conflict. Jordan hosts more than 554,000 refugees.

Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

Deluge Drifting Device

Allahabad, India 

August 26, 2013

A man rows a boat in the flooded waters of river Ganges under a bridge.

Issei Kato/Reuters

Hats off

Tokyo, Japan

August 25, 2013

Roughly 1,200 participants throw their hats into the air in an attempt to set a world record. The event took place to promote the city's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Dita Alangkara/AP

Pow!

Jakarta, Indonesia 

August 24, 2013

Sumo wrestlers perform during an exhibition titled "Sumo Tournament In Jakarta," at Istora stadium. The exhibition was held to mark the 40th anniversary of Japanese-ASEAN cooperation and the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan.

Tim Brakemeier/AFP/Getty

Taking a Dip

Berlin, Germany
August 23, 2013

Polar bear Wolodja swims in a pool of his enclosure at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin. Wolodja was born on November 27, 2011 at the zoo in Moscow and  arrived in  the German capital on August 9, 2013.

Bullit Marquez/AP

Translucent Shelter

Calumpit, Philippines
Aug. 22, 2013

Evacuees pitch their temporary shelter at an evacuation center after fleeing their homes following torrential rains which brought the capital of Manila to a standstill; submerging areas in waist-deep floodwater and making streets impassable to vehicles, while thousands of people in northern regions fled to emergency shelters. Officials reported more than a million people were affected by the flooding in at least five provinces aside from the capital.

Aaron Favila/AP

When It Rains, It Pours

San Mateo, Philippines

August 21, 2013

A Filipino boy cleans dishes at a temporary evacuation center as rain pours down. Earlier this week Tropical Storm Trami wreaked havoc in the country, causing eight deaths and severe flooding.

Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty

Cooling Off

August 20, 2013
Sevilla, Spain

A youth cools off in a fountain of Sevilla where temperatures exceeded 104 °F.

China Daily/Reuters

Window Rescue

August 19, 2013
Tongren, China

A firefighter tries to approach a woman sitting on the window ledge of a hotel after she cut her wrist and attempted to jump off the seventh floor.

Putu Sayoga/Getty

Making Peace

August 18, 2013

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

People bring offerings to the cremation site during a Balinese Hindu mass cremation. More than 60 corpses were collectively cremated to share the expense of the ceremony. Known as Ngaben, it is one of the most important ceremonies for Balinese Hindu people, as they believe it will free the spirit from the deceased body so it can reincarnate.

Dan Kitwood/Getty

Playful Protester

Balcombe, United Kingdom

August 17, 2013

Young girls hula hoop outside the entrance gate of a drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. Protesters continue to gather outside the Balcombe plant in West Sussex in opposition to the controversial method of extracting energy out of the ground called 'fracking.'

Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty

Seas' Squally Situation

Panama Bay 
August 16, 2013 

Cargo ships await their turn to enter the Panama Canal.

Amr Nabil/AP

Coup d'état

Cairo, Egypt,
August 15, 2013

An Egyptian carries a poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi among debris from a protest camp in Nahda Square, Giza. Egypt faces a new phase of uncertainty after the bloodiest day since its Arab Spring began, with over 300 people reported killed and thousands injured after police clashed with two camps of pro-Morsi protesters. The raids touched off day-long street violence that prompted the military-backed interim vice president to step down and other leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew, drawing widespread condemnation from the Muslim world, the UN and President Obama.

David Hecker/Getty

Return to the Wild

Juist, Germany
August 14, 2013

A young seal peaks out of a basket on the beach of the islands of Juist. The seal is one of many rescued by The Seehundstation Norddeich, a facility for raising young seals who were separated from their mothers. Volunteers collect roughly 90 young seals a year from the North Sea German coast and care for the pups until they weigh about 25 kg before releasing them back into the wild.

Hasan Jamali/AP

A Fiery Protest

Malkiya, Bahrain
August 13, 2013

A Bahraini anti-government protester watches for riot police as tires burn on a street in the western village of Malkiya.

Narendra Shrestha/EPA, via Landov

Nepalese's Nuptials Necessity

Kathmandu, Nepal 
August 12, 2013 

Nepalese Hindu women attend the worshipping of Lord Shiva during the last day of Sarwan Brata festival, the month of fasting, at Pashupati Temple premises. Thousands of Nepalese Hindu married and unmarried women gather in temples each Monday of Sawan month (July 15-August 15) to pray for a long and prosperous life of their husbands or to find a good husband. 

Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty

Tributes and Tradition

Allahabad, India
August 11, 2013

Indian wrestlers perform during a bout of traditional wrestling organized at the historical Loknath Vyayamsala on the occasion of Nag Panchami, a Hindu festival during monsoon season with prayers and tributes to snakes.

Alexander F. Yuan/AP

Captivating Colors

Beijing, China

August 10, 2013

Participants of Color Run celebrate and throw colored powder after they finished the five-kilometer run.

Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty

Say Cheese

Srinagar, India
August 9, 2013

A Kashmiri Muslim child takes a photo with her cellphone as others offer prayers of Eid al-Fitr at Eidgah. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset.

Tibor Illyes/AP

Moment of Victory

Budapest, Hungary
August 8, 2013

Julia Beljajeva, right, of Estonia wins against Emese Szasz of Hungary in the semifinal of women's individual epee competition at the World Fencing Championships.

Paula Bronstein/Getty

The Ugly Law

Bangkok, Thailand

August 7, 2013

Riot police hold shields marked with anti-government slogans during a protest against the Amnesty bill being debated in the Parliament.

Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty

Flood Waters

Allahabad, India
August 6, 2013

An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall.

Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Tears through Turmoil

Silivri, Turkey 

Aug. 5, 2013

A woman holds a baby inside a car stuck during clashes between demonstrators and police forces near a courthouse after a court decision to sentence a former army chief and other top brass to life in prison in a high-profile trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. Ex-military chief Ilker Basbug, along with several other army officers, were sentenced to life in prison, while 21 people were acquitted, according to the verdicts issued so far. The trial has been seen as as a key test in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's showdown with secularist and military opponents during his decade-long rule. 

Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go

Barcelona, Spain

August 4, 2013

Competitors start the Women's 4x100m individual medley relay heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships.

Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Showstopper

New York, New York

August 3, 2013

Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" at the Barclays Center.

Ariel Schalit/AP

Tiny Giant

Tel Aviv, Israel

Aug. 2, 2013

A newborn Asian elephant calf plays with its mother La Belle and grandmother La petite a few hours after it was born at the Ramat Gan safari.

Quinn Rooney/Getty

Tight Race

Barcelona, Spain

August 1, 2013

Shannon Vreeland (L) of the USA and Kylie Palmer of Australia compete during the Swimming Women's Freestyle 4x200m Final on day thirteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Boogie Down

Edinburgh, Scotland
July 31, 2013

Musicians and dancers from Mexico take part in a rehearsal at Redford Barracks for the 2013 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This year's Military Tattoo includes performances from Mongolia, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Oman, and New Zealand.

Andrew Burton/Getty

Oil Boom

Bismarck, North Dakota

July 30, 2013

An oil drilling rig is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours. The state has seen a boom in oil production due to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Reuters/Via Landov

Deadly Day

Basra, Iraq
July 29, 2013

Street cleaners remove debris on the road at the site of a car bomb attack. One car bomb went off in a busy popular market north of the southern oil hub city of Basra on Monday, killing at least two civilians and wounding 10 others, police and medical sources said.

Patrick Lux/Getty

Dive In

Brunsbuettel, Germany

July 28, 2013

A participant splashes into the mud during the annual mud flats olympics. The games takes place in the muddy tidal flats common to the north German coast and includes football, handball, volleyball, and mud sledding.

Manu Brabo/AP

Civil

Cairo, Egypt
July 27, 2013

Doctors treat a supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi injured during clashes with security forces at Nasr City, where pro-Morsi protesters have held a weeks-long sit-in, in a field hospital. Overnight clashes between security forces and supporters of Morsi in east Cairo left scores of protesters dead and hundreds injured following a day of massive pro-military rallies backing a tough hand against Morsiís backers and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails.

Wong Maye-E/AP

All Together Now

Pyongyang, North Korea

July 26, 2013

North Korean children perform a synchronized dance at the May Day stadium during the "Arirang" mass games song-and-dance ensemble on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

Mark Wilson/Getty

Ponies Gone Wild

Chincoteague, Virginia
July 24, 2013

Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during a rain storm for their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague. Every year the wild ponies are rounded up on the national wildlife refuge to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

Sang Tan/AP

Royal Baby

London
July 23, 2013

Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne.

Gerald Herbert/AP

A Day of Mourning

Gonzales, La.
July 22, 2013

Brandalyn Johnson, the guardian who raised 6-year-old Ahlittia North, cries at the conclusion of her funeral. Ahlittia was stabbed to death after disappearing from her mother's suburban New Orleans apartment more than a week ago. Her body was found days later.

David J. Phillip/AP

Double Dip

Barcelona, Spain

July 21, 2013

Jeinkler Aguirre and Jose Guerra of Cuba compete in the men's 10-meter synchro platfrom preliminary competition at the FINA Swimming World Championships.

Gerald Herbert/AP

Neighborhood Watch

New Orleans
July 20, 2013

Alvin Duplessis, 10, left, and Thomas McGriff, 5, foreground, hold signs, with others from the Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Church of New Orleans, at a rally held in reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Following the with court ruling the debate of race in America has been trust to the forefront with remarks coming from informed voices like President Obama to the pandering opertunisitc spewing of every cable pundit on TV.

Michael Sohn/AP

Synchronicity

Barcelona, Spain
July 19, 2013

China's Chen Roulin, right, and Liu Huixia perform during a synchronized 10-meter platform diving training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships.

Pool photo by Mandel Ngan

Refugee Camp

Mafraq, Jordan
July 18, 2013

An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. The camp is now home to 160,000 Syrians, equal in size to what would be Jordan's fifth-largest city.

Julio Cortez/AP

Be Cool

Hoboken, N.J.

July 17, 2013

Children play as they cool off during a heat wave at a fountain, in Pier A Park.

Matt Rourke/AP

Horrifyingly Heavy Heat

Philadelphia
July 16, 2013
Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heat atop a building. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s.

Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Kathmandu Market

Kathmandu, Nepal
July 15, 2013

Vendors sell vegetables at a market in Kathmandu.

Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty

Lion Xing

Nairobi Province, Kenya

July 14, 2013

A lion walks past a line of cars at the Nairobi National Park. The wild lion brought traffic to a standstill near the entrance to the park as curious tourists risked breaking park rules by leaving after closing time to view the spectacle.

John Raoux/AP

Not Guilty

Sanford, Florida
July 13, 2013

Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse to hearing the verdict of 'not guilty' in the trial of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had been charged with the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Altaf Qadri/AP

Ramadan

New Delhi, India
July 12, 2013
An Indian Muslim man reads the holy Quran at a Mughal era mosque.

Jorge Lopez/Reuters

Down to the Wire

Guatemala City
July 11, 2013

A man is seen through power lines working on the placement of a panoramic ad.

Mukhtar Khan/AP

Celebratory Smirks

Srinagar, India
July 10, 2013

Newly graduated soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry participate in their commencement parade. The soldiers will join the Indian Army in fighting separatist Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir to end an insurgency that started in 1989.

Vincent West/Reuters

"Fire Bull"

Pamplona, Spain
July 9, 2013

Revellers smile as sparks from the "Fire Bull", a man carrying a metal structure loaded with fireworks, fly on the fourth day of the San Fermin festival. Visitors to the nine-day festival take part in activities including the running of the bulls. This is followed by processions of giant traditional figures, concerts, firebulls, fireworks, and large doses of eating, drinking, dancing and late nights.

Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty

Grieving the Massacre

Cairo, Egypt
July 8 , 2013

A man grieves at a make shift hospital where victims are being brought following clashes between Egyptian police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi outside the elite Republican Guards base. Sixteen Islamist activists were shot dead during the clashes outside the army headquarters calling for ousted president Mohamed Morsi to be reinstated, according to the spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

The Sun Also Sets

Pamplona, Spain
July 7, 2013

Revelers look to an Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival; the annual event draws gawkers from around the world to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls, glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

Spencer Platt/Getty

Drawing Lines

Cairo, Egypt
July 6, 2013

A motorcycle sits at a roadblock in Tahrir Square following a night of clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Over 17 people were killed in clashes around the country with dozens injured as the Egyptian military tries to restore order. Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the interim head of state in ceremony in Cairo on Thursday morning, the day after Morsi was placed under house arrest by the Egyptian military and the Constitution was suspended.

Nir Elias/Reuters

The Dampness of War

Tel Aviv, Israel
July 5, 2013

Thousands of people take part in an annual water fight in Rabin Square.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Proud Strong and Free

Boston, Massachusetts

July 4, 2013

A member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company stands amid confetti following a reading of the Declaration of Independence, during Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations.

Suhaib Salem/Reuters

The Coup is Coming

Cairo, Egypt

July 3, 2013

Anti-Morsi protesters wave flags in Tahrir Square, as the general command of the Egyptian armed forces hold a crisis meeting. The meeting was being held hours before the expiry of a deadline set by the army for rival politicians to find a solution to the country's political crisis.

Andrew Burton/Getty

New York's Newest

New York, New York

July 2, 2013

New York City Police Academy cadets celebrate after their graduation ceremony at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The New York Police Department (NYPD) has more than 37,000 officers; 781 cadets graduated today.

Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Demonstration and Worship

Cairo, Egypt
July 1, 2013

Demonstrators pray during a protest demanding that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi resign at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 1, 2013. Egypt's powerful armed forces on Monday gave the Islamist president a virtual ultimatum to share power, urging the nation's feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

No. 5

Robben Island, South Africa
June 30, 2013

Barack Obama peers out from Section B, prison cell No. 5, where former South African president Nelson Mandela spent 18-years of his 27-year prison term on the island locked up by the former apartheid government. Obama is on a weeklong trip to Africa and stopped at the prision with his daughters. Later he would remark to students at the University of Cape Town, "Seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded Nelson Mandela, I knew this was an experience they would never forget," he said. "I knew they now appreciated a little bit more that Madiba [Mandela's clan name] and other had made for freedom."

Ben Curtis/AP

Get Well Soon

Pretoria, South Africa
June 29, 2013

A child looks at paintings of former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. Obama encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world Saturday to follow Mandela's example of country before self, as the U.S. president prepared to pay personal respects to relatives who have been gathered around the critically ill anti-apartheid icon.

Hamid Khatib/Reuters

Rebel Fighter

Aleppo, Syria
June 28, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter climbs the stairs while carrying his weapon in the Bab al-Nasr neighborhood of Aleppo.

Rebecca Blackwell/AP

'Very Powerful Moment'

Dakar, Senegal
June 27, 2013

President Barack Obama stands facing out to see, at the 'Door of No Return,' at the slave house on Goree Island. Obama is calling his visit to a Senegalese island from which Africans were said to have been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean into slavery, a 'very powerful moment.'

Mark Wilson/Getty

A Cause for Celebration

Washington, DC.
June 26, 2013

Sharon Burk and Mollie Wagoner, students from The American University in DC. embrace after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

Muhammed Muheisen/AP

Escaping the Heat

Rawalpindi, Pakistan
June 25, 2013

A child, sits on the window of a train, while he and others try to escape the heat trapped inside the cabin, as temperatures reached 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Rawalpindi railway station.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Vigil for Mandela

Johannesburg, South Africa
June 24, 2013

A boy plays on scaffolding built as a television news stage across from former President Nelson Mandela's Soweto home, which now serves as a museum. News media companies have rented space along Vilikazi Street to broadcast from in the event of Mandela's death. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela's condition has become critical since he was admitted to the hospital over two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection.

Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty

Waiting for the world's worst "spy"

Moscow, Russia
June 23, 2013

Russian journalists wait for the arrival of former NSA-contractor Edward Snowden at the Moscow Sheremetevo airport, awaiting the oppertunity to give the world another image of the man. Snowden flew from Hong Kong, reportedly on his way to Venezuela, escaping the clutches of a US arrest warant for blowing the whistle on a cyber-espionage program at the NSA which monitored the cell phones and computers of Americans and those abroad interacting with Americans.

Lee Jin-man/AP

63 years

June 22, 2013
Chuncheon, South Korea

South Korean soldiers play their roles as North Koreans during a re-enactment of the battle of Chuncheon. South Korean Defense Ministry hosted the event to re-enact one of major battle campaigns fought in the 1950-53 Korean War. The country marks the 63rd anniversary of the beginning of the war on June 25.

Arshad Arbab/EPA, via Landov

Dazed and Confused

June 21, 2013
Peshawar, Pakistan

A man sits at the scene of a suicide bombing that killed at least 13 people and wounded 37 at a Shiite mosque as worshippers were preparing for Friday prayers.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Taking the Plunge

June 20, 2013
Beregove, Ukraine

A girl jumps off the breakwater into the Black Sea in the Crimean village of Beregove.

Muhammed Muheisen/AP

No Hands

June 19, 2013
Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Spectators look on as an acrobat rides his motorcycle around a circular track at an entertainment park.

 

Omar Sobhani/Reuters, via Landov

Dusty Landing

June 18, 2013
Kabul, Afghanistan

NATO soldiers take cover from dust and debris from a UH-47 Chinook helicopter landing to pick them up after the security handover ceremony.

Scott Olson/Getty

Enshrined Curbside

June 17, 2013
Chicago
, Illinois

A memorial sits along the street where 18-year-old Jamal Jones was shot and killed yesterday. Eight people were killed and at least 46 wounded by gunfire in Chicago over the Fathers Day weekend.

Alexander Yuan/AP

Keep Calm and Ignore the Nukes

June 16, 2013
Pyongyang, North Korea

People walk past a roadside propaganda billboard promoting the "military first" policy and a boost to build the country's economy. North Korea's top governing body on Sunday proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States in an appeal sent just days after calling off talks with rival South Korea.

Vadim Ghirda/AP

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

June 15, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

Gezi park protesters hold hands minutes before clashing with Turkish riot police. Turkish riot police firing tear gas and water cannons took less than half an hour on Saturday to bring to a prehaps-temporary end an 18-day occupation of the Istanbul park at the center of the strongest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 10-year rule.

Oli Scarff/Getty

Mighty Head

June 14, 2013
Ascot, England

Artist Nic Fiddian-Green puts the finishing touches on his sculpture 'The Mighty Head' as it is installed at the Royal Ascot Racecourse. 

John Wark/AP

Property Lines

June 13, 2013
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Blackened areas defines the indiscriminate path of a wildfire that destroyed some homes and left others untouched in one neighborhood in the densely wooded Black Forest area. More than 350 homes have been lost in what is now the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, surpassing last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and led to $353 million in insurance claims.

Dusan Vranic/AP

Deported to Nowhere

June 12, 2013
Bartaa, Israeli

Palestinian woman Sahar Kabaha, 33, sits beside her 10-year-old daughter Nashwa. After her Israeli Arab husband died last year, Israel’s interior ministry refused to renew her permit to live in the Jewish state, effectively denying her the right to remain in the country, even though her four children are Israeli citizens. She now lives without legal papers and is appealing the decision. For the past decade, Israel has largely restricted Palestinians from joining their spouses inside the Jewish state, citing security concerns like Palestinian militants using entry permits gained through marriage to carry out attacks in Israel.

Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Turkey in Turmoil

June 11, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey
People run away as Turkish riot police fire tear gas on Taksim square. Police fired massive volleys of tear gas and jets of water to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul's Taksim Square, after earlier apparently retreating. The gas sent the crowd scrambling, raising tensions on a 12th day of violence after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he had "no more tolerance" for the mass demonstrations.

Rahmat Gul/AP

Jalalabad Prayers

June 10, 2013
Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Khudaidad Mohmand, 28, an Afghan man, performs ablution for prayers in the Kabul River as the sun sets on the outskirts of town.

Marco Secchi/Getty

Surface Tension

June 9, 2013
Venice, Italy

Protesters clash with police during the blockage of the Venice Tourist Port on June 9, 2013 in Venice, Italy. Three days of protests are being organised by Venetians and environmentalists, who are opposed to cruise ships crossing the St Mark's Basin.

Andreas Rentz/Getty

Walk This Way

June 08, 2013
Stockholm, Sweden
Guests mill about at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill hosted by King Carl Gustaf XIV and Queen Silvia at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Reed Saxon/AP

Santa Monica Shooting

June 7, 2013
Santa Monica, California

A police officer leads children on a field trip out of Santa Monica College, following a shooting in the area. The students from Citizens of the World Charter School in Los Angeles had gone for a planetarium show when two people were found dead Friday in a burned home near the campus and a suspect sprayed a street corner with gunfire.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Tinseltown Theatrics

June 06, 2013
Los Angeles, California

Actors pretending to be terror suspects wearing suicide vests confront Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau during a drill involving a response to threats of a weapon of mass destruction. The realistic counterterrorism drill began with an explosion with law enforcement officers firing blank ammunition at pretend suspects as police helicopters with sharp shooters were flying low among downtown office towers. The counter terrorism exercise was part of the 2013 National Homeland Security Associations conference at the Bonaventure Hotel.

Armin Weigel/EPA, via Landov

Danube Deluge

June 5, 2013
Passau, Germany

Passenger ships float near buildings in the flooded town of Passau. Mass evacuations continue throughout central Europe and Germany as the death toll rose to 15. 

Muhammed Muheisen/AP

Power Outage

June 4, 2013
Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistanis are silhouetted against vehicle headlamps while walking on street darkened by power cuts, on the outskirts of Islamabad. Much of Pakistan is subject to rolling power cuts up to 18 hours a day because of electricity shortages.

Nick Ut/AP

Western Wildfires

June 3, 2013
Lancaster, California

A plane drops fire retardant on a wildfire to contain a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles.

Morne de Klerk/Getty

Surrealist sausage dogs

June 2, 2013
Adelaide, Australia

Volunteers walk their purebred Dachshunds at Henley Beach as part of an art installation created by Australian surrealist artist Andrew Baines.

Adem Altan/AFP/Getty

Colors

June 1, 2013
Ankara, Turkey

Tear gas surrounds a protestor waving a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as he protests against the Turkish Prime Minister and his ruling Justice and Development Party. Police began pulling out of Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, after a second day of violent clashes with protesters over a controversial development project. Thousands of demonstrators flooded the site as police lifted the barricades around the park furthering something that has snowballed into widespread anger against what critics say is the government's increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda.

Sedat Suna/EPA, via Landov

Mad Scramble

May 31, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the planned construction of a new shopping mall at Taksim Square.

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty

Violence Continues

May 30, 2013
Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqis gather near a damaged vehicle at the scene of a car bomb attack in the commercial area of Karradah. Attacks in Iraq, including car bombs in Baghdad, killed 11 people today, the latest in a surge of violence that has left 166 dead in a week and sparked fears of all-out sectarian conflict. 

Wong Maye-E/AP

Stay Cool

May 29, 2013
Singapore

Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, swims in his new enclosure at the Singapore Zoo.

Ariel Schalit/AP

Chemical Attack Drill

May 28, 2013
Azur, Israel

Israeli soldiers wear protective gear during a drill near Tel Aviv. Israel has launched a national civil defense drill, which the army said this year will focus on the threat of unconventional weapons at a time of growing regional tensions.

Scott Olson/Getty

Honoring the Fallen

May 27, 2013
Moore, Oklahoma

Pat Newcomb cleans debris from around the headstone of her late husband in the Moore City Cemetery. The headstone, like many of the grave markers in the cemetery, was damaged May 20 when a tornado passed through the cemetery and the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Tom Pennington/Getty

Hoping for Moore

May 26, 2013

Moore, Oklahoma

A message left in a tornado ravaged neighborhood ahead of a U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the area.

Romina Amato/Red Bull via Getty

High Dive

May 25, 2013

La Rochelle, France

Blake Aldridge of the United Kingdom prepares to launch an armstand dive from the 27.5 metre platform on the Saint Nicolas Tower during the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Mark Baker/AP

Honoring Buddha

May 24, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hundreds of candles burn during Wesak Day celebrations at the Buddhist Maha Vihara temple in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Brickfields. Wesak Day marks the three momentous events in Buddha's life, his birthday, enlightenment, and achievement of Nirvana.

Jason DeCrow/AP

On the Run

May 23, 2013
New York, New York

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner greets commuters outside a subway station in Harlem during his first campaign event.

Thibault Camus/AP

Minor Adjustments

May 22, 2013
Paris, France

French President Francois Hollande, right, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, adjust their earpieces during a press conference, at the Elysee Palace.

Tony Gutierrez/AP

Devastion in Oklahoma

May 21, 2013
Moore, Oklahoma

This aerial view shows an entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday's tornado. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

Shaam News Network, via AP

Syria in Crisis

May 20, 2013
Yabroud, Syria

Smoke rises after explosives were dropped by a Syrian government warplane in Yabroud near Damascus, Syria.

Jose Luis Magana/AP

Foggy Day

May 19, 2013
Andrews Air Force Base, Md

Air Force One with President Barack Obama aboard departs from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Atlanta to attend the Morehouse College commencement and a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) event.

Jens Meyer/AP

Shadowy Smooch

May 19, 2013
Leipzig, Germany 
Participants of the the gothic music festival Wave Gothic Festival kiss each other. About 20,000 members of the scene from all over the world are expected to attend the gothic and 'dark' culture festival until May 20, 2013. 

Anja Niedringhaus/AP

Day at the Pool

May 17, 2013
Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan man jumps from a diving board into a swimming pool on a hill overlooking Kabul. The swimming pool was built by the Soviets more then 30 years ago has rarely been used caught instead in the middle of decades of war.

Rex C. Curry/AP

Ten Texas Twisters

May 16, 2013
Granbury, Texas

Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

Mohammad Hannon/AP

Recall to Mind

May 15, 2013
Amman, Jordan

Sabha al-Kooz, 83, a Palestinian refugee, speaks of her memories at Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp northwest of Amman on the 65th anniversary of "nakba", Arabic for "catastrophe," the term used to mark the events leading to Israel's founding in 1948.

Pool photo by Mikhail Metzel

Hard Landing

May 14, 2013
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz TMA-07M space capsule lands about 150 km (90 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan. A Soyuz space capsule with a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Anja Niedringhaus/AP

A Recreational Escape

May 13, 2013
Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan boy flies his kite on a hill overlooking Kabul.  Banned during the Taliban regime, kite flying is once again the main recreational escape for Afghan boys and some men.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty

Chest Bump

May 12, 2013
Madrid, Spain

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan from the US celebrate victory during their final match against Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil on day nine of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters, via Landov

Crowded Casting

May 11, 2013
Lahore, Pakistan
Women wait to vote at a polling station. A string of militant attacks cast a long shadow over Pakistan's general election on Saturday, but millions still turned out to vote in a landmark test of the troubled country's democracy. 

Sohel Ahmed/Reuters, via Landov

May Miracle

May 10, 2013
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue workers rescue a woman from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building 17 days after the building collapsed in Savar May 10, 2013. Rescuers pulled the woman, identified by Bangladeshi media only as Reshma, on Friday from the rubble of the Bangladesh garment factory, astonishing workmen who had been searching for bodies of victims of a disaster that has killed more than 1,000 people. 

Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty

Chasing the vote

May 9, 2013
Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistani boys run after a truck distributing election flags during a political rally, on the last day of election campaigning. Pakistan's general elections will mark the first democratic transition of power in the country's 66-year existence.

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Thumbs Up

May 8, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio

Gina DeJesus raises her thumb as she arrives at her family home. At right is Gina's father Felix. Earlier this week, DeJesus, along with two other women, were rescued after a decade spent imprisoned and tormented in a kidnapper's house, also located in Cleveland.

Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty

Memorial Preservation

May 7, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

Katharine Lusk, of Jamaica Plain, an advisor for Mayor Menino, at right; and Kristen Swett, left, of Quincy, an assistant archivist at Boston's Office of City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division, work carefully to separate hand-written paper signs and mementos from other objects left at the Copley Square Boston Marathon memorial. Workers from the Boston City Archives and Mayor Menino's office culled through the makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombings in Copley Square to remove handwritten signs, posters, notes, and other fragile items so the keepsakes can be preserved. Weather forecasters expect rain on Wednesday and through the rest of the week. City officials want to save the paper items before rain blurs the ink and disintegrates the paper. “We want to get all the paper out of there to ensure the rain doesn’t destroy it,” John McColgan, the Boston City Archivist.” The first step is to ensure that the hardcopy is preserved and it is documented.

Uriel Sinai/Getty

Golani Brigade

May 6, 2013
Golan Heights, Israel

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade take part in a military exercise near the border with Syria, following recent airstrikes on targets near the Lebanon/Syria border. Though Israel has taken responsibility for the incident, they have issued a statement assuring that their intent was not to weaken Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Vadim Ghirda/AP

Headcount

May 5, 2013
Bucharest, Romania
A Romanian orthodox nun walks in the tomb at the Pasarea monastery during the Easter religious service. The tomb, containing mostly remains of the nuns who formerly occupied the monastery, is briefly opened every Easter night.

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters, via Landov

Monolithic March

Lalibela, Ethiopia  
May 4, 2013
An Orthodox Christian walks into one of 11 monolithic rock-cut churches, ahead of Orthodox Easter.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

Wondering Watermelon

Allahabad, India 
May 3, 2013
Indian farmers transport watermelons on camels on their way to market. The summer fruits gain popularity with the rise of temperature.

Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters, via Landov

Fire Rages

May 2, 2013
Los Angeles, California

The Springs Fire rages along the Pacific Ocean north of the Ventura County Line. A wind-driven wildfire raging along the California coast north of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames engulfed several farm buildings and recreational vehicles near threatened neighborhoods.

Luis Hidalgo/AP

May Day

Santiago, Chile
May 1, 2013

Police use batons during clashes with protesters at the annual May Day march.  In protests, parades, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities across the world, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they allege have ignored workers' voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers during what has been a difficult few years for the global economy.

AFP/Getty

Day in Court

April 30, 2013
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi property tycoon Sohel Rana, seen wearing police-issue body armour and helmet, as he is escorted for his appearance at the High Court in Dhaka.

Amr Nabil/AP

Pyramid in Peril

April 29, 2013
Dahshour, Egypt

Egyptian villagers catch lobsters in a pond in front of the historical site of the 4,500-year-old "bent" pyramid, of Pharaoh Sneferu known for its oddly shaped profile, outside the village 50 miles south of Cairo. Protesters held a rally on Monday against the continued construction of a modern cemetery at the foot of Egypt's first pyramids and its oldest temples. Authorities have so far failed to stop the construction, despite earlier promises to do so. Looting has also spread in the site that has witnessed little excavation, in the absence of security or law enforcement.

Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty

Chin Up

April 28, 2013
Moscow, Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, reviews Russian troops as he arrives at Moscow airport. Japan pledged to reset ties with Russia during the first visit by a Japanese leader to Moscow in a decade.

Stringer/Reuters, via Landov

Rubble Rescue

Dhaka, Bangladesh
April 27, 2013
Rescue workers carry a garment worker, who was pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka. Two factory bosses and two engineers were detained in Bangladesh on Saturday, three days after the collapse of a building where low-cost garments were made for Western brands killed at least 352 people. More were being pulled alive from the rubble at the building, where police said as many as 900 people were still missing in Bangladesh's worst ever industrial accident.

Laszlo Balogh/Reuters, via Landov

Funky Folk Frolic

Budapest, Hungary
April 26, 2013
Dancers from the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble perform during the dress rehearsal of their new show "Song of the Stag" at the Budapest Dance festival.

Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters, via Landov ,LASZLO BALOGH,JESSICA RINALDI

Marathon Memorial

Boston, Massachusetts
April 25, 2013

Messages at a memorial for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Pool Photo by Jim Watson

World Tour

Cairo, Egypt
April 24, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (center left) stands with Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (center right) before laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Hagel is on a six-day visit to the Middle East, his first since taking over as Pentagon chief.

AP Photo

Clashes in Iraq

Hawija, Iraq
April 23, 2013

The body of a gunman killed during clashes with Iraqi security forces lies on the ground in Hawija, 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Baghdad on Tuesday. Iraqi security forces backed by helicopters raided a Sunni protest camp before dawn Tuesday, prompting clashes that killed scores of people in the area and significantly intensified Sunni anger against the Shiite-led government.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

Meal in Aftermath

Lushan, Sichuan Province, China
April 22, 2013

A mother feeds her child as they stay in a temporary shelter after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that has left at least 188 dead.

Manish Swarup/AP

Power Women

New Delhi, India
April 21, 2013
Demonstrators protesting against the rape of a 5-year-old girl clash with female police officers.  The girl was in serious condition after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India's capital for two days, officials said.

Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty

Cycling Circus

Budapest, Hungary
April 20, 2013
Hungarian cyclists rise their bikes during an environment friendly demonstration. The protest ride was organized in order to promote cycling, one of the most environment-friendly forms of traveling, and to raise awareness about the need to improve cycling conditions in the city.

Markus Schreiber/AP

Glaring Giraffe

Berlin, Germany  
April 19, 2013
Eric the new born Rothschild giraffe stands in front the mother Lotti during its first presentation for public at the Tierpark zoo.

G.J. McCarthy/Dallas Morning News, via Corbis

Bending Blast

West, Texas 
April 18, 2013

Aerial image shows a bent railroad track caused by a nearby explosion. An explosion Wednesday at a fertilizer refinery caused by a fire leveled homes and buildings in the area and lead to several deaths.

Lee Jin-man/AP

Cries of Soldiers

Sejong, South Korea
April 17, 2013

A South Korean soldier holding his machine gun runs in front of an advertisement board during an anti-terror drills at Government Complex south of Seoul. North Korea lashed out anew Tuesday at South Korea over a small public protest in Seoul in which demonstrators burned effigies of the North's leaders, saying it would not hold talks with its southern neighbor unless it apologized for anti-North Korean actions "big and small" and warning that it could take retaliatory measures at any time.

Shakil Adil/AP

Pakistan Earthquake

Karachi, Pakistan
April 16, 2013

People evacuate buildings and gather on road after a tremor of an earthquake was felt in Karachi. An earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flatted homes and offices Tuesday near Iran's border with Pakistan.

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty

Marathon Tragedy

Boston, Massachussets

April 15, 2013

Police officers draw their guns as a second explosion is heard down the street. The first explosion knocked down 78-year-old Bill Iffrig near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, but he continued on to finish the race.

David Guttenfelder/AP

Rest Stop

Pyongyang, North Korea
April 14, 2013
Runners rest inside Kim Il Sung Stadium during the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to commemorate the birthday of the late leader Kim Il Sung.

Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty

Protesting Proceedings

April 13, 2013
Cairo, Egypt 

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak hold his pictures and a statue depicting him as they gather outside the Police Academy during his retrial. Judge Mostafa Hassan Abdallah recused himself from presiding over the new trial of Mubarak, his two sons and security chiefs in a hearing that lasted just seconds. Abdallah sent the case to the Court of Appeal, which will then refer the case to a new court.

Mike Munden/AP

Able Abe's App

April 12, 2013
Columbus, Ohio
 

Robert Broski, a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, takes a photo with his cell phone during a visit to the Ohio Statehouse. The three dozen presenters were there to hear a Lincoln speech in the House chamber given by fellow presenter Jerry Payn. About three dozen Abraham Lincoln impersonators from around the U.S. are convening in Columbus for their 19th annual convention to compare notes and costumes and tour some Abe-related historical sites. 

Alessandra Tarantino/AP

A Little Drafty

April 10, 2013
Vatican City

Pope Francis' skull cap is blown away in a gust of wind as he leaves with his popemobile at St. Peter's Square after his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty

A Grim Recovery

April 9, 2013
Nangarhar, Afghanistan

A US Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter flies provides air cover as soldiers near the scene of a helicopter crash participate in a recovery operation in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar province. According to officials, a NATO helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan killing two US troops.

Alex Wong/Getty

White House, Cherry Blossoms

April 8, 2013
Washington D.C.

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office prior to speaking at a press conference on gun control in Hartford, Connecticut.

Joseph Kaczmarek/AP

Fallen Hero

April 7, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Firefighters salute the body of comrade Capt. Michael Goodwin upon arriving at a funeral home. A fire caused a partial roof collapse that killed Goodwin and injured a colleague who was trying to rescue him, officials said.

Amr Nabil/AP

Egyptian Youth Faction

April 6, 2013
Cairo, Egypt  

Members of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans and light flares during a rally in front of the prosecutor general's office. Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands on Morsi, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy.

Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

Dire Displaced Syrians

April 5, 2013
Aleppo, Syria 

A Syrian boy looks at fish swimming in a tank at a market. The UN is hiking its estimates of people trapped in Syria after fleeing their homes, saying some four million are now displaced inside the country and in dire need of international help. 

Hoshang Hashimi/AP

Open Wounds

April 4, 2013
Farah, Afghanistan

An Afghan army soldier stands guard in a destroyed courthouse a day after suicide bombers disguised as Afghan soldiers stormed a courthouse in a failed bid to free more than a dozen Taliban prisoners in western Afghanistan, officials said. Tens of people, including the nine attackers were reported killed in the fighting. The assault in Farah province was the latest example of the Taliban's ability to strike official institutions despite tight security measures; with exculating violence in recent months and a government still trying to find it's footing, each attack is a reminder of how far the country has still to go.

Marco Longari/AFP/Getty

Strike

April 3, 2013
Hebron, West Bank

A Palestinian demonstrator looks on during clashes with the Israeli army. Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza were observing a general strike, with prisoners refusing food to mourn the death of a fellow inmate in an Israeli jail.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters, via Landov

Tragedy

April 2, 2013
Yangon, Burma
People watch a funeral from inside a mosque at Yaeway cemetery. Thousands of Muslims attended the funeral for 13 boys who were killed after a fire broke out in a dormitory at an Islamic school. 

Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty

Dust Storm in Gaza

April 1, 2013
Gaza City, Palestine

Palestinian children play on the beach in Gaza City during a dust storm.

Pilar Olivares/Reuters, via Landov

Easter Angels

March 31, 2013
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Worshippers dressed in costume participate in an Easter Sunday procession.

Bernat Armangue/AP

"Land Day" respite on the Wall

March 30, 2013
between Ramallah and Jerusalem, Israel

A Palestinian man pauses near the Qalandia checkpoint on the anniversary of "Land Day". On this day, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza commemorate events in March 1976 when Israel confiscated land from Galilee Arab villages, leading to protests in which six Arabs were killed. The "Land Day" rallies are an annual event attended by those who protest what they say are discriminatory Israeli land policies.

Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Dockers on Strike

March 29, 2013
Hong Kong, China

Dockers sit in front of a ship at the Kwai Chung container terminal during a strike asking for better wages. The dockers, who work in one of the world busiest container port in the world, claim their wages had not gone up in 15 years.

David Goldman/AP

Good Thursday

March 28, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, center, Rep. Terry Rogers, R–Clarkesville, left, and Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, right, throw up paper from their desks at the conclusion of the legislative session in the House chamber.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty

Festival of Colors

Vrindavan, India
March 27, 2013

Hindu devotees play with color during Holi festivities at the Banke Bihari temple. Celebrating the arrival of spring, this vibrant tradition draws its roots from the legend and love between the Hindu God Krishna and his consort Radha. Supposedly, the dark skinned Krishna envied the fair skin of Radha. Krishna's mother, Yahsoda, teasingly suggested he paint Radha's face with whatever color he pleased. In heeding his mother's advice, so began the immemorial tradition of affectionate playing with pigment during Holi.

Antonio Calanni/AP

Unfair Play

Valletta, Malta
March 26, 2013

Malta midfielder Andre Schembri, right, pulls Italy forward Mario Balotelli's jersey during a World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Malta and Italy at the National Stadium Ta' Qali.

Anja Niedringhaus/AP

Transfer of Power

Bagram, Afghanistan
March 25, 2013

An Afghan prisoner waits in line for his release from Parwan Detention Facility after the U.S. military gave control of its last detention facility to Afghan authorities in Bagram, outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 25, 2013. The handover of Parwan Detention Facility ends a bitter chapter in American relations with Afghanistan's mercurial president, Hamid Karzai, who demanded control of the prison as a matter of national sovereignty.

Vivek Prakash/Reuters, via Landov

Spring Celebration

Vrindavan, India
March 24, 2013

Women at a shelter for widows throw flowers into the air during Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Charlie Riedel/AP

Downtime

Kansas City, Mo, USA
March 23, 2013

La Salle's Jerrell Wright, left, Tyrone Garland, center, and Tyreek Duren hang out in the locker room before practice for a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament.

Khin Maung Win/AP

Devoted

Meikhtila, Myanmar
March. 22, 2013

Debris are left at the site of destroyed buildings as ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims continues for a second day. Buddhist-Muslim violence has killed at least 20 people smoldered across a central Myanmar town Friday as residents cowered indoors amid growing fears the country's latest bout of sectarian bloodshed could spread. The government's struggle to contain the unrest here is proving another major challenge President Thein Sein's reformist administration as it attempts to chart a path to democracy after nearly half a century of military rule that once crushed all dissent.

Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty

Happy 1392!

Kabul, Afghanistan
March 21, 2013

An Afghan family sits and eats ice-cream near the Sakhi shrine, where Nowruz festivities are taking place. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar, and is by far one of the biggest festivals in the war-scarred nation. Nowruz is calculated according to a solar calendar; this coming year marking 1392.

Emilio Morenatti/AP

Vegetarian Views

Barcelona, Spain

March 20, 2013

Animal rights activists from the group 'Animal Equality' lie wrapped in meat packaging as they stage a protest during a "Day Without Meat".

Andre Penner/AP

Fashion Week

Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 19, 2013

Models wear creations from the Acquastudio summer collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA, via Landov

Protest and Tribute

Manila, Philippines
March 18, 2013

Filipino activists throw a bench from the balcony of a building during a symbolic protest following an apparent suicide by a college freshman student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). Student organizations criticized the PUP school policies on tuition fees and held symbolic demonstrations of mourning following a suicide committed on March 15 by Filipino UP-Manila student Kristel Tejada, who had problems with her tuition fee payments at the time of the incident, local media reports stated. Student organizations vowed to hold further protests against school policies on tuition fees that allegedly hinder the right to education of students who have financial difficulties.

Rahmat Gul/AP

Playing 'Dress-Up'

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

March 17, 2013

Two young girls play house, mimicking their mothers in burqas cut to their size, east of Kabul.

Jonathan Nackstand/AFP/Getty

Ascending Above Ash

Are, Sweden 
March 16, 2013

A paraglider flies through the smoke over the Oster-Jansjon lake.

Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Political Paper Pile

National Harbor, Maryland 
March 15, 2013

United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a republican from Kentucky, points to a stack of papers representing what he claimed to be the regulations associated with President Barack Obama's healthcare reform as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Vivek Prakash/Reuters, via Landov

Picturesque Park Practice

Mumbai, India
March 14, 2013

Naina (left), a student, and her instructor Rahul practice swinging "pois" at a park. Poi is a recreational activity in which people swing weights tied to strings in a variety of patterns and shapes.

Bernat Armangue/AP

Grief-Stricken

Hebron, West Bank
March 13, 2013

Faheema Titi is covered with blood after embracing her dead brother, Palestinian protester Mahmoud Titi, during his funeral in Al-Fawwar refugee camp.  Israeli troops shot Mahmoud Titi after he and other demonstrators hurled rocks and firebombs at them in the West Bank, the military said.

Andrew Medichini/AP

The Conclave Prays

Vatican City

March 12, 2013

Cardinals attend a Mass for the election of a new pope celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano inside St. Peter's Basilica before entering the Sistine Chapel to cast their votes at the Vatican.

AFP

After the Kumbh Mela

Allahabad, India
March 11, 2013

An Indian ragpicker collects recycleable material from camping grounds near the Sangam following the conclusion of the Kumbh Mela yesterday, March 10, 2013.

Michael Buholzer/Reuters, via Landov

And They're Off

Maloja, Switzerland
March 10, 2013
Cross-country skiers begin the Engadin Ski Marathon on the frozen Lake Sils. More than 12,000 skiers participated in the 42.2 km race from Maloja to S-chanf near St. Moritz.

David Gray/Reuters, via Landov

Hitless, Headless

Dunedin, New Zealand  
March 9, 2013

New Zealand's Bruce Martin avoids a bouncer bowled by England's Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the first test at the University Oval cricket match.

Andy Jacobsohn for The Daily Beast

Promises, Promises

New York 
March 8, 2013

A guest listens to the global launch of "Ring the Bell: One million men. One million promises." at One UN New York Hotel on International Women's Day. Along with actor Sir Patrick Stewart, singer Michael Bolton and NFL quarterback Don McPherson, among others at the launch, two panels drew attention to the promises of men to take action on violence against women. 

Charles Dharapak/AP

Spy Games

Washington D.C.
March 7, 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, early Thursday morning. Senate Democrats had pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of Brennan but ran into a snag after Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil.

Wong Maye-E/AP

Nap Time

Singapore
March 6, 2013

One month-old endangered Bornean Orangutan sleeps on his mother named Miri.

David Goldman/AP

Spring Training

Fort Myers, Fla.
March 5, 2013

Minnesota Twins shortstop Ray Olmedo slides into third base after hitting a three-run triple in the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Black Cat crossing a Vatican path

Vatican City
March 4, 2013

A black cat walks past a Catholic priest amid the "sede vacante," or "popeless" period of time prior to the conclave to elect a new pope.

Ariel Schalit/AP

Eagle Eye

Tel Aviv, Israel
March 3, 2013
A trainer holds an injured Eastern Imperial Eagle before flying rehabilitation sessions in an open field at Ariel Sharon Park. Injured a few months ago, the eagle remains under care at the animal hospital at the Tel Aviv Ramat Gan Zoological Center, before being released back to the wild.

Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters, via Landov

Operatic Opening

Marseille, France  
March 2, 2013

An opera singer performs during the inauguration of the mirror panels installation designed by British architect Norman Foster at the Old Harbour.

Darren Staples/Reuters, via Landov

Dinosaur Deterrent

Atherstone, England 
March 1, 2013

Construction manager Mel Tarplee pushes a Tyrannosaurus Rex at Twycross Zoo. 15 dinosaurs will go on display at Dinosaur Vally, a new attraction at the zoo. 

John Moore/Getty

Between Yesterday and Today

Mesa, Arizona
Feb. 28, 2013

A Honduran immigration detainee boards a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), operates 4-5 flights per week from Mesa to Central America, deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in western states of the U.S. With the possibility of federal budget sequestration, ICE released 303 immigration detainees in the last week from detention centers throughout Arizona. More than 2,000 immigration detainees remain in ICE custody in the state. Most of them will be scheduled for deportation within weeks, while others remain for longer periods while their immigration cases work through the courts.

Joe Raedle/Getty

Homeward Bound

Miami, Florida
Feb. 27, 2013

Valaree Byrne, left, from EWM Realtors International, shows a home that is for sale to Lauren Fili. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices indicates that home prices in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties rose 10.6 percent in December from a year earlier, in another sign that housing prices continue to recover from the height of the recession.

John Moore/Getty

Borderland

Sonoita, Arizona
Feb. 26, 2013

The long shadow of a U.S. Border Patrol agent is cast alongside the U.S.-Mexico border.

Scott Olson/Getty

Marine Boot Camp

Parris Island, South Carolina
Feb. 25, 2013
Female and male Marine recruits listen to instructions as they prepare for a swimming test during boot camp. Male and female recruits are expected to meet the same standards during their swim qualification test. All female enlisted Marines and male Marines who were living east of the Mississippi River when they were recruited attend boot camp at Parris Island. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

L'Osservatore Romano/AP

Last Call

Vatican City
Feb. 24, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final Sunday blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square.

Vincent West/Reuters, via Landov

Pamplona Party

Pretoria, South Africa
Feb. 23, 2013

Members of pro-Basque independence party "Sortu" raise their fists as they sing Eusko Gudariak, the Basque soldiers, at Sortu's first congress.

Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters, via Landov

Bail Bestowed

Pretoria, South Africa
Feb. 22, 2013

Oscar Pistorius (center) is pictured through a car window as he leaves court after he was granted bail. Pistorius left a Pretoria magistrates court on Friday after the South African athletics star was granted bail of $113,000 on charges of murdering his girlfriend.

Manu Brabo/AP

Muddy Waters

Azaz camp, Syria
Feb. 21, 2013
Displaced Syrian children are reflected in a puddle as they walk through an olive tree field near the Azaz camp for displaced people, north of Aleppo province, Syria. According to Syrian activists the number of people in the Azaz camp has grown by 3,000 in the last weeks due to heavier shelling by government forces.

Rivo Andries/AP

Animal Labor

West Sumatra, Indonesia

Feb. 20, 2013

Indonesian men put chain onto a young pig-tailed macaque as it is displayed for sale in the Padang Pariaman regency of West Sumatra, Indonesia. Macaques are commonly sold in the region to be trained to pick and harvest coconuts.

ChinaFotoPress/Getty

Snowbird

Hangzhou, China
Feb. 19, 2013

Security guard Du Jinqian makes snow birds on the steps in front of a bank where he works. Heavy snow hit large areas of east China on Tuesday.

Arshad Butt/AP

Quetta Bombing Protest

Quetta, Pakistan

Feb. 18, 2013

Pakistani Shiite Muslims sit in protest next to the dead bodies of their family members killed in Saturday's bombing in Quetta. The protesters have refused to bury victims of the attack until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. Writing on shrouds reads, "We are ready Hussain."

Lee Jin-man/AP

South Korea Mass Wedding

Gapyeong, South Korea
Feb. 17, 2013

A newly-married couple takes a nap before their mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center.  Some 3,500 South Korean and foreign couples exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church's mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, a wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church.

Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty

Kazakhstani Cat Crazy

Bishkek, Kazahstan 
Feb. 16, 2013

An owner holds her Oriental Shorthair cat during a cat exhibition. Cats owners from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan gathered today in Bishkek to show off their pets. 

Jerome Delay/AP

Malian March

Gao, Mali
Feb. 15, 2013

Children walk on the Askia mausoleum, built in 1495, one week after a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed himself attempting to blow up an army checkpoint at the entrance of the town. 

Justin Sullivan/Getty

Seat Not Taken

San Francisco, California
Feb. 14, 2013

Close to a dozen same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk were arrested after they staged a sit-in demonstration.

Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty

Self-Immolations Continue

Kathmandu, TIbet 
Feb. 13, 2013

Young Tibetans-in-exile take part in a candlelight vigil following the self-immolation attempt by a monk earlier today, marking the one hundredth Tibetan to self immolate in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, in Kathmandu on February 13, 2013. A Tibetan exile turned himself into a ball of fire in front of a Buddhist monument Wednesday, the 100th self-immolation attempt since 2009 in a wave of protests against Chinese rule. 

Umit Bektas/Reuters, via Landov

Turkey Blast

Reyhanli, Turkey
Feb. 12, 2013

Relatives of Ali Sille, 26, one of the 13 victims who died during an explosion at a crossing on Turkey's border with Syria, mourn on his grave during his funeral in the town of Reyhanli on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province.

 

 

Jerome Delay/AP

Mourning in Mali

Gao, Mali
Feb. 11, 2013
A relative of Faisal Hallidou, 31, who was killed by a stray bullet, cries as Hallidou's body is taken to the morgue, one day after Mujao rebel fighters engaged in a firefight with Malian forces. French and Malian government forces have regained control of this northern city, after Islamic fighters fought a prolonged battle. Hospital officials and witnesses say three civilians died in the fighting Sunday. It is not known how many extremists and Malian troops died in the more than five hours of combat.

Kevin Frayer/AP

Tragedy

Allahabad, India
Feb. 10, 2013
A man weeps as he mourns next to the body of a relative who was killed during a stampede at a railway station.  More than two dozen people making the Hindu pilgrimage of Kumbh Mela perished on the overcrowded staircase, according to Railway Ministry sources.

Jim Cole/AP

Snow Swept

Concord, New Hampshire  
Feb. 9, 2013

Neil Hodges uses a snow blower to clear drifting snow from in front of his home.

Marco Secchi/Getty

Carnival Costumes

Venice, Italy 
Feb. 8, 2013

Two women wearing a carnival costume pose in Saint Mark's Square. The 2013 Carnival of Venice runs from January 26 - February 12 and includes a program of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events.

Lee Jin-man/AP

Storm the Gates

Pyeongchang, South Korea
Feb. 7, 2013

Marines from U.S. 3-Marine Expeditionary Force 1st Battalion from Kaneho Bay, Hawaii, and their South Korean counterparts run on a snow covered field during a joint military winter exercise. Over 400 marines from the two countries will participate in the drills from Feb. 4-22, marking the first time they're being held in South Koreas.

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters via Landov

Syria Burns

Damascus, Syria
Feb. 6, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter gestures in front of a burning building hit by a mortar in the Zamalka neighborhood.

Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty

Bionic Body

London
Feb. 5, 2013

Researcher Bertolt Meyer, a lifelong user of prosthetic technology and the model for "Rex", the world's first "bionic man", poses with the humanoid during a photo call at the Science Museum. The 640,000 GBP (1 million US dollars) bionic has a distinctly human shape and boasts prosthetic limbs, a functional artificial blood circulatory system complete with artificial blood, as well as an artificial pancreas, kidney, spleen and trachea. Rex will be displayed at the Science Museum from February 7.

David Parker, WPA Pool/Getty

Trilateral Summit

Ellesborough, United Kingdom
Feb. 4, 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron hosts a meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan (R) and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan (L), to discuss cross border security and methods to engage the Taliban in effective peace talks.

Ramon Espinosa/AP

Cast Your Votes

Havana, Cuba
Feb. 3, 2013
Underneath a Cuban flag with an image of revolution leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara, a Cuban schoolgirl raises her hand confirming a voter is properly casting his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections.

Pilar Olivares/Reuters, via Landov

Carnival

Rio de Janeiro
Feb. 2, 2013
Revellers head to "Ceu na Terra," one of the many carnival parties taking place across the city.

Rouf Bhat, AFP/Getty

Holy Relic

Srinagar, Kashmir
Feb. 1, 2013

Kashmiri Muslims react as an unseen priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Escaping Violence

Za'atari, Jordan
Jan. 31, 2013

Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the Za'atari camp. The Jordanian government are appealing for help with the influx of refugees as they struggle to cope with the sheer numbers arriving in the country.

John Kolesidis/Reuters-Landov

Occupation

Athens, Greece
Jan. 30, 2013

A detained protester shouts slogan inside a bus during clashes outside the Labour Ministry. Thirty were arrested after Greek unionists occupied the Labour Minister's office during an anti-austerity protest.

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Massacre in Aleppo

Aleppo, Syria
Jan. 29, 2013

This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Revolution Against Assad's Regime which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows dead bodies on a street. Syrian activists say at least 65 bodies, some of them with their hands tied behind their back, found on a river bank.

Jerome Delay/AP

Desolate Calm

Gao, Mali
Jan. 28, 2013
A young child runs through a deserted side street in Gao, northern Mali, Monday Jan. 28, 2013, the day after French and Malian troops secured a strategic bridge and the airport there as they pressed northward toward Timbuktu.

Rob Griffith/AP

Last Man Standing

Melbourne, Australia
Jan. 27, 2013
Novak Djokovic holds his trophy after defeating Andy Murray in the men's final at the Australian Open tennis championship.

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Cold Water Color

London, England
Jan. 26, 2013

A competitor dresses as The Hulk (left) as he takes part in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido. Open to all comers, the Championships involve swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Khalil Hamra/AP

Protestes in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt
Jan. 25, 2013

Protesters take cover as they clash with riot police near Tahrir Square.

Oded Balilty/AP

Thinly Veiled

Beit Shemesh, Israel
Jan. 24, 2013

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women view a traditional Jewish wedding from behind a gauze curtain which is used to separate men and women during the ceremony. The granddaughter of Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, was married in the Israeli town near Jerusalem.

Scott Olson/Getty

Fire and Ice

Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jan. 23, 2013

Firefighters battle a five-alarm warehouse fire as temperatures dipped into the single digits.

Arno Burgi/DPA, via AP

Germany Weather

Oberpoebel, Germany
Jan. 22, 2013

A car passes ice and snow covered trees.

Evan Vucci, Pool/Getty

Inaugural Ceremony

Washington, D.C., USA
Jan. 21, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

Issouf Sanogo/AFP, via Getty

Patrol Squad

Niono, Mali
Jan. 20, 2013

A French soldier wearing a skeleton mask stands next to a tank on the street.

Altaf Qadri/AP

An Indian Conductor

New Delhi, India
Jan. 19, 2013

An Indian army conductor leads a military band during rehearsals for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony, held annually on Jan. 29, near the Presidential Palace.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

Indian Invocation

Katmandu, Nepal
Jan. 18, 2013

An Indian woman from Ladakh region offers prayers at the Boudhanath Stupa premise. Thousands of people temporarily migrate to Katmandu from hilly regions of Nepal and India to escape the cold weather during winter.

Gareth Cattermole/Getty

On the catwalk

Berlin, Germany
Jan. 17, 2013

Models walk the runway prior to the Guido Maria Kretschmer Autumn/Winter 2013/14 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at Brandenburg Gate.

Rafael Marchante / Reuters-Landov

Dizzying Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal
Jan. 16, 2013

A woman walks near the merry-go-round at Rossio square.

SANA/AP

University Bombing

Aleppo, Syria
Jan. 15, 2013

People stand in rubble of the damaged university building caused by an explosion. Two explosions struck the main university causing an unknown number of casualties, state media and anti-government activists said.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty

Hindu Devotees Gather for the Maha Kumbh

Allahabad, India
Jan. 14, 2013

Naga sadhus (“sky-clad” Hindu monks) run to bathe in the water of the holy Ganges River during the Maha Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years on the banks of Sagnam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati. The event, which has previously hosted 40 million people, is billed as one of the largest human gatherings in the world.

Andrew Biraj/Reuters, via Landov

Watch Your Step

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jan. 13, 2013

Commuters jump from trains as they arrive at a station to attend the final prayer service of Biswa Ijtema, an annual Muslim congregation.

Alexander F. Yuan/AP

Beijing Breathe

Beijing
Jan. 12, 20213
A woman helps adjust a mask for her friend outside an amusement park on a hazy day. Air pollution levels in China's notoriously dirty capital were at dangerous levels Saturday, with cloudy skies blocking out visibility and warnings issued for people to remain indoors. 

Haseeb Ali/EPA, Landov

Mass Mourning

Mingora, Pakistan
Jan. 11, 20213

Mourners attend the funeral prayer of a victim who was killed in a bomb blast, in the Mingora district of Swat valley, Pakistan, on January 11, 2013. Reports state that at least 21 people were killed and 47 injured in a blast targeting an Islamic Seminary centre on Takhtaband Road, some 5km southwest of Swat regional headquarters of Mingora on January 10.

AP

Kenya's ethnic clashes

Kibusu, Kenya
Jan. 10, 20213

A man mourns next to the bodies of his wife and daughter, who were gunned down outside their home while attempting to escape from suspected Orma raiders who attacked their village. More than 20 houses were burned and at least 10 were killed.

AFP/Getty Images

Snow Falls in the Middle East

Jan. 9, 2013
Baalbek, Lebanon

The worst winter storm in decades dropped snow in Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Israel and Jordan.

Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Another Day at the Zoo

Whipsnade, England
Jan. 8, 2013

A silvery marmoset looks through a window to check for food at Whipsnade Zoo.

Christopher Furlong/Getty

Relics of the 19th Century

Liverpool, England
Jan. 7, 2013

Pilgrims view a plaster replica of 19th century Italian Catholic priest Saint John Bosco which holds the right hand of the Saint inside, in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Andoni Lubaki/AP

Taking a Break from War

Aleppo, Syria
Jan. 6, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter feeds a cat in the streets of the old city.

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Belfast Bus Stop

Belfast, Northern Ireland
January 5, 2013

Commuters at a bus stop watch police dressed in riot gear walk by during a demonstration by loyalists protesting Belfast city council's decision to restrict the number of days the British Union Flag can be flown over the city hall. 

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Fatah's Yellow Flags

Gaza

Jan. 4, 20213

Waving Fatah's yellow flags, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party hold their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel.

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English Class

Islamabad, Pakistan
Jan. 3, 2013

Sadia Mukhteya, 12, who was displaced with their family from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between militants and the army, reads in front of the class during an English language lesson at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Fin Folly

Hong Kong
Jan. 2, 2013
Shark fins drying in the sun cover the roof of a factory building. Environmentalists and other concerned groups have raised concerns that the over-harvesting of fins is causing an enviormental calamity. Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets. 

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Plunge into the New Year

South Queensferry, Scotland
Jan. 1, 2013

Over thousands of New Year swimmers, many in costume, braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim.