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  • Reuters : The Most Astonishing Pictures of 2013 Hand Play Bali New Year: A Balinese man kicks up fire during the Perang Api (Fire War) ritual ahead of Nyepi day, in Gianyar on the Indonesian island of Bali, March 11. Nyepi is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate new year 1
  • Love: Donald Smitherman, 98, kisses his wife Marlene at the end of a dance in Sun City, Arizona, January 5. Sun City was built in 1959 by entrepreneur Del Webb as America's first active retirement community for the over-55s 2
  • NYC subway: People watch as participants in the No Pants Subway Ride take the 6 train downtown in New York January 13, 2013. The event is an annual flash mob and occurs in different cities around the world 3
  • California fire: Fire-fighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area where the Silver Fire raged, near Banning, California August 7, 2013. The fire blackened more than 5,000 acres 4
  • Sandy Hook: Nelba Greene (R), husband Jimmy and her mother Elba Marquez (L), grieve over the loss of daughter Ana Grace at the launch of the Sandy Hook Promise in Newtown, Connecticut 5
  • Washington Ball: President Barack Obama bows to first lady Michelle Obama, as singer Jennifer Hudson (R) performs behind them, at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013 6
  • Washington Ball: President Barack Obama bows to first lady Michelle Obama, as singer Jennifer Hudson (R) performs behind them, at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013 7
  • Blast off! Sixth grade students from the Park Maitland School in Maitland, Florida, watch as Marine One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama to Las Vegas takes off from the South Lawn at the White House 8
  • Gun violence: Ronnie Chambers Jr. looks at his mother Tahitah Myles (obscured) as she collapses during the funeral for his father Ronnie Chambers, 33, a victim of gun violence, in Chicago February 4 9
  • Fly on the president: A fly lands between the eyes of Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24 10
  • Mars: A mapping researcher of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission collects geologic samples for study at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, March 2. The MDRS aims to investigate human exploration of Mars 11
  • Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords delivers her opening remarks next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, at a hearing held Jan 30 by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence 12
  • Army: Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11 13
  • Batter up! The barrel of New York Yankees Brennan Boesch's broken bat smacks his face during the first inning of a MLB spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida, March 17 14
  • Killer: TJ Lane takes off his shirt to show 'Killer' spelled out on his shirt at his sentencing hearing in Cleveland, Ohio, March 19. Lane was sentenced to life without parole for killing three students in a shooting rampage 15
  • Media summit: Olympic skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30 16
  • Colorado fire: A house sits undamaged in the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire in Black Forest, Colorado June 13. Hundreds of fire-fighters made a determined stand to stop the wildfire 17
  • Capitol Hill shooting: Rescue personnel stand around a smashed police car following a shooting near Capitol Hill in Washington, October 3. The Capitol was in lockdown after gunshots were fired outside the building 18
  • Myanmar clashes: A man stands in front of a mosque as it burns in Meikhtila March 21, 2013. The central Myanmar town declared a curfew after clashes killed 10 people, including a Buddhist monk, and injured at least 20 19
  • Kenya shopping mall: An injured woman cries for help after gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi September 21 20
  • Westgate attack: A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi September 21 21
  • Banksy: A dog urinates on a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City, October 3, 2013 22
  • Sopranos death: People congregate at the bar of Satin Dolls, which stood in for the Bada Bing Club filmed in the television show The Sopranos, in Lodi, New Jersey, after actor James Gandolfini died 23
  • Plane crash: Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in California July 6, killing two people 24
  • Man's best friend: Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah, July 22. McManus suffers from anxiety and Shadow's presence and companionship help him to manage 25
  • Mayor race: New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin at a news conference in New York, July 23 26
  • Olympic joy: Members of the Tokyo bid committee celebrate as Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games 27
  • Marriage: Palestinian groom Ahmed Soboh, 15 and his bride Tala, 14, stand inside Tala's house during their wedding party in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israeli and Gaza Strip September 24 28
  • Autumn time: A passenger aircraft, with the full Harvest Moon seen behind, makes its final approach to landing at Heathrow Airport in west London, September 19 29
  • Camping in China: Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, September 14 30
  • Mexico independence: Troops hold coloured cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City September 16 31
  • New developments: A female migrant construction worker walks into her dormitory near newly-built residential apartments in Shanghai, China, August 12 32
  • Miss America: Miss New York Nina Davuluri (L) reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 15 33
  • Syria: A member of the 'Ansar Dimachk' Brigade, part of the 'Asood Allah' Brigade which operates under the Free Syrian Army, uses an iPad to fire a homemade mortar at one of the battlefronts in Damascus Sept 15 34
  • Row to safety: Evacuees displaced from their homes due to fighting between government soldiers and Muslim rebels are seen in boats during sunset at a wharf in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines September 14 35
  • Cruise ship disaster: The Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island August 26, has lain partly submerged in shallow waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio since the accident in January 2012 36
  • 9/11: A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 11 37
  • San Diego Chargers Eddie Royal (11) is hit hard by Houston Texans cornerback Brice McCain (21) and defensive back Shiloh Keo (31) to force an incomplete pass during an NFL football game in San Diego, Sept 9 38
  • Morgan fire: Residents flee as winds whip flames from the Morgan fire along Morgan Territory Road near Clayton, California, September 9 39
  • Syrian weapons: Issa, 10, carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, September 7 40
  • Rodman in N Korea: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman's arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport September 7. Rodman returned from his second visit to North Korea this year where he again met Kim Jong-un 41
  • Hunger games: Nuns sit at a fast food restaurant downtown of Guatemala City August 28 42
  • Climber: A man climbs outside a window with a knife, after holding his mother captive in the home, as his mother and a plain clothes policeman look on, in Anshan, Liaoning province, China, August 26 43
  • Sailing: The Team Emirates New Zealand sails before the third race of their Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yacht race against Luna Rossa Challenge in San Francisco, California August 18 44
  • Fake wedding: A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18 45
  • Miley Cyrus twerks on stage with Robin Thicke as they perform Blurred Lines during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 25 46
  • Greasy tradition: A man runs up the 'gostra', a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, outside Valletta, Malta, August 25 47
  • Raped journalist: The abandoned textile mill where a photo journalist was raped by five men in Mumbai, India, August 23 48
  • No hands: Angelica Murillo, 37, at her home in Tegucigalpa August 21. Angelica's husband attacked her in 2008, accusing her of having an affair, and cut off her two hands with a machete while trying to kill her 49
  • Soccer: France's Mathieu Valbuena (R) is challenged by Belgium's Marouane Fellaini (L) and Vincent Kompany (C) during their international friendly soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels August 14 50
  • Israeli clashes: An Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem August 12 51
  • Mo Farah (R) of Britain sprints to the finish line to win the men's 10,000 metres final ahead of Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia (L) and Timothy Toroitich of Uganda during IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow August 10 52
  • Cricket: England's captain Alastair Cook runs out to bat before the fourth Ashes test cricket match against Australia at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street near Durham August 9 53
  • Italian PM: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves to supporters as his girlfriend Francesca Pascale looks on during a rally to protest his tax fraud conviction, outside his palace in Rome August 4 54
  • Shower time: An Afghan man washes his horse in Kabul August 4 55
  • Wild Wild West: Nick 'The Quick' Nica of Montreal, Quebec, draws and fires his single action revolver while competing in the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia July 21 56
  • Mass confessions: A woman draped in the Brazilian national flag gives her confession at confessional booths set up at Quinta da Boa Vista park for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24 57
  • China earthquake: Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province July 23 58
  • Quick snooze: Labourers who work nearby nap on a road as cars drive past in Chongqing Municipality, China, July 23 59
  • The pope visits Brazil: Pope Francis greets a crowd of the faithful from his Popemobile in downtown Rio de Janeiro, July 22 60
  • Belgian royals: Belgium's royal family Queen Fabiola, Queen Paola, King Albert II, Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde (front row, L-R) attend a Te Deum mass celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reign of Belgium's King Albert II 61
  • Running of the bulls: A 31-year-old runner gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 12 62
  • Floods in China: An excavator is used to move villagers away from a flooded area during heavy rainfall in Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, July 10 63
  • Malta: A Somali would-be immigrant looks out of a window on a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base in Valletta, Malta, July 10 64
  • Russia politics: Policemen detain Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny after he visited the city's election commission office to be registered as a mayoral election candidate in Moscow July 10 65
  • Bullfighting: A fighting cow leaps over revellers into the bull ring after the fourth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10 66
  • Quebec train: A firefighter stands near the wreckage of a train derailment and explosion, in Lac-Megantic July 8. The driverless fuel train exploded in a deadly ball of flames in the centre of the small Quebec town 67
  • Wimbeldon: Andy Murray of Britain holds the winner's trophy up to spectators after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon in London, July 7 68
  • What a drag: A man relaxes in costume before a drag queen contest in Rome, Italy, July 5 69
  • Snowden: An empty passenger seat believed to be reserved by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seen on a plane to Cuba in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, June 24 70
  • Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng prepares himself before an interview with Reuters in Taipei June 24 71
  • Caught: A family runs for cover as they come between law enforcement troops and protesters outside the stadium before the Confederations Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Uruguay in Salvador June 20 72
  • Dancing kids: Children dance at the quay of the Black Sea in the Crimean village of Beregove, Ukraine, June 20 73
  • Dressed for Ascot: A racegoer wearing a Union flag-inspired outfit arrives for Ladies' Day at the Royal Ascot horse-racing festival at Ascot, southern England June 74
  • Floods in India: A submerged statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva stands amid the floodwaters of the Ganges river at Rishikesh in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17 75
  • Not too happy: President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17 76
  • Asylum: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange waves from a window with Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino (R) at Ecuador's embassy in central London June 16 77
  • Brazilian soccer: Men play soccer between the shadows of buildings on Boa Viagem Beach in Recife, Brazil, June 14 78
  • Snowden in Hong Kong: Passengers watch a television screen broadcasting news on Edward Snowden, a contractor at the US National Security Agency (NSA) on a train in Hong Kong, June 14 79
  • Knitting up a storm: Yarnbombers display some of the guerrilla knitting and crocheting which they plan to use when they target next week's G8 summit, in the Mourne Mountains, near Newcastle, County Down, June 13 80
  • Fishing: Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock holding a fish her husband Kaibakia (L) has just caught off Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, May 25 81
  • Germany floods: A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, Germany, June 10 82
  • Got one! Fisherman Ompong Vargas, 39, wearing a facial mask made of fabric to protect his skin from getting darker, holds a fish in his mouth as he uses his hands to search for a net at Laguna de Bay in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 24 83
  • Marialena, a homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict on a methadone rehabilitation program, pushes away boyfriend, who is trying to clean up her self-inflicted wounds, under a bridge in Athens, Greece, May 15 84
  • Kissing couple: A young couple, who are anti-government protesters, kisses inside a damaged public bus, used as a barricade at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 5 85
  • Amazonians: Munduruku Indians, many of whom are flying for the first time, board a Brazilian Air Force plane to fly to Brasilia, Brazil, for talks with the government, in Altamira, June 4 86
  • Eviction: Manuel Contreras, 11, kisses his niece Ainhoa, as his mother Carmen Acedo del Lago cries before learning that their eviction by the Municipal Housing and Land Company (EMVS) was postponed in Madrid, June 4 87
  • Tiananmen Square: Tens of thousands of people participate in a candlelight vigil under heavy rain at Hong Kong's Victoria Park, June 4, 2013, to mark the 24th anniversary of the military crackdown of the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 88
  • In hard times: A man walks his dog past a vacant shop, with graphics pasted to the outside to make it look like a working butcher's shop, in the village of Belcoo, Northern Ireland June 3, 2013. Local councils in Northern Ireland have painted fake shop fronts and covered derelict buildings with huge billboards to hide the economic hardship being felt in towns and villages near the golf resort where G8 leaders have met in June 89
  • Mourning: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man mourns upon hearing news about the death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual mentor of the ultra-religious Shas political party, in Jerusalem October 7, 2013. Yosef, an Iraqi-born sage who turned an Israeli underclass of Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern heritage into a powerful political force, died on October 7, 2013 at the age of 93, plunging masses of followers into mourning 90
  • A commuter looks out of the window of a 60-year-old cable car in the town of Chiatura, some 220 km (136 miles) northwest of Tbilisi, Georgia, September 12, 2013. Dating to the Soviet era, Chiatura's public cable cars were built to facilitate the manganese mining industry, which formed the bedrock of the town's economy. Sixty years later, 15 of Chiatura's 21 cable car routes are still running, covering a total length of over 6000 meters (3.7 miles), and they are still the quickest and most convenient way of getting around, despite their advanced years 91
  • Japan's PM: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen through a window of his plane as he arrives at Ngurai Rai airport in Denpasar, Bali, October 6, 2013, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 92
  • Art: A sculpture made by Chilean artist Norton Maza is displayed in an exhibition called 'The Landscape and its Kingdoms' at the Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago October 2, 2013. The exhibition strives to portray Jesus Christ besieged by missile air strikes, challenging norms of established power 93
  • Nadal gets naked: Fans watch Spain's Rafael Nadal change his shirt after he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in their match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 2, 2013 94
  • Drowned: Bodies of migrants who drowned lie on the beach in the Sicilian village of Sampieri September 30, 2013. At least 13 people on a migrant boat arriving in Sicily drowned close to the coast near the eastern city of Ragusa, apparently after trying to disembark from their stranded vessel, Italian authorities said. Officials said the boat was carrying around 250 people but there was no immediate word on where they came from 95
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  • Surrogate mothers Daksha, 37, Renuka, 23, and Rajia, 39, (L-R) pose for a photograph inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha In vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 27, 2013. India is a leading centre for surrogate motherhood, partly due to Hinduism's acceptance of the concept. The world's second test tube baby was born in Kolkata only two months after Louise Brown in 1978. Rising demand from abroad for Indian surrogate mothers has turned 'surrogacy tourism' there into a billion dollar industry, according to a report by the Law Commission of India 97
  • Lawmaker of extreme-right Golden Dawn party Christos Pappas (C) shouts as he leaves the Greek police headquarters in Athens September 29, 2013. The leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party and four more of its lawmakers will appear in court to enter pleas on charges of belonging to a criminal organisation after being arrested following the killing of an anti-fascist rapper. REUTERS/John Kolesidis 98
  • Free Syrian army: Abboud (L), 12, and his brother Deeb, 14, stand with their weapons behind sandbags in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 28, 2013. Abboud and Deeb, both school-going children before the civil war, joined the Free Syrian Army after the deaths of two of their brothers and an uncle in the conflict 99
  • Colour festival: A Hindu devotee looks on in a cloud of coloured powder inside a temple during "Lathmar Holi" at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 21, 2013. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana and Nandgaon villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India 100
  • Cambodia: An elderly woman grabs the leg of a police officer as residents of Boeung Kak Lake community are arrested in a police truck during a protest in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 13, 2013. The residents of Boeung Kak Lake have been embroiled in a long-running land dispute with a real estate development firm in the capital, and are also appealing for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison 101
  • Columbia: A billboard with pictures of a lingerie model is seen in front of the Commune, northwest of Medellin city March 12, 2013 102
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  • Pakistan blasphemy law: Azra, 68, looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, which was previously burnt by a mob, in Badami Bagh, Lahore, Pakistan, March 11, 2013. Hundreds of Pakistani Christians took to the streets across the country demanding better protection after the Christian neighbourhood was torched in the city of Lahore in connection with the country's controversial anti-blasphemy law 104
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  • Gang rape: Mange Lal Singh (L) and Ram Bai (R), father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gang-raped and fatally injured three months ago, sit inside their house at Ravi Das camp in New Delhi, India. March 11, 2013. Ram Singh hanged himself in his jail cell, prison authorities said, but his family and lawyer said they suspected 'foul play'. Singh, the main accused in India's most high-profile criminal case, killed himself in a cell he shared with three other inmates in New Delhi's Tihar jail just before dawn, prison spokesman Sunil Gupta said. Ravi Das camp is the slum where four of the six accused in the rape case, including Singh, resided 106
  • Syrian deaths: A father reacts after the death of two of his children, whom activists said were killed during shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at the al-Ansari area in Aleppo January 3 107
  • Syria's wounded: People help a wounded person after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district, Syria, January 7, 2013 108
  • Torched homes in Kenya: Women embrace in grief after an attack at Kibusu village in the Tana Delta region of the Kenyan coast, January 10, 2013. Armed raiders torched more than a dozen houses in Kenya's restive Tana River area, the Red Cross said, the latest tit-for-tat attack police say is linked to upcoming elections 109
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  • The Ganges: A female Hindu pilgrim takes a dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal, on Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, January 14, 2013. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of Makar Sankranti 111
  • Kenya protests: An activist reacts as mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a protest dubbed the 'State Burial-Ballot Revolution', a demonstration against a legislators' plan to receive higher bonuses, in Kenya's capital Nairobi January 16, 2013 112
  • Kick to the stomach: Vitor Belfort (R) of Brazil fights Michael Bisping of Britain during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, in Sao Paulo January 20, 2013 113
  • Egypt protests: Protesters flee from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes after protesters removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, January 24 114
  • New Pope: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13 115
  • When in Rome... Wolf researcher Werner Freund bites into a deer cadaver next to a Mongolian wolf inside an enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund, in Merzig in the German province of Saarland, January 24 116
  • Turkish-Syrian conflict: A Turkish boy looks under police barrier tape, as an unexploded rocket is seen lodged into a wall in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 28, 2013. Officials said that the rocket had come from the Syrian side of the border 117
  • Mexico bomb: An elderly man is helped outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex following an explosion there in Mexico City January 31, 2013. The powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of Pemex, killing at least 14 people and injuring 100 others 118
  • Taksim Square: A protester holding a shield attempts to block a jet of water from a police water cannon during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square June 11, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks as they tried to take back control of the central Istanbul Taksim Square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations 119
  • Mali: A woman looks out of a bus window at a man climbing on the outside of the vehicle, in Sevare, Mali, January 26, 2013 120
  • Royal baby: Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby son Prince George outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. 121
  • Winning horse: Britain's Queen Elizabeth (seated, 2nd R) celebrates with members of her family and her racing team as she watches her horse Estimate win The Gold Cup during Ladies' Day at the Royal Ascot horse-racing festival at Ascot, southern England, June 20, 2013. The Queen's horse, Estimate, won the Royal Ascot's Gold Cup event, the first time the race was won by a reigning monarch 122
  • Dead body: A charred body believed by local residents to be that of an Islamist rebel burnt by inhabitants of Konna is seen in the recently liberated town of Konna, Mali, January 27 123
  • Mittal riots: A woman walks behind Belgian riot policemen during clashes with Arcelor Mittal workers from several Liege steel plants demonstrating outside the Walloon Region parliament in Namur January 29, 2013. Arcelor Mittal, the world's largest steel producer, plans to shut a coke plant and six finishing lines at its site in Liege, Belgium, which will affect 1,300 employees, the group said 124
  • Greece: Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party hold torches during a gathering in Athens February 2, 2013. Thousands of supporters gathered to pay tribute to three Greek officers who were killed in 1996 when their helicopter crashed over the eastern Aegean isle of Imia during a crisis with Turkey 125
  • Snipers in Syria: A Free Syrian Army fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus February 3 126
  • Spain train crash: An injured man, identified by Spanish newspapers El Pais and El Mundo as the train driver Francisco Jose Garzon, is helped by a policeman after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. Garzon, the driver of the Spanish train that derailed, killing at least 80 people, was under police guard in hospital after the dramatic accident which an official source said was caused by excessive speed 127
  • Turkish protests: Protesters run after a prison van as an unidentified defendant sticks his fist out as he is driven to a courthouse in Silivri, where a hearing for people charged with attempting to overthrow Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government is due to take place, August 5, 2013. A Turkish court began sentencing nearly 300 defendants accused of plotting to overthrow the government, handing prison sentences of up to 20 years to some and acquitting 21 others. The court was announcing the verdicts individually 128
  • Chemical weapons: A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. Syrian activists said at least 213 people, including women and children, were killed in a nerve gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel-held districts of the Ghouta region east of Damascus 129
  • Rock 'n' Roll: Women, dressed in fifties-style outfits, cool off their feet in a swimming pool during the 19th Rockin' Race Jamboree international festival at Disco Apartments Buensol in Torremolinos, near Malaga, southern Spain February 9, 2013. About 2,000 people attended the four-day festival, which is a music party for rock 'n' roll music lovers 130
  • Chemical weapons experts: Handprints are pictured on a U.N. vehicle carrying a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts visiting one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 28, 2013. U.N. chemical weapons experts investigating an apparent gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus made a second trip across the front line to take samples 131
  • Living in a grave: Bratislav Stojanovic, a homeless man, holds candles as he sits in a tomb where he lives in the southern Serbian town of Nis February 9, 2013. Stojanovic, 43, a Nis-born construction worker never had a regular job. He first lived in abandoned houses, but about 15 years ago he settled in the old city cemetery 132
  • Mass Mexican wedding: A newlywed couple kisses as their baby sleeps during a mass wedding on Valentine's Day in Ciudad Juarez February 14, 2013. About 3,400 couples tied the knot in the mass wedding ceremony organised by the Civil Registry and the state government to formalise their relationships by entering an alternative legal status and to commemorate Valentine's Day, local media reported 133
  • Nude modelling: A model poses nude while a girl draws her during an art workshop on Valentine's Day in Mexico City February 14, 2013 134
  • Power to the women: Women, who are part of 'Sawt al-Haq' (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo February 17, 2013. The group of women are undergoing military training to form the Nazek Obeid group as part of the Sawt al-Haq battalion, which is based on the frontline of Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood 135
  • Twitter: An illustration picture shows the Twitter logo reflected in the eye of a woman in Berlin, November 7, 2013. Twitter Inc priced its initial public offering above its expected range to raise at least $1.8 billion, in a sign of strong investor demand for the most highly anticipated U.S. public float since Facebook Inc. 136
  • Murder trial: 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings in the Pretoria Magistrates court February 19, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. Standing behind Oscar (3rd L), wearing a scarf, is his sister Aimee, and his brother Carl (4th L). To his right in green, are members of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko 137
  • Gaza Strip smuggling: A Palestinian works inside a smuggling tunnel flooded by Egyptian forces, beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 19, 2013. Egypt will not tolerate a two-way flow of smuggled arms with the Gaza Strip that is destabilising its Sinai peninsula, a senior aide to its Islamist president said, explaining why Egyptian forces flooded sub-border tunnels 138
  • Dangerous games: Boys play on the roof of the entrance to a football stadium in Gao, Mali, February 20, 2013 139
  • Tax issues: French film star Gerard Depardieu (R) shows his passport stamped with a residency permit as Vladimir Volkov, head of the Republic of Mordovia, applauds during a visit to the town of Saransk, southeast of Moscow February 23 140
  • Greece floods: A woman is rescued from floodwaters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in the Chalandri suburb, north of Athens February 22, 2013 141
  • Sewing: Free Syrian Army fighter sews cloth in Aleppo February 24, 2013 142
  • High-security smartphone: German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring high security Secusite software, used for governmental communication, at the booth of Secusmart during her opening tour at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover March 5, 2013 143
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  • Journalists at Fukushima: Workers screen a bus for radiation on which members of the media sit during a media tour at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, March 6, 2013, ahead of the second-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Members of the media were allowed into the plant ahead of the second-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 145
  • Hugo Chavez death: The coffin of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas after leaving the military hospital where he died of cancer, March 6, 2013 146
  • International Women's Day: An Afghan woman looks out from a helicopter window during a tour to mark International Women's Day at the International Airport in Kabul March 7, 2013 147
  • Mali women: Hally Bara, an artisan, poses for a picture in front of traditional Songhai and Tuareg headdresses and jewellery she made at the store in her house in Gao March 6, 2013. Radical Islamist group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) placed limitations on the wearing of traditional women's headdresses during their nine-month reign in Gao, which ended in January with the arrival of French and Malian troops. The headdresses, made of beads, gemstones, fabric and fake hair, and traditionally worn by elites for special occasions, were criticised by MUJAO, who said they were not Islamic enough. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. 148
  • Israel clashes: Palestinians react to tear gas fired by Israeli police during clashes after Friday prayers at a compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City March 8, 2013. Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian worshippers who had thrown rocks and firebombs at them after prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, police said 149
  • Mexican violence: The wrapped bodies of two dead people hang from an overpass as three more dead bodies lie on the ground in Saltillo March 8, 2013. Three of the five male bodies were hanging from the overpass while the other two were lying on the ground when they were found, according to local media 150
  • Pakistani mass wedding: A bride and groom wearing traditional headdresses, made of beads and cotton threads, on their foreheads, wait for their wedding to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Karachi March 9, 2013. The Pakistan Hindu Council organised the mass marriage ceremony where a total of 22 couples from the Hindu community residing in Pakistan's Sindh province took their wedding vows, according to the council 151
  • Sunbathing in the snow: People sunbathe by the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 10, 2013 152
  • Baseball: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the visitors dugout before the Yankees' American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts August 16 12/03/2013 王文堯 Kaohsiung Taiwan R.O.C All photos were taken Mail Online. Online. THE END 153