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Reuter’s Pictures of the Year


2014 was a wild one.  With one month left to go Reuter’s has released there most captivating pictures of news events that shaped the world this year, 2014.  We can only look at these pictures, learn and hope for a better 2015.

An Iranian Kurdish female member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, on September 15, 2014. The world’s top diplomats pledged today to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by « any means necessary », including « appropriate military assistance », as leaders stressed the urgency of the crisis. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters pose with a police shield outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014 as cars and documents burn outside. Hundreds of angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso stormed parliament on October 30 before setting it on fire in protest at plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. Police had fired tear gas on protesters to try to prevent them from moving in on the National Assembly building ahead of a vote on the controversial legislation. But about 1,500 people managed to break through the security cordon and were ransacking parliament. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

The car of Caterham-Renault driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan veers off the track during an accident at the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN /AFP/Getty Images

A Kurdish man sits at the border area close to the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, in the Sanliurfa province, opposite the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, where heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters is taking place, on October 16, 2014. Turkey’s ruling party said it was optimistic about the prospects for the peace process with Kurdish rebels after a spate of violence raised concern about its viability. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel’s border with the Strip on July 12, 2014. Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day today, vowing no let-up in its air campaign to halt rocket attacks by militants which has killed more than 120 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO /MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

South Sudanese children from the Dinka ethnic group pose at cattle camp in the town of Yirol, in central South Sudan on February 12, 2014. UN leader Ban Ki-moon condemned on February 12 what he said was the use of cluster bombs in the war in South Sudan, a day after the opening of peace talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels. Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and renegade soldiers who support his former vice president Riek Machar have been battling since mid-December. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI/AFP/Getty Images

World Champion Christian Sprenger of Australia swims during a swimming clinic session for children with special needs on the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore on May 20, 2014. Sprenger is in Singapore to promote the Singapore Swim Stars held in September, a three-day swim festival that includes an unprecedented competition format involving some of the world’s best swimmers which will showcase a synchronized swimming as well as swimming clinics. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

A member of the Afghan intelligence force points his pistol towards the body of an insurgent following an attack by the Taliban at Kabul’s airport on July 17, 2014. Explosions and gunfire rang out as the Taliban attacked Kabul airport in the militants’ latest attempt to steal the initiative with the country in the grip of a presidential power struggle. AFP PHOTO/SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

Uruguay’s forward Luis Suarez (L) reacts past Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images

German pianist Stefan Aaron hovers about the Munich airport Franz-Josef-Strauss, southern Germany, on July 23, 2014. Stefan Aaron is seated in front of his piano on an aluminum structure that is reminiscent of a flying carpet and attached to a helicopter. The appearance is the fourth stop on his « Orange Piano Tour » that will take him and his orange piano at exceptional locations around the world for the musician. On the 4206 meter high Alphubel in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Stefan Aaron has played on the Great Wall and the Pulpit Rock in Norway, a natural rock platform 604 meters above the Lysefjord near Stavanger. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

This picture taken on July 25, 2014 shows people cooling off in a water park in Suining, southwest China’s Sichuan province. Meteorological departments issued an orange alert for high temperature as a heat wave embraces Sichuan province, with temperature of most area topped 37, local media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators protest against the August 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by holding their hands up while gathered on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri late on August 16, 2014. A crowd of some 200 demonstrators defied a curfew that came into effect in Ferguson early on August 17, days after police shot dead the unarmed black teen, triggering a wave of rioting. AFP PHOTO / Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images

This photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows Leng Yuting, 26, posing underwater for her wedding pictures at a photo studio in Shanghai, ahead of her wedding next year. Her fiance Riyang said they had their wedding photographs taken underwater because ‘its romantic and beautiful’. Mr Wedding studio owner, Tina Lui, started providing underwater pictures four years ago. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Policemen rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images

Children play around a man disguised as Batman at the Favela do Metro slum, area just near the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 9, 2014. Families living in this shantytown within a stone’s throw of Rio’s mythical Maracana stadium refuse to have their homes demolished as part of a project to renovate the district before the FIFA World Cup circus pitches camp in June. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

In this photograph taken on April 16, 2014, a veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia’s ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Center on April 15, 2014 in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of forest and agricultural plantation. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners and over 200 have been reintroduced in the wilds. The critically-endangered primates population are dwindling rapidly due to poaching and rapid destruction of their forest habitat that is being converted into palm oil plantation. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian woman pauses amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. The bodies of at least another 35 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza during a truce, raising to over 900 the overall death toll of Israel’s onslaught on the territory since July 8, medics said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian girl sits and eats in the rubble of her destroyed home, on August 2, 2014 following an overnight Israeli strike on Gaza City. A fresh wave of violence killed dozens in Gaza after the collapse of a UN and US backed ceasefire, officials said, as Hamas denied it kidnapped an Israeli soldier. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

An Orthodox priest tries to stop clash protesters the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police on Wednesday stormed protesters’ barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych’s failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at riot police in the centre of Kiev on January 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII BOIKO/AFP/Getty Images

A patient being treated for multiple gunshot wounds to the face, chest and throat sits in a wheelchair in the Malakal teaching hospital on February 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

A Ukrainian artist plays the piano set on the anti-government opposition barricade in Kiev during a concert organized for the activists and for the policemen on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

A flock of migrating starlings is seen as they perform their traditional dance fly before landing to sleep during the sunset near the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Children play with a suitcase in a IDP camp for the Nuer ethnic group inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, South Sudan, on February 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

An X-ray film shows a bullet lodged on 18-month-old boy Satrin Osinya (R), as he receives treatment at the Kenyatta National hospital Nairobi March 26, 2014 , three days after gunmen spraying bullets on the congregation killed six worshipers and injured 17 others during a worship service in the Coastal city of Mombasa. The fate of one-and-a-half-year-old Satrin Osinya, whose mother died trying to protect him when the attackers sprayed the church service with bullets, has gripped the east African nation. Doctors will likely wait for two weeks until swelling in the brain reduces to allow the tricky surgery to go ahead. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images

Torchlights are placed next to soldiers’ tombs at the Douaumont’s boneyard, eastern France, during the annual event known as The Four Days of Verdun, a night parade of veterans, as they commemorate the Verdun battle 98th anniversary. AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

Lukas Michul, a member of the ‘dream walker’ group jumps from atop the rugged rocks overlooking the azure waters of Navagio beach, one of the Greece’s most renowned leisure spots on the popular tourist island of Zakynthos on June 23, 2014. This is rope jumping — part diving, part rock climbing, with a touch of engineering. The aim of the project is to dream jump in 80 places with most ravishing nature and architecture all over the world .They plan to stage their next leaps at a cave complex in Croatia, a French viaduct, skyscrapers in Las Vegas and Johannesburg, and the Grand Canyon. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

People look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images

 

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