. A mother holds her children as their house burns during a fire in a residential slum in Manila, Philippines, on April 29. The fire left more than 30 families homeless and three residents injured, according to the Manila Fire Department.
. Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter as they walk on their boat dock on the dried-up Huntington Lake in California on Sept. 23. The lake was only at 30 percent capacity. California experienced its third year of severe drought, the worst in decades, threatening to drain underground aquifers and let the taps run dry for some 40 million people.
. Thousands of walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23. Pacific walruses looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in large numbers, according to NOAA. An estimated 35,000 total walruses were spotted about 5 miles north of Point Lay, Alaska.
. A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12 in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation's tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pull the men to safety.
. A priest holds a cross and shield during clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police in central Kiev on Feb. 20. Ukraine was the scene of fierce clashes between baton-wielding protesters demanding the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and riot police.
More than 100 people have died there from starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or lack of medical aid, according to U.N. figures. Since January, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency has provided intermittent food shipments to civilians caught inside Yarmouk, although fighting often cuts the deliveries for days at time.
Host country Brazil’s dreams were cut short by a shocking 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany.
GALLERY - ‘Humiliation’: Brazil’s Loss to Germany Lands on Front Pages
More than 18,100 people have been infected and more than 6,500 have died in West Africa since the initial case in Guinea a year ago, in an area bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia. Unlike previous Ebola outbreaks, which had been confined to faraway villages in the rain forests of Central Africa, this one quickly spread to capital cities in all three West African nations and has become the worst in history.
GALLERY - Look Inside Village Where Ebola Outbreak First Appeared
. Central American migrants sleep on a moving freight train as it heads north from Arriaga toward Chahuites, Mexico, on Aug. 26. A Mexican crackdown seems to be keeping women and children off the deadly train, known as "The Beast," that has traditionally helped thousands of migrants head north. The once-open route to the United States has become so difficult that trains now carry a small fraction of the migrants they used to, and almost exclusively adult men.
. Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire on June 13, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, burning was one of three options the homeowner had for removing the home from the site before it fell into the lake. The house was evacuated two weeks earlier after cracks were discovered in the walls and chunks of the cliff and the house began falling into the lake.
Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world's richest and poorest continents.
GALLERY: African Migrants Scale Barbed Wire to Reach Europe
. Corbin Crawford, 12, left, holds his brother, Dylan Crawford, 7, as the pair await rescue from shifting ice above a hydroelectric dam on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 20. The boys were stuck adrift on a sheet of ice about 75 feet from the west bank of the river for nearly an hour before firefighters saved them. Fort Dodge Police officer Tim Breon talks to them at left.
. Newborn giant panda triplets rest in an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in China’s Guangzhou province on Aug. 9. According to local media, this is the fourth set of giant panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China, and the birth was seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas.
GALLERY - Hong Kong Protesters Challenge Beijing
The Kurdish fighters of Kobani have been aided by U.S. airstrikes hitting militants in and around the town — more than 310 since mid-September — and a group of Kurdish peshmerga forces from Iraq who came to Kobani with more advanced weapons.
GALLERY: In the Crosshairs: Airstrike Targets ISIS Fighters
. Michael Brown Sr. cries out as his son’s casket is lowered to the ground on Aug. 25 in St. Louis, Missouri . An autopsy found that Brown was shot six times, the last a fatal bullet to the head.
. Huang Xiaohui of China competes in the Women's Platform Final during the FINA Diving World Cup at the Oriental Sports Center on July 18 in Shanghai, China.
. Waves break against a Spanish cargo ship that was torn in half off the beach in Anglet, France,on Feb. 5. The Spanish cargo ship carrying fertilizer was split in two after hitting a sea wall during high winds and leaked fuel into the water. Two helicopters lifted a dozen crew members to safety, said Jean Espilondo, the mayor of Anglet.
. A Kurdish woman runs away from a water cannon near the Syrian border after Turkish authorities temporarily closed the border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Turkey's Sanliurfa province on Sept. 22. Turkey said that some 130,000 people had flooded across its border from Syria as Kurdish fighters battled ISIS militants trying to capture a strategic town.
. Ukrainian riot police stand in front of a ring of fire around Kiev's Independence Square during the ongoing protests in Ukraine, on Feb. 19. Ukrainian riot police launched a massive assault on thousands of anti-government protesters in central Kiev.
. Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on Feb. 20 in Kiev.
. A mother is embraced by a pro-Russian rebel as she grieves over the body of her daughter, who died next to two other people after reported shelling by Ukrainian troops near a railway in Makiivka, about 10 miles east of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, Aug. 19. Civilians have increasingly become trapped in the midst of fighting between the pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military.
India held the largest democratic election in history with 814 million eligible participating over six weeks.
Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi became India's prime minister after a sweeping election victory that ended two terms of rule by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
. Men rescue a boy from under rubble after what activists said was explosive barrels dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo on April 6.
. An egret preens itself as it stands on a branch along the River Brahmaputra on the eve of World Environment Day in Gauhati, India, June 4. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 by the United Nations to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues.
. Ten-year-old Macy Friday looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton during a campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall in Denver's Union Station on Oct. 13.
. A Russian Space Training Center employee hangs space suits out to dry belonging to Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA's Kathleen Rubins, and Japan's Takuya Onishi, after training for a mission to the International Space Station in Noginsk, Russia, on July 2. The training was intended to simulate a capsule landing in water.
. Odell Beckham of the New York Giants scores a one-handed touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys aon Nov. 23, in East Rutherford, N.J. "Hold on to the ball," Beckham said when asked what he was thinking as he went to haul in the 43-yard heave from Eli Manning.
The former French colony has been gripped by violence since Michel Djotodia led Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels and some fighters from neighboring Chad and Sudan, in an assault on the capital Bangui, seizing power in March 2013.
. A staff member examines a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on April 16. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners, and over 200 have been reintroduced into the wild. The critically-endangered primate population is dwindling rapidly due to poaching and destruction of their forest habitat as it is converted into palm oil plantations.
. Bullfighter Vicente Cabanes is tossed by a bull during a fight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid on Aug. 10.
. Molly Pederson, right, and her daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska, on Oct. 7. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch.
Yingluck was forced out of office when she was found guilty of abuse of power by Thailand’s Constitutional Court, shortly before the military seized power in a May 22 coup after months of protests.
. A man lies on the ground in pain after being attacked by a man with a machete and sticks in Bangui, Central African Republic, on April 18. Civil servants at the Work Inspection office accused the beaten man of theft. Foreign journalists intervened and stopped the beating, as a crowd shouted "he is a thief, he must die." Police arrived and took the man into custody. He was then taken to a local hospital for treatment under police surveillance before being brought before a prosecuting officer.
. An Afghan refugee child chases bubbles released by other children on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 8. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting in their country.
. A sloth peeks out from behind a door on a floating house on Lake Janauari near Manaus, Brazil, on May 20.
. Ron Mcgee, bottom, and Shawn Williams, top, sunbathe on a rafts in a shallow tidal pool on Aug. 23, on the South Beach of Tybee Island, Ga.
. Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Oct. 30. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.
. A young girl is wounded during protests in Istanbul on March 12 after the funeral of Berkin Elvan. Turkish police clashed with thousands of protesters following the death of the Turkish teenager, who had been in a coma for 9 months since being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests.
. A body sits in a plane seat at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, July 19. Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukrainian airspace killing everyone on board, including many of the world's leading AIDS researchers.
. A girl reads a book on her balcony as smoke rises from the chimneys of a steel plant on a hazy day in Quzhou in China's Zhejiang province on April 3. China's Premier Li Keqiang said in March the country would "declare war" on pollution as part of efforts to upgrade the economy and shift the focus away from heavy industry.
. A Palestinian boy looks up during a rain storm in Gaza City on Oct. 19 while walking through a neighborhood destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.
. Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.