Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia, on Jan. 4. The family credits God for saving them from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley.
A French soldier wearing a skeleton mask stands next to a tank in a street in Niono, Mali, on Jan. 20. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the goal of France's military action in Mali was to retake control of the entire country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. "The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets" of resistance, Le Drian said on French television.
A truck is covered in ice as firefighters extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on Jan. 23, in Chicago. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits.
Surfing legend Garrett McNamara appears to have surfed the biggest wave in history on Jan. 28, in Nazare, Portugal. If the height of the massive wall of water -- thought to be 100-feet high -- is confirmed, McNamara will have broken his own record, which he set riding a 78-foot-high wave in late 2011.
Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on Jan. 30.
San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders perform during a power outage at the Superdome in the second half of Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Feb. 3, in New Orleans.
A woman digs out her car after it was blocked in by snow during a blizzard, Feb. 9, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow on Portland, breaking the city's record.
Kyle Larson (32) goes into the catch fence as he collides with Justin Allgaier (31), Brian Scott (2), Parker Klingerman (77) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fire spreads across the Taim Ecological Station in Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, on March 27. The fire, which had started the day before, had reached approximately 1,400 acres and the risk of spreading was severe since there is no way to reach the place by water or land.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gets an eye-opening experience as he is confronted by a topless demonstrator with a message written on her back during a tour of the Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 8. He was accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (in green).
Amish boys watch a baseball game outside the schoolhouse in Bergholz, Ohio, on April 9. Families gathered after the last day of school for a celebration and farewell picnic.
Police officers with guns drawn hear a second explosion and rush down the street past a runner who had been knocked down by the first blast at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15. The explosions killed three people and wounded more than 170.
Medical responders and spectator Carlos Arredondo (center with cowboy hat) rush injured Jeff Bauman past the finish line of the Boston Marathon after an explosion April 15. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the marathon finish line, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking sites of the blasts. Bauman lost both legs at the knee.
A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search April 19 in Watertown, Mass., for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The two suspects in the Boston 2013 attacks, which killed three and injured scores, also killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle. One of the suspects was killed and the other escaped, to be captured later near the scene when he was found in a boat.
A sniper trains his bead on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, as he raises his hand from a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass., on April 19. After a tip from a local resident, police found Tsarnaev, 19, hiding in a suburban backyard, wounded and weary after a gun battle with police overnight in which his brother was killed.
Pallbearers set down the coffin of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during her ceremonial funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on April 17. Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady, was laid to rest with a level of pomp and protest reflecting her status as a commanding, polarizing political figure
A man holds on to a woman in the debris of Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 25. The eight-story building collapse claimed more than a thousand lives and hundreds of victims remain unidentified.
A survivor emerges from the rubble a day after a building housing garment factories collapsed April 25 near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The disaster left more than 400 dead after a huge section of the eight-story structure splintered into a pile of concrete.
A man sits on a window opening of a burning building in Lahore, Pakistan, on May 9 after fire erupted on the seventh floor of the 13-story LDA Plaza and quickly spread. At least three people fell from the building, including the man pictured. A total of eight died, according to local media reports.
The erupting Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua, seen from the village of Cotalo on May 8, keeps generating explosions and expelling incandescent boulders, which roll down its flanks.
U.S. President Barack Obama checks to see if he still needs the umbrella held by a U.S. Marine during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 16.
Graduate Leland Shelton, center, is congratulated as he is acknowledged by President Barack Obama during the 129th commencement ceremony address at Morehouse College, on May 19, in Atlanta. After a difficult childhood Shelton graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is on his way to Harvard Law School.
A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul on May 28. The woman in the red dress, identified by some news organizations as academic Ceyda Sungur, became the icon for continued anti-government demonstrations in dozens of cities throughout Turkey.
A mother carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013. A mile-wide tornado with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on the elementary school.
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 on June 10. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region's worst floods in a decade.
A protester is hit by water spray from a water cannon during clashes in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey on June 11. Police used water cannons and tear gas as they moved into Taksim Square, where two weeks of protests have been held, as demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails. Authorities used construction machinery to clear barricades erected by the protesters around the central square as police entered it for the first time since June 1 after a crackdown on the demonstrations drew international condemnation.
President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on June 17.
A demonstrator is shot by rubber bullets as riot police charge after clashes erupted June 20 during a protest against corruption and price hikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
West Midland firefighters tackle a large blaze at a recycling plant in central England on July 1, 2013. More than 150 firefighters worked to control the blaze involving 100,000 tons of plastic recycling material that sent a plume of smoke rising 6,000 feet into the air.
This July 4 aerial photo shows the site in Arizona where 19 firefighters were killed in a wildfire four days earlier.
Asiana Airlines flight attendants and rescued passengers rest on the runway after Flight 214 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport, July 6. Two people were killed in the incident, which came after the plane clipped a seawall at the end of a runway.
George Zimmerman, right, listens as Judge Debra Nelson (not pictured) adjourns court July 13 after Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. With him at the Seminole County Court House in Sanford, Fla., are, from left, attorneys Mark O'Mara, Don West and Lorna Truett.
Britain's Prince William carries his son the Prince of Cambridge into a car outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, on July 23, where his wife, Duchess Kate, gave birth on July 22.
A woman carrying her baby and wrapped with a shawl walks through a sandstorm in Timbuktu on July 29.
An aerial view of the Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan, a few miles from the Syrian border on July 18. The camp is currently home to well over 100,000 Syrian refugees.
Egyptian protesters wave their hands and hold national flags during anti-Morsi demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Cairo, on June 28.
A woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded person during clashes that broke out after security forces moved into opposition protest camps set up by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Aug. 14. The violent clashes left hundreds dead.
A police vehicle is pushed off of the 6th of October bridge by protesters close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, on Aug. 14.
The bodies of Syrian children that activists say were killed by nerve gas in a neighbourhood of Damascus lie in a makeshift morgue on August 21. The activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held districts that they said killed hundreds of people.
Lightning strikes the Grand Canyon on Aug. 30.
An unfortunate frog makes an appearance during the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sept. 6.
A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate mall, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21. At least 67 people were confirmed dead, after gunmen went on a shooting spree insdie the shopping center.
A woman and children hide inside Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 21 after a group of armed men attacked the upscale shopping mall killing dozens and wounding hundreds.
Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21. At least 67 people were confirmed dead, with several hundred believed missing.
Visitors take pictures of tidal waves under the influence of Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China on Sept. 22.
Pope Francis obligingly posed for a "selfie" with a group of young people visiting the Vatican on Aug. 28.
North Korean soldiers play an arcade game at at the new Pyongyang Pleasure Park on Sept. 22. Authorities have been building such facilities in an attempt to improve the morale of citizens.
Detroit's Torii Hunter falls into the bullpen trying to catch Red Sox hitter David Ortiz's eighth-inning home run in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, on Oct. 14. Boston won the game.
A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a car bombing in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, on Sept. 29. Scores of people died in the explosion, the third to hit the troubled city in a week.
A man tends a fire in Tanauan, Philippines, on Nov. 19, in front of a typhoon-battered landscape.
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan march in a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, more than a week after the typhoon devastated the area.
Earvin Nierva kisses his bride Riza on Dec.7 as they pose for their wedding pictures beside damaged homes and a ship that washed ashore when Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban, Philippines a month earlier. As residents of the area, the newly-wed couple decided to have the photo shoot at the area to symbolize that they can overcome tragedy and to urge residents to "stand up and rise again."
A hibiscus flower blossoms from vegetation covered with volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung in Sumatra on Nov. 19. The volcano continued to emit volcanic ash, throwing a 26,247 foot-high plume into the atmosphere.
A displaced Syrian woman comforts her one-month old grandchild inside a stone house near Kafer Rouma, an ancient ruin used as temporary shelter by families who have fled from the heavy fighting and shelling in the Idlib province in the north of Syria, on Sept. 27.
Tribesmen lead their camels through the sand dunes of the Liwa desert in the United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 23, 2013.
A Christian man chases a suspected Seleka officer in civilian clothes with a knife near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic on Dec. 7. The CAR was plunged into turmoil in March when an alliance of Seleka rebels, who are from the country’s Muslim minority, seized power and went on a months-long rampage of looting, raping and killing. Both Christian and Muslim mobs went on retaliatory lynching sprees as French forces deployed to the capital to ease the tension. The Seleka man was taken into custody by French force who fired warning shots to disperse the crowds.
South African mourners, wave and shout as the hearse carrying the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela passes through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, on Dec. 12. Mandela passed away on the evening of Dec. 5, 2013 at his home at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa.