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The Year in Pictures: 2014

See the most powerful images of the year.

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Image: People run to shelter from hailstorm on the beach

In this photo taken on a smartphone on Saturday, July 12, 2014, people run to shelter from hailstorm on the beach at Ob River, the major river in western Siberia in Novosibirsk, Russia. The Investigative Committee said in a statement published online Monday that two young girls aged three and four had died Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk, not far from the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The two girls died after sustaining traumatic brain injuries when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families. (AP Photo/Nikita Dudnik)
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Image: A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of Brown in Ferguson

A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 20, 2014. Police in riot gear ordered dozens of lingering demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday and charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved amid protests over the police shooting death of Brown in the St. Louis suburb. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Gaza airstrikes

epa04334882 Smoke rises from Tuffah neighbourhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City, 29 July 2014. Violence escalated overnight, as Israel renewed intense airstrikes on Gaza in response to barrages of Palestinian rockets after an attempted unofficial truce for the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday crumbled. EPA/MOHAMMED SABER
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North Korean spectators watch from the stands of Kim Il Sung Stadium as runners line up a the start of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The annual race, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10-kilometer run, was open to foreign tourists for the first time this year. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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Image: Fire incident in Manila slum

epaselect epa04184724 A Filipino mother carries her children while their house is on fire in a residential slum area in Manila, Philippines, 29 April 2014. The Manila Fire Department said fire left more than thirty families homeless and three residents were hurt. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN
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Image: Two tornadoes touch down near Pilger  Nebraska

Two tornadoes touch down near Pilger, Nebraska June 16, 2014. Large tornadoes hit rural areas of northeastern Nebraska on Monday afternoon, with reports of property damage, according to forecasters and the Weather Channel. REUTERS/Dustin Wilcox/TwisterChasers (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES
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Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter as they walk on their boat dock at the dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California on September 23, 2014. California is in the grip of its third year of severe drought, the worst in decades, threatening to drain underground aquifers and leaving the taps of some 40 million people to run dry. The state's drought affected Central Valley, is the considered the richest food-producing region in the world, where much of America's fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables being grown there. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
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In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 23, 2014 and released by NOAA, some 1500 walrus are gather on the northwest coast of Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers, according to NOAA. (AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo)
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Image: One World Trade Center Window Washers Trapped In Dangling Scaffolding

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: A scaffold carrying two workers hangs 69 floors up at One World Trade Center on November 12, 2014 in New York City. The workers were washing windows 69 floors up soon after One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, opened. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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TOPSHOTS A priest holds a cross and shield during clashes betwwen anti-government protesters and riot police in central Kiev on February 20, 2014. Ukraine's brittle truce shattered on February 20 in fierce clashes between baton-wielding protesters and riot police that claimed at least 27 lives just as EU envoys were holding crisis talks with the embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced gun-toting police from Kiev's iconic Independence Square -- the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country's three-month-old crisis. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEY GAPONSERGEY GAPON/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus on January 31, 2014, in this handout picture made available to Reuters February 26, 2014. World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies. The resolution called for the immediate lifting of sieges in specific towns and cities around the country, including Yarmouk, a Palestinian neighbourhood in Damascus that took in refugees after the creation of Israel, where people have been trapped for eight months by an army siege. Picture taken January 31, 2014. REUTERS/UNRWA/Handout via Reuters (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Image: Semi final - Brazil vs Germany

epaselect epa04306328 Fernandinho of Brazil react after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 08 July 2014. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Image: Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia.

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In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo, Central American migrants sleep atop a moving freight train as it heads north from Arriaga toward Chahuites, Mexico. 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. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Image: Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas June 13, 2014. Building crews set fire on Friday to the luxury lake house left dangling about 75 feet (23 meters) on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath the structure. REUTERS/Brandon Wade (UNITED STATES - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla

A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla October 22, 2014. Around 400 migrants attempted to cross the border into Spain, according to local media. Picture taken October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Palazon (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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In this Thursday, March 20, 2014 photo, Corbin Crawford, 12, left, holds his brother, Dylan Crawford, 7, as the pair await rescue from the shifting ice above the Hydroelectric Dam on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Fort Dodge Fire Department says the incident occurred Thursday afternoon near Hydro Electric Park. The boys got stuck on a sheet of ice about 75 feet from the west bank of the river. Fort Dodge Police officer Tim Breon talks to them at left. (AP Photo/The Messenger, Hans Madsen)
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Image: Newborn giant panda triplets are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou

Newborn giant panda triplets, which were born to giant panda Juxiao (not pictured), are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province August 9, 2014. 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 is seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas. Picture taken August 9, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
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Policemen try to get a man to let go of a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts on October 3, with police stepping in to try to calm the chaos. AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
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TOPSHOTS Militants of Islamic State (IS) stand just before explosion of an air strike on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on October 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Michael Brown Sr. yells out as his son's casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis

Michael Brown Sr. yells out as his son's casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri August 25, 2014. Family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral of teen Michael Brown on Monday following weeks of unrest with at times violent protests spawning headlines around the world focusing attention on racial issues in the United States. REUTERS/Richard Perry/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: BESTPIX 19th FINA Diving World Cup - Day 4

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 18: Huang Xiaohui of China compete in the Women's Platform Final during day four of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup at the Oriental Sports Center on July 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Image: Aerial view of Spanish cargo ship carrying fertiliser broken in two, in Anglet

An aerial view show waves which break against a Spanish cargo ship carrying fertiliser, broken in two, off the beach in Anglet on the Atlantic Coast of France, February 5, 2014. A Spanish cargo ship carrying fertiliser broke in two on Wednesday after hitting a sea wall off the southwestern coast of France in high winds and was leaking some fuel into the water, French officials said. Two helicopters lifted a dozen crew members to safety, said Jean Espilondo, the mayor of Anglet, a town near the French border with Spain that is close to the scene of the incident. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT MARITIME TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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TOPSHOTS A Kurdish woman runs away from a water cannon near the Syrian border after Turkish authorities temporarily closed the border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 22, 2014. Turkey said on September 22 that some 130,000 people had flooded across its border from Syria as Kurdish fighters battled Islamic State group jihadists trying to capture a strategic town. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: The door through which Reeva Steenkamp was shot is displayed during Oscar Pistorius's murder trial  in Pretoria

The door through which Reeva Steenkamp was shot is displayed during Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in Pretoria April 14, 2014. Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Antoine de Ras/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Anti government protest in Ukraine

epa04086996 Ukrainian riot police stand in front of the fire ring around of the Independence Square during the continuing protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early 19 February 2014. Ukrainian riot police 18 February launched a massive assault on thousands of anti-government protesters in central Kiev, after clashes that killed at least 13 people and injured some 400 shattered hopes of a peaceful end to a crisis that erupted in November. Police moved against the demonstrators with water cannons and rubber bullets after the Interior Ministry and the Ukrainian Security Service issued a ultimatum until 6 pm local time (1600 GMT), saying that they would take 'all legal measures to restore order.' EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
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Protesters burn as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. Ukraine's embattled leader announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an "attempted coup" by the Kremlin. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: 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.

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Image: Varanasi Votes In Final Round Of Indian Elections

VARANASI, INDIA - MAY 12: An Indian Muslim voter waits in line to vote at a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. Indians voted in the ninth and final phase of elections and counting will begin on May 16. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Image: Men rescue a boy from under the rubble after what activists said was explosive barrels dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Men rescue a boy from under the rubble after what activists said was explosive barrels dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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An egret preens itself as it stands on a branch along the River Brahmaputra on the eve of World Environment Day in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 by the United Nations to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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Image: Macy Friday, Hillary Clinton, Mark Udall

Ten-year-old Macy Friday, front left, reacts as she looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton, front right, as she campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., back, during a stop in the newly-renovated Union Station in Denver on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Clinton appeared at an event to raise money for Udall's current re-election campaign and then headed to Las Vegas for another appearance on Monday night. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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An employe of Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry space suits of Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA's U.S. flight engineer Kathleen Rubins, and Japanese space agency's flight engineer Takuya Onishi, right, after their undergoing training near in Noginsk, 60 km (38 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The training was intended to simulate the capsule landing on water. Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, Japanese space agency's flight engineer Takuya Onishi, and NASA's U.S. flight engineer Kathleen Rubins are being trained for a future mission to the International Space Station.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Image: ***BESTPIX*** Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 23: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
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Image: Grand Jury Decision Reached In Ferguson Shooting Case

FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: A protestor stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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TOPSHOTS Michael Brown's mother Leslie McSpadden (C) and other protesters react after hearing the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of her son in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. Violent protests and looting erupted in the US town of Ferguson after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead the black teen. US President Barack Obama and the family of late 18-year-old Michael Brown separately appealed for calm after a prosecutor said a grand jury had found the policeman acted in self-defense. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SamadJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Mount Sinabung eruption

epa04481176 YEARENDER 2014 OCTOBER Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 09 October 2014. The 2,460-metre volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. EPA/DEDY SAHPUTRA
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Image: BESTPIX Liberia Races To Expand Ebola Treatment Facilities, As U.S. Troops Arrive

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 10: A woman crawls towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her sister Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home earlier in the morning while leaving to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members. The World Health Organization says the Ebola epidemic has now killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Image: Gilberto Haroldo Ramos Juarez

Gilberto Haroldo Ramos Juarez, 11, brother of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, stands in front of his home in San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Gilberto Francisco's parents confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was 15, and the date was wrong on his birth certificate. In the remote mountains, they had taken several years to register his birth and forgot the date. So they listed the same date as his younger brother. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
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In this Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, photo provided by Michael Frye, a wildfire burns next to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, Calif. As of Monday, the fire has burned through about four square miles. (AP Photo/www.michaelfrye.com)
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Image: A boy gestures in front of a barricade on fire during a protest after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari

A boy gestures in front of a barricade on fire during a protest after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MILITARY)
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This aerial photo taken Monday, March 24, 2014 shows the massive mudslide that killed at least eight people Saturday and left dozens missing, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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TOPSHOTS 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 habital that is being converted into palm oil plantation. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYASUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images
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Bullfighter's banderillero Vicente Cabanes is tossed by a Guardiola Fantoni ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Image: Molly Pederson, Laura Patkotak

In this Oct. 7, 2014, photo, Molly Pederson, right, and daughter Laura Patkotak take a picture as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help to butcher the catch. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Image: An anti-government protester stands near Thai soldiers guarding a Defence Ministry compound in north Bangkok

An anti-government protester stands near Thai soldiers guarding a Defence Ministry compound, which is serving as a temporary office for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in north Bangkok February 19, 2014. Protesters seeking to oust Yingluck rallied at her temporary office on Wednesday, but the premier stayed away from the potential flashpoint a day after five people were killed in gunbattles in Bangkok. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Kevin, a man accused of being a thief by civil servants at the Work Inspection office, lays in pain after being attacked by a man with a machete and sticks, in plain view of others, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Friday, April 18, 2014. Foreign journalists intervened and stopped the beating, as the crowd shouted "he is a thief, he must die." Police arrived and took Kevin into custody. He was then taken to a local hospital for treatment under police surveillance before being brought before a prosecuting officer. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Israeli soldiers, family and friends mourn over the grave of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Erez, 19, was killed Monday in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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A sloth peeks out from behind a door on a floating house in the 'Lago do Janauari' near Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Manaus is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Image: KCNA picture shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiling during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory

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Ron Mcgee, bottom, and Shawn Williams, top, sunbathes on a float in a shallow tidal pool, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, on the South Beach of Tybee Island, Ga. National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in south Georgia. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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Image: Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou

Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother. Security forces also fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the presidency in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood. REUTERS/Joe Penney (BURKINA FASO - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity

-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 -- Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROSXAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
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TOPSHOTS A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors in the capital Ankara, while in Istbanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for the burial of Berkin Elvan. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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A body sitting in a plane chair is placed at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Image: A girl reads a book on her balcony as smoke rises from chimneys of a steel plant, on a hazy day in Quzhou

A girl reads a book on her balcony as smoke rises from chimneys of a steel plant, on a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province April 3, 2014. China's plan for a market in air pollution permits promises to help clean up its air cheaply, but the move could prove just as useless as previous environmental policies unless the government stamps out lax enforcement and spotty data. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
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Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, early Friday, July 18, 2014. The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Image: Casualties mount in Gaza City, Israel expands ground operation

epaselect epa04323682 A doctor cries while standing next to a table with the bodies of four dead children in overflowing morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, 20 July 2014. Casualties were mounting in eastern Gaza City, which came under heavy shelling, as Israel widened its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. Infantry soldiers entered the coastal enclave three days ago in order to end rocket fire and destroy tunnels leading into Israel, the army said. EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN
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TOPSHOTS A Palestinian boy looks up during a rain storm while walking through a neighbourhood destroyed during the 50 day conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City on October 19, 2014. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said that the promised aid funds to rebuild would go towards the "urgently needed" building of infrastructure and homes in Gaza where nearly 2,200 Palestinians were killed in the 50-day war in July and August. AFP PHOTO/ MAHMUD HAMSMAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images
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Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting on Wednesday began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter Power)
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TOPSHOTS Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto on October 16, 2014. Using ballet and dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will provide lecture demonstrations to twenty schools in Soweto, raising awareness and informing students of the available free classes they provide together with the provincial department of education. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images
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