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  • 2014: The year in pictures

  • January 1: Couples kiss in New York's Times Square to ring in the new year.

  • January 6: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at Chicago's North Avenue Beach. Chicago hit a low temperature of 16 below zero.

  • January 6: A cornfield in Karo, Indonesia, is covered with volcanic ash following the eruption of Mount Sinabung. See other recently active volcanoes

  • January 12: An ostrich runs by destroyed buildings in Bentiu, South Sudan, after government forces retook the provincial capital from rebel forces. After decades of war, South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, making it the world's youngest nation. Since then, South Sudan has become embroiled in its own internal conflict.

  • January 18:A large crowd in Mumbai, India, joins a funeral procession for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.Police say a predawn stampede killed more than a dozen peopleas tens of thousands gathered to mourn the death of the Muslim spiritual leader. Burhanuddin died a day earlier at the age of 102.

  • January 23: A trail of destruction is seen behind a boulder after a landslide in Ronchi di Termeno, Italy. The boulder missed the farmhouse at right but destroyed a barn before stopping in a vineyard. According to reports, the family living at the house was unharmed.

  • January 31: Refugees at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, Syria, wait to receive food distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. Millions of people have either fled Syria or become displaced because of the civil war there.

  • February 1: Precious Adams, left, waits for her results after performing at the final of the Prix de Lausanne, an international dance competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. Adams was one of the prize winners, earning an apprenticeship with the English National Ballet.

  • February 14: A man in Aleppo, Syria, holds a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations estimates more than 190,000 people have been killed in Syria since an uprising in March 2011 spiraled into civil war.

  • February 18: Britain's Prince Charles wears a traditional Saudi uniform as he attends the Janadriyah culture festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • February 20: Protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police. Kiev's Independence Square had been the center of anti-government protests since November 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision on a trade deal with the European Union and instead turned toward Russia.

  • February 20: Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her 5-month-old nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling over on the side of a Miami highway. She was stuck in traffic when the infant stopped breathing. Sebastian was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but he survived.

  • February 23: A leopard leaps near a furniture market in the Degumpur area of Meerut, India. The big cat sparked panic in the city when it strayed inside a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block, an official said.

  • February 26: Riot police in Ankara, Turkey, disperse demonstrators trying to march to Parliament to protest Turkey's ruling party. Audio recordings that sounded like Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving his son money-laundering tips over the phone became a social media rage that poured out into the streets. Erdogan denounced the recordings, calling them "immoral edited material."

  • February 27: Protesters run from tear gas fired by the Venezuelan National Guard during an anti-government demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela. For months, protesters unhappy with Venezuela's economy and rising crime clashed with security forces.

  • March 2: A python begins to swallow a crocodile at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia. The snake, thought to be about 10 feet long, constricted the crocodile to death before dragging it to shore and eating it whole in front of a shocked crowd of onlookers

  • March 2: A baby has his hair cut in Hefei, China. Many in China believe it is good luck to have your hair cut on the second day of the second lunar month, known in Chinese as Er Yue Er, or "a time for the dragon to raise its head."

  • March 2: Host Ellen DeGeneres takes a moment to orchestrate a selfie with a group of movie stars at the Academy Awards ceremony. Actor Bradley Cooper, seen in the foreground, was holding the phone at the time. "If only Bradley's arm was longer," DeGeneres tweeted. "Best photo ever." It became the most retweeted post of all time. See the year in selfies.

  • March 7: Debris covers a street in Aleppo, Syria, after a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces.

  • March 9: The Northern Lights appear over snow-covered mountains in Iceland.

  • March 14: A Palestinian man and a member of Israel's security forces take pictures of each other after a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

  • March 17: Conservators at Egypt's Grand Museum, just outside of Cairo, clean a female mummy that dates to the Pharaonic Late Period between 712-323 B.C.

  • March 18: Tibetan Buddhist monks holding ceremonial scarfs stand in line to welcome the Dalai Lama as he arrives at a monastery in Shimla, India.

  • March 21: A Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star flies past the Smoke-N-Thunder jet car during a race between the two at the Los Angeles County Air Show.

  • March 31: South Korean watercraft travel through smoke screens during a military exercise with U.S. forces in Pohang, South Korea.

  • April 2: Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry stands during the Pledge of Allegiance at a ceremony held at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington. The ceremony honored Petry and other Medal of Honor recipients from Washington state. Petry lost his hand in 2008 when he was throwing an enemy grenade away from his fellow soldiers during combat in Afghanistan.

  • April 6: Children pray at a Catholic church in Kigali, Rwanda. Twenty years ago, mass killings began in Rwanda. An estimated 800,000 civilians, mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group, were murdered over a period of about 100 days.

  • April 8: Lawmakers scuffle during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine. The fight broke out when Petr Simonenko, the leader of the Communist Party, began to say lawmakers should listen to the demands of eastern Ukraine. He defended demonstrators who seized local government buildings, saying they are not doing anything different from what the interim government had done. He also accused "nationalists" of starting the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

  • April 8: An artist dressed as the Hindu goddess Kali participates in a procession to celebrate the Ram Navami festival in Allahabad, India.

  • April 10: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman hurled a shoe at her during a speech in Las Vegas. The Secret Service took the woman into custody.

  • April 14: The door through which Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is used as evidence during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics, was found guilty of culpable homicide -- the South African term for unintentionally, but unlawfully, killing a person. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

  • April 15: The parents of Abdollah Hosseinzadeh remove a noose from the neck of his convicted killer, a man identified only as Balal, before Balal was to be hanged in Noor, Iran. Balal killed Hosseinzadeh during a street fight in 2007, according to the semi-official Iranian news agency ISNA. But just seconds before Balal was to be hanged, he was forgiven by Hosseinzadeh's mother.

  • April 15: Boston University student Sebastian Filgueira-Gomez has tears in his eyes during a moment of silence for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. He was standing on Boston's Boylston Street, a block from the marathon's finish line.

  • April 16: A veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program examines a 14-year-old male orangutan on Indonesia's Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued a day earlier with air gun pellets embedded in his body. His species is considered critically endangered because of poaching and rapid destruction to its forest habitats.

  • April 18: A man accused of being a thief lies in pain after being attacked by a man with a machete and sticks in Bangui, Central African Republic. Foreign journalists intervened and stopped the beating as the crowd shouted, "He is a thief, he must die." Police arrived and took the man into custody. He was then taken to a hospital for treatment before being brought before a prosecuting officer.

  • April 25: A pro-Russian rebel poses for a picture inside a regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Friday, April 25. Fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in the country has left more than 3,000 people dead since mid-April, according to the United Nations.

  • May 3: Youths from the Aboure tribe perform a warrior dance as they take part in a parade on the last day of the Popo carnival in Bonoua, Ivory Coast. This year's festival promoted national reconciliation.

  • May 9: Doctors hold Jenna and Jillian Thistlewaite, twin girls born in Akron, Ohio. The girls were born holding hands, and they are monoamniotic or "mono mono" twins -- a pregnancy in which twins share the same placenta and amniotic sac. Researchers say "mono mono" births happen once in every 10,000 births.