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Survivors carry religious images, ten days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines.
Carlos Arrendondo (left) climbs over barricades on Boylston Street, to reach people injured by the first of two bombs that exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, on 15 April.
Victims lie in the rubble, on the day after the Rana Plaza building, which accommodated five garment factories, collapsed.
Rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked a government checkpoint, in the Ein Tarma neighborhood, on 30 January.
On 21 September, masked gunmen opened fire at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall.
On 24 April, an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing more than 1,100 people.
People displaced by the conflict in Syria stay in improvised shelters in the gymnasium of an abandoned school.
A bomb maker for Syrian rebel forces works in a makeshift bomb factory in the country’s largest city, Aleppo.
Alireza Mafiha (23) lays his head on an executioner’s shoulder on 20 January, minutes before he and Mohammad Ali Sarvari (20) were hanged.
Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Vasayas region of central Philippines, on 8 November. It was the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, claiming over 6,200 lives and displacing more than four million people.
In March, an alliance of mainly Muslim rebel groups known as Séléka seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR). Hundreds were killed, and some 400,000 people displaced, as violence in the CAR escalated.
Gaza’s only power station closed in November, after it ran out of diesel. For years, supply from the Israeli grid had been intermittent, and electricity cuts due to fuel shortages had long been a daily occurrence.
African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night raise their phones in an attempt to catch an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad.
Nicolette sits in the corner of a room at an orphanage where she lives with her four brothers in Warsaw, Poland.
Police arrive at a scene where five bodies had been discovered under an overpass in Saltillo, northeast Mexico, in the early hours of 8 March.
Domestic violence is frequently seen as a private crime, hidden from view, often excused or obscured from outsiders even by its victims.
In areas of crisis—in failed states, in refugee camps, in countries where the infrastructure has collapsed—the mentally ill are frequently condemned to neglect or lives of misery.
The fishing community on the Lofoten islands of northwestern Norway is slowly diminishing, as their way of life is dying out.
Pablo MacDonough falls at a match during the Argentine Polo Open Championship, on 1 December.
Pawel Starzyk of Poland competes in the slalom of the men’s super-combined at the International Polish Alpine Skiing Championship, on 24 March.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during his men’s singles match against Marcel Granollers of Spain, during the fourth round of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.
Athletes compete in different events on the bars during the artistic gymnastics competition at the 12th National Games of the People’s Republic of China.
The 34th America’s Cup was held in San Francisco Bay in September. Oracle Team USA had to defend their title against challengers Emirates Team New Zealand.
Participants compete at the World Aquatics Championships, in Barcelona, Spain, and the Australian Swimming Championships, in Adelaide, Australia.
Mushers compete in a stage of La Grande Odyssée sledding race, on 18 January.
A kite skier catches the wind on the slopes of Mount Vitosha, south of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.
Conservationist and dive safety officer Ocean Ramsey surfaces while free diving off the coast of Haleiwa.
Heptathlon athlete Nadja Casadei participated in both World and European Championships in athletics, before being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, in the summer of 2013.
People taking their daily exercise, viewed from a drone.
Members of the Legends Football League hope to help establish American football for women not only in the US, but in Australia and Europe as well.
Soldiers of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) drink and sing together at a funeral for one of their commanders, in the city of Laiza, in Kachin State, northern Burma (Myanmar).
People mourn the death of a 24-year-old Syrian Army lieutenant, who was known by the name of Abu Layth, in a village in the coastal province of Latakia.
Dogs roam through the home of German expat Barbara Janssen, who set up an asylum for strays in 2005, and today offers some 250 of them shelter.
El Salvador has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, much of it gang related. In many cases, the only way of identifying murder victims is by clothes they were buried in.
More than four million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, where the political situation regularly intrudes upon the most mundane of moments. People’s movements are circumscribed and the threat of violence often hangs overhead.
Norilsk, in northern Russia, is (after Murmansk) the second-largest city within the Arctic Circle, with a population of over 175,300. It is also one of the ten most polluted cities in the world.
Very few support organizations exist for gay people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country has no explicit law against homosexuality; nevertheless there is very little social acceptance of same-sex relationships.
A woman is turned away disappointed at the close of the third and final day of the lying-in-state of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Dasan Cavanaugh (10), of the Spirit Lake reservation has not cut his hair since he was born.
Lubna, a Berber bride from the Tinghir region of Morocco, south of the High Atlas mountains, waits ready for the wedding ceremony.
Hannah (7) and Alena (9) are two sisters who live in Merkenbrechts, a village of 170 inhabitants in Waldviertel, an isolated rural area of Austria, near the Czech border.
Bobby Henline was the sole survivor when the humvee in which he was traveling was blown up, during his fourth tour to Iraq, on 7 April 2007. He now makes a living as a comedian, with a routine that focuses on his own injuries.
In Transylvania and other remote areas of Romania, many people farm on a small scale, in ways unchanged for centuries.
Blind albino students stand in a dorm at the Vivekananda Mission School, a boarding school for the blind.
Shannon, who has recently turned 16, has chosen to have a balloon inserted into her stomach for six months, to help her lose weight.
Portrait of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Russian and Ukrainian people who have opted to withdraw from conventional society and live as hermits in isolated natural surrounds.
Egyptian bodybuilders pose with their mothers.
Utrish national park, on the northern shores of the Black Sea, has been a favorite spot for nudists since the 1960s.
An adult fennec fox crouches in a village sheep pen.
Common guillemots (Uria aalge) fly over northeastern Norway.
Wolves cross the desert snow in northwestern China.
Cougars, once in decline, have for the past 40 years been making a comeback across the western United States—though they remain extremely elusive.
Views from the air reveal an impact of industry on the environment that is hard to see from the ground, as effluent leeches into the Polish landscape—coal ash from power stations, by-products of mining, emissions from chemical factories.
Bonobos, along with chimpanzees, are our closest living relatives. They are also among the least-studied of primates.
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