2013 Year in Pictures, The Big Picture ( 3 )

 

1An Afghan security officer walks at the scene after an attack by militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Six militants wearing suicide vests including one driving a car packed with explosives attacked the gate of the Afghan intelligence in Kabul, setting off a blast that reportedly caused several deaths and wounded at least 30 civilians. (Ahmad Jamshid/AP)


An Iranian officer lashes a man, convicted of rape, at the northeastern city of Sabzevar, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Rape, like murder and treason, can be punished by the death sentence in Iran, but sometimes judges imposed a sentence of lashes before execution or imprisonment. (Hossein Esmaeli/AP)


Protesters flee from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes after protesters removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street near Tahrir Square in Cairo January 24, 2013. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/REUTERS)


The outfit worn by the two-year-old Princess Anne at Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation on June 2, 1953, is seen during a photo opportunity at the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace in central London, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Summer 2013 marked the 60th anniversary the Coronation and a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will bring together an array of the dress, uniform and robes worn on that occasion. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)


A man stands around coffins containing the remains of victims after the bodies were identified at a gymnasium in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. A fast-moving fire roared through the crowded, windowless Kiss nightclub in southern Brazil, within seconds filling the space with flames and a thick, toxic smoke that killed more than 230 panicked partygoers who gasped for breath and fought in a stampede to escape. (Felipe Dana/AP)


A woman walks behind Belgian riot policemen during clashes with Arcelor Mittal workers from several Liege steel plants demonstrating outside the Walloon Region parliament in Namur January 29, 2013. Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steel producer, plans to shut a coke plant and six finishing lines at its site in Liege, Belgium, which will affect 1,300 employees, the group said. (Yves Herman/REUTERS)


Marching band members wait to perform during a procession walking to bathe on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, on the auspicious bathing day of Mauni Amavasya during the Maha Kumbh Mela on February 10, 2013 in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Kumbh Mela alternates between the cities of Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The Maha Kumbh Mela celebrated at the holy site of Sangam in Allahabad, is the largest and holiest, celebrated over 55 days, and is expected to attract over 100 million people. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)


A woman is rescued from floodwaters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in the Chalandri suburb, north of Athens February 22, 2013. (John Kolesidis/REUTER)


Mark Kelly leans his head on the shoulder of his wife and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords as they attend a news conference asking Congress and the Senate to provide stricter gun control in the United States on March 6, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords and Kelly were joined by survivors of the Tucson shooting as they spoke outside the Safeway grocery store where the shooting happened two years ago where six people were killed. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)


An Afghan woman looks out from a helicopter window during a tour to mark International Women’s Day at the International Airport in Kabul March 7, 2013. (Mohammad Ismail/REUTERS)


Azra, 68, looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, which was previously burnt by a mob, in Badami Bagh, Lahore March 11, 2013. Hundreds of Pakistani Christians took to the streets across the country demanding better protection after the Christian neighbourhood was torched in the city of Lahore in connection with the country’s controversial anti-blasphemy law. (Mohsin Raza/REUTERS)


Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan. (Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS)


Farmer Donald O’Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland March 26, 2013. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet). (Cathal McNaughton/REUTERS)


The family of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, comfort each other during their funeral services at the First Baptist Church of Wortham Friday, April 5, 2013, in Wortham, Texas. The couple was found shot to death in their house near Forney, about 20 miles east of Dallas. (LM Otero/AP)


Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin after a colder than normal March and chilly April delayed the beginning of the cherry blossom season in the nation’s capital April 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. Peak bloom was originally predicted between March 26 and March 30th, with the revised prediction moving to April 6-10. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Amish boys watch a game of baseball outside the school house in Bergholz, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Many Amish families gathered following the final day of school for a celebration and farewell picnic. (Scott R. Galvin/AP)


19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a rifle laser sight on his forehead, raises his hand from inside a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. According to State police spokesman David Procopio, Sgt. Sean Murphy, the state police photographer who released this photo and others of the bloodied Tsarnaev during his capture, retired Nov. 1, 2013, days after internal charges against him were upheld for releasing the images. (Sean Murphy/AP/Massachusetts State Police)


A Bangladeshi man holds on to a woman, both victims of a building collapse, in the debris of Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. The collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people. (Suman Paul/AP)


A rubber glove being used as a marker bobs in the water after flooding in Fox Lake, Illinois April 22, 2013. The Fox River is expected to crest after heavy rains brought flooding to the area the previous week. (Jim Young/REUTERS)

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