2013: The Year in Photos, January – April, The Atlantic

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A soldier of the French foreign legion wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali, on January 20, 2013. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that 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. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)


A white shelf cloud caps brownish dirt from a dust storm, or haboob, as it travels across the Indian Ocean near Onslow on the Western Australia coast in this handout image distributed by fishwrecked.com and taken January 9, 2013. (Reuters/Brett Martin/fishwrecked.com)


President Barack Obama is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as First lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama look on during the public ceremonial inauguration in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)


Lightning strikes the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. (US Department of the Interior/Travis Roe)


Norway’s Anders Bardal jumps during the official training session of the FIS Ski Flying World Cup in Vikersund, Norway, on January 25, 2013, while a full moon rises over the mountain. (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)


Sixth grade students from the Park Maitland School in Maitland, Florida, watch as Marine One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama takes off from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington as he departs for Las Vegas, on January 29, 2013. (Reuters/Larry Downing)


During a time of dangerous levels of air pollution, a bright video screen shows images of blue sky on Tiananmen Square, on January 23, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)


Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall in Damascus, on January 30, 2013. Syria’s civil war raged hot and cold throughout 2013. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)


A meteor’s trail over the Ural Mountains’ city of Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Russia, on February 15, 2013. The 13,000 ton meteor hit Earth’s atmosphere at 42,000 mph and exploded, smashing windows and causing hundreds of minor injuries. (AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru, Yekaterina Pustynnikova)


Volker Maiwald walks among rock formations during a simulated Mars walk in the Utah desert, on March 2, 2013. Maiwald is part of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) outside Hanksville in the Utah desert, on March 2, 2013. The MDRS is built and operated by a space advocacy group called the Mars Society, investigating the feasibility of human exploration of Mars. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)


A March 13, 2013 view of Firdos Square, in Baghdad, Iraq, at the site of an Associated Press photograph taken by Jerome Delay ten years earlier, as the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by U.S. forces and Iraqis on April 9, 2003. Today, the pedestal in central Baghdad stands empty. Bent iron beams sprout from the top, and posters of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in military fatigues are pasted on the sides. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)


Stella Ferruzola, 3, poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, on March 25, 2013. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)


One morning last March, I happened to discover some apparent photo-doctoring by North Korea. This picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 26, 2013 appears to show evidence of digital manipulation, specifically the cloning of at least two hovercraft, to make it appear as if more vehicles were involved in a recent military exercise. The original caption: This picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on March 26, 2013 and taken on March 25, 2013 shows the landing and anti-landing drills of KPA Large Combined Units 324 and 287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit 597 at an undisclosed location on North Korea’s east coast. Full story here. (KCNA Via KNS/AFP/Getty Images)


A leopard trapped in a well looks up to forest officials on the premises of the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, on April 4, 2013. The animal was later tranquilized and rescued. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)


An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was badly injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013. While recovering, Bauman was able to provide authorities with an eyewitness account to help in the ensuing manhunt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


An overhead view of guests attending the ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, on April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski)


At the site of a collapsed garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, people gather in front of Rana Plaza building as rescue workers continue their operations on April 25, 2013. Survivors of collapse described a deafening bang and tremors before the eight-floor building crashed down around them. An estimated 1,129 people were killed in the collapse, the deadliest accidental structural failure ever recorded. (Reuters/Stringer)


A victim’s body lies amid rubble at the site of the collapsed garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, on April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)


A man kicks a topless Femen activist, as she raises her fist to protest against Islamists in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)


A member of the Free Syrian Army sits on a sofa in the middle of a debris-strewn street in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on April 2, 2013. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

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