2014 Year in Pictures


Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and fire-fighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures on Sept. 28. (Kyodo/Reuters)

bKashmiri residents wade through floodwaters in Srinagar, India, Sept. 4. At least 100 villages across the Kashmir valley were flooded by overflowing lakes and rivers (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)


A boy collects items thrown by devotees as religious offerings next to idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, a day after they were immersed in the waters of the Sabarmati river in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Sept. 9. (Amit Dave/Reuters)


A cradle left behind by Syrian Kurdish refugees lies at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Sept. 27. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)


Pro-democracy demonstrators clash with police officers in riot gear during a rally near the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept. 28. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests. (Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images)


A Doctors Without Borders (MSF), health worker in protective clothing carries a child suspected of having Ebola in the MSF treatment center on Oct. 5 in Paynesville, Liberia. (John Moore/Getty Images)


Seventeen-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said she was “honoured” to be the first Pakistani and the youngest person to be given the award and dedicated the award to the “voiceless”. “This award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard,” she said in Birmingham, central England on Oct. 10. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)


Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 9. The 2,460-metre volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. (Dedy Sahputra/EPA)


Umbrellas are opened as tens of thousands come to the main protest site one month after the Hong Kong police used tear gas to disperse protesters Oct. 28 in Hong Kong. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)


A photograph taken with a long exposure shows the Tower of London’s ‘Blood swept Lands and Seas of Red’ poppy installation, at the Tower of London in London on Nov. 10. The moat was turned red as some 888,246 ceramic poppies were planted in memory of the British and Commonwealth dead in WWI on the 100th anniversary. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA)

A snow-covered field is seen near Buffalo, N.Y. on Nov. 21. (Lindsay DeDario/Reuters)


A protester holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 25 during demonstrations a day after violent protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)


Flamingos are seen in a nature reserve park in Panyu district south of Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Nov. 30. (Alex Lee/Reuters)


A die-in was held at Harvard Medical School Education Center on International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. Demonstrations at medical schools across the country took place in response to the recent decisions by authorities to not bring indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)


A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Dec. 15. (Rob Griffith/Associated Press)

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