2015: The Year in Photos ( 2 )

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the on-going trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the on-going trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 29, 2015. Hussein Malla / AP


A group of 1,000 customers receive a facial massage at a sports center in Jinan, Shandong province, China, on May 4, 2015. The women were given a 30 minute, facial beauty treatment together that achieved a Guinness record for the largest group of people having beauty treatments in the same location, according to local media. Reuters


Seals dressed in military uniforms swim during a show marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, at an aquatic park in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia, on May 9, 2015. Evgeny Kozyrev / Reuters


Rohingya migrants stand and sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe, in the Andaman Sea, on May 14, 2015. The boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants—including many young children—was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty


An Afghan girl plays with a rope on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2015. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters


A protester wears grass around his face to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 11. 2015. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters


Bon-chan, a 19-year-old male African spurred tortoise weighing about 70 kilograms (154 pounds), walks with his owner Hisao Mitani on a street in the town of Tsukishima in Tokyo, on June 10, 2015. Bon-chan loves fruit and vegetables and is often offered carrot and cabbage pieces by cheering neighbors when he is out. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty


Brandon Risher, left, is pulled away by a friend as he cries over the casket of his grandmother, Ethel Lance, following her burial service on June 25, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. Lance was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. David Goldman / AP


Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken-down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, on June 14, 2015. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees into its territory after an influx of thousands more over the past days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists. Under an “open-door” policy, Turkey has taken in more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011. Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty


A thunderstorm passes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on July 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The monsoon storm dropped heavy rain and hail in parts of the valley, causing street flooding and power outages. Ethan Miller / Getty


The United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5, 2015. Elaine Thompson / AP


From left, Sisters Margaret Kerry, Mary Thecla, and Kathleen Lang of the Order of the Daughters of St. Paul pray outside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 19, 2015. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the death penalty for Dylann Storm Roof, age 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, if he is found guilty of murdering nine people during a prayer meeting at the church. Among the dead was the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the church which, according to the National Park Service, is the oldest black congregation in America south of Baltimore. Chip Somodevilla / Getty


he shock wave of a T-38C supersonic jet flying over the Mojave Desert in California is seen in this NASA schlieren image released on August 25, 2015. Researchers used NASA-developed image processing software to remove the desert background, then combined and averaged multiple frames to produce a clear picture of the shock waves. Schlieren imaging reveals shock waves due to air-density gradient and the accompanying change in refractive index, according to a NASA news release. NASA / Reuters


An Asian elephant swims in a 65-meter-long pool at Fuji Safari Park in Susono, at the foot of Mount Fuji, southwest of Tokyo, on July 13, 2015. Koji Ueda / AP


A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, on August 8, 2015. Mohamed Hwaity / Reuters


People watch a shadow-play performance at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, on May 6, 2015. Thomas Peter / Reuters


A wounded woman, left, holds the hand of another woman who is about to die just after an explosion rocked the Turkish city of Suruc, near the Syrian border on July 20, 2015, killing 28 people and wounding nearly 100 others in what Turkish authorities said appeared to be an Islamic State-inspired suicide bombing. The mid-day explosion took place at a cultural center in Suruc as a political group, the Federation of Socialist Youths, was wrapping up a news conference on plans to rebuild the Syrian city of Kobani, a witness said. Zeki Yavuzak / AP


Cleaners spray the 37-meter-tall tourism icon of the Merlion, on the resort island of Sentosa ahead of the city-state’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Singapore on July 8, 2015. Edgar Su / Reuters


An aerial picture of the site of a series of massive explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, on August 16, 2015. The explosions the previous week in the world’s 10th-busiest port in China’s industrial northeast forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 170 people were killed, and nearly 800 people were injured. The blasts devastated a large industrial site and nearby residential areas. Reuters


Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, taking a brief video before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as she patrolled the area. Dan Walter / Boulder County Sheriff’s Office via AP

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