2015: The Year in Photos ( 3 )

A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing December 8, 2015 as China's capital issues its first ever "red alert" for pollution. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RTX1XOBB
A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing on December 8, 2015, as China’s capital issued its first ever “red alert” for pollution. Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Guillaume Rolland of France stands on the line during the Highline Extreme event in Moleson, Switzerland, on September 25, 2015. European best slackliners competed on six different lines ranging from 45 meters (148 feet) to 495 meters (1,624 feet). Denis Balibouse / Reuters

A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family’s house, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014, during a sandstorm in Gaza on September 8, 2015. A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, killing two people and hospitalizing hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighbouring Syria. Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Enthusiast Desirae Hepp, dressed as “Immortan Joe” from the movie Mad Max, poses for a portrait during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California, on September 26, 2015. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

A tourist poses for photographs in front of the rising sun at a resort in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on October 3, 2015. China Daily / Reuters

Residents wait for rescue helicopters in a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa River, caused by Typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, on September 10, 2015. At least eight people were killed after rivers burst their banks in cities north of Tokyo following days of heavy rain. Kyodo / Reuters

A Dutch volunteer tries to comfort a migrant moments after arriving aboard a raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, on October 23, 2015. Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

A woman from Syria waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia, on October 21, 2015. Marko Djurica / Reuters

Vehicles sit stuck in a traffic jam near a toll station as people return home at the end of the week-long National Day holiday in Beijing, China, on October 6, 2015. Fifty lanes (at bottom) vie for 25 toll gates, then constrict down to a five-lane bottleneck (at top). China Daily / Reuters

A boy displays the winners’ medal given to him by Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand after the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, at Twickenham in London, on October 31, 2015. Henry Browne / Reuters

A panorama stitched from several images of the surface of Mars, taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 1174 (November 25, 2015). Curiosity has now been exploring Mars for more than 3 years. JPL-Caltech / NASA

Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang County, Hunan Province, China, on November 5, 2015. China Daily / Reuters

Rime ice extends several feet horizontally from a sign marking the summit of 5,774-foot Mount Adams, the second highest mountain in New England, on November 17, 2015, in northern New Hampshire. Monday’s freezing fog and strong winds formed the rime ice, creating a winter wonderland above treeline in New Hampshire’s aptly named White Mountains. Robert F. Bukaty / AP

A 3-month-old female giant panda cub is photographed at the Giant Panda Conservation Center at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 17, 2015. Joshua Paul / AP

Fernando Soberania uses a tool to scrape layers of gum from Seattle’s famous “gum wall” at Pike Place Market on November 10, 2015. Tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum on the walls of a section of Post Alley for the past 20 years, and although the walls will be cleaned down to bare brick, officials expect the gum-sticking tradition will quickly return. Ted S. Warren / AP

A message that reads: “In the name of what?” and a rose is placed through a bullet hole in a window at the restaurant on Rue de Charonne, Paris, on November 15, 2015, where attacks took place on November 13. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on a stadium, a concert hall, and Paris cafes that left 130 people dead and over 350 wounded. Frank Augstein / AP

A Belgian soldier patrols a shopping street in central Brussels as police search the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks, on November 24, 2015. Yves Herman / Reuters

A view of burned stumps as peatland forest is cleared by burning for a palm oil plantation at a company’s grounds on November 1, 2015, in the outskirts of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The air pollution or haze has been an annual problem for the past 18 years in Indonesia. It’s caused by the illegal burning of forest and peat fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo to clear new land for the production of pulp, paper, and palm oil. Desperate civilians at the epicenter of Indonesia’s haze crisis are taking the fight into their own hands, using whatever meager resources they have to confront the fires ravaging their communities as they tire of waiting for the government to take action. This disaster has been exacerbated by this year’s long dry season, triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon. Ulet Ifansasti / Getty

Volunteers walk on a massive pile of lifejackets left behind by refugees and migrants who arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on December 3, 2015. Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty

Gyrocopters fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, on December 9, 2015. Karim Sahib / AFP / Getty

Elin Harvey, 6, plays in snow for the first time near Norden, California, on December 5, 2015. An El Nino is forecasted for California, and regular precipitation has been welcomed after years of drought. Max Whittaker / Reuters


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