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A Ukrainian artist plays the piano set on the anti-government opposition barricade in Kiev during a concert organized for the activists and for the policemen on February 10, 2014. 1 2014 Pictures of the Year from AFP

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Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai gestures after addressing the media in Birmingham, central England on October 10, 2014. 2

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Protesters pose with a police shield outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014 3

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A Kurdish man sits at the border area close to the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, in the Sanliurfa province, opposite the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, where heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters is taking place, on October 16, 2014. 4

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This photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows Leng Yuting, 26, posing underwater for her wedding pictures at a photo studio in Shanghai. 5

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A flock of migrating starlings,near the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 12, 2014. 6

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The car of Caterham-Renault driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan veers off the track during an accident at the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16, 2014. 7

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An Iranian Kurdish female member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, on September 15, 2014. 8

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Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014. 9

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World Champion Christian Sprenger of Australia swims during a swimming clinic session for children with special needs on the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore on May 20, 2014. 10

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This long exposure picture shows vehicles on roads during rush hour on the eve of the National Day holidays in Shanghai on September 30, 2014. 11

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South Sudanese children from the Dinka ethnic group pose at cattle camp in the town of Yirol, in central South Sudan on February 12, 2014. 12

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A giant cloud of hot volcanic ash clouds engulfs villages in Karo district during the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano located in Indonesia's Sumatra island on February 1, 2014. 13

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A leopard leaps across an under-construction structure near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area as a bystander moves out of the way in Meerut on February 23, 2014. 14

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This picture taken on July 25, 2014 shows people cooling off in a water park in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. 15

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Children living inside the cemetery play near human bones on top of stacked graves at the Navotas Public Cemetery in Manila on October 31, 2014. 16

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A member of the Afghan intelligence force points his pistol towards the body of an insurgent following an attack by the Taliban at Kabul's airport on July 17, 2014. 17

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An Afghan election commission worker waits prior to the opening of the seals to a box containing ballot papers for an audit of the presidential run-off votes at a counting centre in Kabul on July 17, 2014. 18

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An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Strip on July 12, 2014. 19

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Residents, affected by flooding, wait to board an army helicopter with injured people in the Peer Kot area of Jhang, in central Punjab province on September 11, 2014. 20

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Would-be immigrants react on a fence near Beni Enza, into the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla on March 28, 2014. 21

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A man looks out towards the US from the Mexican side of the border fence that divides the two countries in San Diego on August 20, 2014. 22

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Pro-independence supporters push each other in a shopping trolley in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014. .. 23

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Demonstrators protest against the August 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by holding their hands up while gathered on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri late on August 16, 2014. 24

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An anti-government activist is arrested by national police during a protest against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro government in Caracas on March 13, 2014. 25

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A pro-democracy demonstrator gestures after police fired tear gas towards protesters near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 28, 2014. 26

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Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. 27

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Policemen rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. 28

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A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014. 29

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In this photograph taken on April 16, 2014, a veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his Sumatra island. 30

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Children play around a man disguised as Batman at the Favela do Metro slum, area just near the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 9, 2014. 31

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People play football at sunset at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 9, 2014. 32

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (R) poses with workers during a visit to the construction site of the metro station Sao Conrado (Line 4) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 2, 2014. 33

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General view during a fire in Valparaiso, 110 km west of Santiago, Chile, on April 12, 2014. Authorities decreed a red alert for the area after the fire consumed more than 100 houses. 34

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The mother (R) of Abdolah Hosseinzadeh, who was murdered in 2007, slaps Balal who killed her son during the execution ceremony in the northern city of Nowshahr on April 15, 2014 just before she removed the noose around his neck with the help of her husband, 35

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A handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis praying at Israel's separation barrier on May 25, 2014 36

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A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces on July 9, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. 37

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A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3, 2014 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo. 38

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A Palestinian woman pauses amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. 39

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Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014. 40

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A Palestinian medic carries the body of a child, killed in an explosion in a public playground on the beachfront of Shati refugee camp, in the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. 41

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Israeli residents and relatives take cover from a rocket attack from Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip during the funeral of Israeli soldier Corporal Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, at the cemetery of the southern Israeli city of Netivot on July 29, 2014. 42

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Heavy smoke billows following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 29, 2014. 43

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A Palestinian girl sits and eats in the rubble of her destroyed home, on August 2, 2014 . 44

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An Israeli soldier gestures in relief as he walks with comrades near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip after returning from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave, on August 4, 2014. 45

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People watch as smokes rises from the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on October 26, 2014, at the Turkish border near the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. 46

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A Palestinian bride, who lost her home during fighting between Hamas and Israel, poses during her wedding ceremony, along with two other couples, at a UN school in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip on August 17, 2014. 47

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Palestinians flee their destroyed neighborhood on a horse and cart in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. 48

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An injured boy looks on as he is being treated at a makeshift hospital in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma, northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on September 24, 2014. 49

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Palestinian men look on as a bomb from an Israeli air strike hits a house in Gaza City on August 23, 2014. 50

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An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions, about 25 kilometers east of Mosul on September 9,2014. 51

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A rebel fighter holds a position in a rebel-held area of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo on September 18, 2014. 52

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A medic stitches the head of a wounded Syrian boy , northeast of Damascus, on November 11, 2014 53

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Priest Xavier Arnold Fagba comforts Muslim people taking refuge in the Boali church on January 19, 2014. 54

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An Orthodox priest tries to stop clash protesters the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. 55

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A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at riot police in the centre of Kiev on January 22, 2014. 56

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Ukrainian riot policemen stand guard in central Kiev following clashes with pro-EU protesters on January 23, 2014. 57

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Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. 58

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A protester holds an Ukrainian national flag from a burned building during a face-off against police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. 59

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Protesters advance to new positions in Kiev on February 20, 2014. 60

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Protesters advance towards new positions in Kiev on February 20, 2014. 61

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Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. 62

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Armed Ukrainian forces detain a pro-Russian militant in the village of Chornukhine in the Lugansk region on August 18, 2014. 63

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An alleged sniper (C) and member of the pro-government forces is beaten by anti-government protestors in Kiev on February 22, 2014. 64

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Pro-Russian militants take position on the roof of the international airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. 65

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View of the outskirts of Mariupol on September 4, 2014 under pro-Russian separatists heavy artillery action. 66

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An Ukrainian girl cries as she stands on the road with her luggage after she left her home near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk on August 2, 2014. 67

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People carry a coffin of a man who was killed during recent clashes, as they gather at Independence Square on February 22, 2014 68

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A boy stands on an airplane in the Christian Mpoko refugee camp on February 20, 2014 during sunset, in Bangui, Central African Republic. 69

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Children play with a suitcase in a IDP camp for the Nuer ethnic group inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, South Sudan, on February 27, 2014. 70

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A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014. 71

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A patient being treated for multiple gunshot wounds to the face, chest and throat sits in a wheelchair in the Malakal teaching hospital on February 5, 2014. 72

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An X-ray film shows a bullet lodged on 18-month-old boy Satrin Osinya (R), as he receives treatment at the Kenyatta National hospital Nairobi March 26, 2014. 73

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A man kisses his son, rescued of the mine, on May 13, 2014 after an explosion in a coal mine in Manisa. 74

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People react as a man attempts to revive another, wounded as a result of fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on May 26, 2014. 75

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Torchlights are placed next to soldiers' tombs at the Douaumont's boneyard, eastern France, during the annual event known as The Four Days of Verdun, a night parade of veterans, as they commemorate the Verdun battle 98th anniversary. 76

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Jakarta during the “tarawih” prayer marking the eve before the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan on June 28, 2014. 77

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Belarus' Catholics attend the annual celebration of Icon of the Mother of God in Budslav some 150 km north of Minsk early on July 5, 2014. 78

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 about 30 miles from the Russian-Ukraine border. The plane was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members.July 17,2014 79

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Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist 'Donetsk People's Republic' Alexander Borodai (C) stands as he arrives on the site of the crash.July 17,2014 80

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A photo taken on July 23, 2014 shows the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region. 81

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Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabove), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014. 82

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A girls suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus has her temperature checked at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on August 16, 2014. 83

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A man infected with the Ebola virus lies unconscious in his house on September 4, 2014 at the small city of Banjor. 84

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Doctors working in Ebola infected area in Liberia's capital Monrovia are completely wrapped in protective clothing. on September 7, 2014 85

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People look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014. 86

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A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey on September 23, 2014. 87

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A Syrian Kurdish woman walks in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 17, 2014. 88

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A plane flying over the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland,Sep 14, 2014 89

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kicks around a soccer ball while talking on his cellphone during an airplane refueling stop at Sal Island, Cape Verde, enroute to Washington, DC, May 5, 2014. 90

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A picture taken on October 7, 2014 in Grabels near Montpellier shows a car in an upright position following the overnight flash floods due to heavy showers. 91

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A picture taken on May 3, 2014, shows people visiting "The Gateway to Hell," a huge burning gas crater in the heart of Turkmenistan's Karakum desert. 92

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Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (L) reacts past Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. 93

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Brazil's defender David Luiz celebrates scoring during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014. 94

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A tourist jokes in front of an advertisement with the portrait of Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 26, 2014. 95

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German pianist Stefan Aaron hovers about the Munich airport Franz-Josef-Strauss, southern Germany, on July 23, 2014. 96

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A competitor competes in the Mud Madness race, at Foymore Lodge in Portadown, County Armagh on September 14, 2014. 97

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Militants of Islamic State (IS) stand just before explosion of an air strike on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on October 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province. Turkish 98

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May 28, 2014,Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan 99

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The Greek Zakynthos or "Dream Walker" jump to Navagio Beach.June 23,2014 100 11/29/2014 ??? Kaohsiung Taiwan R.O.C All photos were taken from The Denver Post ,Internet. THE END