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2014: The International Year in Photos

The first of two galleries featuring the best photos of 2014 from around the globe.

People play football at sunset at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

An Orthodox priest tries to stop clash protesters the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police stormed protesters’ barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych’s failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU. SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police today stormed protesters’ barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII BOIKOANATOLII BOIKO/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian riot policemen stand guard in central Kiev following clashes with pro-EU protesters on January 23, 2014. Ukraine’s opposition agreed to observe an eight-hour truce in clashes with security forces after five days of deadly fighting but threatened to go on the attack if the government failed to agree concessions. VOLODYMYR SHUVAYEV/AFP/Getty Images

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. Recent fighting in the country has seen waves of brutal revenge attacks, as fighters and ethnic militia use the violence to loot and settle old scores, with the United Nations and rights workers reporting that horrific atrocities have been committed by both sides. CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

Jewish bride Rivka Hannah (Hofman) looks at her groom Aharon Krois from behind a curtain during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual following their wedding in an ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem on February 18, 2014. During the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual the bride will dance with members of the community, family and with her groom at the end of the wedding ceremony. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. Ukraine’s embattled leader announced a “truce” with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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.BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Aveterinary 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 body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

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. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of European Space Agency’s German astronaut Alexander Gerst, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev and US NASA astronaut Gregory Wiseman blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome early on May 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

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. Some 2,000 civilians, including more than 500 children, have been killed in regime air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo since January, many of them in barrel bomb attacks. AFP PHOTO / BARAA AL-HALABIBARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images

Kosovar Bosnian woman Arleta Sahiti poses after her face was painted by a woman during a presentation of the traditional wedding ceremony of Bosnian women from Zhupa region at the Ethnological Museum in Pristina on July 2, 2014. As part of the tradition, old ladies prepare young brides, painting their faces in many layers of colors. The golden circles symbolize the cycles of life. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANIARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images

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. Explosions and gunfire rang out as the Taliban attacked Kabul airport in the militants’ latest attempt to steal the initiative with the country in the grip of a presidential power struggle. AFP PHOTO/SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

A body lies in a wheat field at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images