Soldiers inspect the scene of a car bombing in Beirut; Ethiopian pilgrims celebrate the baptism of Jesus; and pets wait to be blessed in Rome.
Police search an Acapulco prison; Egyptians vote on a new constitution; and subway riders go pantsless in Kiev.
A cloud of volcanic ash mushrooms into the North Sumatran sky; Myanmar marks its 66th Independence Day; and a herd of Siberian tigers catches some shut-eye.
Brazilians toss offerings to the Goddess of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro; released Palestinian prisoners are greeted with waving flags in Jerusalem; and Indian policemen de-stress with laughing yoga.
In case you're not quite ready to go back to work, a look around the world at the best new year's eve celebrations.
From the Vatican to Brazil, from Paris to Bahrain, a global tour of the year the street roared.
The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.
Indonesian miners make an offering in the crater of a volcano; an Aleppo airstrike leaves carnage in its wake; and dervishes whirl in Istanbul.
Riot police clash with students in Cairo; an EU flag is waved in defiance in Kiev; and 900 Santas run a marathon in Germany.
A dancer gets ready for National Samba Day celebrations; protests rock Ukraine and Thailand; and a donkey takes a stroll around the U.S. capital.
60 years ago, London was even more polluted than Beijing is today.
The world meets the first professional Kim Jong Un impersonator; an oil pipeline explodes in China; and two turkeys seek pardon at the White House.
Police hunt for illegal gold in the Amazon lowlands; a snowstorm buries a Chinese city; and an important decision is brought before an Afghan loya jirga.
A couple is married in Rio de Janeiro after 27 years together; a desperate S.O.S. is sent up from Tacloban in sidewalk chalk; and a biker in Lima takes the scenic route.
Some of the first photos of the 'absolute bedlam' unleashed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Warning: some images are graphic.
Kenyan tribe members watch a solar eclipse; a powerful typhoon hits the Philippines; and a man practices tai chi in smoggy Shanghai.
Snapshots of life in a Siberian town that's lost its livelihood.
Debutantes rest their feet at London's Queen Charlotte's Ball; workers strike in Jakarta; and 50 Kyrgyz couples celebrate a mass wedding.
Firefighters confront a massive blaze in Australia; a Kurdish fighter guards her town against Syrian turmoil; and an elephant goes for a stroll on a Sri Lankan expressway.