Snipers in Syria: A Free Syrian Army fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus February 3.
Kenya shopping mall: An injured woman cries for help after gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi September 21.
California fire: Fire-fighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area where the Silver Fire raged, near Banning, California August 7, 2013. The fire blackened more than 5,000 acres.
Gun violence: Ronnie Chambers Jr. looks at his mother Tahitah Myles (obscured) as she collapses during the funeral for his father Ronnie Chambers, 33, a victim of gun violence, in Chicago February 4.
Killer: TJ Lane takes off his shirt to show ‘Killer’ spelled out on his shirt at his sentencing hearing in Cleveland, Ohio, March 19. Lane was sentenced to life without parole for killing three students in a shooting rampage.
Banksy: A dog urinates on a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City, October 3, 2013.
Plane crash: Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in California July 6, killing two people.
Man’s best friend: Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah, July 22. McManus suffers from anxiety and Shadow’s presence and companionship help him to manage.
Syria: A member of the ‘Ansar Dimachk’ Brigade, part of the ‘Asood Allah’ Brigade which operates under the Free Syrian Army, uses an iPad to fire a homemade mortar at one of the battlefronts in Damascus Sept 15.
Cruise ship disaster: The Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island August 26, has lain partly submerged in shallow waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio since the accident in January 2012.
9/11: A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York’s Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 11.
Syrian weapons: Issa, 10, carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, September 7.
No hands: Angelica Murillo, 37, at her home in Tegucigalpa August 21. Angelica’s husband attacked her in 2008, accusing her of having an affair, and cut off her two hands with a machete while trying to kill her.
Israeli clashes: An Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem August 12.
Running of the bulls: A 31-year-old runner gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 12.
Snowden: An empty passenger seat believed to be reserved by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden June 24.
Germany floods: A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, Germany, June 10.
In hard times: A man walks his dog past a vacant shop, with graphics pasted to the outside to make it look like a working butcher’s shop, in the village of Belcoo, Northern Ireland June 3, 2013. Local councils in Northern Ireland have painted fake shop fronts and covered derelict buildings with huge billboards to hide the economic hardship being felt in towns and villages near the golf resort where G8 leaders have met in June.
Free Syrian army: Abboud (L), 12, and his brother Deeb, 14, stand with their weapons behind sandbags in Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 28, 2013. Abboud and Deeb, both school-going children before the civil war, joined the Free Syrian Army after the deaths of two of their brothers and an uncle in the conflict.