2015 The year in pictures (part 2)

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November 14: The Eiffel Tower stands dark as a mourning gesture in Paris.


November 16: Eiffel Tower reopens lit up with colours of French flag in tribute to victims of Paris attacks


2015: The year in pictures (2)


July 5: A Tibetan monk in Kathmandu, Nepal, offers prayers to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama.


July 8: A gull flips a herring in order to swallow it whole in Rockland, Maine. The gull had just taken the fish from a delivery truck.


July 11: A homeless man tries to sleep on a wet street during monsoon rains in New Delhi. Tens of thousands of impoverished people live on the streets of New Delhi, where they struggle with constant hunger and extreme weather while sleeping next to busy intersections and roads. Many come from countryside villages in hopes of finding better economic opportunities.


July 14: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this enhanced-color view of Pluto before flying by the icy world and its moons. The mission completed what NASA calls the reconnaissance of the classical solar system, and it made the United States the first nation to send a space probe to every planet from Mercury to Pluto.


July 15: Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the ESPYs in Los Angeles. In her first speech since identifying as transgender, Jenner said she wants to "reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed." See Jenner's journey from Bruce to Caitlyn.


July 20: FIFA President Sepp Blatter is showered by dollar bills during a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland. The money was thrown at Blatter by British comedian Simon Brodkin, who was then ushered away from the stage. Blatter has led soccer's governing body since 1998, but he decided to stand down as FIFA battles corruption scandals.


July 20: A beluga whale sprays water toward young visitors at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, an amusement park in Yokohama, Japan


July 21: Delegates, some in traditional dress, attend the opening of a climate summit in Paris. French President Francois Hollande called for an ambitious accord ahead of a United Nations conference to address the threat of global warming.


July 21: Cathy Wells, mother of Lance Cpl. Squire K. "Skip" Wells, is given flowers by a U.S. Marine at her son's vigil in Marietta, Georgia. Wells, a 21-year-old reservist, was one of five service members killed during a shooting at a Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The shooter, Mohammad Abdulazeez, died in a gunfight with law enforcement. He had also shot up a military recruiting center before driving to the reserve center.


August 2: Shoppers load groceries as smoke from the Rocky Fire billows over Clearlake, California. California has been battling numerous wildfires as its historic drought reaches a fourth year.


August 4: The vacation home of Walter J. Palmer is vandalized in Marco Island, Florida. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, was in the public crosshairs after he killed a popular lion, Cecil, from Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Cecil was lured out of the animal sanctuary and killed. Cecil was also skinned and beheaded, the conservation group said, and he was wearing a GPS collar as part of research backed by Oxford University. Two Zimbabweans were charged with poaching. "I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt," Palmer said in a statement. "I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt."


August 7: National Geographic photo contest – This year's National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest received more than 17,000 entries from photographers around the world. Grand-prize winner Anuar Patjane Floriuk will get an eight-day expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for this photo, "Whale Whisperers."


August 9: A protester shouts at police in Ferguson, Missouri, during a rally held on the anniversary of Michael Brown's death. Brown's killing last year sparked outrage and protests against what some described as racial bias by the police. A grand jury didn't indict Officer Darren Wilson, and the U.S. Justice Department also declined to bring criminal charges, but the feds did issue a report that found the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court had engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African-Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force and jail sentences.


August 15: A refugee, holding his son and daughter, cries tears of joy after their boat arrived on the Greek island of Kos. The island in the Aegean Sea has been overwhelmed by refugees.


August 15: Protesters hit a police officer with a torch during a rally in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were violent clashes over the country's proposals for a new constitution, and some police officers were killed or injured. The officer in this photo was injured, according to the photographer, but he survived.


August 16: Fireworks explode in Figueretas, Spain, as lightning flashes over the sea.


August 17: A migrant in Gevgelija, Macedonia, tries to sneak on a train bound for Serbia. Migrants entered Macedonia from Greece, heading north through the Balkans on their way to more prosperous countries in the European Union. Europe is in the midst of a migration crisis. Desperate men and women, often with children in tow, are fleeing wars and poverty in places like Libya and Syria to find a better life on the continent. But their voyages, both on land and on sea, can be dangerous and sometimes deadly.


August 23: A seal rides on a humpback whale off the coast of Eden, Australia.


August 26: Dachshunds race at an Oktoberfest celebration in Melbourne.


August 27: People jump out of a plane during the Mountain Gravity skydiving competition in Quinto, Switzerland.


September 2: Officers in Bodrum, Turkey, stand near the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee who washed up on shore. The 2-year-old was one of 12 refugees who drowned that day during a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos. This photo went viral around the world, often with a Turkish hashtag that means "Flotsam of Humanity."


September 6: The Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship, is surrounded by drift ice as it travels off the northeast coast of Greenland.


September 10: Supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi gather at a campaign rally in Demoso, Myanmar. The Nobel laureate's party won a historic majority in November. It was the nation's first freely held elections in 25 years.


September 17: A fight breaks out between Japanese lawmakers in Tokyo as they prepare to vote over controversial security legislation that would allow Japanese troops to be deployed overseas.


September 24: Rihana Shekh Dhafali rests in a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. She was allegedly set on fire over a dowry demand, according to the human rights organization INSEC. She lost the baby she was carrying at the time.


September 24: A person sits by the road near Sela Pass, a mountain pass in India's Arunachal Pradesh state.


September 27: The International Tattoo Convention takes place in Quito, Ecuador.


September 28: NASA scientists announce that water still flows across the surface of Mars from time to time. In the photo above, dark, narrow streaks called recurring slope lineae are seen on the slopes of the Gami Crater. Scientists have inferred that they were formed by contemporary flowing water.


September 28: U.S. President Barack Obama reaches out to shake the hand of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a U.N. summit in New York. The two, bitterly at odds over Ukraine and Syria, also had a closed-door meeting that day.


October 1: Community members attend a candlelight vigil for those killed during a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The massacre left nine people dead. The gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, apparently committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with officers, a sheriff said.


October 7: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, aboard the International Space Station, shared this photo of Earth with his Twitter followers. "The daily morning dose of ‪#aurora to help wake you up. ‪#GoodMorning from ‪@Space_Station!" he tweeted.


October 7: Pope Francis kisses a child at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.


October 8: A low-flying jet zooms through a picturesque valley in Wales, leaving a vapor cloud in its wake.


October 8: People sit in their car as a Barbary macaque rummages through their unlocked luggage compartment in Scotland's Blair Drummond Safari Park.


October 10: People try to help an injured woman after multiple explosions at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey. There were two explosions during the rally, which called for an end to the renewed conflict between the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Turkish government. At least 99 people were killed, officials said, and more than 240 were injured.


October 12: Rice terraces reflect the colors of twilight in Yuanyang, China.


October 15: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, foreground, talks to a guest at the University of Surrey, where she officially opened a state-of-the-art veterinary school in Guildford, England.


October 16: An Israeli soldier runs to help another who was just stabbed by an alleged Palestinian assailant, seen on the ground holding a knife, during clashes in Hebron, West Bank. In recent weeks, there has been a spike in violence across Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israelis have been targeted in attacks where they've been "run over, stabbed, or even hacked to death," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Palestinians report, meanwhile, that dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.


October 17: A man and girl use a banana leaf to cover themselves from the rain as they wade in the sea on the outskirts of Colon, Panama.


October 19: A young boy is seen through a bus window as refugees and migrants arrive at the port of Pireaus, Greece.


October 19: A dead man hangs from the waist under a Mexico City overpass. This is the first time a body has appeared on a bridge or overpass in Mexico's capital. It is a common practice among gangs fighting for turf in other regions of Mexico.


October 20: A mounted police officer leads a group of migrants near Dobova, Slovenia. Thousands of migrants flooded into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border.


October 20: An Israeli man is run over by a truck near the West Bank city of Hebron. He later died. Israel's Channel 2 identified him as Avraham Asher Hasano, 54. According to the Times of Israel, Hasano was hit as he was examining his own car after Palestinians had pelted it with rocks. The driver surrendered to Palestinian security forces and said it was an accident, Army Radio reported.


October 30: A boy receives first aid at a field hospital after a reported airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, Syria. Local activists said the airstrike came from forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. More than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria since civil war began in April 2011.


November 2: A northern hawk-owl flies with its wings tucked in Kokkola, Finland.


November 6: Storm clouds move in over Bondi Beach in Sydney.


November 13: Spectators run onto the soccer field at the Stade de France stadium, one of the targets of the Paris terror attacks that killed at least 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The militant group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also hit a concert hall and popular restaurants.


November 15: A large crowd gathers to lay flowers and candles in front of the Carillon restaurant, one of the establishments in Paris targeted by terrorists in the November 13 attacks.


November 18: Armed police raise their guns during an operation in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. French special forces raided a building in Saint-Denis, looking for those behind the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The hours-long ordeal ended with at least two suspects dead and eight detained.


December 2: Law enforcement officers search for the suspects of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Earlier in the day, at least 14 people were killed and 17 were injured at the Inland Regional Center, where employees with the county health department were attending a holiday event. Two suspects were fatally shot in a gun battle with police hours after the initial incident.


December 3: A ‘dirty’ thunderstorm with volcanic lightning, as Italy’s Mount Etna erupts.


December 4: Police allow a crying girl to cross into Macedonia at the northern Greek border station. Macedonian authorities are allowing only people from the war-wracked countries of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to cross on their way to other European Union countries.


December 4: A Sotheby's staff member in London holds "Mabuse," a painting by Jan Gossaert, during a press preview of artwork . The Gosseart piece was expected to bring in more than $6 million at auction.


December 4: French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrive by helicopter to the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carri. The vessel is the Mediterranean Sea to help fight the ISIS militant group.


December 7: A Russian police officer holds a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya during a presentation ceremony at the French Embassy in. France accepted the puppy following the death of a police dog named Diesel. Diesel was killed during a terror raid last month in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. Dobrynya is named after a folklore hero, and it is intended as a "symbol of the unity of our nations in implacable fight against terrorism," Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said during the ceremony.


December 8: A man in Beijing wears a mask as he travels to work in heavy . Much of the Chinese capital shut down Tuesday after Beijing's city government issued its first red alert for pollution.


December 8: A bishop takes a photo of Pope Francis as he celebrates a Mass in Vatican City.


December 14: Droid BB-8 arrives at the world premiere of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Hollywood, California


December 19: Flagposts outside the US embassy cast their shadows on a vintage car.


December 20: A man walks his camel across the Liwa Oasis southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates .


December 21: A girl stands outside a temporary shelter at a camp for dispaced Afghans in Kabul.


December 21: The Salisbury Cathedral Choir rehearses for Christmas Eve services in Salisbury, England.


December 22: People gather at Stonehenge in England to mark the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year.


December 22: An African migrant wraps himself in a blanket after the Libyan coast guard rescued him west of Tripoli on Monday as he and others tried to reach Italy on an inflatable boat. The rise of ISIS, the Syrian civil war and instability in Afghanistan, the Middle East and elsewhere drove record numbers of people to try to make the crossing to Europe. That number topped 1 million people this year, according to the International Organization of Migration.


December 22: A boat sails along the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia.


December 23 : A U.S. service member salutes during a memorial ceremony for six Americans killed in a suicide attack in Bagram, Afghanistan.


December 23: A rescue worker grabs the hand of a man who survived more than 60 hours under debris after a landslide in Shenzhen, China.


December 23: A thick blanket of fog envelopes a mountainous part of Pamplona, Spain.


December 26: Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Christmas Day.


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