Selection of some of the most eye-catching photos of 2013
The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is seen stranded in ice in Antarctica, Dec. 29, 2013. An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said.
Supporters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League beat a lawmaker and supporter of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest by opposition activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 29, 2013. Security forces and opposition activists clashed in the capital, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to foil a mass rally calling on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections.
A layer of ice coats the leaves of a Japanese maple tree after an ice storm in Toronto, Canada, Dec. 22, 2013.
Military personnel line the route as former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket is taken to its burial place in Qunu, South Africa, Dec. 15, 2013.
Protestors wearing masks depicting pictures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso take part in a demonstration against austerity on the first day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Dec. 1, 2013.
An anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok, Nov. 28, 2013.
Residents look at a ship that was swept by Typhoon Haiyan nearly two weeks ago, in downtown Tacloban city in central Philippines, Nov. 21, 2013.
The most rated photo of the year on voanews.com: Protesting students wearing fake military uniforms shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in front of Sofia University, Bulgaria, Nov. 20, 2013.
A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia, Nov. 18, 2013.
A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, USA, Nov. 17, 2013.
Lazaro Martinez sits in the mud while continuing to search for his wife and two children in the town of La Pintada, Mexico, Nov. 1, 2013. Villagers are demanding that the government continue the recovery of bodies after a mudslide buried dozens after Tropical Storm Manuel more than a month ago.
Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle rides a wave in Nazare, central Portugal, Oct. 28, 2013.
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates her victory against Li Na of China after the WTA tennis championships final match in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2013.
A man shaves his monkey with a razor before it performs tricks for money in Lahore, Pakistan, Oct. 7, 2013.
A Syrian man with more than half his body burnt from an air strike leaves a field hospital to go back home at a village turned into a battlefield with government forces in Idlib province, northern Syria, Sept. 22, 2013.
Visitors take pictures of tidal waves affected by Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, Sept. 22, 2013.
Coffin of victims are seen in an hangar of Lampedusa airport, Oct. 5, 2013, after a boat with migrants sank killing more than 100 people. Italian emergency services hoped to resume the search for bodies despite rough seas after the accident, in which 111 African asylum-seekers are confirmed dead and around 200 more are still missing.
A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, Sep. 21, 2013. The gunmen stormed a shopping mall, killing at least 20 people in what the government said could be a terrorist attack.
A man runs up the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St. Julian's, outside Valletta, Malta, August 25, 2013.
An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of the overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad, Aug. 6, 2013.
Pope Francis is projected on screens at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 26, 2013.
A fireman carries a wounded victim from the wreckage of a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening, killing at least 77 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe's worst rail disasters.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London, July 23, 2013.
A member of the Italy team is thrown up in the air during a synchronized swimming training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, July 18, 2013.
A runner is gored by an El Pilar fighting bull on Estafeta street during the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 12, 2013.