26 December 2014

Top News Photos of 2014

A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, on January 9, 2014 in New York, United States. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused large ice floes to form in the Hudson, delaying ferry traffic.
A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, on January 9, 2014 in New York, United States. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused large ice floes to form in the Hudson, delaying ferry traffic.

Carmen Martinez Ayudo, 85, cries during her eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Carmen Martinez Ayudo, who lives with a pension of euro 630 a month ($ 783) lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after she could not afford to pay her debt and the high interest rates due to her financial situation after her son lost his job. Martinez Ayudo was evicted in spite of housing right activists clashing with the dozens of riot police.
Carmen Martinez Ayudo, 85, cries during her eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Carmen Martinez Ayudo, who lives with a pension of euro 630 a month ($ 783) lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after she could not afford to pay her debt and the high interest rates due to her financial situation after her son lost his job. Martinez Ayudo was evicted in spite of housing right activists clashing with the dozens of riot police.
Anti-government protesters, continue to their clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.
Anti-government protesters, continue to their clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.
A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home earlier in the morning while leaving to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members. The World Health Organization says the Ebola epidemic has now killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.
A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home earlier in the morning while leaving to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members. The World Health Organization says the Ebola epidemic has now killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.
Farmer Agustin Gomez Perez, 21, runs engulfed in flames after he was lit on fire as a form of protest outside the Chiapas state legislature in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Perez was demanding the release of his father, indigenous leader Florentino Gomez Giron, who was arrested last year on charges stemming from a series of demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent. Agustin was taken to a hospital, and his stepmother, Araceli Diaz, said he was “serious but stable” condition with second- and third-degree burns.
Farmer Agustin Gomez Perez, 21, runs engulfed in flames after he was lit on fire as a form of protest outside the Chiapas state legislature in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Perez was demanding the release of his father, indigenous leader Florentino Gomez Giron, who was arrested last year on charges stemming from a series of demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent. Agustin was taken to a hospital, and his stepmother, Araceli Diaz, said he was “serious but stable” condition with second- and third-degree burns.
In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014 photo, a female baby sloth peeks out from behind a door on a floating house in the 'Lago do Janauari' near Manaus, Brazil. The sloth was captured by the owner of the floating house, who makes a living showing local fauna to visitors. In an an attempt to prevent any harm to the animals he says he only keeps each animal for a few weeks before returning it to it's natural habitat.
In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014 photo, a female baby sloth peeks out from behind a door on a floating house in the 'Lago do Janauari' near Manaus, Brazil. The sloth was captured by the owner of the floating house, who makes a living showing local fauna to visitors. In an an attempt to prevent any harm to the animals he says he only keeps each animal for a few weeks before returning it to it's natural habitat.
In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, 4-year-old patient Saul Valverde kisses Andariego, a 19-year-old veteran horse that retired from "charreria," the Mexican version of a rodeo, at a corral in southern Mexico City. Andariego now works as a therapy horse, helping children with special needs. In Mexico, the career of the charro horse usually runs about 10 to 12 years.
In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, 4-year-old patient Saul Valverde kisses Andariego, a 19-year-old veteran horse that retired from "charreria," the Mexican version of a rodeo, at a corral in southern Mexico City. Andariego now works as a therapy horse, helping children with special needs. In Mexico, the career of the charro horse usually runs about 10 to 12 years.
This picture taken on April 8, 2014 shows a man (C) holding a woman hostage with a cleaver as a policeman (R) negotiates with him, before rescuing her after a nearly two-hour standoff in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, while the motive remains unknown. Recently, in an unrelated event, eight members of what Beijing labelled a 'terrorist gang' carried out the stabbing spree at Kunming railway station in southwestern China, with four of them killed at the scene.
This picture taken on April 8, 2014 shows a man (C) holding a woman hostage with a cleaver as a policeman (R) negotiates with him, before rescuing her after a nearly two-hour standoff in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, while the motive remains unknown. Recently, in an unrelated event, eight members of what Beijing labelled a 'terrorist gang' carried out the stabbing spree at Kunming railway station in southwestern China, with four of them killed at the scene.
Fatima, 13, weeps as she kisses her injured father, Ahmad al-Messmar, 40, who was wounded when a deadly car bomb blew up near a gas station, in the predominately Shiite town of Hermel, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Syrian border in northeast Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. A shadowy Lebanese Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Hermel, a stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, that killed several people in the latest attack linked to the war in neighboring Syria.
Fatima, 13, weeps as she kisses her injured father, Ahmad al-Messmar, 40, who was wounded when a deadly car bomb blew up near a gas station, in the predominately Shiite town of Hermel, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Syrian border in northeast Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. A shadowy Lebanese Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Hermel, a stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, that killed several people in the latest attack linked to the war in neighboring Syria.
A relative of Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 grieves after being told of the latest news in Beijing, China, Monday, March 24, 2014.
A relative of Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 grieves after being told of the latest news in Beijing, China, Monday, March 24, 2014.
In this handout photo provided by the PMO, Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and all Members of Parliament applaud Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms, during the reopening of Parliament on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. The gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot and killed by Kevin Vickers while still inside the Parliament building.
In this handout photo provided by the PMO, Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and all Members of Parliament applaud Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms, during the reopening of Parliament on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. The gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot and killed by Kevin Vickers while still inside the Parliament building.
Sunlight streams through the windows of a building which caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and the water sprayed on it by fire fighters froze. Much of the American northeast and the midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures.
Sunlight streams through the windows of a building which caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and the water sprayed on it by fire fighters froze. Much of the American northeast and the midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures.
Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.
Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.
A man stands in front of a large ship grounded by Typhoon Haiyan on April 18, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attending religious activities.
A man stands in front of a large ship grounded by Typhoon Haiyan on April 18, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attending religious activities.
The moon shines through the Four Towers Madrid skyscrapers on August 11, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. . In yesterday's second supermoon of the summer, the moon appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than normal.
The moon shines through the Four Towers Madrid skyscrapers on August 11, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. . In yesterday's second supermoon of the summer, the moon appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than normal.
A fire bull runs after a reveler during the 'Toro de Jubilo' Fire Bull Festival in Medinaceli, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Fire bull Festival "Toro de Jubilo" that takes place in the main square of Medinaceli is an ancient tradition from the bronze age. During the event a bull is tied to a pylon and flammable balls attached to the bull's horns are set on fire before the animal released. Revelers dodge the bull when it comes close until the flammable material is consumed. The bull is covered with a thick layer of mud on the back and face to protect it from burns.
A fire bull runs after a reveler during the 'Toro de Jubilo' Fire Bull Festival in Medinaceli, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Fire bull Festival "Toro de Jubilo" that takes place in the main square of Medinaceli is an ancient tradition from the bronze age. During the event a bull is tied to a pylon and flammable balls attached to the bull's horns are set on fire before the animal released. Revelers dodge the bull when it comes close until the flammable material is consumed. The bull is covered with a thick layer of mud on the back and face to protect it from burns.
The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Chandra from Nepal measuring 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) posed for photographers with Sultan from Turkey who is 251 cm (8 ft 3 inches). Today is the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day during which thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate the international day of record-breaking!
The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Chandra from Nepal measuring 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) posed for photographers with Sultan from Turkey who is 251 cm (8 ft 3 inches). Today is the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day during which thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate the international day of record-breaking!
Nik Wallenda walks over the Chicago skyline blindfolded 600 feet above the ground for Discovery Channel's Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda on November 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
Nik Wallenda walks over the Chicago skyline blindfolded 600 feet above the ground for Discovery Channel's Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda on November 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
U.S. President Barack Obama gives a hug to Dallas nurse Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House October 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Pham, a nurse who was infected with Ebola from treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and was first diagnosed on October 12, was declared free of the virus on Friday.
U.S. President Barack Obama gives a hug to Dallas nurse Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House October 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Pham, a nurse who was infected with Ebola from treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and was first diagnosed on October 12, was declared free of the virus on Friday.
A demonstrator protesting the killings of 18-year-olds Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri Police officer and Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer gets help after being maced by police on October 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson following Brown's death.
A demonstrator protesting the killings of 18-year-olds Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri Police officer and Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer gets help after being maced by police on October 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson following Brown's death.
Petty Officer Andrew Boote holds his son Max Boote, 3, after disembarking HMS Illustrious on Portsmouth Harbour on January 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. The ships returns with her 650 crew after a five month deployment to South East Asia delivering Aid relief to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Petty Officer Andrew Boote holds his son Max Boote, 3, after disembarking HMS Illustrious on Portsmouth Harbour on January 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. The ships returns with her 650 crew after a five month deployment to South East Asia delivering Aid relief to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
A US Marine drinks cobra blood during a jungle survival program as part of the annual Cobra Gold 2014 combined military exercise at a navy base in Chanthaburi province on February 15, 2014. About 8,000 military personnel from seven nations, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, US, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia are involved in the exercise.
A US Marine drinks cobra blood during a jungle survival program as part of the annual Cobra Gold 2014 combined military exercise at a navy base in Chanthaburi province on February 15, 2014. About 8,000 military personnel from seven nations, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, US, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia are involved in the exercise.
An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier looks out from a rocky overlook as soldiers with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division patrol below on March 31, 2014 near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan. The primary mission of soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at FOB Shank is to advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces in the region. They patrol outside the FOB to deter enemy rocket attacks on the FOB. Security is at a heightened state throughout Afghanistan as the nation prepares for the April 5th presidential election.
An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier looks out from a rocky overlook as soldiers with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division patrol below on March 31, 2014 near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan. The primary mission of soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at FOB Shank is to advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces in the region. They patrol outside the FOB to deter enemy rocket attacks on the FOB. Security is at a heightened state throughout Afghanistan as the nation prepares for the April 5th presidential election.
An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobane during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) group on a People's Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center of Kobani, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, October 20, 2014 in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. According to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey will reportedly allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the Syrian city of Kobane while the United States has sent planes to drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurdish fighters around Kobane.
An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobane during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) group on a People's Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center of Kobani, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, October 20, 2014 in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. According to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey will reportedly allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the Syrian city of Kobane while the United States has sent planes to drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurdish fighters around Kobane.
Competitors take part in the Tough Mudder London South on October 25, 2014 in Winchester, England. The world-famous Tough Mudder is military style endurance event over 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit.
Competitors take part in the Tough Mudder London South on October 25, 2014 in Winchester, England. The world-famous Tough Mudder is military style endurance event over 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit.
In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst takes a 'selfie' during his spacewalk, whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on October 7, 2014 in Space. Gerst returned to earth on November 10, 2014 after spending six months on the International Space Station completing an extensive scientific programme, known as the 'Blue Dot' mission (after astronomer Carl Sagan's description of Earth, as seen on a photograph taken by the Voyager probe from six billion kilometres away).
In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst takes a 'selfie' during his spacewalk, whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on October 7, 2014 in Space. Gerst returned to earth on November 10, 2014 after spending six months on the International Space Station completing an extensive scientific programme, known as the 'Blue Dot' mission (after astronomer Carl Sagan's description of Earth, as seen on a photograph taken by the Voyager probe from six billion kilometres away).
Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.
Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.
In this Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 photo, Mercy Kennedy, 9, cries as community activists approach her outside her home on 72nd SKD Boulevard in Monrovia, Liberia, a day after her mother was taken away by an ambulance to an Ebola ward. Neighbors wailed upon learning that Mercy's mother had died; she was among the cluster of cases that includes Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who dies from the disease in Texas. Little Mercy walked around in a daze in a torn nightgown and flip-flops, pulling up the fabric to wipe her tears as a group of workers from the neighborhood task force followed the sound of wailing through the thick grove of banana trees and corn plants.
In this Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 photo, Mercy Kennedy, 9, cries as community activists approach her outside her home on 72nd SKD Boulevard in Monrovia, Liberia, a day after her mother was taken away by an ambulance to an Ebola ward. Neighbors wailed upon learning that Mercy's mother had died; she was among the cluster of cases that includes Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who dies from the disease in Texas. Little Mercy walked around in a daze in a torn nightgown and flip-flops, pulling up the fabric to wipe her tears as a group of workers from the neighborhood task force followed the sound of wailing through the thick grove of banana trees and corn plants.
Michael Brown Sr. yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown in Normandy, Mo., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed Aug. 9 in a confrontation with a police officer that fueled almost two weeks of street protests.
Michael Brown Sr. yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown in Normandy, Mo., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed Aug. 9 in a confrontation with a police officer that fueled almost two weeks of street protests.
A voter gestures as Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) votes in the midterm elections at Bellarmine University November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell is running in a tight race against opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
A voter gestures as Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) votes in the midterm elections at Bellarmine University November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell is running in a tight race against opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
US President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at his private library in the Apostolic Palace on March 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pope welcomed his distinguished guest with a smile and 'Welcome' to the snaps of photographers from the world press covering the encounter.
US President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at his private library in the Apostolic Palace on March 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pope welcomed his distinguished guest with a smile and 'Welcome' to the snaps of photographers from the world press covering the encounter.
Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward on August 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by Liberian health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.
Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward on August 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by Liberian health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.
Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along Florida state road 836, just east of 57th Avenue, around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Miami. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue.
Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along Florida state road 836, just east of 57th Avenue, around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Miami. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue.
In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 photo, an Indian man moves out of the way of a leopard in the northern Indian city of Meerut, India. Forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts searched for a leopard that injured six people in the northern Indian city, creating panic and driving people indoors, police said Tuesday.
In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 photo, an Indian man moves out of the way of a leopard in the northern Indian city of Meerut, India. Forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts searched for a leopard that injured six people in the northern Indian city, creating panic and driving people indoors, police said Tuesday.
A newborn baboon cuddles a teddy bear after its mom refused to have her at Gaziantep Zoo, in Gazitantep, Turkey on November 15, 2014. Gaziantep Zoo clinic chief and mother-of-two Ozsun Yurt Gunes (not seen) takes care of the newborn baby at her home after she finishes her shifts at the Zoo.
A newborn baboon cuddles a teddy bear after its mom refused to have her at Gaziantep Zoo, in Gazitantep, Turkey on November 15, 2014. Gaziantep Zoo clinic chief and mother-of-two Ozsun Yurt Gunes (not seen) takes care of the newborn baby at her home after she finishes her shifts at the Zoo.
Nine-year-old Nowa Paye is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia,Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014.
Nine-year-old Nowa Paye is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia,Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014.
An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
This picture provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, taken on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 shows Maryam Hosseinzadeh, right, and her husband Abdolghani, left, removing the noose from the neck of blindfolded Bilal who was convicted of murdering their son Abdollah in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed.
This picture provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, taken on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 shows Maryam Hosseinzadeh, right, and her husband Abdolghani, left, removing the noose from the neck of blindfolded Bilal who was convicted of murdering their son Abdollah in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed.
A local youth takes a selfie photograph in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to St George's indoor market on in Belfast Tuesday June 24, 2014. The Queen is on a 3 day visit to Northern Ireland.
A local youth takes a selfie photograph in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to St George's indoor market on in Belfast Tuesday June 24, 2014. The Queen is on a 3 day visit to Northern Ireland.
A rainbow appears over Marine One minutes before President Barack Obama landing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.
A rainbow appears over Marine One minutes before President Barack Obama landing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.
Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry stands with his prosthetic hand over his heart, wearing his Medal of Honor during the "Pledge of Allegiance" at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, during a ceremony to honor him and other recipients of the Medal of Honor from Washington state. Petry lost his hand in 2008 when an enemy grenade he was throwing away from fellow soldiers detonated while in combat in Afghanistan.
Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry stands with his prosthetic hand over his heart, wearing his Medal of Honor during the "Pledge of Allegiance" at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, during a ceremony to honor him and other recipients of the Medal of Honor from Washington state. Petry lost his hand in 2008 when an enemy grenade he was throwing away from fellow soldiers detonated while in combat in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama meets with Britain's Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
President Barack Obama meets with Britain's Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. Putin extolled the return of Crimea to Russia before tens of thousands during his first trip to Black Sea peninsula since its annexation. The triumphant visit was quickly condemned by Ukraine and NATO.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. Putin extolled the return of Crimea to Russia before tens of thousands during his first trip to Black Sea peninsula since its annexation. The triumphant visit was quickly condemned by Ukraine and NATO.
A competitor falls into muddy water during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia.
A competitor falls into muddy water during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia.
Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. The tradition of building human towers, or castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where colles, or teams, compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. The structure of the castells varies depending on their complexity. A castell is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest castell in history was a 10 floor structure with 3 people in each floor. In 2010 castells were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. The tradition of building human towers, or castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where colles, or teams, compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. The structure of the castells varies depending on their complexity. A castell is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest castell in history was a 10 floor structure with 3 people in each floor. In 2010 castells were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk down Kuniya Walk at the base of Uluru on April 22, 2014 in Ayers Rock, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk down Kuniya Walk at the base of Uluru on April 22, 2014 in Ayers Rock, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.
Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona.
Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona.
91-one-year old Nel Bolten has a tattoo on her chest that says: 'Do not reanimate, I am 91+' on November 15, 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers has declared that this tattoo is a legal declaration that gives Nel Bolten the right to self determination to end her life. Euthanasia and self determination to end one's life are complex issues in The Netherlands with an ever increasing population of eldery people.
91-one-year old Nel Bolten has a tattoo on her chest that says: 'Do not reanimate, I am 91+' on November 15, 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers has declared that this tattoo is a legal declaration that gives Nel Bolten the right to self determination to end her life. Euthanasia and self determination to end one's life are complex issues in The Netherlands with an ever increasing population of eldery people.
A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the 1 World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper, where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level.
A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the 1 World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper, where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level.
Young family members wait to enter a communal marriage ceremony in the Jacarezinho pacified community, or shantytown, on January 17, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 'favela' was previously controlled by drug traffickers and is now occupied by the city's Police Pacification Unit (UPP). The UPP hosted the communal wedding for 18 couples to mark the first anniversary of the UPP occupation of the community. In Brazil, weddings are costly and couples sometimes join communal weddings to save costs. The UPP are patrolling some of Rio's favelas amid the city's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
Young family members wait to enter a communal marriage ceremony in the Jacarezinho pacified community, or shantytown, on January 17, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 'favela' was previously controlled by drug traffickers and is now occupied by the city's Police Pacification Unit (UPP). The UPP hosted the communal wedding for 18 couples to mark the first anniversary of the UPP occupation of the community. In Brazil, weddings are costly and couples sometimes join communal weddings to save costs. The UPP are patrolling some of Rio's favelas amid the city's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
Members of the public wearing fancy dress enter the water as they join around 1,000 New Year swimmers, many in costume, in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in the River Forth on January 1, 2014 in South Queensferry, Scotland. An estimated eighty thousand people gathered last night in Edinburgh to see in the New Year at Hogmanay celebrations.
Members of the public wearing fancy dress enter the water as they join around 1,000 New Year swimmers, many in costume, in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in the River Forth on January 1, 2014 in South Queensferry, Scotland. An estimated eighty thousand people gathered last night in Edinburgh to see in the New Year at Hogmanay celebrations.
A unsuspecting subway passenger looks at participants of the No Pants Subway Ride on January 12, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The annual event, in which participants board a subway car in January while not wearing any pants while behaving as though they do not know each other, began as a joke by the public prank group Improv Everywhere in New York City and has since spread around the world, with enthusiasts in around 60 cities and 29 countries across the globe, according to the organization's site.
A unsuspecting subway passenger looks at participants of the No Pants Subway Ride on January 12, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The annual event, in which participants board a subway car in January while not wearing any pants while behaving as though they do not know each other, began as a joke by the public prank group Improv Everywhere in New York City and has since spread around the world, with enthusiasts in around 60 cities and 29 countries across the globe, according to the organization's site.
White whales and their trainers present a show for visitors at Harbin Pole Aquarium on January 7, 2014 in Harbin, China. The Aquarium is one of the tourist highlights of Harbin, attracting domestic and foreign tourists each year.
White whales and their trainers present a show for visitors at Harbin Pole Aquarium on January 7, 2014 in Harbin, China. The Aquarium is one of the tourist highlights of Harbin, attracting domestic and foreign tourists each year.
A cat is seen in an area covered by ash as following a further eruption of the Mount Sinabung in Sebintun village on January 9, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to 22,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high.
A cat is seen in an area covered by ash as following a further eruption of the Mount Sinabung in Sebintun village on January 9, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to 22,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high.
Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Awajishima Monkey Center on January 18, 2014 in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Low temperatures has hit across Japan with more heavy snowfall in February.
Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Awajishima Monkey Center on January 18, 2014 in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Low temperatures has hit across Japan with more heavy snowfall in February.
Mulan Jamilah, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger, kisses caretaker Abdullah Sholeh, 33, in the garden beside their home on January 20, 2014 in Malang, Indonesia. Abdullah Sholeh of Malang, Indonesia is an Islamic student who has become best friend and a full-time nanny to the tiger. Mulan's owner, Noer Muhammad Sholeh, 51, asked Abdullah to take care of the tiger when it was a 3-month-old cub at Dilem Village, Kepanjen District, Malang, East Java. Abdullah Sholeh regularly sleeps, plays and fights with the huge tiger. The pair are so inseparable, he often shuns his own bed to sleep alongside the big cat in her enclosure. Mulan now weighs 178 kg, is three meters long including the tail and one meter high. For security reasons, they have had to install metal bars to separate them when they are together in the enclosure. Mulan is fed 6kg of chicken or goat meat twice a day.
Mulan Jamilah, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger, kisses caretaker Abdullah Sholeh, 33, in the garden beside their home on January 20, 2014 in Malang, Indonesia. Abdullah Sholeh of Malang, Indonesia is an Islamic student who has become best friend and a full-time nanny to the tiger. Mulan's owner, Noer Muhammad Sholeh, 51, asked Abdullah to take care of the tiger when it was a 3-month-old cub at Dilem Village, Kepanjen District, Malang, East Java. Abdullah Sholeh regularly sleeps, plays and fights with the huge tiger. The pair are so inseparable, he often shuns his own bed to sleep alongside the big cat in her enclosure. Mulan now weighs 178 kg, is three meters long including the tail and one meter high. For security reasons, they have had to install metal bars to separate them when they are together in the enclosure. Mulan is fed 6kg of chicken or goat meat twice a day.
Worker's continue to build flood defences around Moorland resident Sam Notaro's house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels on February 10, 2014 in Somerset, England. Thousands of acres of the Somerset Levels have been under water for weeks, yet flood levels are still rising and worryingly, more rain is forecast for later this week.
Worker's continue to build flood defences around Moorland resident Sam Notaro's house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels on February 10, 2014 in Somerset, England. Thousands of acres of the Somerset Levels have been under water for weeks, yet flood levels are still rising and worryingly, more rain is forecast for later this week.
A boy carries his brother as the Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke at Sibintun village on February 7, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 30,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. At least 16 people were killed in an eruption of Mount Sinabung on February 1, after residents were allowed to returned to their homes on January 31 by authorities who had said that activity was decreasing.
A boy carries his brother as the Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke at Sibintun village on February 7, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 30,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. At least 16 people were killed in an eruption of Mount Sinabung on February 1, after residents were allowed to returned to their homes on January 31 by authorities who had said that activity was decreasing.
South Korea Air Force Black Eagles aerobatic team performs during the Singapore Airshow on February 13, 2014 in Singapore. The Singapore air show is held every year and is one of the most important aerospace and defense exhibitions in the world.
South Korea Air Force Black Eagles aerobatic team performs during the Singapore Airshow on February 13, 2014 in Singapore. The Singapore air show is held every year and is one of the most important aerospace and defense exhibitions in the world.
Leo, aged 9 months, takes part in an experiment at the 'Birkbeck Babylab' Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, on March 3, 2014 in London, England. The experiment uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) to study brain activity whilst the baby examines different objects of varying complexity. Researchers at the Babylab, which is part of Birkbeck, University of London, study brain and cognitive development in infants from birth through childhood. The scientists use various experiments, often based on simple games, and test the babies' physical or cognitive responses with sensors including: eye-tracking, brain activation and motion capture.
Leo, aged 9 months, takes part in an experiment at the 'Birkbeck Babylab' Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, on March 3, 2014 in London, England. The experiment uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) to study brain activity whilst the baby examines different objects of varying complexity. Researchers at the Babylab, which is part of Birkbeck, University of London, study brain and cognitive development in infants from birth through childhood. The scientists use various experiments, often based on simple games, and test the babies' physical or cognitive responses with sensors including: eye-tracking, brain activation and motion capture.
Russian Geographic Society staff members carry the body of baby mammoth to put on display in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The 39,000-year-old baby mammoth is named Yuka, derived from the Yukagir coastline where she was found. Yuka was found four years ago in the Siberian permafrost and was between six and eleven years old when she died. Scientists call Yuka the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology.
Russian Geographic Society staff members carry the body of baby mammoth to put on display in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The 39,000-year-old baby mammoth is named Yuka, derived from the Yukagir coastline where she was found. Yuka was found four years ago in the Siberian permafrost and was between six and eleven years old when she died. Scientists call Yuka the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology.
White whale calf looks for breast milk on his mother at Changsha Underwater World on October 30, 2014 in Changsha, Hunan province of China. A white whale at Changsha Underwater World gave birth to a male white whale calf which was the first white whale calf in China.
White whale calf looks for breast milk on his mother at Changsha Underwater World on October 30, 2014 in Changsha, Hunan province of China. A white whale at Changsha Underwater World gave birth to a male white whale calf which was the first white whale calf in China. Shepherds lead their sheep through the centre of Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.
Shepherds lead their sheep through the centre of Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Shepherds guided a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets on Sunday in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists and city-dwellers were surprised to see the capital’s traffic cut to permit the ovine parade to bleat _ bells clanking _ its way past the city’s most emblematic locations.
Shepherds guided a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets on Sunday in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists and city-dwellers were surprised to see the capital’s traffic cut to permit the ovine parade to bleat _ bells clanking _ its way past the city’s most emblematic locations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, looks back at U.S. President Barack Obama, left, as they arrive with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, at the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center, Yanqi, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, looks back at U.S. President Barack Obama, left, as they arrive with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, at the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center, Yanqi, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing.
Syrian Kurdish refugee children from the Kobani area, hold hands at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
Syrian Kurdish refugee children from the Kobani area, hold hands at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
Matt Gone, known as "Checkered Man," poses for a photo at a during the VIII International Tattoo Artist Convention in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.
Matt Gone, known as "Checkered Man," poses for a photo at a during the VIII International Tattoo Artist Convention in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.
Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash.
Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash.
A member of the public walks past a stencilled spray painted piece of street art by street artist Pegasus titled Game of Thrones depicting a pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen painted on a wall on November 19, 2014 in London, England.
A member of the public walks past a stencilled spray painted piece of street art by street artist Pegasus titled Game of Thrones depicting a pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen painted on a wall on November 19, 2014 in London, England.
Members of a Chinese People's Liberation Army honour guard line up behind a string, which is used to make sure that they are standing in a straight line, before a welcoming ceremony for German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside the Great Hall of the People on July 7, 2014 in Beijing, China.
Members of a Chinese People's Liberation Army honour guard line up behind a string, which is used to make sure that they are standing in a straight line, before a welcoming ceremony for German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside the Great Hall of the People on July 7, 2014 in Beijing, China.
A Chinese woman waits in the back of a three-wheeled taxi while sitting in traffic during rush hour on September 17, 2014 in Beijing, China.
A Chinese woman waits in the back of a three-wheeled taxi while sitting in traffic during rush hour on September 17, 2014 in Beijing, China.
Nic Walker holds his son Tasman as he walks with Carley Walker and 'Stan' the emu at their property 'Rio Station' on March 18, 2014 in Longreach, Australia. Queensland, Australia's second-largest state, is currently suffering from its widest spread drought on record. Almost 80% of the region is now declared affected. The Australian government recently approved an emergency drought relief package of A$320m, of which at least A$280m is allocated for loans to assist eligible farm businesses to recover.
Nic Walker holds his son Tasman as he walks with Carley Walker and 'Stan' the emu at their property 'Rio Station' on March 18, 2014 in Longreach, Australia. Queensland, Australia's second-largest state, is currently suffering from its widest spread drought on record. Almost 80% of the region is now declared affected. The Australian government recently approved an emergency drought relief package of A$320m, of which at least A$280m is allocated for loans to assist eligible farm businesses to recover.
Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
Israeli soldiers mourn over the grave of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Erez, 19, was killed in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli soldiers mourn over the grave of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Erez, 19, was killed in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip.
President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama held an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results after his party lost control of the Senate, and lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House while putting a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors.
President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama held an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results after his party lost control of the Senate, and lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House while putting a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors.

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