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2013: The Year In Photos

In 2013, Egypt witnessed its second revolution in two years, Syria was wracked by violence, and civil unrest shook Turkey and Ukraine. But for citizens around the world, the year also brought celebrations, sporting victories, and unforgettable moments from daily life. These are some of the photographs that tell the stories of the year.

Displaced children carry winter supplies distributed by aid workers on the outskirts of Kabul on January 1.
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Displaced children carry winter supplies distributed by aid workers on the outskirts of Kabul on January 1.

Shi'ite Muslims in the Iraqi city of Kerbala pray at the Imam Hussein shrine during the holy day of Arbain on January 2.
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Shi'ite Muslims in the Iraqi city of Kerbala pray at the Imam Hussein shrine during the holy day of Arbain on January 2.

French actor Gerard Depardieu wears a local costume at a ceremony attended by Vladimir Volkov (left), the leader of the Russian republic of Mordovia, in the town of Saransk on January 6. Depardieu received Russian citizenship in February.
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French actor Gerard Depardieu wears a local costume at a ceremony attended by Vladimir Volkov (left), the leader of the Russian republic of Mordovia, in the town of Saransk on January 6. Depardieu received Russian citizenship in February.

Boys slide behind a cart during Christmas caroling celebrations, known as koliady, in the Belarusian village of Kalachi on January 7, the date marked as Christmas by Orthodox Christians.
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Boys slide behind a cart during Christmas caroling celebrations, known as koliady, in the Belarusian village of Kalachi on January 7, the date marked as Christmas by Orthodox Christians.

Supporters of Pakistani Islamic leader Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri take part in an antigovernment protest near Lahore on January 13 to demand reforms ahead of elections.
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Supporters of Pakistani Islamic leader Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri take part in an antigovernment protest near Lahore on January 13 to demand reforms ahead of elections.

A skater glides past ice sculptures during an ice and snow sculpture festival near Almaty, Kazakhstan, on January 14.
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A skater glides past ice sculptures during an ice and snow sculpture festival near Almaty, Kazakhstan, on January 14.

Assistants help an Orthodox Christian boy take a dip in icy water in the village of Leninskoe, near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on January 19. The ritual is part of the celebration of Epiphany, marking the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
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Assistants help an Orthodox Christian boy take a dip in icy water in the village of Leninskoe, near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on January 19. The ritual is part of the celebration of Epiphany, marking the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

A woman holds a picture of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at a protest in front of the president's office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 21.
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A woman holds a picture of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at a protest in front of the president's office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 21.

People flee from tear gas fired by riot police after protesters removed a concrete barrier near Tahrir Square in Cairo on January 24.
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People flee from tear gas fired by riot police after protesters removed a concrete barrier near Tahrir Square in Cairo on January 24.

Supporters of detained opposition lawmakers demonstrate in front of a court in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as the lawmakers stood trial on January 25 for their role in organizing a protest.
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Supporters of detained opposition lawmakers demonstrate in front of a court in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as the lawmakers stood trial on January 25 for their role in organizing a protest.

Fishermen gather to catch smelts through the ice on the Kursiai Lagoon near Klaipeda, Lithuania, on January 27.
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Fishermen gather to catch smelts through the ice on the Kursiai Lagoon near Klaipeda, Lithuania, on January 27.

The burned shell of a building is seen on January 29 after violent protests erupted in the town of Ismayili, Azerbaijan. The protesters were demanding the resignation of the local governor, Nizami Alekberov.
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The burned shell of a building is seen on January 29 after violent protests erupted in the town of Ismayili, Azerbaijan. The protesters were demanding the resignation of the local governor, Nizami Alekberov.

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on January 30.
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Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on January 30.

Azerbaijani opposition supporters gather flags on January 31 while marking the anniversary of the birth of Mamed Emin Rasulzade, one of the founders of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918.
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Azerbaijani opposition supporters gather flags on January 31 while marking the anniversary of the birth of Mamed Emin Rasulzade, one of the founders of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918.

Women walk past a former mill that was a key stronghold in the Battle of Stalingrad, now named Volgograd. Russia on February 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi forces in one of the major turning points of World War II.
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Women walk past a former mill that was a key stronghold in the Battle of Stalingrad, now named Volgograd. Russia on February 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi forces in one of the major turning points of World War II.

Employees sort logs at a wood processing plant on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Russian town of Lesosibirsk on January 31.
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Employees sort logs at a wood processing plant on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Russian town of Lesosibirsk on January 31.

Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikian receives emergency treatment at a hospital in Yerevan on February 1. Hairikian was shot in the shoulder outside his home less than three weeks before Armenia's presidential election.
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Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikian receives emergency treatment at a hospital in Yerevan on February 1. Hairikian was shot in the shoulder outside his home less than three weeks before Armenia's presidential election.

Iranian school girls listen to a speech by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad at a parliamentary session in Tehran on February 3.
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Iranian school girls listen to a speech by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad at a parliamentary session in Tehran on February 3.

A fitness coach and her young students pour cold water on themselves as outside temperatures sank to minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit), in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on February 5.
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A fitness coach and her young students pour cold water on themselves as outside temperatures sank to minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit), in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on February 5.

A woman looks out of a window as protesters gather outside the National Library in Tbilisi on February 8. The protesters attempted to block President Mikheil Saakashvili from entering the library to deliver his last annual address to the nation.
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A woman looks out of a window as protesters gather outside the National Library in Tbilisi on February 8. The protesters attempted to block President Mikheil Saakashvili from entering the library to deliver his last annual address to the nation.

A view of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, with Mount Ararat in the distance, on February 17, a day before the country's presidential elections
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A view of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, with Mount Ararat in the distance, on February 17, a day before the country's presidential elections

Pakistani Shi'ite Muslims gather around the coffins of bombing victims in Quetta on February 18. Mourners refused to bury the bodies of victims and thousands of people went on strike to demand protection for Shi'ite Muslims.
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Pakistani Shi'ite Muslims gather around the coffins of bombing victims in Quetta on February 18. Mourners refused to bury the bodies of victims and thousands of people went on strike to demand protection for Shi'ite Muslims.

Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during a break in court proceedings in Pretoria, South Africa, on February 20. Pistorius was freed on bail pending trial on charges of killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
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Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during a break in court proceedings in Pretoria, South Africa, on February 20. Pistorius was freed on bail pending trial on charges of killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Yuzo Mihara (left) and his wife, Yuko, pose on a deserted street in the town of Namie, inside the nuclear exclusion zone near Fukushima, Japan, on February 22. Residents of the town were forced to abandon their homes after the 2011 nuclear disaster, and only return briefly to retrieve their belongings.
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Yuzo Mihara (left) and his wife, Yuko, pose on a deserted street in the town of Namie, inside the nuclear exclusion zone near Fukushima, Japan, on February 22. Residents of the town were forced to abandon their homes after the 2011 nuclear disaster, and only return briefly to retrieve their belongings.

Men try to extinguish a burning truck set on fire by rioters after a bomb blast targeting Shi'ite Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 4.
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Men try to extinguish a burning truck set on fire by rioters after a bomb blast targeting Shi'ite Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 4.

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