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The year in pictures, 2015 – the first half

January 2015

People gather around the monument on Place de la Nation as millions of people march against terrorism in Paris, France, 11 January 2015. epa / Ian Langsdon

People gather around the monument on Place de la Nation as millions of people march against terrorism in Paris, France, 11 January 2015. epa / Ian Langsdon

The coffin of Bernard Verlhac, aka Tignous, late French caricaturist of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, leaves the city hall of Montreuil after a funeral service, France, 15 January 2015. epa / Yoan Valat

The coffin of Bernard Verlhac, aka Tignous, late French caricaturist of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, leaves the city hall of Montreuil after a funeral service, France, 15 January 2015. epa / Yoan Valat

Pope Francis aboard his popemobile  greets Filipinos and devotees following his mass in Quirino grandstand, Manila, Philippines, 18 January 2015. epa / Dennis M. Sabangan

Pope Francis aboard his popemobile greets Filipinos and devotees following his mass in Quirino grandstand, Manila, Philippines, 18 January 2015. epa / Dennis M. Sabangan

Models present creations during the Fall/Winter 2015/16 Men's collection by Sacai fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 24 January 2015. epa / Ian Langsdon

Models present creations during the Fall/Winter 2015/16 Men’s collection by Sacai fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 24 January 2015. epa / Ian Langsdon

Holocaust survivor Israel Krystal is kissed by his daughter Shula (R) at his home in the of Haifa, Israel, 27 January 2015. At the age of 111 Israel Krystal is the  oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. He survived the Lodz ghetto and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp. This year's International Holocaust Remembrance Day sees the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp, where more than 1.1 million people were murdered, 90 per cent of whom were Jews. Soldiers of the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz camp on 27 January 1945. They found about 7,000 survivors. epa / Abir Sultan

Holocaust survivor Israel Krystal is kissed by his daughter Shula (R) at his home in the of Haifa, Israel, 27 January 2015. At the age of 111 Israel Krystal is the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. epa / Abir Sultan

February 2015

Supporters of France at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall outside Doha, Qatar, 01 February 2015, during the Qatar 2015 24th Men's Handball World Championship. Qatar 2015 via epa / Nic Bothma

Supporters of France at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall outside Doha, Qatar, 01 February 2015, during the Qatar 2015 24th Men’s Handball World Championship. Qatar 2015 via epa / Nic Bothma

Candace Crawford of Canada crashes at the finish line during the first round of the Nations Team Event near the Golden Peak Stadium finish area at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, USA, 10 February 2015.  epa / John G. Mabanglo

Candace Crawford of Canada crashes at the finish line during the first round of the Nations Team Event at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, USA, 10 February 2015. epa / John G. Mabanglo

The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. The Zodiacal light, a cone-shaped shine, visible above the western horizon after sunset, is caused by the sunshine refelected from the interplanetary dust particles of the zodiacal cloud. The phenomenon can be observed the best in February and March from the Northern Hemisphere.  epa / mti / Peter Komka

The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. epa / mti / Peter Komka

Young people play with big sea waves due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 20 February 2015. epa / aap / Dave Hunt

Young people play with big sea waves due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 20 February 2015. epa / aap / Dave Hunt

Relatives of missing people during the Guatemalan internal armed conflict (1960-1996) demonstrate during a march to commemorate the National Day to Dignify the Victims of the Armed Conflict, outside Congress in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 25 February 2015. Demonstrators called for the creation of a commission to find the thousands of missing persons during the conflict in the Central American country.  epa / efe / Saul Martinez

Relatives of missing people during the Guatemalan internal armed conflict (1960-1996) demonstrate during a march to commemorate the National Day to Dignify the Victims of the Armed Conflict, outside Congress in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 25 February 2015. epa / efe / Saul Martinez

Little boats of the 'Voyage' installation are seen floating on Lake Burley Griffin during the preview of the Enlighten Canberra festival in Canberra, Australia, 26 February 2015. epa / aap / Lukas Coch

Little boats of the ‘Voyage’ installation are seen floating on Lake Burley Griffin during the preview of the Enlighten Canberra festival in Canberra, Australia, 26 February 2015. epa / aap / Lukas Coch

Local residents queue to receive humanitarian aid in Popasne village of Luhansk area, Ukraine, 28 February 2015. Ukraine is withdrawing heavy weapons from its front line in the east in order to test if a peace plan with separatist rebels can work, President Petro Poroshenko said 27 February 2015. epa / Anastasia Vlasova

Local residents queue to receive humanitarian aid in Popasne village of Luhansk area, Ukraine, 28 February 2015. epa / Anastasia Vlasova

Russian investigators stand near the covered body of Boris Nemtsov, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in central Moscow, Russia, 28 February 2015. epa / Pavel Bednyakov

Russian investigators stand near the covered body of Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow, Russia, 28 February 2015. epa / Pavel Bednyakov

March 2015

Ireland's Rory Best caught at the bottom of a ruck during the Six Nations Rugby match between Ireland and England in The Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, 01 March 2015. epa / Aidan Crawley

Ireland’s Rory Best caught at the bottom of a ruck during the Six Nations Rugby match between Ireland and England in The Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, 01 March 2015. epa / Aidan Crawley

A man walks past a puddle after slightly warmer temperatures melted snow from a storm in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 02 March 2015. epa / Justin Lane

A man walks past a puddle after slightly warmer temperatures melted snow from a storm in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 02 March 2015. epa / Justin Lane

Detail of a burned Protea plant, South Africa's national plant, amongst the remains of burned indigeneous Fynbos vegetation in Silvermine part of the World Heritage site Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 06 March 2015. According to local Botanists fire is a keystone process without which many plants in the Fynbos would not be able to regenerate, produce offspring or reproduce. Fynbos plants are either resprouters or reseeders: Either they can resprout after a fire has passed through or they produce seeds that are adapted to survive fire and require heat from the fire and chemical compounds from the smoke to germinate. epa / Nic Bothma

Detail of a burned Protea plant, South Africa’s national plant, amongst the remains of burned indigeneous Fynbos vegetation in Silvermine part of the World Heritage site Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 06 March 2015. epa / Nic Bothma

A picture made available 07 March 2015 of Thierry Neuville of  Belgium driving his Hyundai I20 during Day 1 of Rally Guanajuato Mexico 2015, Guanajuato, Leon, Mexico, March 6, 2015. epa / efe / STR

A picture made available 07 March 2015 of Thierry Neuville of Belgium driving his Hyundai I20 during Day 1 of Rally Guanajuato Mexico 2015, Guanajuato, Leon, Mexico, March 6, 2015. epa / efe / STR

A Liberian child studies her lessons at  home in the West Point slum community in Monrovia, Liberia, 07  March 2015. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

A Liberian child studying at home in the West Point slum community in Monrovia, Liberia, 07 March 2015. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

A woman with children, refugees from the eastern Ukraine conflict zone, are seen in a temporary centre for refugees in Slaviansk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 12 March 2015. epa / Roman Pilipey

A woman with children, refugees from the eastern Ukraine conflict zone, are seen in a temporary centre for refugees in Slaviansk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 12 March 2015. epa / Roman Pilipey

Week old Angelina Watskal is held by her grandmother Mercy Watskal at the Enima Evacuation Centre on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 19 March 2015. More than 100 homeless people live in the evacuation centre, with humanitarian aid is still to reach the Island since Cyclone Pam hit the region on 14 March. The Vanuatu islands were the hardest hit when Tropical Cyclone cyclone began ripping through the South Pacific. The cluster of dozens of islands, home to more than a quarter million people, saw winds of more than 250 kilometres per hour and flooding caused by heavy rains. epa / aap / Dave Hunt

Week old Angelina Watskal is held by her grandmother Mercy Watskal at the Enima Evacuation Centre on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 19 March 2015. More than 100 homeless people live in the evacuation centre, with humanitarian aid is still to reach the Island since Cyclone Pam hit the region on 14 March. epa / aap / Dave Hunt

Brown bear Oska (L) and Roni (R) play in a bear sanctuary near the village of Mramor, Kosovo, 18 March 2015. The Bear Sanctuary Pristina has currently 16 brown bears in custody rescued from the private restaurants around Kosovo. epa / Valdrin Xhemaj

Brown bear Oska (L) and Roni (R) play in a bear sanctuary near the village of Mramor, Kosovo, 18 March 2015. epa / Valdrin Xhemaj

Dent Blanche mountain is illuminated with pyrotechnics during the 13 stars on the summit event, in 'Les Hauderes' Val d'Herens, Switzerland, 18 March 2015. The 13 stars on the summit event is part of the celbration of the 200th anniversary of Valais membership in the Swiss Confederation. 13 mountains of the Swiss Alps have been illuminated simultaneously during three minutes. epa / keystone / Olivier Maire

Dent Blanche mountain is illuminated with pyrotechnics during the 13 stars on the summit event, in ‘Les Hauderes’ Val d’Herens, Switzerland, 18 March 2015. epa / keystone / Olivier Maire

Children sleep in a kindergarten, which recently resumed work following the ceasefire aggrement between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, in eastern Ukrainian town Makeevka, Donetsk area, Ukraine 19 March 2015. Russia on Thursday warned that the presence of Western military instructors in Ukraine could put the peace process at risk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had earlier said the United States was to train 780 Ukrainian troops, while the British Defence Ministry confirmed that 35 British servicemen had begun training Ukrainian troops. epa / Alexander Ermochenko

Children sleep in a kindergarten, which recently resumed work following the ceasefire aggrement between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, in eastern Ukrainian town Makeevka, Donetsk area, Ukraine 19 March 2015. epa / Alexander Ermochenko

Cyclists in action during the 117km stage five of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike team stage race in Worcester, South Africa, 20 March 2015. The Absa Cape Epic is considered one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. The multi stage race sees 1,200 cyclists riding in pairs over 700km and climbing more than 16,000m twice the high of Mount Everest over eight days of racing. epa / Nic Bothma

Cyclists in action during the 117km stage five of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike team stage race in Worcester, South Africa, 20 March 2015. epa / Nic Bothma

A picture made available on 25 March 2015 shows a cat yawning on a kitchen table at an apartment in Hamburg, Germany, 24 March 2015. Spring fever occurs mostly in spring time as the days get warmer.  epa / dpa / Axel Heimken

Cat on a kitchen table in Hamburg, Germany, 24 March 2015. epa / dpa / Axel Heimken

epaselect epa04678498 A search and rescue worker at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps, above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, southeastern France, 25 March 2015. Search crews resumed helicopter flights around dawn on 25 March to the remote mountainside where Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed after a rapid descent, likely killing all 150 people aboard on 24 March.  EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

epaselect epa04678498 A search and rescue worker at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps, above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, southeastern France, 25 March 2015. epa / Guillaume Horcajuelo

Firefighters respond to an explosion and partial building collapse in a residential and commercial mixed use multi-story structure in lower Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, 26 March 2015. epa / Jason Szenes

Firefighters respond to an explosion and partial building collapse in a residential and commercial mixed use multi-story structure in lower Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, 26 March 2015. epa / Jason Szenes

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man throws matzah in the air at a bakery in an Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, 29 March 2015. Matzah, or unleavened bread, is used instead of bread during the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in Biblical times. epa / Abir Sultan

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man throws matzah in the air at a bakery in an Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, 29 March 2015. epa / Abir Sultan

April 2015

epaselect epa04690004 A woman reacts as she is rescued out of the building where she had been held hostage as Kenyan soldiers entered the university  building after a fierce fights with attackers at the Garissa University in Garissa town, located near the border with Somalia, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 02 April 2015. The government said 70 people have been killed and 79 others have been injured in an attack carried out by Somalia's Islamist militant group al-Shabab.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

A woman reacts as she is rescued out of the building where she had been held hostage at the Garissa University in Garissa town, located near the border with Somalia, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 02 April 2015. epa / Dai Kurokawa

A young Israeli settler snorkels as sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd drink  water from the spring  located at Jordan Valley near the Palestinian village of Uja near the West Bank town of Jericho on 08 April 2015. Hundreds of Israelis took advantage of the Passover holiday to spend time with their families outdoors across the country. epa / Abir Sultan

A young Israeli settler snorkels as sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd drink water from the spring located at Jordan Valley near the Palestinian village of Uja near the West Bank town of Jericho on 08 April 2015. epa / Abir Sultan

Liberian Ebola survivors pray after surviving the deadly virus, in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia, 10 April 2015. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

Liberian Ebola survivors pray after surviving the deadly virus, in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia, 10 April 2015. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

A man with coloured powder on his face during the Bisket Jatra Festival in Thimi, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, 15 April 2015. The Bisket festival marks Nepali New Year 2072 and celebrates peace and harmony in the country. epa / Narendra Shrestha

A man with coloured powder on his face during the Bisket Jatra Festival in Thimi, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, 15 April 2015. epa / Narendra Shrestha

People watch from the windows and balconies of their homes during the Bisket Jatra Festival in Thimi, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, 15 April 2015. epa / Narendra Shrestha

People watch from the windows and balconies of their homes during the Bisket Jatra Festival in Thimi, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, 15 April 2015. epa / Narendra Shrestha

epaselect epa04717124 A picture made available on 23 April 2015 shows large number of illegal migrants on board a large dinghy-type vessel as they are rescued by the crew of the Italian Guardia di Finanza ship 'Denaro' in the Mediterranean Sea, 22 April 2015  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

A large number of illegal migrants on board a dinghy-type vessel as they are rescued by the crew of the Italian Guardia di Finanza ship ‘Denaro’ in the Mediterranean Sea, 22 April 2015 epa / Alessandro Di Meo

A Chinese boy takes a photo with a mobile phone on a selfie stick in the Forbidden City or the Palace Museum on Children's Day in Beijing, China, 01 June 2015. Normally closed on Monday, the Forbidden City opens its doors free for children under 14 in celebration of International Children's Day on 01 June. epa / How Hwee Young

A Chinese boy takes a photo with a mobile phone on a selfie stick in the Forbidden City on Children’s Day in Beijing, China, 01 June 2015. epa / How Hwee Young

General view of Chilean Calbuco volcano from Puerto Montt, located at 1000 km southern Santiago de Chile, Chile, 22 April 2015. Due to the eruption of the volcano with a smoke column 20 km high, authorities declared a red alert and ordered the evacuation of around 1500 inhabitants of Ensenada, Alerce, Colonia Río Sur and Correntoso towns. epa / efe / Alex Vidal Brecas

General view of Chilean Calbuco volcano from Puerto Montt, located at 1000 km southern Santiago de Chile, Chile, 22 April 2015. epa / efe / Alex Vidal Brecas

Members of the South African Police raid Alexandra Mens Hostel during a midnight exercise aimed at searching for weapons used during xenophobic violence, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 April 2015. epa / Kevin Sutherland

Members of the South African Police raid Alexandra Mens Hostel during a midnight exercise aimed at searching for weapons used during xenophobic violence, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 April 2015. epa / Kevin Sutherland

epaselect epa04719889 People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal destroying buildings in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, with unconfirmed rumours of casualties. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, United States Geological Survey. Strong tremors were also felt in large areas of northern and eastern India and Bangladesh.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015.  epa / Narendra Shrestha

A protestor stands on a stool by looted businesses on North Avenue and Fulton Street during a protest for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 27 April 2015. Gray died of spinal cord injuries on 19 April while in police custody; the US Justice Department announced that they are launching their own investigation into the case. epa / Noah Scialom

A protestor stands on a stool by looted businesses on North Avenue and Fulton Street during a protest in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 27 April 2015. epa / Noah Scialom

A Yemeni child forced to flee ther home, due allegedly to ongoing air-strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, takes shelter in an underground water tunnel in Sana’a, Yemen, 29 April 2015. Almost 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in several cities of Yemen, as Saudi-led military operations on Houthi positions continue across the country. epa / Yahya Arhab

A Yemeni child forced to flee ther home, allegedly due to ongoing air-strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, takes shelter in an underground water tunnel in Sana’a, Yemen, 29 April 2015. epa / Yahya Arhab

Rihanna arrives for the 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center Gala held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, USA, 04 May 2015. The Costume Institute will present the exhibition 'China: Through the Looking Glass' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 07 May to 16 August 2015. epa / Justin Lane

Rihanna arrives for the 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center Gala held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, USA, 04 May 2015. epa / Justin Lane

Election officials count ballot papers at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Britain, 08 May 2015. epa / Robert Perry

Election officials count ballot papers at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Britain, 08 May 2015. epa / Robert Perry

A refugee try to help his friend unconscious after being save from the sea in Kuala Langsa,  East Aceh, Indonesia, 15 May 2015. Another 648 refugee from Myanmar and Bangladesh stranded in Aceh and save by the local fisherman.  Despite the risks, the Rohingya continue to leave Myanmar in large numbers, fleeing anti-Muslim violence and discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country. The UN's refugee body said that between January and March this year, almost 25,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis boarded smugglers' boats; double the number from the same period last year. More than 8,000 migrants were adrift off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, an IOM official said on 12 May 2015, posing a potential humanitarian crisis for the region's governments. epa / Hotli Simanjuntak

Refugees trying to help their unconscious friend after being saved from the sea in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, 15 May 2015. epa / Hotli Simanjuntak

(L-R) US actress Emma Stone, US director Woody Allen and US actress Parker Posey arrive for the screening of 'Irrational Man' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 15 May 2015. The movie is presented out of competition at the festival which runs from 13 to 24 May. epa / Ian Langsdon

(L-R) US actress Emma Stone, US director Woody Allen and US actress Parker Posey arrive for the screening of ‘Irrational Man’ during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 15 May 2015. epa / Ian Langsdon

May 2015

Pensioner Anna Kousoula (C), 60, and her unemployment son Stratos, 40, stand outside their house in Perama, near Athens, Greece 3 May, 2015. epa / Yannis Kolesidis

Pensioner Anna Kousoula (C), 60, and her unemployed son Stratos, 40, stand outside their house in Perama, near Athens, Greece 3 May, 2015. epa / ana-mpa / Yannis Kolesidis

A Burundian refugee boy sits inside a mosquito net in his family's makeshift tent room set up by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in a refugee camp in Gashora, some 55km south of the capital Kigali, Rwanda, 18 May 2015. According to the United Nations' refugee agency, more than 105,000 Burndians have fled the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, DR Congo, and Tanzania, as the protesters opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza's bit for a third term took to the street again on 18 May despite warnings from the government. Nkurunziza has returned to Burundi after a failed coup by army generals. epa / Dai Kurokawa

A Burundian refugee boy sits inside a mosquito net in his family’s makeshift tent room set up by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in a refugee camp in Gashora, some 55km south of the capital Kigali, Rwanda, 18 May 2015.  epa / Dai Kurokawa

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (R) and veteran Fred Walker (L) listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the HMS Belfast for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in London, Britain, 20 May 2014. epa / Facundo Arrizabalaga

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (R) and veteran Fred Walker (L) listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the HMS Belfast for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in London, Britain, 20 May 2014. epa / Facundo Arrizabalaga

epaselect epa04763613 People reacting to results coming in from constituencies around Ireland suggesting an overwhelming majority in favour of the referendum on same-sex marriage, in Dublin, Ireland, 23 May 2015. The first results were declared in Ireland's historic vote on same-sex marriage, with every indication that the Yes side has won, as opponents of the measure conceded defeat. Sligo-North Leitrim in the north-west was the first of 43 constituencies to declare with a 53.6-per-cent vote in favour, followed by Waterford in the south-east with 60.3 per cent voting Yes.  EPA/AIDAN CRAWLEY

People reacting to results coming in from constituencies around Ireland suggesting an overwhelming majority in favour of the referendum on same-sex marriage, in Dublin, Ireland, 23 May 2015. epa / Aidan Crawley

A picture made available on 24 May 2015 shows Israeli painted artists during the Israel Midburn festival in the Negev desert southern Israel, 23 May 2015. About 6,000 people attended the colorful festival which is the Israeli version of the well known Burning man festival in Nevada, USA. epa / Abir Sultan

Israeli painted artists during the Israel Midburn festival in the Negev desert southern Israel, 23 May 2015. epa / Abir Sultan

A young Burundian boy tries to cover himself as police officers beat him after dispersing protesters by firing shots during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. Street protests continued on 26 May as the US government condemned the killing of the leader of the oppsition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD) Zedi Feruzi who opposed Nkurunziza's bid. East African leaders will hold another summit on 31 May to discuss the ongoing crisis in Burundi, reports said. epa / Dai Kurokawa

A young Burundian boy tries to cover himself as police officers beat him after dispersing protesters by firing shots during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. epa / Dai Kurokawa

epaselect epa04768245 Burundian protesters react as they face with police officers firing shots toward them during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. Street protests continued on 26 May as the US government condemned the killing of the leader of the oppsition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD) Zedi Feruzi who opposed Nkurunziza's bid. East African leaders will hold another summit on 31 May to discuss the ongoing crisis in Burundi, reports said.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Burundian protesters react as they face with police officers firing shots towards them during an anti-government demonstration Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. epa / Dai Kurokawa

The ruble of a destroyed Palestinian house damaged during Israeli Hamas conflict in 2014 in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood in thr east of Gaza City on, 27 May 2015. epa / Mohammed Saber

The rubble of a destroyed Palestinian house damaged during the Israeli Hamas conflict in 2014 in the Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on, 27 May 2015. epa / Mohammed Saber

June 2015

Thai Buddhists hold candles as they circle in prayer a statue at the Buddha Monthon park to celebrate Buddha Day in Nakon Pathom Province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, 01 June 2015. Thai Buddhists across the country mark the United Nations Day of Vesak or Visakha Bucha (Buddha Day) which commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away of the Buddha Gautama, which falls on 01 June this year. epa / Diego Azubel

Thai Buddhists hold candles as they circle a statue in prayer at the Buddha Monthon park to celebrate Buddha Day in Nakon Pathom Province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, 01 June 2015. epa / Diego Azubel

An aircraft flies in front of the bright full moon shining against the dark sky in Teglas, 228 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 03 June 2015. epa / mti / Zsolt Czegledi

An aircraft flies in front of the bright full moon shining against the dark sky in Teglas, 228 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 03 June 2015. epa / mti / Zsolt Czegledi

Nine years old Palestinian boy Amro Moussa splash jumps into the sea as he enjoy his time during a day with hot weather in the west of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, 03 June 2015. epa / Mohammed Saber

Nine years old Palestinian boy Amro Moussa splash jumps into the sea as he enjoy his time during a day with hot weather in the west of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, 03 June 2015. epa / Mohammed Saber

Migrants allowed to land by the Myanmar Navy collect rain water on plates to drink at the Kayin Chaung temporary camp near MaungDaw township, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 04 June 2015. According to the Myanmar Government its navy seized a boat left to drift at sea filled with 727 migrants, including 74 women and 45 children, near the Irrawaddy delta in the country's southern coast, claiming most were Bangladeshis rather than Rohingyas an ethnic group with whom the country has extremely tricky relations, even as Asian countries agreed 29 May at the Bangkok Meeting to work together to the solve the region's recent migrant crisis. epa / Nyunt Win

Migrants allowed to land by the Myanmar Navy collect rain water on plates to drink at the Kayin Chaung temporary camp near MaungDaw township, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 04 June 2015. epa / Nyunt Win

epa04789353 German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to US President Barack Obama who sits on a bench facing the Wetterstein mountains at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, 08 June 2015. Heads of state and government of the seven leading industrialized nations (G7) are scheduled to meet in Elmau Castle, Bavaria, on June 7-8 as the climax of Germany's presidency of the G7.  EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER / POOL

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to US President Barack Obama who sits on a bench facing the Wetterstein mountains at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, 08 June 2015. Heads of state and government of the seven leading industrialized nations (G7) are scheduled to meet in Elmau Castle, Bavaria, on June 7-8 as the climax of Germany’s presidency of the G7. epa / dpa / Michael Kappeler

A young Indian bathes in sewage and rubbish strewn mud on the banks of the river Ganges, Calcutta India, 08 June 2015. epa / Piyal Adhikary

A young Indian bathes in sewage and rubbish strewn mud on the banks of the river Ganges, in Calcutta India, 08 June 2015. epa / Piyal Adhikary

A demonstrator faces off with police on horses during a protest against Ecuador's President Rafael Correa in Quito, Ecuador, 10 June 2015. epa / efe  / Jose Jacome

A demonstrator faces police on horses during a protest against Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa in Quito, Ecuador, 10 June 2015. epa / efe / Jose Jacome

Demonstrators clash with police during a march by students and professors to present a proposal for education reform, in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 10 June 2015. epa / efe / Mario Ruiz

Demonstrators clash with police during a march by students and professors to present a proposal for education reform, in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 10 June 2015. epa / efe / Mario Ruiz

A picture taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria shows Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing near Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, south-eastern Turkey, 10 June 2015. More than 320,000 people are likely to have been killed in Syria's civil war, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on 09 June. The organization said said it had been able to document the deaths of 230,618 people, including 69,494 civilians of whom more than 7,000 were children. The crisis in Syria started in March 2011 with peaceful demonstrations calling for more freedom from the repressive al-Assad regime, but quickly degenerated into violence after deadly crackdowns by security forces. epa / Sedat Suna

A picture taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria shows Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing near Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, south-eastern Turkey, 10 June 2015. epa / Sedat Suna

A man looks for lotus flowers in a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 June 2015. Lotus which only blooms in the summer was selected the national flower of Vietnam. epa / Luong Thai Linh

A man looks for lotus flowers in a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 June 2015. epa / Luong Thai Linh

Pa Pa (C) of Myanmar competes on her bare feet during the women's 10,000m final of the 28th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) at National Stadium in Singapore, 11 June 2015. epa / Lynn Bo Bo

Pa Pa (C) of Myanmar competes on her bare feet during the women’s 10,000m final of the 28th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) at National Stadium in Singapore, 11 June 2015. epa / Lynn Bo Bo

A little girl walks near the art installation 'Thinking of You' in Pristina, Kosovo, 12 June 2015. epa / Valdrin Xhemaj

A little girl walks near the art installation ‘Thinking of You’ in Pristina, Kosovo, 12 June 2015. epa / Valdrin Xhemaj

An Indian man performs Yoga at a Jogger's park in Mira Road, near Mumbai, India, 16 June 2015. epa / Divyakant Solanki

An Indian man performs Yoga at a Jogger’s park in Mira Road, near Mumbai, India, 16 June 2015. epa / Divyakant Solanki

African migrants cry as Italian police attempt to remove them at the Franco-Italian border between Menton and Ventimiglia, 16 June 2015. epa / Sebastien Nogier

African migrants cry as Italian police attempt to remove them at the Franco-Italian border between Menton and Ventimiglia, 16 June 2015. epa / Sebastien Nogier

'Plastic Tree' (2014) by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, represented by the gallery Continua, is on display at the show Unlimited in the context of the international art show Art Basel, in Basel, Switzerland, 16 June 2015. epa / keystone / Georgios Kefalas

‘Plastic Tree’ (2014) by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou is on display during the international art show Art Basel, in Basel, Switzerland, 16 June 2015. epa / keystone / Georgios Kefalas

Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish are displayed for sale at a shop at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, 16 June 2015. In Vietnam, Siamese fighting fish are popular as aquarium fish. Some also feed and let them fight as an entertainment since they are aggressive to their own species. epa / Luong Thai Linh

Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish are displayed for sale at a shop in Hanoi, Vietnam, 16 June 2015. epa / Luong Thai Linh

Khetag Gazyumov (R) of Azerbaijan and Ibrahim Saidau of Belarus compete in the men's Freestyle 97kg wrestling quarter-final match at the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan, 17 June 2015. epa / Maxim Shipenkov

Khetag Gazyumov (R) of Azerbaijan and Ibrahim Saidau of Belarus compete in the men’s Freestyle 97kg wrestling quarter-final match at the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan, 17 June 2015. epa / Maxim Shipenkov

A Greek orthodox priest holds a Greek flag as he takes part in a rally against austerity, supporting the government on the negotiations with its international creditors, in Athens, Greece, 17 June 2015. epa / Yannis Kolesidis

A Greek orthodox priest holds a Greek flag as he takes part in a rally against austerity, supporting the government on the negotiations with its international creditors, in Athens, Greece, 17 June 2015. epa / ana-mpa / Yannis Kolesidis

A slow shutter speed picture shows Indonesian Muslim women performing an evening prayer called tarawih, the night before the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 June 2015. epa / Mast Irham

Indonesian Muslim women performing an evening prayer called tarawih, the night before the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 June 2015. epa / Mast Irham

An unemployed South African woman plays with her three month old son Mkamva, meaning 'future', in the impoverished settlement of Masiphumelele in Cape Town, South Africa, 18 June 2015. epa / Nic Bothma

An unemployed South African woman plays with her three-months-old son Mkamva, meaning ‘future’, in the impoverished settlement of Masiphumelele in Cape Town, South Africa, 18 June 2015. epa / Nic Bothma

Monika Michalik (blue) of Poland and Andrea Simon (red) of Romania compete in the women's Freestyle 63kg wrestling Repechage match at the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan, 16 June 2015.  epa / Srdjan Suki

Monika Michalik (blue) of Poland and Andrea Simon (red) of Romania compete in the women’s Freestyle 63kg wrestling Repechage match at the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan, 16 June 2015. epa / Srdjan Suki

People in costume march during the 33rd annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 20 June 2015. The annual parade, which is attended by people in outlandish costumes, marks the beginning of the summer season in Coney Island. epa / Justin Lane

People in costume march during the 33rd annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 20 June 2015. epa / Justin Lane

People arrive for Sunday services at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 21 June 2015. epa / John Taggart

People arrive for Sunday services at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 21 June 2015. epa / John Taggart

Mourners process past the body of slain State Senator Clementa Pinckney lying in State at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, 24 June 2015. epa / Richard Ellis

Mourners process past the body of slain State Senator Clementa Pinckney lying in State at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, 24 June 2015. epa / Richard Ellis

Two migrants from Sudan walk back to their sheds with wood in front of an improvised church in the makeshift camp called 'the Jungle' in Calais, France, 24 June 2015. According to latest survey of the French department, the migrants gravitating around Calais are around 3000. epa / Etienne Laurent

Two migrants from Sudan walk back to their sheds with wood in front of an improvised church in the makeshift camp called ‘the Jungle’ in Calais, France, 24 June 2015. epa / Etienne Laurent

Filipino Catholic devotees covered in mud and dressed in dried leaves, attend the holy mass to mark the 'Taong Putik' (Mud People) Festival and the feast of Saint John the Baptist at the farming village of Bibiclat in the town of Aliaga, Nueva Ecija province located 120 kilometers north of Manila, Philippines, 24 June 2015. Hundreds of devotees perform the annual rites in the hopes of having their wishes granted mostly on bountiful harvest in farming. Devotees cover themselves in mud and leaves as part of a more than 100-years-old ritual to honor their patron saint and to ask for favors through prayer. epa / Ritchie B. Tongo

Filipino Catholic devotees covered in mud and dressed in dried leaves attend the holy mass to mark the ‘Taong Putik’ (Mud People) Festival and the feast of Saint John the Baptist at the farming village of Bibiclat in the town of Aliaga, Nueva Ecija province located 120 kilometers north of Manila, Philippines, 24 June 2015. epa / Ritchie B. Tongo

 

A combo of fifteen pictures shows female festival goers arriving at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2015, held at Worthy Farm, near Pilton, Somerset, Britain, 24 June 2015. epa / Hannah Mckay

A combo of fifteen pictures shows female festival goers arriving at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2015, held at Worthy Farm, near Pilton, Somerset, Britain, 24 June 2015. epa / Hannah Mckay

A long exposure picture shows molten lava spilling from the crater of Mount Sinabung as it is seen from Berastepu village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 25 June 2015. epa / Dedi Sahputra

Molten lava spilling from the crater of Mount Sinabung as it is seen from Berastepu village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 25 June 2015. epa / Dedi Sahputra

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) and German President Joachim Gauck walk over the red carpet to city hall in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 25 June 2015. The British monarch and her husband are on their fifth state visit to Germany, taking place from 23 to 26 June. epa / dpa / Caroline Seidel

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) and German President Joachim Gauck walk over the red carpet to the city hall in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 25 June 2015. epa / dpa / Caroline Seidel

Gold medalist Sevil Bunyatova of Azerbaijan celebrates after beating Margaux Rifkiss of France in the Fencing - Women's Individual Sabre semi final of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, 25 June 2015. epa / Maxim Shipenkov

Gold medalist Sevil Bunyatova of Azerbaijan celebrates after beating Margaux Rifkiss of France in the Fencing – Women’s Individual Sabre semi final of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, 25 June 2015. epa / Maxim Shipenkov

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L-R), Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a light moment during European heads of state and governments summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 25 June 2015. epa / Olivier Hoslet

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L-R), Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a light moment during European heads of state and governments summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 25 June 2015. epa / Olivier Hoslet

Members of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights organization, gather outside the Supreme Court where justices will soon reveal their decisions on same sex marriage, in Washington, DC, USA, 25 June 2015. epa / Jim Lo Scalzo

Members of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights organization, gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, USA, 25 June 2015. epa / Jim Lo Scalzo

Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq Mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 26 June 2015. epa / Raed Qutena

Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq Mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 26 June 2015. epa / Raed Qutena

Flowers lie in tribute to those killed in a terror attack on tourists on a beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in al-Sousse, 27 June 2015. epa / Mohamed Messara

Flowers lie in tribute to those killed in a terror attack on tourists on a beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in al-Sousse, 27 June 2015. epa / Mohamed Messara

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