Associated Press Best News Pictures 2013


A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames when a shot fired by riot police hit the petrol bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw during clashes in Sanabis, Bahrain, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Protests and clashes erupted in opposition areas nationwide with government opponents observing a “Dignity Strike” blocking roads, closing shops, protesting and staying home from work and school called by the more radical February 14 youth group. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)


Amish boys watch a game of baseball outside the school house in Bergholz, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Many Amish families gathered following the final day of school for a celebration and farewell picnic. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin, File)


In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo provided by the Holmes family, Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren, two-year-old Charlotte Walker, left, four-year-old Esther Walker, third from left, nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda, second from right, and six-year-old Caleb Walker, right, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages near-by in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley. (AP Photo/Holmes Family, Tim Holmes)


Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country’s eastern seaboard, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing at least a half-million people. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


A riot police officer, left, kicks a protester as another, center, tries to protect him before his arrest during protests in Ubate, north of Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in support of farmers who have being blockading Colombian highways for a week for an assortment of demands that include reduced gasoline prices, increased subsidies and the cancellation of free trade agreements. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)


Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary’s Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


This aerial view on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, shows people walking down a street where homes once stood that were destroyed by a tornado that hit the western Illinois town of Washington. It was one of the worst-hit areas after intense storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Washington had a preliminary rating of EF-4, meaning wind speeds of 170 mph to 190 mph. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


An anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Thailand’s embattled prime minister begged protesters who have staged the most sustained street rallies in Bangkok in years to call off their demonstrations and negotiate an end to the nation’s latest crisis. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)


President Barack Obama looks to see if it is still raining as a Marine holds an umbrella for him during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not pictured, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Herring worth billions in exports are seen floating dead Tuesday Feb. 5 2013 in Kolgrafafjordur, a small fjord on the northern part of Snaefellsnes peninsula, west Iceland, for the second time in two months. Between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of herring died in December 2012 and more now, due to lack of oxygen in the fjord thought to have been caused by a landfill and bridge constructed across the fjord in December 2004. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)


A Bangladeshi man holds on to a woman, both victims of a building collapse, in the debris of Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. The collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people. (AP Photo/Suman Paul)


Cameramen film as the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-11M space ship carrying new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The rocket carrying the Olympic flame successfully blasted off from earth ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)


Workers comb through debris Tuesday, July 9, 2013, after a train derailed Saturday causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)


President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)


A police vehicle is pushed off of the 6th of October bridge by protesters close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Aly Hazzaa, El Shorouk Newspaper)


A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a blast shortly after a car exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. A car bomb exploded on a crowded street in northwestern Pakistan, killing scores of people in the third blast to hit the troubled city of Peshawar in a week. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)


This aerial view on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, shows the path of a tornado that hit the western Illinois town of Washington. It was one of the worst-hit areas after intense storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Washington had a preliminary rating of EF-4, meaning wind speeds of 170 mph to 190 mph. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Injured people and debris lie on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)


Mt. Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, spews lava as smoke billows during an eruption as seen from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)


Riot policemen protect themselves during a demonstration against layoffs by Goodyear employees, at the Goodyear headquarters in Rueil Malmaison, west of Paris, Thursday March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary’s Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


A cyclist rides past an over bridge as a camp and festival ground is enveloped in a morning fog at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, ahead of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims were expected to take part in the large religious congregation of a period of over a month on the banks of Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in January 2013, which falls every 12th year. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)


A Palestinian child cries after his family house has been demolished by the municipality in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. The municipality says the building was constructed without proper permits and that its structure was not sound. The 33-member family says it was waiting to receive permits. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)


Michael Kiefer, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., checks out a display of rifles at the Rock River Arms booth during the 35th annual SHOT Show, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


A field of parked cars and trucks sits partially submerged near Greeley, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as debris-filled rivers flooded into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Hundreds of roads, farms and businesses in the area were damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters. (AP Photo/John Wark, File)


Kris Perry, foreground left, kisses Sandy Stier as they are married at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013. Stier and Perry were married after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


A pair of water spouts form on Lake Michigan southeast of Kenosha, Wis. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The National Weather Service in Sullivan said the water spouts occurred about four miles southeast from Kenosha. (AP Photo/The Kenosha News, Kevin Poirier)


Burnt trees and destroyed homes are left in the wake of a wildfire in the densely wooded Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, June 13, 2013. More than 350 homes were lost in what is now the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, surpassing last year’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and led to $353 million in insurance claims. (AP Photo/John Wark)


A woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan, File)


A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for autumn winter 2013 in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


This photo released by the Kenya Presidency shows the collapsed upper car park of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Kenya Presidency)


Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)


Authorities carry out the court-ordered amputation of the fingers of a convicted thief in a public square in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The 29-year-old man was convicted for being part of a 10-member gang that carried out burglaries in the city and on charges of having illegal relations, according to the Mehr news agency. He was sentenced to the amputation of three fingers, the confiscation of his property and three years in prison. Iran’s legal system, based on Shariah, provides for amputation of limbs for theft. Mehr did not identify the man. (AP Photo/Mohsen Tavarro, File)


David Lee Estep sits atop a pile of rubble that was the home he shared with his parents Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Estep was waiting for his parents, who survived the storm with Estep to arrive three days after a huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening a wide swath of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


A nun reacts as the tide comes in fast on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Pope Francis was to preside over an evening vigil service on Copacabana beach that was expected to draw more than 1 million young people. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)


A survivor lights candles on a makeshift grave site of his father and uncle, left, on a field in Palo town, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Residents decided to bury bodies of relatives and unknown people killed during Typhoon Haiyan on the field because they have started to decay and may pose a health risk. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


The sun rises in Seaside Heights, N.J., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, behind the Jet Star Roller Coaster which has been sitting in the ocean after part of the Funtown Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The private owners of the amusement pier that collapsed in Seaside Heights were working with insurers to devise a plan to dismantle the ride and get it out of the ocean. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


Lazaro Martinez, covered in mud, pauses while searching for his wife and two children, in the town of La Pintada, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. La Pintada residents demanded that the government continue the recovery of bodies buried in the massive landslide triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel, engulfing half the remote coffee-growing village. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)


The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a “perfect” end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)


Carson Dennis stands in the middle of the destruction caused by a flash flood that poured down Canon Avenue, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)


Steven Tyler, lead singer of American rock band Aerosmith performs on Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Singapore during the inaugural Social Star Awards concert. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)


The flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as ordered by President Barack Obama following the deadly shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)


An overhead view of guests attending the ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Wednesday April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski, Pool)


An air tanker drops fire retardant on a hot spot as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, near Banning, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


Quebec rower Mylene Paquette celebrates as she arrives in Lorient, western France, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, after a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Paquette is the first North American woman to row solo across the North Atlantic. She left Halifax just over four months ago in a specially designed 7.3-metre boat propelled only by Paquette and the currents. (AP Photo/David Vincent)


A military police pepper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and the following month’s Papal visit. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)


This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Thania Sayne of Effingham, Ill., leans on the headstone at the grave of her husband, Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, during the playing of taps at a nearby burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, a day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary. Sayne, was 4 months pregnant with their second son, Douglas, when her husband was killed on Sept. 18, 2011, in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)


Inmate firefighters walk along Highway 120 after a burnout operation as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


In this photo taken on July 24 2013, wounded people and dead bodies are seen at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Xoan A. Soler)


A Pakistani internally displaced girl Amina Bibi attends class at a school rebuilt by the Pakistani army, in Tank, the bordering town of South Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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