The Most Astonishing Photos Of 2013: Reuters Releases The Year’s Best – pg6

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xColumbia: A billboard with pictures of a lingerie model is seen in front of the Commune, northwest of Medellin city March 12, 2013


zPakistan blasphemy law: Azra, 68, looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, which was previously burnt by a mob, in Badami Bagh, Lahore, Pakistan, March 11, 2013. Hundreds of Pakistani Christians took to the streets across the country demanding better protection after the Christian neighbourhood was torched in the city of Lahore in connection with the country’s controversial anti-blasphemy law


xGang rape: Mange Lal Singh (L) and Ram Bai (R), father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gang-raped and fatally injured three months ago, sit inside their house at Ravi Das camp in New Delhi, India. March 11, 2013. Ram Singh hanged himself in his jail cell, prison authorities said, but his family and lawyer said they suspected ‘foul play’. Singh, the main accused in India’s most high-profile criminal case, killed himself in a cell he shared with three other inmates in New Delhi’s Tihar jail just before dawn, prison spokesman Sunil Gupta said. Ravi Das camp is the slum where four of the six accused in the rape case, including Singh, resided

xSyrian deaths: A father reacts after the death of two of his children, whom activists said were killed during shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, at the al-Ansari area in Aleppo January 3


zSyria’s wounded: People help a wounded person after a missile hit Aleppo’s al-Mashhad district, Syria, January 7, 2013


xTorched homes in Kenya: Women embrace in grief after an attack at Kibusu village in the Tana Delta region of the Kenyan coast, January 10, 2013. Armed raiders torched more than a dozen houses in Kenya’s restive Tana River area, the Red Cross said, the latest tit-for-tat attack police say is linked to upcoming elections


xShot dead: A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. The Free Syrian Army fighter on the left was wounded moments later. The fighter on the right died soon after being shot


xThe Ganges: A female Hindu pilgrim takes a dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal, on Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, January 14, 2013. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of Makar Sankranti


xKenya protests: An activist reacts as mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a protest dubbed the ‘State Burial-Ballot Revolution’, a demonstration against a legislators’ plan to receive higher bonuses, in Kenya’s capital Nairobi January 16, 2013

xKick to the stomach: Vitor Belfort (R) of Brazil fights Michael Bisping of Britain during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, in Sao Paulo January 20, 2013


xEgypt protests: Protesters flee from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes after protesters removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, January 24


xNew Pope: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13


xWhen in Rome… Wolf researcher Werner Freund bites into a deer cadaver next to a Mongolian wolf inside an enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund, in Merzig in the German province of Saarland, January 24


xTurkish-Syrian conflict: A Turkish boy looks under police barrier tape, as an unexploded rocket is seen lodged into a wall in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 28, 2013. Officials said that the rocket had come from the Syrian side of the border


xMexico bomb: An elderly man is helped outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex following an explosion there in Mexico City January 31, 2013. The powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of Pemex, killing at least 14 people and injuring 100 others


cTaksim Square: A protester holding a shield attempts to block a jet of water from a police water cannon during clashes in Istanbul’s Taksim Square June 11, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks as they tried to take back control of the central Istanbul Taksim Square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations

xMali: A woman looks out of a bus window at a man climbing on the outside of the vehicle, in Sevare, Mali, January 26, 2013


zWinning horse: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (seated, 2nd R) celebrates with members of her family and her racing team as she watches her horse Estimate win The Gold Cup during Ladies’ Day at the Royal Ascot horse-racing festival at Ascot, southern England, June 20, 2013. The Queen’s horse, Estimate, won the Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup event, the first time the race was won by a reigning monarch


xDead body: A charred body believed by local residents to be that of an Islamist rebel burnt by inhabitants of Konna is seen in the recently liberated town of Konna, Mali, January 27


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