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The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2014

Warning: This post will make you feel emotions.

Posted on December 31, 2014, at 12:57 p.m. ET


Bassam Khabieh / Reuters

A man carries a baby who survived an airstrike allegedly conducted by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus.


Stringer / Reuters

A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla.


John Moore / Getty Images

A woman crawls toward the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her sister, Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation in Monrovia, Liberia. 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.


Thomas Geyer/ ZUMAPRESS

The Rev. Linda Hunsaker presides over the wedding of Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes, in Davenport, Iowa. More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, were finally able to get married.


Oded Balilty/Associated Press

Pope Francis prays in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the holiest place where Jews can pray, as Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall, looks on.


Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry says the "Pledge of Allegiance" during a ceremony to honor him and others from Washington state who have been awarded the America's highest military honor. Petry lost his hand in 2008 when an enemy grenade he was throwing away from fellow soldiers detonated while in combat in Afghanistan.


Peter Power/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press

Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario, near flowers and flags that have been left outside. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a 24 year-old Army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier.


AP Photo/UNRWA, File

Residents of the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk line up to receive food supplies in Damascus, Syria.


Spencer Platt / Getty Images

A child looks out at hundreds of police officers standing at attention during the funeral for fallen NYPD officer Dennis Guerra, who died from injuries suffered in an arson blaze at a Coney Island public housing apartment building.



An Orthodox priest tries to stop clashes between protesters and riot police in the center of Kiev, Ukraine.


Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture rudely at one another during a protest against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as "Noble Sanctuary" and to Jews as "Temple Mount" in Jerusalem's Old City.


Robert Cohen/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Associated Press

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers try to break up a group of Ferguson protestors in West Florissant, Missouri.


Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

WWII veteran Fred Holborn salutes as he looks at British Legion Union flags carrying thank you messages planted in the sand on Gold Beach near Asnelles, France.



Men watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Australia on a laptop at a camel market in Daba near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.


John Moore / Getty Images

A boy from Honduras watches a movie at a detention facility run by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas.


Fredrik Varfjell / NTB scanpix via Associated Press

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi comforts Malala Yousafzai, who burst into tears upon seeing the blood-stained school uniform she wore the day she was attacked by the Taliban on display in Oslo. Satyarthi rushed to console his fellow winner, repeating, “You are so brave, you are so brave.”



A man protects a woman as they face a police officer dispersing protesters who gathered near Taksim square in Istanbul during the one year anniversary of the Gezi Park and Taksim Square demonstrations.



The mother of Abdolah Hosseinzadeh, who was murdered in 2007, slaps the man who killed her son during the execution ceremony in the northern city of Nowshahr, Iran — just before she removed the noose around his neck with the help of her husband, sparing the life of her son's convicted murderer.


Lee Ji-eun/Associated Press

South Koreans hold their North Korean relative's hands on a bus after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain in North Korea, which was the first reunion of North and South Koreans in more than three years.



The son of Gaza police chief Tayseer Al-Batsh, who was killed along with 18 others in an Israeli airstrike on their family home, cries out for his father during a mass funeral in Gaza City.


Associated Press

A screen grab from an ISIS propaganda video shows the ISIS killer known as "Jihadi John," who was depicted in other videos as the murderer of hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning, and Peter Kassig, as well as other unnamed Syrian soldiers.


Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark (center) leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City. K-9 Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepard, died after being stabbed by a burglary suspect.



Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained for more than seven months in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the city of Chongjin, greets his son after arriving at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.



Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa.


Associated Press

Indian villagers gather around the bodies of two teenage cousins hanging from a tree in the rural village of Katra in Uttar Pradesh state, India. The two girls, aged 12 and 14, were allegedly raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case.


Matt York/Associated Press

Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, offers communion to people on the Mexican side of the international border in Nogales, Arizona.


Hussein Malla/Associated Press

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, in northeast Lebanon near the Syrian border.


Rob Griffith/Associated Press

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.


Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people attend a protest against the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square. The young students were rounded up by local police in Iguala, a town in southern Mexico, and allegedly handed over to gunmen from a drug cartel.


Richard Perry/Associated Press

Michael Brown Sr. yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown Jr. in Normandy, Missouri.


Mark Blinch / Reuters

Pallbearers carry the casket of one of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who were killed the previous week, during a regimental funeral in Moncton, New Brunswick. The shooting spree was one of the worst of its kind in Canada, where gun laws are stricter than in the United States and deadly attacks on police are rare.


AFP / Getty Images

A perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen Zoo, despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers.



Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on a public school in Peshwar, Pakistan. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.


Johnny Nguyen/Associated Press

Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum and Devonte Hart hug at a rally in Portland, Oregon, where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.


AP Photo/ lt. Rok Einhauer, 151.Helicopter squadron, Slovenian Army

A Slovenian army helicopter team rescues a small baby by winching the baby carrier into the helicopter over the village of Tisina in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes in Bosnia and Serbia following the worst flooding since record keeping began 120 years ago.



Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter as they walk on their boat dock at the dried-up lake bed of Huntington Lake — the result of the most severe drought to affect California in decades.



A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protesters after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul.


SABAH ARAR/AFP / Getty Images

Fully veiled Iraqi women flash the sign for victory with their ink-stained fingers after casting their vote at a polling station in Baghdad in Iraq's first parliamentary election since the withdrawal of U.S. troops.


Mansoor Abbas/Associated Press

A man awaits a sack of relief goods to be dropped from a helicopter in the flooded village of Multan district, Pakistan. Although many of the marooned men and women were evacuated, hundreds died in the flooding, which was triggered by monsoon rains in Kashmir.


Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press

Students play on their school yard as Mount Sinabung erupts in Sukandebi, North Sumatra, Indonesia.



Protesters and student demonstrators hold up their cell phones in a display of solidarity during a protest in Hong Kong outside the headquarters of Legislative Council. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.



Indians who are considered uncontacted by anthropologists react to a plane flying over their community in the Amazon basin near the Xinane river in Brazil's Acre State, near the border with Peru.


John Moore / Getty Images

A Doctors Without Borders health worker in protective clothing holds a child suspected of having Ebola in the MSF treatment center in Paynesville, Liberia.



Children play around a man disguised as Batman at the Favela do Metro slum just near the Maracana stadium, the site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

A Kurdish refugee from the Syrian town of Kobani shows the victory sign as a rainbow forms over the camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, in Turkey's Sanliurfa province.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.