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2014: The year in pictures

The haunting images of a troubled year.

Ukraine, statue
Kiev was the scene of protests involving pro- and anti-Russian factions. Photo/Getty Images


 

Isis
The execution by a Muslim extremist of American James Foley. Photo/Getty Images


Malaysia Airlines
Wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine. Photo/Getty Images


Pakistan
More than 132 students and nine staff were killed in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16. Photo/Getty Images


Sydney siege
On December 15, early the previous day, hostages fled a Sydney cafe where “fake sheik” Man Haron Monis and two of his captives were killed. Photo/Getty Images


Ebola
A Liberian Ebola victim is removed by health workers in October. Photo/Getty Images


Malaysia Airlines MH370
Prayers are offered for passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8. Photo/Getty Images


Kobane
Kurdish fighters battled Islamic State for control of Kobanî, near the Syria-Turkey border. Photo/Getty Images


Rolf Harris
Entertainer Rolf Harris, who was jailed in the UK for more than five years for sex crimes. Photo/Getty Images


Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius, found guilty in September of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Photo/Getty Images


Phillip John Smith, Traynor
Convicted killer and paedophile Phillip Smith fled to and was caught in Brazil.


Russell John Tully
Homeless man Russell John Tully, who faces charges of murdering two WINZ workers in Ashburton in September.


bomb, Syria
A Western air strike in Syria. Photo/Getty Images


Ferguson
Violent protests were sparked by the killing by police of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo/Getty Images


Hong Kong
Pro-democracy activists on the streets of Hong Kong. Photo/Getty Images


Turkey, Isis
Demonstrators protest at the Turkish government’s inaction against Islamic State. Photo/Getty Images


 

John Key, Bronagh Key
John and Bronagh Key greet supporters after the National Party’s September election win. Photo/Adrian Malloch


Pam Corkery
Internet Mana press secretary Pam Corkery makes a point with reporters.


David Cunliffe
Labour leader David Cunliffe following his party’s crushing defeat. Photo/Getty Images


Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger, 71, at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland in November. Photo/Getty Images


Lorde
Lorde, 17, performs at LA’s Greek Theatre in October. Photo/Getty Images


Richie McCaw
Richie McCaw steps out in Cardiff for his 100th game as All Blacks captain – the team ended their Northern Hemisphere tour unbeaten. Photo/Getty Images


Prince George
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George in Sydney during the royals’ April visit to Australia and New Zealand. Photo/Getty Images


tallest, shortest, men
The world’s tallest man, 2.51m Sultan Kosen, and the world’s shortest, 55cm Chandra Bahadur Dangi, meet in London in November. Photo/Getty Images


Scottish referendum dogs
Scots enlisted hounds on both sides of their independence referendum. Photos/Getty Images


Grumpy cat
Grumpy Cat, the internet phenomenon worth millions of dollars, was unimpressed.


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