2015 Year in Pictures: Part I

Photographs from January - June on a range of topics from around the world.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
A man holds a giant pencil as he takes part in a solidarity march in the streets of Paris after theCharlie Hebdo shootings, Jan. 11. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)
An injured Syrian child waits for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Feb. 2. More than 200,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict started, and around half of the country’s population has been displaced. (Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets supporters as she leaves a ceremony to mark the 100th birthday of independence hero Aung San, in the remote central Myanmar town of Natmauk on Feb. 13. Known affectionately as “Bogyoke”, or General, Aung San is adored in Myanmar and credited with unshackling the country from colonial rule and embracing its ethnic minorities in a vision of unity that unraveled catastrophically in the military-dominated decades that followed his 1947 assassination. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
Diana Sofia Meliton, 2 years old, sits outside together with belongings after her and her family got evicted by the police and watches a housing right activist re-opening her apartment for them to live in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 11. (Andres Kudacki/Associated Press)
A Ukrainian woman begs Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to stop the bombing in Donetsk after shell hit the residential area where she lives, killing two civilians in Donetsk’s Kyibishevsky district, on Jan. 29. (Manu Brabo/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan survivors of an avalanche run to get relief goods distributed by an Afghan army helicopter in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan March 1. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)
President Barack Obama, center, walks as he holds hands with Amelia Boynton, who was beaten during “Bloody Sunday,” as they and the first family and others including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga,, left of Obama, walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a landmark event of the civil rights movement, March 7. From front left are Marian Robinson, Sasha Obama. first lady Michelle Obama. Obama, Boynton and Adelaide Sanford, also in wheelchair (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)
The moon starts to block the sun during a solar eclipse over a statue of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, March 20. An eclipse darkened parts of Europe in a rare solar event that won’t be repeated for more than a decade. (Luca Bruno/Associated Press)
A rescue worker is lifted into an helicopter at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, March 26. The co-pilot of a Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press)
The Solar Impulse 2 is seen taking off at the Mandalay international airport March 30. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
Hundreds of Nigerians celebrate at an intersection in the flashpoint northern city of Kaduna on March 31, the victory of main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari. (Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images)
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, April 2. 148 people were killed and 79 were injured in an attack carried out by Somalia’s Islamist militant group al-Shabab. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany April 15. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, April 22.. The volcano erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. (Diego Main/Associated Press)
People search for family members trapped inside collapsed houses a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 9,000 and injuring over 23,000. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
A woman runs for safety as police throw tear gas canisters while enforcing curfew, Tuesday, April 28, in Baltimore, a day after unrest that occurred following Freddie Gray’s funeral. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
A field of dead almond trees is seen in Coalinga in the Central Valley, California, May 6. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
A man begs for help from the military as he stands in a drain where he had hid himself to escape a lynching by a mob at the Cibitoke district of Burundi capital, Bujumbura on May 7. The man suspected to be an ‘Imbonerakure’, or member of the Youth League of Burundi’s ruling party was finally saved by the army. At least three people were killed in clashes in Burundi in protests over the president’s bid for a third term. (Aymeric Vincento/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on May 12. (Joseph Kaczmarek/Associated Press)
Sailing boats are floating near the banks of Lake Starnberg, that is covered with a layer of pollen in Starnberg, southern Germany, May 8. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via Associated Press)
Local residents carry portraits of their ancestors, participants in World War Two as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 9. About 100,000 people walked in central streets in a march named ‘Immortal Regiment’ while carrying portraits of their relatives who fought in World War Two. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)
A protester wears grass around his face to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 11. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
A Nepalese earthquake survivor lies down inside a mosquito net at a makeshift shelter in Patan, Nepal, May 14. People in Nepal started cautiously returning to their daily life two days after the Himalayan nation was hit by its second major earthquake in three weeks. Affected children were ‘facing an unprecedented emotional toll’ from the double trauma, the United Nations warned. (Mast Irham/EPA)
Vice President Joe Biden, center, pauses alongside his family as they to enter a visitation for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, June 4, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Standing with Biden are his son Hunter, from left, granddaughter Natalie, daughter-in-law Hallie, grandson Hunter and wife Jill. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
David Barry consoles his 5-year-old daughter, Marley, while she tries to sleep in a flood evacuee room created at the San Marcos Activity Center, May 24, in San Marcos, Texas. (Erika Rich/Austin American-Statesman via Associated Press)
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rainfall at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, June 4. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
Lightning strikes the Alpine mountains over Garmisch-Partenkirchen as balloons, made by the “ONE” campaigning organisation, depicting leaders of the G7 countries are inflated in Garmisch-Partenkirchen June 7. (Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees onto its territory after an influx of thousands more over the last days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists. Under an “open-door” policy, Turkey has taken in 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011. (Bulent Kilicbulent/AFP/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama outside the Elmau castle in Kruen near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, June 8. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via Reuters)
Kearston Farr comforts her daughter, Taliyah Farr, 5, as they stand in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a mass shooting at the church that killed nine people of June 19. A 21-year-old white gunman is suspected of killing nine people during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A man cools off from a public tap after filling bottles during intense hot weather in Karachi, Pakistan, June 23. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)
Bodies are covered on a Tunisian beach, in Sousse, June 26. A man unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers in an attack that killed at least 28 people at the beach resort and is one of three deadly attacks from Europe to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists. (Jawhara FM /Associated Press)
Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic ash during an eruption as seen from Sukandebi village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, June 19. Thousands of villagers were evacuated following the weekend eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia’s North Sumatra. (Dedi Sehputra/EPA)
A sailor of the Belgian Navy Vessel Godetia helps a migrant board the ship during a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coasts, June 23. Hundreds of migrants were rescued on Tuesday by the Godetia, which is among a EU Navy vessels fleet taking part in the Triton migrants rescue operations. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)
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