2015 Year in Pictures: Part II

Photographs from July - December on a range of topics from arouund the world. ( see Part I )--By Lloyd Young
Pensioners try to get a number to enter inside a bank in Athens, on July 1. About 1,000 bank branches around the country were ordered by the government to reopen to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to 120 euros ($134) from their retirement checks. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on as fake dollar notes fly around him, thrown by a British comedian during a press conference at the FIFA world-body headquarter's on July 20 in Zurich. The 79-year-old Swiss official looked shaken as the notes thrown by Simon Brodkin, stagename Lee Nelson, fluttered around him in a conference hall at the FIFA headquarters. Brodkin was taken away in a Swiss police car after the stunt. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)
Revelers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or 'Chupinazo' of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls fiesta on July 6 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring. (David Ramos/Getty Images)
A beluga whale sprays water towards visitors during a summer attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on July 20. (Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images)
Purevsurengiin Togtokhsuren played basketball after taking care of horses in Khui Doloon Khudag, some 50 kms west of Ulan Bator on July 8. Despite being only 13 years old, Togtokhsuren is riding for the fifth time in the national races for Mongolia's summer festival, known as Naadam, lining up against some 170 other child jockeys. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Javier Yanez looks out from his balcony where he hung a Unites States and a Cuban national flag, to celebrate the restored full diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Unites States, in Old Havana, on July 20. The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)
USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, USA's Mike Rodgers and USA's Trayvon Bromell compete in the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on Aug. 23. (Antonon Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images)
A Thai veterinarian takes a picture of a 2-year-old orangutan during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand, on Aug. 27. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
A rescuer walks past damaged cars at the site of the explosions in Tianjin on Aug. 14. Enormous explosions in a major Chinese port city killed at least 44 people and injured more than 500, state media reported on Aug. 13, leaving a devastated industrial landscape of incinerated cars, toppled shipping containers and burnt-out buildings. (AFP/Getty Images)
Inigo Munoz Elorza of Spain and Stefan Dobrovolny of Austria (right) take stone samples during a simulated Mars mission on Tyrolean glaciers in Kaunertal, Austria, on Aug. 7. (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)
A Turkish police officer carries a refugee child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on Sept. 2 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens as Greek ministers held talks on the crisis, with Europe struggling to cope with the huge influx fleeing war and repression in the Middle East and Africa. (AFP/Getty Images)
Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants and refugees as they want to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, on Sept. 3. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)
A woman looks at a damaged vehicle on Sept. 15 swept away during a flash flood in Hildale, Utah. A violent flash flood tore through the polygamous towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, in September, sweeping away a van and SUV carrying three women and 13 children. Only three of the occupants survived as the vehicles were engulfed by floodwaters and carried down an embankment. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)
The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor on Sept. 27 in Glastonbury, England. Tonight's supermoon, so called because it is the closest full moon to the Earth this year, is particularly rare as it coincides with a lunar eclipse, a combination that has not happened since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A sign hangs above an entryway to a home destroyed by fire in Middletown, Calif., on Sept. 13. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration estimates it will cost at least $243 million to clean up and remove debris left in the wake of two major Northern California wildfires this fall. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)
US President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington on Sept. 23. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Director in charge of human resources of Air France long-haul flights, Pierre Plissonnier, nearly shirtless, is helped by security and police officers to climb over a fence, after several hundred employees stormed into the offices of Air France, interrupting the meeting of the Central Committee (CCE) in Roissy-en-France, on Oct. 5. Air France-KLM unveiled a revamped restructuring plan that could lead to 2,900 job losses after pilots for the struggling airline refused to accept a proposal to work longer hours. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Portuguese designer Valentim Quaresma during the Lisbon Fashion Week, in Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct. 10. (Miguel A. Lopes/EPA)
Malaysian youths cool off in a river as schools remain closed due to hazy conditions in Hulu Langat on Oct. 6. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid smoke billowing from fires on Indonesian plantations and peatlands that are being illegally cleared by burning. The regional environmental crisis has caused flights and major events to be cancelled, and forced tens of thousands of people in the region to seek medical treatment for respiratory problems. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)
A mounted policeman leads a group of migrants and refugees near Dobova, Slovenia on Oct. 20. (Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters)
Refugees and migrants spend the night in a field outside of the Moria Hot Spot, on the Greek island of Lesbos on Nov. 9. More than 3,000 refugees and migrants have drowned among the nearly 800,000 who have reached Europe this year. However, EU states have bickered for months over a joint solution, particularly over plans to relocate a total of 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline countries to other parts of the EU bloc. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-elected speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC), Amal Al Qubaisi speaks during the inaugural session of the new FNC, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Nov. 18. Amal Al Qubaisi was elected as speaker of the FNC becoming the first woman to assume the post. (Ali Haider/EPA)
Richard Dowlin (left), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, are married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, on Nov. 17. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
Protestors including Lamon Reccord, 16, confront police during a demonstration in response to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 25. Laquan McDonald, 17, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer in October 2014. (Andrew Nelles/Reuters)
People hike on the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, on Nov. 30 in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field is the third largest ice field in the world. The majority of the almost 50 large glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park have been retreating during the past fifty years due to warming temperatures, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that over 68 percent of the world's freshwater supplies are locked in ice caps and glaciers. The United Nations climate change conference began Nov. 30 in Paris. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A victim of a terrorist attack lies dead outside the Bataclan theater in Paris, Nov. 13. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press)
A large crowd gathers to lay flowers and candles in front of the Carillon restaurant in Paris, France, on Nov. 15. One-hundred thirty people were killed and hundreds injured in the terror attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national sports stadium, and several restaurants and bars in the French capital on Nov. 13. (Ian Langsdon/EPA)
People observe a minute of silence at the Place de Trocadero in Paris on Nov. 16 to pay tribute to victims of the attacks claimed by Islamic State which killed at least 130 people and left more than 350 injured on Nov. 13. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
Gary Mendoza, and his son Michael pay their respects at a makeshift memorial site honoring shooting victims on Dec. 7 in San Bernardino, Calif. Thousands of employees of San Bernardino County are preparing to return to work Monday, five days after a county restaurant inspector and his wife opened fire on a gathering of his co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding 21. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
A Chinese paramilitary policeman wears mask to protect against pollution as he guards during heavy pollution day in Tiananmen Square on Dec. 22 in Beijing. Forty cities in north China, including Beijing, have issued alerts for air pollution, according to Beijing air pollution emergency management headquarters. Heavy smog has hit China's Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region on three occasions since late November. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Dec. 21. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets Louie Dixon as she campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (Jim Young/Reuters)
An aerial view shows the collapsed factory buildings brought down by the Dec. 20 landslide in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. The search intensified for more than 91 people missing in southern China after a massive landslide buried around three dozen buildings in the city of Shenzhen. The number of rescue workers was boosted by around 1,200 to just over 2,900, the Xinhua news agency reported. Another 78 excavators arrived to help dig through 380,000 square metres of silt up to 10 metres deep, the deputy mayor of Shenzhen, told a press conference on Dec. 21. The landslide occurred when a large, unstable mound of dumped earth and construction rubbish collapsed, the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources said. (EPA)
Pam Russell (left) and Linda Hart rescue Pam's cat, Larue, from Russell's house a day after a tornado hit on Delta Drive in Rowlett, Texas, on Dec. 27. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in apparently strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press)
Tourists ski on a thin layer of snow towards the resort of Leysin, Swiss Alps, on Dec. 28. In a season traditionally associated with ice-skating, snowball fights and mulled wine in wintry Europe, birds are chirping, flowers blooming and fake snow covering Alpine ski slopes in one of the warmest Decembers on record. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers from a taxi firm enter their premises with a teapot and cups of tea, which they got from a neighboring wine bar, through the floodwaters from the rivers Foss and Ouse, after they burst their banks in York, northern England, on Dec. 28. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
Peter Best and Mackenzie Kuhl hold hands while walking across the Stone Arch Bridge on Dec. 28 in Minneapolis. A winter storm is expected to dump up to a foot of snow in south-central Minnesota before it tracks north and east. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Associated Press)
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