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Best pix of the year
Here are the most captivating photographs taken in 2014.
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In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 photo, an Egyptian dancer in a traditional costume performs while holding clothes to act as if he were holding a baby during a night show marking the holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt. The traditional dance is locally known as "whirling dervish." Muslims observe the dawn-to-dusk fasting during the holy month of Ramadan starting Saturday or early next week. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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BERASTAGI, NORTH SUMATRA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 13: Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke, seen from Tiga Pancur village on October 13, 2014 in Berastagi, Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which had lain dormant for over 400 years, has been intermittently erupting since September 15 last year, killing 15 people and forcing hundreds to flee their homes. According to The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, more than 3,000 residents are still displaced. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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SURABAYA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 07: An Indonesian Marine tank jumps and launches missiles during The 69th Republic of Indonesian Military Anniversary on October 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The 69th Republic of Indonesian Military Anniversary will be the last led by Republic of Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). This year's ceremony will be the biggest for the past ten years with the Indonesian Army, Navy, and Air Force all taking part. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Chandra from Nepal measuring 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) posed for photographers with Sultan from Turkey who is 251 cm (8 ft 3 inches). Today is the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day during which thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate the international day of record-breaking! (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 14: Two grey crowned cranes (balearica pavonina gibbericeps, in German: Heller Kronenkranich) touch beaks in their enclosure at Zoo Berlin zoo on October 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The grey crowned crane is native to southeastern Africa and is the continent's most populous crane species. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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TARRAGONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05: Members of the 'Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona' during the construction of a human tower during the 25th Tarragona Castells Competition on October 5, 2014 in Tarragona, Spain. The 'Castellers' who build the human towers with precise techniques compete in groups, known as 'colles', at local festivals with aim to build the highest and most complex human tower. The Catalan tradition is believed to have originated from human towers built at the end of the 18th century by dance groups and is part of the Catalan culture. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Makeup teacher Carla McKeever poses during preparations for a Zombie Sydney event at the Australasian College Broadway on October 31, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. To celebrate Halloween, "zombies" engage with commuters on their way to work and throughout the day. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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A Chilean riot police officer trips and falls down, as he and his fellow officers run away from flames from a petrol bomb thrown by protesters in violent clashes, during a student march in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Tens of thousands of students protested in Chile in the first march demanding education reform since President Michelle Bachelet took power on promises of deep changes. (AP Photo / Luis Hidalgo)
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A Brazil soccer fan wearing contact lenses that mimic the Brazilian flag watches her team lose to Germany in a World Cup semifinal game via live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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A man sunbathes under an umbrella on the beach of Nice, southeastern France, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Temperatures in the area rose to 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

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A male peacock displays its tail feathers and shakes them to attract the attention of female peacocks at Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf, Austrian province of Salzburg, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Gut Aiderbichl is a place of mercy for rescued animals. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Spanish bullfighter Uceda Leal performs with a Fuente Ymbro's ranch fighting bull during a bullfight of the San Isidro fair in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. San Isidro's bullfighting fair is one of the most important fairs in the world. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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A ''recortador'' jumps over a bull during a bullfight in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. 'Recortadores' is a bloodless type of bullfighting where performance consists of dodging and acrobatically leaping over a bull, and the ones who dare to get closer to the bull and show less fear are the winners. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Landscapers trim grass in front of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's latest creation, a 25 meters (82 feets) white rabbit, as it leans up against an old aircraft hangar as part of the Taoyuan Land Art Festival in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Hofman's big yellow duck drew millions of visitors as it toured the island last year and festival organizers are hoping the rabbit will do the same. The Taoyuan Land Art Festival will take place from Sept. 9-14. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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A man looks at the Pacific Ocean late afternoon in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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Canadian hooper Rebecca Halls performs with illuminated hula hoops at the Hula Hoop Festival Hoopurbia 2014 in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Hoopurbia 2014 is the third edition of an urban hula hoop festival bringing together hoopers from around the globe for six days of workshops, dance parties and performance showcases with hula hoops. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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A bolt of lightening strikes near the top of the Willis tower in downtown Chicago, Monday, June 30, 2014, as rain and high winds were moving into Illinois from Iowa. Some flights are canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as northern Illinois braces for severe weather. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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One day before the "supermoon," a commercial airliner crosses the waxing gibbous moon on its final approach to Los Angeles Airport as viewed from Whittier, Calif., Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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A Bengal tiger named "Pnoy" licks the glass cage as it takes a bath at Malabon Zoo Friday, July 11, 2014 at Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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A man shrouded in fog rows his scull along the Schuylkill River on an Autumn morning Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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A man wears a narrow strip in the colors of Venezuela's flag over his mouth in protest of officials breaking up camps maintained by student protesters, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Hundreds of security forces broke up four camps maintained by student protesters, arresting more than 200 people in a pre-dawn raid. The camps of small tents were installed more than a month ago in front of the UN building and other anti-government strongholds in the capital to protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Blackbird nestlings (Turdus merula) beg for food as they sit in a nest in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg, Saturday, May 24, 2014.The breeding season lasts from early March to late July. (AP/Photo/ Kerstin Joensson)
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Japanese Koi carp swim as ducks paddle above them in a new attraction at the Malabon Zoo Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Zoo owner Manny Tangco said he added in his collection the Japanese Koi carp to pay tribute to the thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers for their perseverance and sacrifice in working abroad. Tangco claimed the Koi carps symbolize perseverance. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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In this March 3, 2014 photo, Djalma Antonio Jardim, who has a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or "XP," looks out the window from inside his home in the Araras community of Brazil's Goias state. Jardim wears the large straw hat in an effort to protect his face, but it's helped little, as he has undergone more than 50 surgeries to remove skin tumors. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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A sloth peeks out from behind a door on a floating house in the 'Lago do Janauari' near Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Manaus is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino is gored by a bull during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive in Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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In this photo taken on a smartphone on Saturday, July 12, 2014, people run to shelter from hailstorm on the beach at Ob River, the major river in western Siberia in Novosibirsk, Russia. The Investigative Committee said in a statement published online Monday that two young girls aged three and four had died Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk, not far from the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The two girls died after sustaining traumatic brain injuries when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families. (AP Photo/Nikita Dudnik)
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A U.S. soccer fan watches his team's World Cup round of 16 match against Belgium on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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A jerboa sits near it's nest hole as Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-13M that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, May 26, 2014. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch on Thursday, May 29. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A participant arrives at the Wave Gothic Festival in Leipzig, central Germany, Friday, June 6, 2014. About 20,000 members of the Gothic scene from all over the world are expected to attend the 23. edition of the Wave Gothic Festival . (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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The Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up in green as a symbolic warning of the dangers of climate change, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. This event is in support of the Global Peoples Climate March, scheduled for the next Sunday, which is asking for solutions to combat global climate change, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit to be held on September 23. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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The Tungurahua volcano blows steam and ash, seen from Guadalupe, Ecuador, early Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The volcano entered an eruptive phase in 1999 and continues to this day. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, a massive storm cloud packing high winds, hail and heavy rains sweeps over downtown Denver as lightning strikes on the horizon on Monday, July 7, 2014. After a daytime high that reached 100 degree, forecasters predict that heavy thunderstorms will envelop Colorado's Front Range communities through the night. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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MOUNT SAKURAJIMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created with a smartphone) The volcano on Mt Sakurajima erupts September 29, 2014 in the air over Mt Sakurajima, Japan. T (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Long distance bus driver Clemente Lovera, 29, lies still, his lips sewn together with wire and his hands nailed to a wooden cross during a hunger strike in protest over losing his job when he and two other drivers demanded social security benefits and reduced working hours, in San Lorenzo, Paraguay, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 14: A model prepares backstage at the Merve Bayindir Presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul SS15 at Antrepo 3 on October 14, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for IMG)
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ROMFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: A general view of Greyhounds racing at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium on October 9, 2014 in Romford, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A model poses during preparations for a Zombie Sydney event at the Australasian College Broadway on October 31, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. To celebrate Halloween, "zombies" engage with commuters on their way to work and throughout the day. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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ZHUHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 13: (CHINA OUT) United Arab Emirates air force performs air show on November 12, 2014 in Zhuhai, Guangdong province of China. The 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition organized by Zhuhai Airshow Co., Ltd. was held on November 11 and it will last to November 16 in Zhuhai. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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A fighting rooster waits in the sun for his next fight, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling buildings. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Spanish bullfighter Juan del Alamo kills a bull with his sword during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive in Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Police patrol the Riachuelo River near a bridge where protesters marched during a strike in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. CTA, an opposition union umbrella group, started a 36-hour strike to demand more jobs, better salaries and tax cuts. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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A bee collects pollen in a sunflower field, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, near Lawrence, Kan. The 40-acre field planted annually by the Grinter family draws bees and lovers of sunflowers alike during the weeklong late summer blossoming of the flowers. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A flaming fake bull "Toro de fuego" runs after revelers during the 2014 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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A caretaker bathes a six-year-old albino python outside the home owned by a popular television host Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. The caretaker, who bathes the python at least once a week, said the pet is fed with live chickens twice a month. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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A bottle floats on reflection of a bridge on the Sava river, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Unusually warm weather for this time of the year is predicted for upcoming days in Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Doves fly away over a memorial paddle-out for Joe Larson, the original owner of Hinano, as the US Coast Guard holds training exercises at Venice Beach in Los Angeles Monday, July 28, 2014. Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach teemed with people enjoying a weekend outing on the boardwalk and sand when lifeguards and other witnesses say lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm hit without warning, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people and leaving a 21-year-old man dead. The witnesses said the strike hit with a tremendous boom about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, rattling buildings and showering a lifeguard headquarters with sparks. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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This July 16, 2014, photo, shows an aerial view of people enjoying the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The territory's government has managed its first balanced budget in more than a decade. Sales tax revenues are up and its publicly owned power company has won breathing room to pay its debts. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
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Tourists take a 'selfie' picture as demonstrators burn a trash container during a May Day rally in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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A Lebanese woman takes shelter under her umbrella as she walks on the Corniche, or waterfront promenade, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday May 8, 2014. Severe weather and heavy rains affected parts of the Middle East on Thursday including Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Rains in Israel forced the evacuation of dozens of American tourists who were stranded overnight in a parking lot in the Negev desert, while a new refugee camp for Syrians was flooded in Jordan. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Traffic streaks by the supermoon as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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A Nepalese woman walks carrying paddy saplings before replanting them at a rice field in Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, June 30, 2014. The beginning of paddy cultivation in this Himalayan nation has been delayed this year due to the late arrival of the monsoon rains. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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A young vendor holds a couple fish to his face as he jokingly poses for a photo at the Panair fish market in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Manaus is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A cat watches from behind a dusty window of an apartment building in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday evening, Sept. 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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