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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Photos that shocked the world in 2014

Photos that shocked the world

The year 2014 has had its fair share of surprising, shocking and entertaining photos that have left us amused and enthralled . Here's a look at a few astounding photos that have caught our attention:

A white tiger attacked and killed a schoolboy who appeared to have jumped or fallen into its enclosure at the zoo in Delhi on September 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/DELHI POLICE

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on the wall enclosing the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry after he cut off a part of his earlobe during his protest action titled "Segregation" in Moscow October 19, 2014. Pavlensky protested against the usage of forensic psychiatry for politically motivated purposes. He cut off his earlobe to demonstrate how authorities could "cut off" an unwanted individual from society by using psychiatric and medical diagnosis to forcefully send a person to a penitentiary hospital, according to Pavlensky

Pranab Boro, an activist of Krisak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) self-immolates in a protest demanding land rights for local people in various regions of eastern Assam state, in front of the Assam Secretariat in Guwahati on February 24, 2014. Boro died after hospitalisation with burns covering over 90 percent of his body. 

A leopard leaps across an under-construction structure near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area as a bystander moves out of the way in Meerut on February 23, 2014.

Firefighter Huangpu Jiangwu hugs a burning gas cylinder as he removes it from the site of a fire incident in Wuhan, Hubei province, January 3, 2014. Huangpu's identity was revealed by local media on April 17, 2014 after his pictures were taken and gained popularity with netizens on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site also known as "Twitter of China." Picture taken January 3, 2014.

A Shi'ite Muslim has his child gashed with a knife during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashoura in Mumbai November 3, 2014

This picture taken and released on March 3, 2014 by Travis Corlis of TNT CORLIS shows a snake eating a crocodile at Queensland's Lake Moondarra, near the mining town of Mount Isa. A huge snake has won a life and death battle against a crocodile in Australia, swallowing the animal whole after a lengthy struggle before amazed onlookers. 

A health worker, right, sprays a man with disinfectant chemicals as he is suspected of dying due to the Ebola virus as people, rear, look on in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. The evidence is mixed for using infection-fighting antibodies from survivors' blood for Ebola, but without any licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease, some say it's worth a shot

This picture taken on April 8, 2014 shows a man (C) holding a woman hostage with a cleaver as a policeman (R) negotiates with him, before rescuing her after a nearly two-hour standoff in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, while the motive remains unknown. 

An X-ray film shows a bullet lodged on 18-month-old boy Satrin Osinya (R), as he receives treatment at the Kenyatta National hospital Nairobi March 26, 2014 , three days after gunmen spraying bullets on the congregation killed six worshipers and injured 17 others during a worship service in the Coastal city of Mombasa. The fate of one-and-a-half-year-old Satrin Osinya, whose mother died trying to protect him when the attackers sprayed the church service with bullets, has gripped the east African nation. Doctors will likely wait for two weeks until swelling in the brain reduces to allow the tricky surgery to go ahea

View of a train after it was derailed by a landslide near Tiefencastel, in a mountainous part of eastern Switzerland, on August 13, 1014. A landslide derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains on August 13 sending one carriage plunging into a ravine but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths

Members of a hardline Sikh group clash with guards of the Sikh’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India, Friday, June 6, 2014. Half a dozen people were wounded Friday as members of a Sikh group b*****shing swords and wooden sticks clashed with guards at the shrine in India, an official said. The clash occurred during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the storming of the shrine by the Indian army in June 1984 in the northern city of Amritsar, said Kiran Jyoti Kaur, a Golden Temple management spokeswoman.

A picture taken on May 3, 2014, shows people visiting "The Gateway to Hell," a huge burning gas crater in the heart of Turkmenistan's Karakum desert. The fiery pit was the result of a simple miscalculation by Soviet scientists in 1971 after their boring equipment suddenly drilled through into an underground cavern and a deep sinkhole formed. Fearing that the crater would emit poisonous gases, the scientists took the decision to set it alight, thinking that the gas would burn out quickly and this would cause the flames to go out. But the flames have not gone out in more than 40 years, in a potent symbol of the vast gas reserves of Turkmenistan, which are believed to be the fourth largest in the world.

A man, bottom jumps into the water to rescue a woman, center, who fell due to strong tidal waves on the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Members of Parliament of the Svoboda party fight with Members of Parliament of the Communist party in the Ukrainian parliament on April 8, 2014, during the debates focused on a law toughening responsibility for separatism. 

A perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers

Protesters burn as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. Ukraine's embattled leader announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an "attempted coup" by the Kremlin

Injured protesters lie on the ground as Turkish riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered on the central Istoklal avenue near Taksim square in Istanbul, on May 31, 2014, as the police blocked access to the square during the one year anniversary of the Gezi park and Taksim square demonstrations. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do "whatever is necessary" to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil.

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