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2015 in PHOTOS: From bloodshed to brotherhood

December 23, 2015 07:42 IST
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From the rise of the Islamic State to the violent terror attack on Paris to Europe's migrant crisis, there was no lack of news in 2015. In this series, Rediff.com presents a selection of the year's most enduring moments year from around the world.
 
Check out the first set of photos below:

A man gives medical assistance to an injured man as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital after what activists said was an air strike by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/ Reuters 


A "Sadhu", or a Hindu holy man, takes a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the "Makar Sankranti" festival at SagarIsland, south of Kolkata. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making their annual trip to SagarIsland for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti" on Wednesday. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/ Reuters 


Cats crowd the harbour on AoshimaIsland in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Photograph: Thomas Peter/ Reuters


A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt. The news conference was disrupted on Wednesday when a woman in a black T-shirt jumped on the podium. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters


Policemen get hit by eggs as farmers and dairy farmers from all over Europe take part in a demonstration outside a European Union farm ministers' emergency meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Thousands of farmers gathered in the European capital calling for more help with low prices and high costs. Photograph: Eric Vidal/ Reuters


A woman from Syria looks on as she waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/ Reuters


A stuntman flies through the air following an explosion during the filming of the Koldo Serra directed feature film Gernika in the Basque town of Guernica, northern Spain. The film centres on an American journalist reporting the aerial bombing of the town during the Spanish Civil War by planes from Germany's Condor Legion, in aid of the nationalist military rebellion led by General Francisco Franco. Photograph: Vincent Wes/ Reuters 


A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos. United Nations refugee agency called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/ Reuters 


Russia's Mikhail Nastenko riding Reistag falls at the Lochan fence in the cross country event of FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle, Scotland, Britain. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/ Reuters


A man pours water over himself while washing a horse in order to cool it down as part of measures taken to ease the effect of a heat wave at the Beirut Hippodrome, Lebanon. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/ Reuters


The EiffelTower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/ Reuters 


Debris is pictured in Bento Rodigues district which was covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, in Mariana, Brazil. As despair turns to anger over a deadly dam burst at a Brazilian mine, lawmakers pushed for tougher regulations in a new mining code and iron ore giant Vale SA came under pressure to help mourning families and contain the environmental impact. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/ Reuters 


A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family's house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014 summer, during a sandstorm in Gaza. A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, killing two people and hospitalising hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighbouring Syria. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/ Reuters 


A fish apparently spawns, relieving itself on US President Barack Obama (R) as the latter meets a traditional fisherman on the shore of the NushagakRiver in Dillingham, Alaska. After meeting tribal leaders and fishermen in Dillingham, home to one of the world's largest sockeye salmon fisheries, Obama will fly into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/ Reuters

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