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  • Jan. 21, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his recites the oath of office during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington. The first is the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, when he took the oath of office in 1861. The second Bible is the so-called "traveling Bible," used by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Jan. 8, 2013. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey fixes his tie in his office before delivering his State Of The State address at the Statehouse in Trenton

  • Feb. 3, 2013. Svetlana Zakharova, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, comes out for a curtain call with principal dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who bows in the background, after a performance of Swan Lake on the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Yuri KozyrevNOOR for TIME

  • March 2, 2013. Fatima Hazazi stands in front of boxes of medicine she requires monthly to treat her kidney problem at home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Like many families across Saudi Arabia who are barely scraping above the poverty line each month, Fatima and her family rely on the hope of the charity of others to survive.by Lynsey Addario

  • March 4, 2013. Saudi Special Emergency Forces under the Ministry of Interior train at the Counter-terrorism Training School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government has been fighting terrorism within the Kingdom for decades, and has roughly 3,000 SEF in Riyadh, alone. From"Rich Nation, Poor People: Saudi Arabia by Lynsey Addario."

  • March 7, 2013. An old American car, long a staple of Cuban roads, sits along Guanabo Beach, near Havana, Cuba. From"Cuban Evolution: Photographs by Joakim Eskildsen.

  • April 14, 2013. Hours before races begin, handlers and warm-up riders prepare the horses for the jockey's arrival at Keeneland. From"The End of Horse Racing: Photographs by Jehad Nga."

  • April 24, 2013. Drug users and those who violate the unwritten rules imposed by the inmates who control Vista Hermosa, the most dangerous prison in Venezuela, are confined to one area known as "La Guerrilla," Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. Photograph Sebastian Liste

  • May 12, 2013. Members of Afghan special forces during a training exercise on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghanistan's army is training female special forces to take part in night raids against insurgents despite cultural taboos as foreign combat troops take the backseat ahead of their eventual departure at the end of 2014. In a country where women traditionally are expected to stay home, their participation in the special forces is breaking new ground in ultraconservative Afghanistan. Afghan women have been part of their nation's security forces for years, but they didn't start being recruited for the special forces until 2011. From"Treasure Land: The Mines of Afghanistan by Yuri Kozyrev."

  • May 16, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama checks to see if he still needs the umbrella held by a U.S. Marine to protect him from the rain during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.Brooks Kraft.

  • May 16, 2013. The restraining chair and forced feeding apparatus on display in an empty room of the detainee hospital in Guantnamo Bay. From"Inside Guantanamo Bay: Photographs by Eugene Richards."

  • May 23, 2013. Burned trees and damaged buildings are seen through the window of a destroyed house in the Mingalar Zayyone Muslim quarter of Meikhtila, Myanmar (Burma) that was razed by Buddhists in ethnic violence in March. From"When Buddhists Go Bad: Photographs by Adam Dean."

  • June 1, 2013. A mother weeps over the loss of her daughter who died in the rubble of Rana Plaza, the 8-story building containing a garment factory that collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing over 1000 workers in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • June 10, 2013. Yasaman Karimi, 23, a young supporter of Dr. Aref who is one of two reformists out of the eight candidates in the Iranian election, gathers near Hejab stadium in the center of Tehran. From"A Nation Eager to Be Heard: Photographs of Iran by Newsha Tavakolian."

  • June 12, 2013. Bobby Henline, 41, a veteran of four tours to Iraq and sole survivor of an IED blast that killed the other four soldiers in his humvee in Iraq in 2007, swims at a Motel 6 in Humble, TX after visiting the father of Rodney McCandless. Rodney was killed in the IED explosion that injured Bobby. For years McCandless's family didn't know that anyone had survived the attack until Bobby was able to reach them by Facebook. It was their first meeting and Bobby wanted to pay his respects.

  • July 5, 2013. Backers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi help an injured man near the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. From"Continuing Chaos in Tahrir Square: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev."

  • Yuri KozyrevNOOR for TIMEJuly 15, 2013. Vadim Mikhailov, founder of the movement of subterranean explorers known in Russia as "Diggers," inspects the tunnels that carry the Neglinka river beneath the historic center of Moscow. The Neglinka tunnels were built in the 18th century under Empress Catherine the Great, who ordered the river moved underground. It is a Digger tradition to use torches as well as electric lamps to light their way, evoking the pre-industrial era of the tunnels they explore. From"Moscow Underground."

  • Mosa'ab Elshamy for TIMEJuly 30, 2013. Female supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi are sprayed with water to cool themselves down as they continue their sit-in in Cairo while fasting.

  • Brooks KraftCorbis for TIMESept. 30, 2013. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, on his way to a procedural vote on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money.

  • Adam DeanPanos for TIMENov. 16, 2013. People play by a fire in a neighbourhood destroyed by the Haiyan Typhoon in Tacloban, The Philippines

  • William DanielsPanos for TIMENov. 14, 2013. A young girl whose family member Fleuri Doumana, 21, was killed 2 days before by a grenade launched by a member of the Seleka. The rebel group, which took power in March 2013, carries out numerous exactions such as murders, kidnapping, and torture.

  • Emanuele Satolli for TIMENov. 6, 2013. Andrey, 43 years old, injects Zhanna, 34 years old, with krokodil in his apartment in the Uralmash district.

  • Jonathan TorgovnikReportage by Getty Images for TIMEDec. 8, 2013. Christians pray on a hilltop overlooking Johannesburg CBD as South Africans observe a national day of prayer for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.