Photographers from around the world have captured the fear, hope and amazing tales of survival that have taken place in the past 12 months. From natural disasters, such as the wildfires that swept through Australia in January, to the ongoing despair of the Syrian war, this set of pictures captures the emotional toll on those affected. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world’s media, standing on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London, England on July 23, 2013 Terrified children wait by the body of a man after escaping from the Westgate shopping centre as police search for gunmen in Nairobi, Kenya Two of the stories in the top 10 list compiled by Associated Press came from the U.S. where the Boston bombing on April 15 killed four, including eight-year-old Martin William Richard, and injured scores of others in an explosion at the finish line. From skating down the street to pinecones encased in ice: Incredible pictures show just how bitterly cold it was this Christmas Eve Lighter moments were also recorded in the past year, including the moment a nun keeping vigil in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican sees a plume of white smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel to announce the election of the new Pope. And, the period of national mourning for South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was also recorded after the man who healed the wounds of apartheid died, aged 95, on December 5. Fear: Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren Charlotte, 2, Esther, 4, Liam, 9, Matilda, 11, and Caleb, 6, hide under a jetty as a wildfire rages through Tasmania in January Hope: A nun gasps as white smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on March 13, letting those waiting in St Peter’s Square know a new Pope has been elected Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were convicted of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby who was hacked to death outside military barracks in Woolwich, south-east London Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts in Boston, Massachusetts A meteor streaked across the Chelyabinsk sky in Russia on Friday, February 15, 2013 causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people including many hurt by broken glass Pain: Bandaged from the chest down after an air strike left him with serious burns, a Syrian prepares to leave a field hospital and return to his village that was caught up in the fighting in September Eleven-year-old typhoon survivor Joshua Cator scavenging for food and reusable material in destroyed houses in the city of Tacloban, Philippines President Barack Obama (right) and Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (centre) next to U.S.
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Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies At 95
“And my girlfriend looked at me and handed the phone and I looked down and there it was, Mandela had passed.” “It was just the most surreal moment,” Elba said. “I looked back at Prince William and Kate and they were just in tears with me. It was just odd, very odd. There’s a moment in the film where I play older Mandela and he says this one line and it is ‘Just open the gate and let me free,’ and I kid you not, that was the one line when we heard the news.” After the film’s screening, Elba stood up in front of the audience to announce the sad news and pay his respects. “It only felt appropriate to say what had happened and honestly there was an audible gasp in the auditorium,” he said. “Some people didn’t know, they had their phones off. It was just very surreal. Bittersweet.” Mandela passed away earlier this month at the age of 95 after battling failing health. CTRL-C or CMD-C, then press Enter. Click/tap elsewhere to exit, or press ESC. Email
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Kate Middleton and Prince William Were “Emotional,” “in Tears” When Nelson Mandela Died, Says Idris Elba
Mandela was qualified in law in 1942, an accomplishment that would ultimately help him make the kind of contribution to the freedom struggle of his people that he’d reportedly dreamed about since hearing stories of valor by his forebears during the wars of resistance in defense of their land. That law degree allowed Mandela to practice law and in August 1952 he and Oliver Tambo established South Africas first black law firm, Mandela and Tambo. But by Dec. 5, 1955, he would be on the other side of the law following a country-wide sweep by police that would put him and 155 other activists on trial for treason. The case, known as the 1956 Treason Trial, dragged on until the last 28 accused, including Mandela, were acquitted on March 29, 1961. During the trial, on June 14, 1958, Nelson Mandela