40 Best Photos of the year 2014

As the end of the year approaches, news agency Reuters has selected some of the most dramatic moments and striking imagery from their global coverage of news, entertainment and sport.

Every moment worth remembering from 2014 has been captured, and now, it is time to review the unfolding of events over the past year.


A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces in Ferguson, Missouri, August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


A Central African Army soldier stabs the corpse of a man, who was killed as he was accused of joining the ousted Seleka fighters, in the capital Bangui, February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Seigfried Modola


The son (L) of one of the members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem


A U.S. flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot rod car in a suburban area after a tornado near Vilonia, Arkansas, April 28, 2014 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


An Afghan resident points his weapon at the dead body of an unidentified militant, as a way of showing his hatred for insurgents, after an attack on Kabul airport, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani


A young member of the choir of “Sinfonia por el Peru” vomits before performing with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez at Lima’s National Theatre, May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil


An explosion is seen during a car bomb attack at a rally by militant group, Asaib Ahl Haq (League of the Righteous), to introduce its candidates for elections at a soccer stadium in Baghdad, April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani


Secret Service agents keep watch as President Obama visits a Pat Quinn campaign office in Chicago, October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


Pro-European integration protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko


Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City, August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem


Uttara Saud, 14, sits inside a Chaupadi shed in the hills of Legudsen village in Achham District in western Nepal, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar



Local women watch armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, assemble near a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoe, March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter


Michael Lucarelli runs from the media as he leaves the federal court building after posting bail in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


Palestinian pedestrians and a motorcyclist commute along a road between the ruins of houses in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, September 7, 2014 REUTERS/Mohammed Salem



Smoke rises from a house days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas, June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Wade


Pro-Russian protesters attack a pro-Ukranian protester during a pro-Ukrainian rally in the eastern city of Donetsk, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica


Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer while watching the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ben Nelms


Anti-government protesters kiss during a protest against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Veron


Three men found guilty by a Somali military court of killing civilians and masterminding a recent attack on the Presidential Palace stand tied to poles shortly before they were executed by a firing squad in Mogadishu, August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar


A radio-controlled flying witch makes a test flight past a moon setting into clouds along the pacific ocean in Carlsbad, California, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake


Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures to Bernard during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany, July 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray


A Hindu devotee worships in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna during the Hindu religious festival of Chatt Puja in New Delhi, October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood


Armed pro-Russian separatists (R) escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war as they walk across central Donetsk, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


A resident gestures during a protest against the death of a man in Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, in Rio de Janeiro, April 22, 2014. Residents accused Police Peacekeeping Unit (UPP) officers of causing the death of a dancer, Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, 25, who was found dead inside a school at the community. REUTERS/Lucas Landau


Ifeoma Nwoye of Nigeria is carried away by her coach after she lost her women’s freestyle 55kg wrestling semi-final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Winning


Tariq Khdeir is greeted by his mother after being released from jail in Jerusalem, July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun


A large tornadic vortex signature thunderstorm supercell passes over storm chaser Brad Mack in Graham, Texas, April 23, 2014 REUTERS/Gene Blevins


Men rest after salvaging metal on the 30th floor of the “Tower of David” skyscraper in Caracas, February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva


Palestinians rescue Mahmoud al-Ghol from under the rubble of a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa


A cradle left behind by Syrian Kurdish refugees lies at the Turkish-Syrian border near Suruc, September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer



A masked pro-Russian protester sits on a chair as he poses for a picture inside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica


Indians who are considered uncontacted by anthropologists react to a plane flying over their community in the Amazon basin near the Xinane river in Brazil’s Acre State, near the border with Peru, March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho


The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario, January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris


A man is arrested by security as he tries to slip under the dress of actress America Ferrera in Cannes, May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini shows teeth marks on his shoulder where he was bitten by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup match, June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile


Debris flies after the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft blasted off from the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov


Sikhs wield swords during their clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Munish Sharma


Health officers in full protective gear wait to cross a road near a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu


Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, October 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach


A man walks past a burning building during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young