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The most astonishing pictures of 2013: Reuters releases its best photographs of the year

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From President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration and Kenya’s horrific Westgate Mall massacre to the on-going Syrian war, destructive winter storms, deadly fires and twerking, the year of 2013 has seen everything.

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.

We see the moment an Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem; and the shocking moment a 31-year-old runner gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, July 12.

A photo shows Andy Murray of Britain holding the winner’s trophy up to spectators after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Wimbledon.

And then there is the plane with one empty seat reserved by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden on a plane to Cuba in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, June 24.

Every moment worth remembering from 2013 has been captured, and now, it is time to review the unfolding of events over the past year.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

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