inarguably the most harrowing photo of 2015, a turkish police officer stands next to the body of syrian refugee aylan kurdi, 3, whose boat sank while carrying refugees from turkey to the greek island of kos.
pop princess rihanna arrives at the 2015 metropolitan museum of art's costume institute gala in a flowing yellow dress by chinese couture designer guo pei.
persecuted rohingya migrants, who floated from country to country in south east asia in the hope of a new home, eat food dropped by a thai military helicopter off the southern coast of koh lipe in the andaman sea.
thousands attended a rally at the place de la republique in paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown islamists, which began with the massacre at the charlie hebdo offices.
smoke billows from the forest around valparaiso, chile, as the fire threatens to reach the city's port.
the moon appeared to the give the iconic christ the redeemer statue wings in this stunning photo from rio de janeiro, brazil.
ahead of a potential ban on smoking indoors in china - and the threat of unprecedented fines - a woman lights up in a bar in beijing.
disgraced fifa president sepp blatter (pictured) looked dumbfounded after a british comedian threw a wad of fake dollar bills at him at press conference.
the queen arrives at a state banquet with german president joachim gauck at the presidential bellevue palace in berlin.
a young girl gets assistance to remove her life jacket upon her arrival on an inflatable boat carrying migrants on the greek island of kos.
chelsea manager jose mourinho celebrates on the floor as chelsea players celebrate winning the league cup final football match against tottenham at wembley in march.
thousands participate in 'colour run 2015' in paris, a 5km race without winners or prizes, where runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the route.
residents gather to see huge waves stirred up by strong wind as typhoon soudelor draws near the mainland of china in wenling, east china's zhejiang province.
motorcycle riders cross the uyuni salt flat - the largest in the world - while competing in the 2015 dakar rally.
an injured syrian child waits for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of douma, north east of the capital damascus.
volkswagen's new cars stand ready for shipping at its plant in emden, north west germany. vw, the world's biggest carmaker by sales, admitted that up to 11million diesel cars worldwide were fitted with devices that can cheat emissions tests.
musa, a 25-year-old kurdish sniper, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed syrian town of kobane.
in april, chile's calbuco volcano spewed volcanic ash and dust an astonishing six miles into the sky, creating fantastic lightning storms within the eruption.
myanmar opposition leader aung san suu kyi greets supporters as she leaves a ceremony to mark the 100th birthday of independence hero aung san.
farmer chen jinxiang walks through his rice paddy field planted with various types of rice forming a map of china in fengjing, west of shanghai.