Lightbox 2013

One of my favorite end-of-year rituals is to look through TIME's collections of pictures throughout the year. My favorite series is the 365: A Year in Pictures. Although this year, after I looked through the series, I felt unsettled and sad.. 2013 seemed to be a difficult year full of fear and conflicts for the world. But for every heartache, the world pauses and delights in the birth of a certain baby or celebrates a remarkable new leader. There is good in the world, sometimes it's just a little harder to find.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the interesting year that was 2013.

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Ilya Naymushin—Reuters
Jan. 11, 2013. Members of a local winter swimming club take part in their weekly bath in the Yenisei River, while air temperatures stand at minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit), in the town of Divnogorsk, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

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Andrew Biraj—Reuters
Jan. 19, 2013. A boy plays with balloons by Buriganga river as smoke emits from a dump yard during sunset in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Alexander Demianchuk—Reuters
Feb. 1, 2013. Masha, an 11-year-old bear from a traveling circus troupe based in Moscow, practices a tightrope walking act during rehearsals at the Circus on Fontanka in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Bernat Armangue—AP
Feb. 5, 2013. A Palestinian child cries after his family house has been demolished by the municipality in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

Win McNamee—Getty Images
March 6, 2013. A llama seeks shelter next to an abandoned school bus at Cox Farms in Centreville, Va.

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Alessandra Benedetti—L'Osservatore Romano/Corbis
March 17, 2013. Pope Francis leads his first Angelus Prayer and blessing from the studio of his private apartment at the Vatican.

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Manish Swarup—AP
March 22, 2013. Indian villagers from Nandgaon wait for the arrival of villagers from Barsana to play Lathmar Holi at the Nandagram temple famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, in Nandgaon, 120 kilometers ( 75 miles) from New Delhi, India.

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Sebastiano Tomada—SIPA USA
March 30, 2013. The bullet-riddled poster of Syria's current president in the newly liberated neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo, Syria.

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John Tlumacki—The Boston Globe/Getty Images
April 15, 2013. A man comforts a victim on the sidewalk at the scene of the first explosion near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon.

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Jeff Holt—Bloomberg/Getty Images
April 29, 2013. Workers leave for their lunch break in a building that houses garment factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Dan Kitwood—Reuters
May 8, 2013. Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives for the State Opening of Parliament, at the Palace of Westminster in London.

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Arno Balzarini—EPA
June 13, 2013. The Milky Way is seen between the Biferstock, the Piz Urlaun and the Toedi mountain above Linthal, Switzerland.

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Kirill Kudryavtsev—AFP/Getty Images
June 24, 2013. A picture taken in Moscow Sheremetyevo airport aboard a plane of Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Havana shows the empty window seat 17A, which fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was scheduled to occupy according to Aeroflot's flight records.

SHAAM News Network/AFP/Getty Images
July 25, 2013. A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network allegedly shows the Khaled bin Walid mosque whose mausoleum has been partially destroyed in the al-Khalidiyah neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs.

Bulent Kilic—AFP/Getty Images
Aug. 29, 2013. A newly married couple walks up a hill with a view of the city of Antakya, Turkey.

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Sept. 15, 2013. Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, China.

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Thibault Camus—AP
Sept. 28, 2013. Lou Hamrani, 6, walks in the street after attending the Mini Miss model beauty contest in Paris, France.

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Brendan Simalowski—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 1, 2013. A U.S. Capitol Police Officer walks past a statue of Gerald Ford, who was US president during the 1976 shutdown of the federal government, in the Rotunda while the building was closed to tours on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Muhammed Muheisen—AP
Oct. 9, 2013. Pakistani schoolboys look out the window of their classroom at other classmates chanting prayers to commemorate the anniversary of Malala's shooting by Taliban, at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Adam Dean—Panos for TIME
Nov. 16, 2013. People play by a fire in a neighborhood destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines.

David Guttenfelder—AP
Dec. 13, 2013. North Korean subway commuters gather around a public newspaper stand on the train platform in Pyongyang, North Korea to read the headlines about Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle who was executed as a traitor.

Yannis Behrakis—Reuters
Dec. 15, 2013. A local boy, Anda, looks out from his hut's window at the burial ground of late former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of his funeral in Qunu, South Africa.

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Gregory Bull—AP
Dec. 30, 2013. United States Marines support a 100 yard American flag during pre-game ceremonies at the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game in San Diego.

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Kim Kyung Hoon—Reuters
Dec. 31, 2013. Light and laser illuminate the Great Wall of China to celebrate the new year before a new year countdown event at the Badaling section of the Great Wall, in Beijing, China.

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