Best Photos of 2009

Riot police contain supporters of Mozambique’s national soccer team after their World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match against Kenya in Maputo, September 6, 2009

AP photographer Emilio Morenatti takes pictures as he is carried on a stretcher out of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to be transferred to the Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Baltimore, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2009. Morenatti, whose left foot was amputated after a bomb blast in Afghanistan, was transferred Tuesday to a rehabilitation hospital in Baltimore, where he will be fitted for a prosthesis

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sailors march pass Tiananmen Square during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2009 in Beijing, China.

Sixteen-month-old Aubrey Melton reaches for her father SSG Josh Melton as she views his remains with her mother Larissa before his funeral service June 27, 2009 in Germantown, Illinois. SSG Melton, who was serving in Afghanistan with the Illinois National Guard, was killed in Kandahar during an IED attack June 19

Gigantic puppets The Big Giant and the Little Giantess, part of France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company production titled “The Berlin Reunion”. The two sleep, reunited once again, in each others’ arms in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009.

Palestinian civilians and medics run to safety during an Israeli strike over a UN school in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip early on January 17, 2009. A woman and a child were killed early today in the Israeli strike on the UN-run school in northern Gaza where civilians were sheltering from the fighting, medics and witnesses said.

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a tennis racket to return an empty tear gas canister at Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah October 23, 2009

Supporters of ousted Honduras’ President Manuel Zelaya clash with soldiers near the presidential residency Tegucigalpa, Monday, June 29. 2009. Police fired tear gas to hold back thousands of Hondurans outside the occupied presidential residency as world leaders from Barack Obama to Hugo Chavez appealed to Honduras to reinstate Zelaya as president

A local couple canoes through Atlanta’s famous Krog Tunnel on September 21st, 2009, after flooding followed heavy rains throughout the region

Maldivian Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Ibrahim Didi signs a declaration calling on countries to cut down carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December, in the Maldives, October 17, 2009. The Maldivian president and ministers held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting, in a symbolic cry for help over rising sea levels that threaten the tropical archipelago’s existence.

Chinese parents gather to sleep at an auditorium after they accompanied their children to a university to start their first semester in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province on September 7, 2009

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