10. Summer Break Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin enjoys a horseback ride during a vacation in Tyva, Russia, August 3.
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A giraffe felled by drought lies dead on a road in Wajir, Kenya, October 9. The country has had virtually no rain in several years and is facing a severe water crisis.
8. Gaza Digs Out
A Palestinian family rests in the rubble of their home in east Jebaliya after the Israeli incursion into Gaza, January 16.
7. Iran Explodes
Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi run in the streets during protests in Tehran, June 16.
6. Armed and Dangerous
Local drug dealers settle a score in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. In the last few years, the small West African nation has become a key transit point for drug cartels from South America.
Airline passengers stand on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner that safely ditched in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, after a flock of birds knocked out both its engines, January 15.
A mourner awaits the start of a tribute to Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater in the Harlem, New York, June 30.
Family members gather at the coffin of Senator Edward Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, August 29.
A U.S. Army soldier from 10th Mountain Division surveys a road in the Tangi Valley, Afghanistan, September 4
1. Historic Moment
Barack Obama waits backstage moments before taking office as the 44th President of the United States, Janaury 20.