Concluding a 3 part mix of pics from around the world – some of the people, places and events that made up 2013 . .
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26 years of growth, showing Shanghai then and now. The photographs show the financial district of Pudong in 1987 and in 2013 with the nearly-complete Shanghai Tower
The people receiving most attention in 2013: Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold baby George, Prince of Cambridge, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth, on July 23, 2013.
The person who received second most attention: In a provocative performance that echoed widely across news media and social media, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, on August 25, 2013.
Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco, on November 15, 2013. San Francisco turned into Gotham City on that day, as city officials helped fulfill Scott's wish to be "Batkid." Scott, a leukemia patient from Tulelake in Northern California, was called into service on Friday morning by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to help fight crime, The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation said.
An unfortunate frog is flung skyward during a launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, on September 6, 2013.
A member of the "Ansar Dimachk" Brigade, part of the Asood Allah Brigade which operates under the Free Syrian Army, uses an iPad during preparations to fire a homemade mortar at one of the battlefronts in Joubar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on September 15, 2013.
A vending machine, carried inland by the tsunami in March of 2011, stands in an abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on September 21, 2013.
In the town of Rjukan, Norway, people gather in front of the town hall, where sunlight is reflected by giant mirrors (top) erected on the mountainside, on October 18, 2013. Rjukan, a small industrial town 150 km west of Oslo, is situated in the bottom of a valley between steep mountains in Telemark County, and is cut off from direct sunlight for five to six months a year. Now, three giant mirrors mounted on a nearby mountainside will reflect winter sunlight into the valley.
A person takes a photograph of a sculpture by artist Lucy Humphrey titled "horizon" on a rocky cliff which is part of the "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition at Sydney's Tamarama Beach, on October 24, 2013. The free and temporary outdoor exhibition, now in its 17th year, stretches for two kilometres along the coastline between Bondi and Tamarama beaches.
A cargo ship washed ashore, four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit Anibong town, Tacloban city, Philippines, on November 11, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, and was responsible for nearly 6,000 deaths, laying waste to cities and towns on Leyte and Samar islands.
Flowers left by mourners surround a portrait of Nelson Mandela in the Sandton district of Johannesburg, on December 6, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died on December 5, aged 95.
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