From nebulas to the northern lights, our roundup of cosmic views from August 2013.
Nearly two years ago, Arab Spring-inspired protests kicked off in the Syrian town of Dara'a. The uprising met a brutal response, one that few observers could have anticipated would blow up into a far wider rebellion.
The fire raging over the steep, rough terrain in northern California tripled in size overnight and now consumes more than 84 square miles. Fire officials report that it's only 2 percent contained
Fueled by this week's bloody crackdown, Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets on August 16, sparking more deadly clashes.
A car bombing in a part of Beirut dominated by the Shia group Hizballah has led to at least 14 deaths and over 200 injured. The attack is seen as the latest echo of Syria's conflict in neighboring Lebanon.
Families have been forced to flee as a massive wildfire has engulfed more than 100,000 acres and threatens thousands of homes
Nearly 500 people are dead after government security forces cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood's sit-ins, sparking violent confrontations between rival groups
From golfing to fishing, presidents are just like us
Every summer about this time of year, the Earth passes through the orbital path of the Swift-Tuttle comet, creating one of the most reliable and spectacular star shows of the year: the Perseid meteor shower.
From beaches in Indonesia to parks in London, Muslims around the world marked the ending of the holy month of Ramadan with the ritual breaking of the fast.
Small communities still reeling from a devastating fire last month are again facing the threat of flames.
Derby devotees gathered at the New Jersey State Fair for the Nation-Wide Demolition Derby, which featured more than 100 cars and drivers from across the Northeast.
The blaze at eastern Africa's largest airport left the arrivals hall reduced to charcoal at the height of tourism season
The iron-fisted Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for more than three decades. But as millions lined up to vote Wednesday, the authoritarian president has vowed to step down if he loses
From champion choppers and limber logrollers to a pole climbing world record, these lumberjacks (and jills) were a cut above the competition.
The Russian President shows off some flashy moves
Police open fired on protesters supporting ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on July 27, 2013, leaving dozens dead.
Pope Francis, once the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, marked a triumphant return to his home continent with a tour of Latin America's most populous country, Brazil.
Mangled remnants of train cars lay strewn about the tracks in the northwestern Spanish town of Santiago De Compostela after a tragic crash Thursday that killed 78 and injured more than 150.
For weeks, many across the world watched every move Kate Middleton a.k.a. the Duchess of Cambridge. As palace officials hoisted the news upon a ceremonial easel in London, the celebrations began.
After George Zimmerman's acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday, supporters of slain teenager Trayvon Martin gathered across the country to protest.
Officials ordered the evacuation of 6,000 people around the town of Idyllwild as firefighters battle to contain a blaze that has scorched more than 22,000 acres this week.
Americans across the northeast and midwest are trying to keep their cool after several consecutive 90-degree days.
The famed nine-day San Fermin fiestas kicked off July 6 in the northeastern Spanish town of Pamplona with age-old scenes of kerchief-clad revelers confronting (and retreating from) the fiesta's fighting bulls
In another sign of the reverberations of Syria's bloody civil war, an explosion rocked southern Beirut on the first day of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan, injuring at least 53 people.
Egypt's political crisis took a grim turn in the early hours of June 8 when protesters faced gunfire from army soldiers outside a barracks in Cairo
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered throughout Egypt on Sunday to call for the ouster of the country's first elected president, Mohammed Morsi, exactly one year after he took office.
Fire grows to 1,000 acres and forces hundreds of residents to evacuate from communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell, around 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, on June 30, 2013.
In his first trip to Africa since reelection, President Obama visits Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania to promote democracy and the continent as a growing market for U.S. businesses.
In an historic time for gay rights, celebrities, politicians and athletes showed their support at Pride celebrations around the country.
Every month produces a flood of pictures from the cosmos, but some are much more equal than others. Here are July's 10 best.
In the past week, Lebanon experienced more of the reverberations of the deadly sectarian civil war next door in Syria
Early monsoon rains turned into flash floods and landslides in India, sending homes tumbling to the Ganges River and killing over 1,000 people so far.
After a tense six-game series, Chicago raises the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years.
Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets across the country, protesting the corruption and social inequities that make up life in this booming, emerging Latin American giant.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks across gorge near Grand Canyon
The moon reached its closest point in its orbit this weekend during a full moon, giving rise to the "supermoon," appearing 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than a typical full moon.
A protest over parkland turned violent as police cracked down on demonstrators, sparking widespread outcries against the ruling party
As Iran heads to the polls to elect a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they find themselves torn between making a choice for themselves and a statement to the West.
In honor of the The 50th anniversary of the first woman in space, TIME takes a look at some of the most remarkable female astronauts to go into orbit.
Firefighters battle the most destructive fire in Colorado's history, intensified by dry conditions, record heat and high winds. More than 360 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Heavy rains and swollen rivers this week caused some of the worst floods to hit Germany and the Czech Republic in years
TIME takes a fond look back at Williams' long, full life and career. (Note: Some of the photos in this gallery have never been published before.)
TIME's photo editors present the best political photos from the IRS scandal to Anthony Weiner's return.
A massive, deadly fire in a poultry factory in the northeastern province of Jilin has killed at least 119 people and injured dozens more
California officials ordered more than 1,000 homes to be evacuated Monday as firefighters battled to contain a blaze that has burned nearly 30,000 acres, according to KTLA.
A series of twisters touched down in Oklahoma killing at least 16.
A five-alarm blaze that engulfed a restaurant and hotel in southwest Houston on Friday has claimed the lives of four firefighters and injured five others, according to the mayor's office.
A blistering heatwave has hit stretches of India, with temperatures reaching 45 degrees celsius, or 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Ahead of the seasonal monsoon rains, millions are now looking for ways to cool off.
TIME's photo editors offer a selection of iconic, sunny, jubilant pictures from across the decades.