The world in the past year suffered panic and terror the like of which looks set to continue with war and adversity seemingly around every corner. There were also humanitarian concerns with disease and poverty testing the resolve of nations.
Luke Saville of Australia reaches to hit a return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London in this June 25, 2014 file photo.
Originating in Germany and Austria, Christmas markets have a history of more than 700 years. Street bazaars associated with Advent, the four weeks before Christmas Day, are celebrated in various styles around the world.
Eventual winners Jesse Wall carries Christina Arsenault through the water pit while competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine in this October 11, 2014 file photo.