TIME White House

See Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits of 2014

Love it or hate it: Being First Lady of the United States means being one of the leading ladies of fashion.

Whether getting noticed for mostly eschewing the world of fashion, as Hillary Clinton did, or choosing to make a statement with what you wear, as Jackie Kennedy did, the First Lady is going to get attention for what she wears. Michelle Obama has taken well to the role, choosing to mix high and low in her fashion picks, and 2014 was exception.

TIME Pakistan

Chaos in Peshawar as Taliban Slaughter Dozens in School Attack

Terrorists stormed a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan early Tuesday morning killing over 120 and injuring hundreds more. Many of the dead were children

TIME portfolio

TIME’s Best Portraits of 2014

TIME looks back on a year in portraiture

We know them as head of states, movie stars or athletes. They are forward-thinking, rebellious or controversial. They lead us or challenge us. Yet, behind their extraordinary auras and personalities, they are human beings like the rest of us.

This year, as TIME reinforced its legacy of strong visual storytelling, these newsmakers reveled in the flashes of the magazine’s photographers. From Marco Grob’s playful portrait of Seth Meyer to Yuri Kozyrev’s powerful – and exclusive – shoot with Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the Pussy Riots, TIME’s commissioned photographers crisscrossed the world to meet with the world’s most influential personalities; culminating in an unprecedented four-country, 12-city photo shoot by Jackie Nickerson and Bryan Schutmaat with TIME’s Person of the Year – the Ebola Fighters.

 

TIME Australia

PHOTOS: Chaotic Scenes as Sydney Hostage Crisis Unfolds

A gunman identified as Man Haron Monis detained several hostages in a central Sydney cafe Monday before police stormed the premises and ended the siege in the early hours of Tuesday morning

TIME natural disaster

See the Worst Natural Disasters of 2014

When it comes to acts of God, 2014 wasn’t a particularly active year. No powerful hurricane struck the U.S. like Sandy in 2012 or Katrina in 2005. There was no singlecatastrophic event like the Asian tsunami of 2004, which killed nearly 300,000 people, the Haiti earthquake of 2010, which killed over 200,000, or even the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland in 2010, which disrupted air travel for weeks.

But while there wasn’t a single iconic catastrophe, Mother Earth was still plenty busy in 2014. A volcano in Hawaii, a typhoon in the Philippines, wildfires in California and seven feet of snow in Buffalo—this year has witnessed its share of extreme weather and other natural disasters. The photos that follow are a reminder that when the Earth moves or the heavens strike, the results can be gorgeous to see—provided you’re not caught in the middle.

MORE: The most beautiful wildfire photos you’ll ever see

TIME Music

See TIME Go Behind the Scenes With Taylor Swift in 2010

...Because these photos never go out of "Style"

Take a look back at Taylor Swift during her Fearless tour in Auburn Hills, Mich. in 2010.

TIME movies

Ten Actors Who Have Played God (In Film)

From Exodus to Joan of Arcadia, these stars were heavenly

Exodus: Gods and Kings, out Dec. 12, features Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver — and, in the role of God, an eleven-year-old boy. Young Isaac Andrews is a surprising choice for the role, in keeping with Hollywood tradition; the only predictable thing about who’s played God on film is just how unpredictable the choices have been. Here are some of the most memorable examples.

TIME remembrance

Washington Post Photographer Michel du Cille Dies in Liberia

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Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Michel du Cille has died

Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday while on assignment covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

In a note shared with the Post‘s newsroom, Executive Editor Martin Baron said du Cille, 58, had collapsed during a “strenuous hike” while returning from a village where he and a reporter had been working. He was first transported to a clinic and later to a hospital two hours away, Baron added, where he was pronounced dead. Du Cille had returned to Liberia two days earlier.

“We are all heartbroken,” Baron said. “We have lost a beloved colleague and one of the world’s most accomplished photographers.”

A graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism, du Cille won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1986 with the Miami Herald for his coverage of the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Two years later, his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts won him a second Pulitzer.

In 1988, he joined the Washington Post as a picture editor. In his 26 years at the Post, he won another Pulitzer Prize – this time for Public Service, which he shared with reporters Anne Hull and Dana Priest in their exposé of abuses at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – and rose to the position of photography director before returning to the field in 2012.

In October, he was banned from appearing at a teaching lecture at Syracuse University after returning from Liberia, where he had covered the Ebola outbreak. “I’m angered by the decision and sorry not to get to teach,” du Cille wrote. “It was a disservice to journalism students at Syracuse, a missed opportunity to share real-world experiences with future media professionals. Especially now, I am cognizant of what I could have told them — about the power and necessity of capturing images that interpret the human experience while daily life unfolds under the cloud of Ebola.”

Du Cille is survived by his wife, Post photographer Nikki Kahn, and two children.

TIME

See Exclusive Portraits of the Year’s Biggest Stars in Culture

Photographs of the year's key players, from Michael Keaton to FKA twigs

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