December 11, 2014 6:04 AM EST

George clooney and Amal Alamuddin, a human-rights lawyer, are followed by more than a dozen boats holding security and media after leaving a hotel in Venice on Sept. 28; they got married the day before

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, and his Serbian counterpart, Tomislav Nikolic, attend a military parade in Belgrade on Oct. 16 to mark the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi occupation

President Barack Obama hugs Nina Pham, one of the nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient (who later died) at a Dallas hospital, in the Oval Office on Oct. 24; Pham had just been declared virus-free

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani girls’-rights and education activist, accepts flowers in Birmingham, England, after being named a Nobel Peace Prize winner (with India’s Kailash Satyarthi) on Oct. 10

Bill and Hillary Clinton cuddle their first grandchild, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, at a New York City hospital on Sept. 27

Derek Jeter celebrates after smacking the game-winning hit against the Baltimore Orioles during his final at bat at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Sept. 25; the star shortstop retired after 20 seasons with the team

Angelina Jolie, actor and humanitarian, is presented with an honorary damehood by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in London on Oct. 10 for her campaign to end sexual violence in war zones

Pope Francis, visiting a church on the outskirts of Rome on Jan. 6, is draped with a lamb by a woman taking part in a live Nativity scene

Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader, looks out from the submarine of a Korean People’s Army naval unit during an inspection on an unspecified day at an unknown location

This appears in the December 22, 2014 issue of TIME.

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