Defining Moments: Capturing our changing world
November 29, 2013 -- Updated 1253 GMT (2053 HKT)
DECEMBER 6 - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Mourners sing, dance and cheer in tribute to Nelson Mandela. The revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died aged 95. Announcing his death, the country's president Jacob Zuma said: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Rio's murky waters
Truce in Bangkok
The light of Hanukkah
50 million trees and planting
West meets East
Girls vs. boys
The right to learn
Life in a shelter
Beyond the summit
Look at Saturn!
New life amid the rubble
Strongest storm ever?
New York's new mayor
The race that stops a nation
Light up the sky
All Souls, graves and basketball
Free at last
Flaring up in Egypt
Taken by storm
Editor's note: Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present and claiming its place in history. The photographs we select will look ahead to the future and chronicle our changing world.
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