2015: The Year in Photos, January-April

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(QNO) - As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2015. Among the events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year):  Conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, the beginning of the new Star Wars hype, the growth of solar power as an energy source, the start of the year’s enormous migrant crisis, a sunset on Mars, and much more.

  A man rescues a migrant from the Aegean Sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Greece, on April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. # Argiris Mantikos / AP
A man rescues a migrant from the Aegean Sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Greece, on April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. # Argiris Mantikos / AP
  Demonstrators make their way along Boulevard Voltaire in a unity rally in Paris following the terrorist attacks on January 11, 2015 in Paris, France. An estimated one million people were expected to converge in central Paris for the Unity March in remembrance of the 17 victims of a terrorist attacks in the country. French President Francois Hollande led the march, joined by world leaders in a sign of unity. The terrorist atrocities started with the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, and ended days later with sieges at a printing company in Dammartin en Goele and a kosher supermarket in Paris with four hostages and three suspects being killed. # Christopher Furlong / Getty
Demonstrators make their way along Boulevard Voltaire in a unity rally in Paris following the terrorist attacks on January 11, 2015 in Paris, France. An estimated one million people were expected to converge in central Paris for the Unity March in remembrance of the 17 victims of a terrorist attacks in the country. French President Francois Hollande led the march, joined by world leaders in a sign of unity. The terrorist atrocities started with the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, and ended days later with sieges at a printing company in Dammartin en Goele and a kosher supermarket in Paris with four hostages and three suspects being killed. # Christopher Furlong / Getty
  Lemurs eat at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on January 27, 2015. # China Daily / Reuters
Lemurs eat at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on January 27, 2015. # China Daily / Reuters
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ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft made this four-image mosaic of images taken from a distance of 28 kilometers from the center of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on January 31, 2015. # European Space Agency – ESA

  An Orthodox priest stands next to the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers on a check-point captured by pro-Russian rebels at the town of Krasniy Partizan, eastern Ukraine, on January 24, 2015. # Mstyslav Chernov / AP
An Orthodox priest stands next to the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers on a check-point captured by pro-Russian rebels at the town of Krasniy Partizan, eastern Ukraine, on January 24, 2015. # Mstyslav Chernov / AP
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Ebola survivor and nurse's aid Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl with Ebola symptoms in the high-risk area of the Doctors Without Borders, Ebola Treatment Unit, on January 26, 2015, in Paynesville, Liberia. Ebola survivors have immunity to the strain of the disease which infected them. The baby's blood test later came out as negative. John Moore / Getty

  Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime Prefecture in southern Japan on February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. # Thomas Peter / Reuters
Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime Prefecture in southern Japan on February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. # Thomas Peter / Reuters
  A woman shovels snow on Joy Street during a winter blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 15, 2015. The U.S. Northeast faced several major storms over the winter, burying many areas in several feet of snow and bringing normal life to a standstill. # Brian Snyder / Reuters
A woman shovels snow on Joy Street during a winter blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 15, 2015. The U.S. Northeast faced several major storms over the winter, burying many areas in several feet of snow and bringing normal life to a standstill. # Brian Snyder / Reuters
  Acrobatic pilots perform on the first public day of the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield, near Lara southwest of Melbourne on February 27 2015. # Paul Crock / AFP / Getty
Acrobatic pilots perform on the first public day of the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield, near Lara southwest of Melbourne on February 27 2015. # Paul Crock / AFP / Getty
  A Kosovo man carries his baby as he crosses illegally the Hungarian-Serbian border near the village of Asotthalom on February 6, 2015. The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc, with 10,000 filing for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013. It follows a relaxation of travel rules allowing Kosovars to reach EU borders via Serbia and has coincided with political turmoil and street unrest in Kosovo fueled by poverty, high unemployment, and economically debilitating corruption. # Laszlo Balogh / Reuters
A Kosovo man carries his baby as he crosses illegally the Hungarian-Serbian border near the village of Asotthalom on February 6, 2015. The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc, with 10,000 filing for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013. It follows a relaxation of travel rules allowing Kosovars to reach EU borders via Serbia and has coincided with political turmoil and street unrest in Kosovo fueled by poverty, high unemployment, and economically debilitating corruption. # Laszlo Balogh / Reuters
  A child wears gloves on her feet as she arrives with her mother on the boat “Nos Taurus Genova” at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, on February 16, 2015. Better weather had encouraged migrants to make the perilous journey from North Africa, where a breakdown of order in Libya has made it almost impossible to police the traffickers who pack people onto rickety boats. # Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters
A child wears gloves on her feet as she arrives with her mother on the boat “Nos Taurus Genova” at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, on February 16, 2015. Better weather had encouraged migrants to make the perilous journey from North Africa, where a breakdown of order in Libya has made it almost impossible to police the traffickers who pack people onto rickety boats. # Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters
  A Russia-backed rebel rests as a dog eats from a can in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on February 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell to Russian-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. # Vadim Ghirda / AP
A Russia-backed rebel rests as a dog eats from a can in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on February 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell to Russian-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. # Vadim Ghirda / AP
  Hawaii’s Big Island is seen in this image taken by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station, on February 28, 2015. # Samantha Cristoforetti / ESA / Reuters
Hawaii’s Big Island is seen in this image taken by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station, on February 28, 2015. # Samantha Cristoforetti / ESA / Reuters
  Solar panels at the photovoltaic park in Les Mees, in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France, on March 31, 2015. The solar farm of the Colle des Mees, the biggest in France, consists of 112,780 solar modules generating 100 megawatts of power. # Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
Solar panels at the photovoltaic park in Les Mees, in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France, on March 31, 2015. The solar farm of the Colle des Mees, the biggest in France, consists of 112,780 solar modules generating 100 megawatts of power. # Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
  Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies on March 4, 2015. Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago. # Sakchai Lalit / AP
Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies on March 4, 2015. Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago. # Sakchai Lalit / AP
  A total solar eclipse is seen in Longyearbyen on Svalbard on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse was visible on Friday, the first day of northern spring, across parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia. The total eclipse of the sun was only visible in the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean. # Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix / Reuters
A total solar eclipse is seen in Longyearbyen on Svalbard on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse was visible on Friday, the first day of northern spring, across parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia. The total eclipse of the sun was only visible in the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean. # Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix / Reuters
  National Hot Rod Association top fuel dragster driver Larry Dixon crashes after his car broke in half during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway on March 14, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida. Dixon walked away from the incident. # Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports / Reuters
National Hot Rod Association top fuel dragster driver Larry Dixon crashes after his car broke in half during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway on March 14, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida. Dixon walked away from the incident. # Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports / Reuters
  A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 27, 2015. ISIS fighters were driven out of Kobane on January 26 by Kurdish and allied forces. # Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty
A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 27, 2015. ISIS fighters were driven out of Kobane on January 26 by Kurdish and allied forces. # Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty
  A “nail house,” the last building in the area, sits in the middle of a road under construction in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on April 10, 2015. According to local media, the owner of the house didn't reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition. # Reuters
A “nail house,” the last building in the area, sits in the middle of a road under construction in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on April 10, 2015. According to local media, the owner of the house didn't reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition. # Reuters
  Nepalese army personnel and a sniffer dog search for victims amidst the rubble of collapsed houses after Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27, 2015. # Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
Nepalese army personnel and a sniffer dog search for victims amidst the rubble of collapsed houses after Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27, 2015. # Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

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