Reuters' top world stories of 2013

As the year comes to an end, Reuters has compiled a photo gallery which highlights the world's top news stories of a very eventful 2013.

Throughout the year, there have been numerous Reuters reports of conflict and terror that shook various countries.

Mother Nature recently devastated the Philippines and nearby countries with Supertyphoon Haiyan, leaving numerous lives and homes ruined in her wake.

The US also repeatedly suffered economic distress, the most notable being Detroit filing for bankruptcy and the 16-day US government shutdown over Obama's healthcare law.

Meanwhile, terrorism and gun violence remain pressing issues as shootings continue to happen at public places in Nairobi and Colorado, endangering the safety of the most unsuspecting and vulnerable such as civilians and schoolchildren.

On a more joyous note, the UK celebrated the birth of Prince George, third in line to the British throne.

Same-sex couples in the US also rejoiced as the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that barred their federal benefits where gay marriages are legal.

In addition, the newly-elected Pope Francis' down-to-earth ways and modernized thinking has renewed faith in the Catholic church, and earned him the title of Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Take a look at the following photo gallery to recap the world's top stories of 2013.