A Collection of Kisses

One of the most intimate human gestures, a kiss can convey greetings, give comfort, express joy, and above all, show love. Gathered from news photos over the past few months, this collection of kisses features playful moments, emotional reunions, public displays of affection, and some pure expressions of love. [37 photos total]

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A tourist poses for a picture with the Sphinx at the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt, on October 19, 2011. (Reuters/Jamal Saidi) #
A couple kisses while standing underneath a tree inside Central Park during a warm day in New York, on March 22, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Actress Claire Danes is kissed by President of Hasty Pudding theatricals James Fitzpatrick (left) and Cast Vice President Ryan Halprin, both dressed in drag, as Danes is honored as the "Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year" at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 26, 2012. (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi) #
Couples participate in a kissing contest in Hefei, Anhui province, China, on February 18, 2012. A total of 63 couples took part in the contest in which men must hold their partners off the ground while kissing, trying to last as long as possible. The winner was awarded a 1-carat diamond ring, local media reported. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Couples display differing strategies to win a kissing contest in Hefei, Anhui province, China, on February 18, 2012. In the contest, men must hold their partners off the ground while kissing, trying to last as long as possible. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Asghar Farhadi, director of Iranian film "A Separation", kisses his award for Best Foreign Language film during the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on February 26, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
Sgt. Steve Lewis kisses his girlfriend Joanne White-Goldsmith as the HMS Ocean returns to Plymouth, England, on December 9, 2011. The HMS Ocean left Plymouth in April for a seven-week training exercise, but was diverted to Libya to support the UN air mission. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Veterinarian Livia Pereira kisses paralyzed lion Ariel who she is caring for in her home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 13, 2011. An Internet and Facebook campaign was launched in Brazil to obtain funds needed to treat the lion that had been paralyzed for the past year. The campaign was launched by Raquel Borges, the owner of Ariel, a three-year-old, 310 pound (140 kilogram) lion that was unable to use his four legs due to a degenerative disease affecting his medulla. Ariel was unable to recover, and passed away a couple of weeks after this photo was taken. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) #
Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo (seated) is visited by Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as he undergoes medical examinations in a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 27, 2012. Both Lugo and Lula are undergoing treatment for cancer. (Reuters/Ricardo Stuckert-Instituto Lula) #
A couple kisses during a rally known as a "Kissing marathon for education" to demand changes in the public state education system during a protest against the government in Santiago, Chile, on September 1, 2011. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado) #
A Syrian woman kisses a photo of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a pro-Syrian regime protest in front of the Russian embassy in Damascus, Syria, on March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman) #
Charles Wolf kisses the name of his wife Katherine Wolf, a British citizen who died at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, on March 15, 2012. He accompanied British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha on their visit to the site. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
Baby Cin gets a first kiss from his mother Miran shortly after being born at Avista Adventist hospital in Louisville, Colorado near Denver at 2:41 a.m. local time October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) #
Pearl Harbor survivor James Cook smiles after getting a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Andrews Sisters-styled group "The Victory Belles" at a ceremony observing the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) #
A wax figure of British actor Robert Pattinson at Madame Tussauds in London is kissed by Hayley Wales. Ladies wore wedding outfits and posed with the waxwork to celebrate the upcoming film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" in which Pattinson's character, Edward, marries Kristen Stewart's character, Bella, on November 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short) #
A couple share a moment before performing on the first day of Carnival celebrations in Salvador, Brazil, on February 16, 2012. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic kisses a dolphin at Dolphin Bay at Atlantis, The Palm, on February 26, 2012, ahead of the Dubai Tennis Championships. (Reuters) #
Singer Fergie blows a kiss to photographers during the premiere of "New Year's Eve" at the Grauman's Chinese theater in Hollywood, California, on December 5, 2011. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) #
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta (left), assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill, kisses her partner Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, following the ship's return to homeport after a three-month deployment in the Caribbean, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on December 21, 2011. History was made on a Virginia Beach pier on Wednesday when the two women sailors, one just home from 80 days at sea, became what was believed to be the first same-sex couple to share the Navy's traditional first kiss. (Reuters/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mann) #
Sgt. Brandon Morgan, right, is embraced by his partner Dalan Wells in a helicopter hangar at a Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in this February 22, 2012 photo. The photograph, made some five months after the repeal of the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy prohibiting gay servicemen from openly acknowledging their sexuality, is among the first showing a gay active duty serviceman in uniform kissing his partner at a homecoming. (AP Photo/David Lewis) #
A young couple kisses in the fountain during the celebration of International Women's Day, at Revolution Square in Mexico City, on March 8, 2012. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images) #
From left to right, the members of Kiss, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer and Paul Stanley appear onstage, announcing "The Tour", an upcoming Motley Crüe / KISS co-headlining tour at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Los Angeles, California, on March 20, 2012. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) #
Thai couples kiss during a competition for the "World's Longest Continuous Kiss" in Pattaya, on February 12, 2012. Seven couples took part in the kissing marathon in the hope of breaking the Guinness world record, also hoping to receive prizes totaling more than 200,000 Thai baht ($6,666 USD) and a diamond ring. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images) #
A woman kisses a fish after catching it during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on January 7, 2012 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival attracts millions of visitors annually who gather to try their luck at ice fishing with traditional lures or with bare hands. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) #
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, right, kisses actress Salma Hayek, left, while promoting the animted film "Puss in Boots" in Madrid, Spain, on November 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Vladimir Stojanovic kisses a wooden cross that he managed to catch after it was thrown by a priest in the waters of Nisava river during Epiphany celebrations in Nis, south-eastern Serbia, on January 19, 2012. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov) #
Jigmy Tamang, 6, an injured boy kisses his mother as he awaits medical treatment in a civil hospital in Gangtok, India, on September 20, 2011. Thousands of survivors of a Himalayan earthquake that killed many people and shook parts of India, Nepal and China crowded had crowded into shelters and relatives' homes or stayed out in the open for fear of aftershocks. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) #
Same-sex couple Lori Campbell (left) and Maja Roble kiss after exchanging rings and commitment vows outside the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California, on February 14, 2012. (Reuters/David McNew) #
A soldier from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division kisses a family member during a homecoming ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, on December 21, 2011. The 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was the last U.S. military unit to depart Iraq. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
So Yeon Ryu, of South Korea, kisses the championship trophy after a playoff win over compatriot Kee Kyung Seo at the Women's U.S. Open golf tournament at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) #
Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates by kissing his girlfriend and cheerleader Mariel Dunlap after the Cowboys won 41-38 in overtime against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 2, 2012. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images) #
An Afghan child kisses his brother's gravestone in a cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid) #
Jane Cosar hugs her guide dog Cubbe in Lima, Peru, on October 6, 2011. Cosar is a blind lawyer and former congressional candidate who fights for the rights of blind people using guide dogs in Peru, where shops, banks, buses and others do not allow the blind to enter with their guide dogs. (Reuters/Mariana Bazo) #
A woman kisses a girl looking at tributes at the 't Stekske primary school in Lommel, Belgium, on March 16, 2012. The memorial was for the victims of the March 13 bus crash near the town of Sierre in southern Switzerland. Twenty-eight people died in the accident, including 22 children from two schools in Lommel and Heverlee, returning to Belgium from a skiing holiday. (Yorick Jansens/AFP/Getty Images) #
A worshiper kisses a pillar of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on January 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Laney High School's Raheem Newton, left, kisses the forehead of assistant coach Shilo Robinson after Laney defeated Manchester 67- 53 in the Boys AA state championship high school basketball game in Macon, Georgia, on March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
Participants kiss in the streets of Zurich during the 20th Street Parade, an annual dance music parade, on August 13, 2011. (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud) #

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