One of the most intimate human gestures, a kiss can express greetings, give comfort, provide 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.
A couple shares a moment before performing on the first day of Carnival celebrations in Salvador, Brazil, on February 16, 2012. (Mario Tama/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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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