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Pictures of the Year 2016

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Newsmakers of 2016
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The people who shaped the news this year.
RUSSIA-POLITICS/
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April 20, 2016
Russia's President Vladimir Putin: U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in...
Moscow, Russia
Russia's President Putin attends ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors in Moscow
Russia's President Vladimir Putin: U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. Putin's ties to Trump and potential members of his administration have been a rallying point for opponents and a signal of changing relationships for supporters. Putin's Russia continued their military support for Syria's government as they bombed the rebel-held towns of Aleppo and Ghouta. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool
ECUADOR-SWEDEN/ASSANGE-GERMANY
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October 04, 2016
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: Hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others published...
Berlin, Germany
Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference...
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: Hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others published by WikiLeaks were a regular source of embarrassment to Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the race for the presidency. Meanwhile, the WikiLeaks founder remained under asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
USA-ELECTION/REPUBLICANS
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July 20, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump: A polarizing figure in the campaign, Republican Trump galvanized support...
Cleveland, UNITED STATES
Republican presidential nominee Trump speaks live via satellite during the second session at the Republican...
President-elect Donald Trump: A polarizing figure in the campaign, Republican Trump galvanized support from working-class white voters and rural communities with his anti-trade, anti-establishment message. Trump won the electoral college vote in spite of strong opposition from Democrats and prominent members of his own party. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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March 04, 2016
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly: During the presidential debates, Kelly conflicted with Donald Trump over...
Detroit, UNITED STATES
Fox News Channel anchor and debate moderator Kelly gets a touch up to her makeup as she sits beside fellow...
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly: During the presidential debates, Kelly conflicted with Donald Trump over his views of women. The feud continued after the debates, escalating when Trump saying she had "blood coming out of her... wherever." Kelly also made the news when New York magazine reported in July that Kelly had told investigators hired by Fox that network chief Roger Ailes "made unwanted sexual advances toward her" about 10 years ago. REUTERS/Jim Young
UKRAINE-CRISIS/SAVCHENKO
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May 31, 2016
Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot-turned-lawmaker: Savchenko spent two years in a Russian jail before...
Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian pilot and MP Savchenko smokes and drinks a coffee near parliament building before her first...
Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot-turned-lawmaker: Savchenko spent two years in a Russian jail before returning to Ukraine in May via a high profile prisoner swap. She has been campaigning for the release of around 25 Ukrainians still held by Russia or pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, but said the Ukrainian authorities were not committed to securing their freedom. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
BRITAIN-POLITICS/ATTACK
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June 22, 2016
UK Labour Party MP Jo Cox: A loner obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology was sentenced...
London, United Kingdom
People hold hands as they attend a special service for murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, at Trafalgar...
UK Labour Party MP Jo Cox: A loner obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering lawmaker Jo Cox in a frenzied street attack that stunned Britain a week before the European Union referendum. Cox's murder horrified Britain, elicited condolences from leaders around the world and led to the suspension for several days of campaigning ahead of an EU vote that had become increasingly ugly. REUTERS/Toby Melville
PEOPLE-KARDASHIAN
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October 25, 2016
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris residence...
New York, UNITED STATES
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris residence by masked men who stole some $10 million worth of jewelry in October. A Paris police source said that five attackers, wearing ski masks and clothes with police markings, struck around 3 a.m inside the exclusive apartment block where Kardashian, 35, was staying while attending Paris Fashion Week. Rapper Kanye West was hospitalized for more than a week after being admitted for exhaustion in November. West's hospitalization followed a series of public rants and the cancellation of the rest of his concert tour. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
FACEBOOK-TAX/
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July 07, 2016
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook, which has faced scathing criticism for failing to stem a flood...
Menlo Park, UNITED STATES
File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park,...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook, which has faced scathing criticism for failing to stem a flood of phony news articles in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, is taking steps to weed out hoaxes and other types of false information. Facebook has long insisted that it is a technology company and not a publisher, and rejects the idea that it should be held responsible for the content that its users circulate on the platform. Just after the election, Zuckerberg said the notion that fake or misleading news on Facebook had helped swing the election to Donald Trump was a "crazy idea." REUTERS/Stephen Lam
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/
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June 07, 2016
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles: Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis and food shortages...
Caracas, Venezuela
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles talks to the riot police during a rally to demand a referendum...
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles: Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis and food shortages have fostered a deepening political crisis that pits the diverse opposition, who are seeking the ouster of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro, against the ruling authorities who vow he will not leave office before his term ends in 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello
BRAZIL-POLITICS/
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May 09, 2016
Brazil's ousted President Dilma Rousseff: Brazil's Senate ousted Rousseff, ending an impeachment process...
Brasilia, Brazil
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts as she attends a signing ceremony for new universities, at Planalto...
Brazil's ousted President Dilma Rousseff: Brazil's Senate ousted Rousseff, ending an impeachment process that polarized Latin America's biggest country during a massive corruption scandal and brutal economic crisis. Senators voted to convict the country's first female president for illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending, marking the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule. Her conservative successor, Michel Temer, the former vice president who has run Brazil since her suspension in May, inherits a divided nation. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
SPORT-DOPING/SHARAPOVA
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October 04, 2016
Maria Sharapova: The Russian former world number one tennis star was handed a two-year drug ban following...
London, United Kingdom
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon...
Maria Sharapova: The Russian former world number one tennis star was handed a two-year drug ban following a positive test for the drug meldonium. Her ban was later reduced to nine months. Sharapova's case developed separately from the ban on many Russian athletes at the Rio Games following charges of state-sponsored doping. REUTERS/Toby Melville
FRANCE-POLITICS/
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October 26, 2016
Nigel Farage: As a leading Brexit campaigner and head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Farage stoked...
Strasbourg, France
Farage, UKIP member and MEP waits for the start of a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg
Nigel Farage: As a leading Brexit campaigner and head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Farage stoked anti-immigrant and anti-EU sentiment to secure a "leave" vote. After forging a close relationship with Trump, a UKIP official has suggested Farage could even be the next ambassador to the United States, but British media reported that May's office rejected the idea of any role for Farage, citing unnamed sources who described him as an "irrelevance". REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
COLOMBIA-REBELS/PEACE
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August 26, 2016
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC): Shortly after the world heralded an historic peace deal...
CORDILLERA ORIENTAL, Colombia
A couple from the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rest inside a tent...
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC): Shortly after the world heralded an historic peace deal ending the 52-year war between the Colombian government and the Marxist guerrilla group, Colombians narrowly rejected the deal in a referendum. Both sides in the war immediately sought to reassure the world they would try to revive their peace plan. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, in a surprise show of support after voters rejected the peace deal he signed with the rebels. REUTERS/John Vizcaino
MINNESOTA-POLICE/
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July 08, 2016
Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of Philando Castile: Shortly after the police shooting of Minnesota motorist...
St. Paul, UNITED STATES
Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of Philando Castile gets a hug as people gather to protest the fatal shooting...
Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of Philando Castile: Shortly after the police shooting of Minnesota motorist Philando Castile, Reynolds streamed bloody images of Castile on Facebook Live from the vehicle’s passenger seat, and the recording went viral on social media. The shooting, which came a day after the fatal shooting of unarmed black man Alton Sterling in Louisiana, sparked outrage and days of protests across the nation. REUTERS/Adam Bettcher
POPE-MOTHERTERESA/
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September 04, 2016
Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the "saint of the gutters" during her life, was declared...
Vatican City, Vatican City
A tapestry depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta is seen in the facade of Saint Peter's Basilica during...
Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the "saint of the gutters" during her life, was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis in a fast-tracked canonization just 19 years after her death. Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a service to honor the nun who worked in the slums of the Indian city now called Kolkata and become one of the century’s most recognizable faces. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
USA-CRIME/SHKRELI
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June 06, 2016
Martin Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals...
New York, UNITED STATES
Martin Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals...
Martin Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc: Shkreli, the boyish pharmaceutical entrepreneur who caused a public uproar after he drastically raised the price of a life-saving prescription drug, was charged for engaging in what U.S. prosecutors called a Ponzi-like scheme at his former hedge fund and a pharmaceutical company he previously headed. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NORTHKOREA-SATELLITE/PARK
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February 16, 2016
South Korean President Park Geun-hye: Lawmakers voted to impeach Park over an influence-peddling scandal,...
Seoul, South Korea
South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers her speech during a plenary session at the National Assembly...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye: Lawmakers voted to impeach Park over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace. Park is accused of colluding with a friend and a former aide, both of whom have been indicted by prosecutors, to pressure big businesses to donate to two foundations set up to back her policy initiatives. Candle-lit anti-Park rallies have drawn huge, peaceful crowds to central Seoul for weeks. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA
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December 05, 2016
Syria's Civil Defense members: Syria's "White Helmets" were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as the...
Idlib, Syria
Civil Defence members look for survivors under rubble of damaged buildings after air strikes on the northern...
Syria's Civil Defense members: Syria's "White Helmets" were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as the country entered its sixth year of war. As the battle for Aleppo intensified, the White Helmets warned of the dire humanitarian crisis facing residents in the rebel-held areas. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
USA-ELECTION/TRUMP
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October 31, 2016
Steve Bannon: Named as Donald Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor after a successful stint...
Warren, UNITED STATES
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during...
Steve Bannon: Named as Donald Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor after a successful stint as Trump’s campaign chief executive. Bannon previously headed Breitbart News, a website for the alt-right movement, a loose group of white supremacists, anti-Semites and others opposed to multiculturalism. Democrats, rights activists and minority groups were outraged by the appointment and said Trump, himself accused of racism and misogyny during the campaign, had just flung open the White House doors to hatemongers. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
NOBEL-PRIZE/LITERATURE
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October 14, 2016
Bob Dylan: Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards,...
Kent, United Kingdom
File photo of U.S. musician Bob Dylan performing during on day 2 of The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood
Bob Dylan: Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award. The 75-year-old Dylan - who won the prize for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" - now finds himself in the company of Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann and Rudyard Kipling as Nobel laureates. The announcement was met with gasps in Stockholm's stately Royal Academy hall, followed - unusually - by some laughter. The media-shy Dylan declined to attend the Nobel ceremony but will perform in Sweden in April, offering the singer a chance to give the lecture that is a requirement for getting the $870,000 prize. REUTERS/Ki Price
NATO-SUMMIT/
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July 08, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: As a wave of anti-EU and anti-immigration politicians gained a foothold...
Warsaw, Poland
Participants react as they observe a fly past during the NATO Summit in Warsaw
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: As a wave of anti-EU and anti-immigration politicians gained a foothold in European politics, Merkel continued her support for migrants and the European Union. The 62-year-old conservative, facing a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, said she had thought long and hard before eventually deciding to stand again for a fourth term in next year's September election, ending months of speculation over her decision. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
TURKEY-MEDIA/
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April 01, 2016
Turkish journalist Can Dundar: Dundar, who quit as editor-in-chief of the secularist Cumhuriyet daily...
Istanbul, Turkey
Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, arrives at the Justice Palace for his trial in Istanbul
Turkish journalist Can Dundar: Dundar, who quit as editor-in-chief of the secularist Cumhuriyet daily newspaper, said a case was being readied against him for "aiding and abetting" a religious movement led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen that Turkey accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt. Under a state of emergency imposed after the coup, Turkey has fired or suspended some 80,000 people in the army, police, judiciary and civil service for suspected links to the Gulen. The post-coup crackdown has extended to the press, with the European Federation of Journalists naming Turkey as the world's top jailer of journalists. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
MYANMAR-HISTORY/MARTYRS DAY
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July 19, 2016
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi: The Nobel laureate has faced mounting criticism abroad for her government's...
Yangon, Myanmar
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi prays while attending an event marking the 69th anniversary...
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi: The Nobel laureate has faced mounting criticism abroad for her government's handling of the crisis in Rakhine State, where many members of the Muslim minority Rohingya live and where human rights workers say conflict has led to abuse of civilians by the military. The latest bout of violence began with attacks on October 9 in which nine policemen were killed by insurgents allegedly inspired by Islamist militants. It was the most serious unrest to hit the state on Myanmar's western border with Bangladesh since hundreds of people were killed in communal clashes in 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
USA-ELECTION/CLINTON
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October 28, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin: In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, FBI director James...
White Plains, UNITED STATES
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks to staff members, including aide Huma Abedin,...
Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin: In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, FBI director James Comey announced in a letter to senior lawmakers that they were investigating more emails as part of a probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system. The emails were discovered as part of a separate probe of former Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Two days before the election, Comey announced the agency stood by its earlier finding that no criminal charges were warranted against Clinton. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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May 20, 2016
Sean Penn: A secret meeting held between Hollywood star Penn and the world's most-wanted drug boss, Joaquin...
Cannes, France
Director Sean Penn attends a news conference for the film "The Last Face" in competition at the 69th...
Sean Penn: A secret meeting held between Hollywood star Penn and the world's most-wanted drug boss, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to discuss a Rolling Stone magazine article was essential to finding the fugitive. Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was captured following a months-long manhunt after he tunneled out of a Mexican maximum security prison in July last year. In the interview, Guzman said he felt neither remorse nor responsibility for smuggling billions of dollars worth of drugs into the United States. He told Penn that he also did not consider himself a violent man despite the countless murders that have been blamed on him. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
SOCCER-EURO-ENG-ICE/
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June 27, 2016
Iceland's soccer team: Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history...
France
England v Iceland - EURO 2016 - Round of 16
Iceland's soccer team: Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history when they stunned abject England 2-1, leading manager Roy Hodgson to quit and sending the tiny nation into a quarter-final against hosts France. Minnows Iceland lost the France match but inspired other small nations with their fairytale success story. Euro 2016 was expanded from 16 to 24 teams to give opportunities to countries -- and their fans -- who might not otherwise have qualified to experience a major tournament. REUTERS/Michael Dalder Livepic
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-RESCUE
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February 08, 2016
Refugees headed for Europe: Despite being perhaps less visible this year as European borders have closed...
LESBOS, Greece
Greek Coast Guard officers move a girl from a dinghy carrying refugees and migrants aboard the Ayios...
Refugees headed for Europe: Despite being perhaps less visible this year as European borders have closed and many migrants are left stuck in holding centers, the flow of refugees and migrants has increased. Some of the mantle of accepting huge migrant flows that was carried by Greece last year and the beginning of this one has been taken up by Italy. The number of deaths among those trying to get to Europe has increased mainly due to drowning as they attempt the dangerous Mediterranean crossing. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
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December 19, 2016
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle (C) reacts to being named Miss World as Miss Philippines Catriona...
OXON HILL, UNITED STATES
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts to being named Miss World as Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa...
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle (C) reacts to being named Miss World as Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (L) and Miss Kenya Evelyn Njambi Thungu watch during the Miss World 2016 Competition in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S., December 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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