2016: A Tumultuous Year in Photos

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President Barack Obama wipes tears from his eyes as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence.
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Fans gather by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on Jan. 11, 2016, in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier in the day at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.
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Solange Ferreira bathes her son Jose Wesley in a bucket at their house in Bonito, Pernambuco state, Brazil, on Jan. 30, 2016. Jose Wesley, who cries incessantly, only calms down when he is placed in the bucket of water, a trick his mother learned from a nurse at a hospital. Cases of microcephaly, a birth defect that causes smaller-than-usual skulls in babies, jumped in 2016, in Brazil in particular. The outbreak was likely due to a Zika outbreak, a mosquito-spread disease.
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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a court appearance on Feb. 2, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. Court proceedings continued through the end of the year.
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Beyonce performs her controversial hit "Formation" during the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016. Police departments across the nation called for boycotts of her 2016 tour after imagery from the "Formation" music video and costumes worn by her back-up dancers were seen as the singer paying tribute to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Ushers guide the casket during the funeral mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. Scalia died Feb. 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas.
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A surfer looks at the aurora borealis as it illuminates the sky over Unstad's snow covered beaches,on Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle, March 14, 2016. Surfers from all over the world come to Lofoten island to surf in extreme conditions.
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In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava, Nidhi Chaphekar, a 40-year-old Jet Airways flight attendant from Mumbai, right, and another unidentified woman are shown after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions rocked the airport on March 22, 2016.
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This April 1, 2016, photo shows a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, India. The overpass spanned nearly the width of the street and was designed to ease traffic through the densely crowded Bara Bazaar neighborhood in the capital of the east Indian state of West Bengal. About 300 feet of the overpass fell, while other sections remained standing.
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A truck moves the belongings of a family over a road destroyed by an earthquake from Pedernales to Jama, Ecuador, on April 18, 2016. The earthquake left a trail of ruin along Ecuador's Pacific Ocean coast. Hundreds died, thousands were homeless and without electricity.
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Marcus Semien (10) of Oakland Athletics breaks his bat during his ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 21, 2016, in the Bronx, New York.
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Flowers lie on a T-shirt signed by fans of singer Prince at a makeshift memorial place created outside the Apollo Theater in New York on April 22, 2016. The pop star died at the age of 57.
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Pall bearers for Muhammad Ali move to a waiting limousine, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky, as the motorcade carrying Muhammad Ali prepares to travel through Louisville to the cemetery.
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Oscar Pistorius' prosthetics lie on the floor as he walks on his amputated legs during argument in mitigation of his sentence by his defense attorney Barry Roux in the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 15, 2016. An appeals court found Pistorius guilty of murder and not a lesser charge of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
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A child, wrapped in a rainbow flag, reflects during a vigil for victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida nearly a week earlier, in front of the United States embassy on June 18, 2016, in Berlin, Germany. Fifty people were killed by gunman Omar Mateen and at least as many injured during a Latin music event at the Pulse club in the worst terror attack in the U.S. since 9/11. Mateen had pledged allegiance to ISIS, though officials have yet to find conclusive evidence of his having any direct connection with foreign extremists. The incident has added fuel to the ongoing debate about gun control in the country.
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A protester waves an EU flag in front of the Houses of Parliament as they demonstrate against the EU referendum result on June 28, 2016, in London, England. Up to 50,000 people were expected before the event was cancelled due to safety concerns. Early evening saw up to 2000 Brexit protestors still converged on the square.
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Cameron Sterling, son of Alton Sterling, is comforted by the crowd at a July 6, 2016, vigil outside the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. The Louisiana capital is better known for its championship college football team and its political scene. But in the past two weeks, Baton Rouge has seen a black man shot to death by white police and two weeks of protests, followed by a fatal attack on three police officers.
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A girl sits in a tent at a camp besides the border fence close to the E75 Horgas border crossing between Serbia and Hungary on July 16, 2016, in Horgos, Serbia. Serbia has announced that it will start joint army and police patrols on its borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to curb the illegal entry of migrants. The decision comes days after EU member Hungary began sending back all illegal migrants caught within five miles of the border fence constructed last year to Serbia. The new rules stranded hundreds of migrants along the Serbia-Hungary border.
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Black Lives Matter supporters at the People's Assembly demonstration: No More Austerity - No To Racism - Tories Must Go, on July 16, 2016, in London, United Kingdom. Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest in a march through the capital protesting against the Conservative Party cuts. Almost 150 councillors from across the country signed a letter criticizing the government for funding cuts. The letter followed a recent budget in which the government laid out plans to cut support for disabled people while offering tax breaks for big business and the wealthy.
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Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave flags as they capture a Turkish Army APC after soldiers involved in the coup attempt surrendered on Istanbul's Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 16, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced an army coup attempt that has left at least 90 dead and 1154 injured in overnight clashes in Istanbul and Ankara.
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A man looks at a tribute laying on a bench near where a person was killed on the Promenade des Anglais on July 17, 2016, in Nice, France. A French-Tunisian attacker killed 84 as he drove a lorry through crowds gathered to watch a firework display during Bastille Day Celebrations. The attacker then opened fire on people in the crowd before he was fatally shot by police.
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Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up the U.S. Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination, becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
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Hillary Clinton celebrates the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate made Clinton the first woman nominated by a major political party.
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Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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In this frame grab taken from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building hit by an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 17, 2016. The White Helmets were among the crowd of first responders who pulled Daqneesh and his family from the rubble of their apartment building.
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Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali of the United States celebrate with American flags after the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Embers from a wildfire smolder along Lytle Creek Road near Keenbrook, California, on Aug. 17, 2016. Wildfires ravaged California, as well as other parts of the country, in 2016, fueled by droughts.
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Migrants, most from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, on Aug. 29, 2016. Thousands were rescued from more than 20 boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms before being transferred to the Italian cost guard and other NGO vessels operating in the area.
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Stormchasers take photos underneath a rotating supercell storm system in Maxwell, Nebraska on Sept. 3, 2016. Multiple tornado warnings were issued throughout the area, though no funnel cloud touched down.
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Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on Sept. 12, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. His protest sparked a national conversation.
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Lifejackets used by refugees to cross the sea to Europe are laid out in Parliament Square on Sept. 19, 2016, in London, England. 2,500 lifejackets, worn by refugees during their crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios, are displayed as the UN Migration Summit took place in New York. The jackets represent the thousands of refugees who have died trying to reach Europe since 2015.
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A demonstrator stares down law enforcement during protests on Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Sept. 20 in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.
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A base jumper leaps from the 300-meter-high open deck at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump on Oct. 1, 2016. More than 121 professional base jumpers from 20 countries including France, United States, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Canada and South Korea are expected to take part in this three day event.
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Members of the colla 'Vella de Valls' build a human tower during the 26th Tarragona Competition on Oct. 2, 2016, in Tarragona, Spain. The 'Castellers' who build the human towers with precise techniques compete in groups, know as 'colles', at local festivals with aim to build the highest and most complex human tower. The Catalan tradition is believed to have originated from human towers built at the end of the 18th century by dance groups and is part of the Catalan culture.
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Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station on Oct. 12, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. The Duterte administration shifted to the next phase on its war on drugs after President Rodrigo Duterte's first 100 days passed, with over 3,600 people killed while more than 700,000 drug dependents surrendered to authorities. According to reports, Duterte received an "excellent" rating for his war on drugs during a recent opinion, with 84 percent of Filipinos respondents said they are satisfied with the drug crackdown.
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The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3.
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A Chinese laborer loads coal into a furnace as he works at an unauthorized steel factory on Nov. 3, 2016, in Inner Mongolia, China. To meet China's targets to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. In many cases, factory owners say they pay informal "fines" to local inspectors before reopening. The enforcement comes as the future of U.S. support for the 2015 Paris Agreement is in question, leaving China poised as an unlikely leader in the international effort against climate change.
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A masked protester holds up a flare on Whitehall during the Million Mask March on Nov. 5, 2016, in London, England. Thousands of demonstrators, many wearing the Guy Fawkes mask associated with hacking collective Anonymous, take part in the annual Million Mask March through the streets of central London. The anti-establishment demonstration, which falls on Guy Fawkes Night, is one of several taking place in cities around the world.
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A firefighter works to extinguish an oil well set on fire by fleeing ISIS members on Nov. 9, 2016, in Al Qayyarah, Iraq. Many families began to return to homes recently liberated in towns south of Mosul. Oil wells in the area that were set on fire by fleeing ISIS members continue to burn, blanketing the area in think clouds of smoke and oil.
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Republican President-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016, in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Bill Clinton, left, and running mate Tim Kaine, concedes the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel on Nov. 9, 2016, in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset.
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Protesters of President-elect Donald Trump gather in an intersection outside the Humphrey School of Affairs at the University of Minnesota on Nov. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in the days following the election of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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Children stand outside their home in a street close to an oil well set on fire by fleeing ISIS members on Nov. 10, 2016, in Al Qayyarah, Iraq.
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Jake Moores, a former commodore in the Royal Navy, looks at the 19,420 figurines laid out on College Green as part of the 19240 Shrouds of the Somme art installation on Nov. 11, 2016, in Bristol, England. A memorial service will be held later today besides the artwork by artist Rob Heard, which features 19,240 figurines representing each British soldier who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
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Chapeco Mayor Luciano Buligon stands with his hand over his heart as air force members and police accompany the caskets containing the remains of Brazilian victims who died in a chartered flight, to a waiting cargo plane at the military airbase in Rio Negro, Colombia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The bodies are being repatriated to Chapeco, the hometown of the Brazilian soccer team whose members were on the doomed LaMia flight along with a group of journalists, headed to the Copa Sudamericana finals.
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Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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A woman weeps after watching a military convoy transport the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro from Revolution Plaza to the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia where he will be buried Dec. 4, 2016, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Sunday marked the last of a nine-day mourning period after Castro died on Nov. 25 at the age of 90.
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Residents gather at the front of a small house that holds fifteen people in the Mangueira 'favela' community on December 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Much of the Mangueira 'favela' community sits about a kilometer away from Maracana stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The stadium received hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations ahead of the World Cup and Olympics but residents of the community say they received few if any tangible benefits from the mega-events.
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Children are seen inside a bus with words in Arabic reading "someday we will return" written on the window during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighborhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on Dec. 15, 2016. A convoy of ambulances and buses left rebel territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad's forces to reclaim complete control of Syria's second city, handing the regime its biggest victory in more than five years of civil war.
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Pakistani civil society activists release lanterns into the sky in Lahore on Dec. 15, 2016, as they pay tribute to victims on the second anniversary of an attack on The Army Public School in the city of Peshawar. Taliban militants attacked on Pakistani Army Public School in Peshawar, killing 151 people on Dec. 16, 2014. Most of the dead were children.
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An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting and killing the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
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Police stand behind concrete barriers in front of the Christmas market in Erfurt, central Germany, Dec. 20, 2016, the day after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killing several people Monday evening in Berlin, Germany.
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This image made from video provided by APTN, shows a view from a drone of smoke billowing from the San Pablito Market, where an explosion ripped through a fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, Dec. 20, 2016. Sirens wailed and a heavy scent of gunpowder lingered in the air after the afternoon blast at the market, where most of the fireworks stalls were completely leveled. According to the Mexico state prosecutor there are dozens dead.
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