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2017: The Year In Photos

The inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president kicked off a year rich in events, including a string of military victories over Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, antigovernment protests across Russia, and terror attacks in many countries. These images capture some of the big stories of 2017.


Rescuers at the site where a cargo plane crashed on a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing 35 residents and four crew members. January 16, 2017. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)
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Rescuers at the site where a cargo plane crashed on a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing 35 residents and four crew members. January 16, 2017. (epa/Igor Kovalenko)

Children warm themselves in a mud house at a refugee camp in Laghman, eastern Afghanistan. Half a million Afghans have been displaced by war, and many refugees have been returned to the country from Pakistan, Europe, and Iran. January 11, 2017. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)  
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Children warm themselves in a mud house at a refugee camp in Laghman, eastern Afghanistan. Half a million Afghans have been displaced by war, and many refugees have been returned to the country from Pakistan, Europe, and Iran. January 11, 2017. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
 

U.S. President Barack Obama reaches out to greet U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he and his wife Melania arrive for tea with the Obamas at the White House in Washington, prior to Trump's inauguration. January 20, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)  
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U.S. President Barack Obama reaches out to greet U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he and his wife Melania arrive for tea with the Obamas at the White House in Washington, prior to Trump's inauguration. January 20, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

 

Rani, a member of the transgender community, smiles as she prepares for a party in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, January 22, 2017. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)
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Rani, a member of the transgender community, smiles as she prepares for a party in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, January 22, 2017. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

Tanks are seen in the government-held industrial town of Avdiyivka, eastern Ukraine, February 1, 2017. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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Tanks are seen in the government-held industrial town of Avdiyivka, eastern Ukraine, February 1, 2017. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf (left) kisses her father Khaled as her mother Fattoum (right) cries after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, February 7, 2017. They arrived after travel restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, were delayed by legal challenges. (Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski)  
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Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf (left) kisses her father Khaled as her mother Fattoum (right) cries after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, February 7, 2017. They arrived after travel restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, were delayed by legal challenges. (Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski)

 

A 14-year-old unaccompanied minor, a migrant from Afghanistan, washes on a cold winter day near an old train carriage where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, February 11, 2017. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)
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A 14-year-old unaccompanied minor, a migrant from Afghanistan, washes on a cold winter day near an old train carriage where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, February 11, 2017. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

People shine their mobile phones and form a European Union flag at a protest against plans to soften anticorruption laws, in Bucharest, Romania, February 26, 2017. (AP/Vadim Ghirda) 
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People shine their mobile phones and form a European Union flag at a protest against plans to soften anticorruption laws, in Bucharest, Romania, February 26, 2017. (AP/Vadim Ghirda) 

A man cries while carrying his daughter as he arrives from part of Mosul controlled by Islamic State militants, and approaches positions held by Iraqi special forces. March 4, 2017. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)
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A man cries while carrying his daughter as he arrives from part of Mosul controlled by Islamic State militants, and approaches positions held by Iraqi special forces. March 4, 2017. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

A rally against the "law on social parasites", Minsk, Belarus, March 15, 2017. Thousands protested the law, which introduced extra taxes on unemployed people. (RFE/RL)
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A rally against the "law on social parasites", Minsk, Belarus, March 15, 2017. Thousands protested the law, which introduced extra taxes on unemployed people. (RFE/RL)

Riot policemen detain a protester, Moscow, March 26, 2017. More than 1,000 people were arrested across Russia at some of the largest anti-government protests in years. (EPA/Maxim Shipenkov)
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Riot policemen detain a protester, Moscow, March 26, 2017. More than 1,000 people were arrested across Russia at some of the largest anti-government protests in years. (EPA/Maxim Shipenkov)

A soldier and her child attend a flower exhibition, part of celebrations marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of the late supreme leader Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 16, 2017. (EPA-EFE/How Hwee Young)
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A soldier and her child attend a flower exhibition, part of celebrations marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of the late supreme leader Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 16, 2017. (EPA-EFE/How Hwee Young)

Turks celebrate after voting in a referendum to give sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, on Sunday, April 16, 2017.(Getty Images/NurPhoto/Jodi Hilton)
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Turks celebrate after voting in a referendum to give sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, on Sunday, April 16, 2017.(Getty Images/NurPhoto/Jodi Hilton)

A house inundated by the Rosia Poieni copper mine near the village of Geamana, Romania, April 21, 2017. (RFE/RL, Amos Chapple)
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A house inundated by the Rosia Poieni copper mine near the village of Geamana, Romania, April 21, 2017. (RFE/RL, Amos Chapple)

A man carries the body of a dead child, after what a UN investigation later described as a chemical attack carried out by the Syrian air force, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, April 4, 2017. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)  
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A man carries the body of a dead child, after what a UN investigation later described as a chemical attack carried out by the Syrian air force, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, April 4, 2017. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)


 

Protesters block a highway in Caracas during a demonstration against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on May 27, 2017. (AFP/Juan Barreto)  
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Protesters block a highway in Caracas during a demonstration against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on May 27, 2017. (AFP/Juan Barreto)
 

Iranian policemen help civilians flee the parliament building in Teheran. At least 12 people were killed in twin attacks on parliament and the tomb of Iran's former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini. June 7, 2017. (EPA-EFE/Omid Wahabzadeh)
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Iranian policemen help civilians flee the parliament building in Teheran. At least 12 people were killed in twin attacks on parliament and the tomb of Iran's former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini. June 7, 2017. (EPA-EFE/Omid Wahabzadeh)

Flames and smoke engulf a tower block in London, June 14, 2017. Seventy-one people, including children, died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. In December, an official inquiry began into the causes of the disaster. (Reuters/Toby Melville)  
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Flames and smoke engulf a tower block in London, June 14, 2017. Seventy-one people, including children, died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. In December, an official inquiry began into the causes of the disaster. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets U.S. President Donald Trump during their first meeting, at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)  
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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets U.S. President Donald Trump during their first meeting, at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
 

Coffins with 71 victims of the Srebrenica massacre await burial on July 11, 2017. Every year, more bodies are buried as remains are identified. In November, former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide at Srebrenica by a UN tribunal. (RFE/RL, Midhat Poturovic)
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Coffins with 71 victims of the Srebrenica massacre await burial on July 11, 2017. Every year, more bodies are buried as remains are identified. In November, former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide at Srebrenica by a UN tribunal. (RFE/RL, Midhat Poturovic)

Two participants of a rally by Georgian students and activists near the village of Bershueti, adjacent to the breakaway region of South Ossetia, protest claims that Russia is surreptitiously moving the boundary in a “creeping occupation” of Georgia. August 7, 2017 (RFE/RL, Mzia Saganelidze)  
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Two participants of a rally by Georgian students and activists near the village of Bershueti, adjacent to the breakaway region of South Ossetia, protest claims that Russia is surreptitiously moving the boundary in a “creeping occupation” of Georgia. August 7, 2017 (RFE/RL, Mzia Saganelidze)
 

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (center) reacts after sustaining an injury during the men's 4 x 100-meter relay final at the IAAF World Championships, London, August 12, 2017 (EPA-EFE/Srdjan Suki)
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt (center) reacts after sustaining an injury during the men's 4 x 100-meter relay final at the IAAF World Championships, London, August 12, 2017 (EPA-EFE/Srdjan Suki)

Mourners at an impromptu memorial to the victims of a van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona -- the worst attack in Spain since the 2004 Madrid bombings. August 20, 2017. (Reuters/Susana Vera)
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Mourners at an impromptu memorial to the victims of a van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona -- the worst attack in Spain since the 2004 Madrid bombings. August 20, 2017. (Reuters/Susana Vera)

Afghan policemen try to rescue a child during an attack by militants on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kabul, August 25, 2017 (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)   
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Afghan policemen try to rescue a child during an attack by militants on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kabul, August 25, 2017 (Reuters/Omar Sobhani) 
 

Volunteers help pull a boat with evacuees to high ground during Tropical Storm Harvey in East Houston, Texas, August 28, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
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Volunteers help pull a boat with evacuees to high ground during Tropical Storm Harvey in East Houston, Texas, August 28, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)

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