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A politically charged year kicked off with the inauguration of Donald Trump, Brexit negotiations and North Korea’s continued ballistic missile launches

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January 20 Donald and Melania Trump take centre stage at the commander-in-chief/Salute to the Armed Forces Ball marking his inauguration as president. More photographs here

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February 6 Nigel Farage, left, the former UK Independence party leader, and Paul Nuttall, his successor, dodge an egg in Stoke-on-Trent in the English Midlands

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February 10 Children play at their school in Karo, north Sumatra, as mount Sinabung spews thick volcanic ash over the Indonesian island

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March 4 An Iraqi man carries his daughter away from an Isis-controlled part of Mosul towards special forces soldiers

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March 22 A woman assists an injured person after a terror attack on Westminster Bridge in London

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March 29 Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, holds the letter invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty setting out Britain’s wish to leave the EU

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April 14 Migrants struggle to stay afloat after falling off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation 15 nautical miles off Zawiya, Libya

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May 14 Emmanuel Macron during a parade on the Champs Elysées after his inauguration as president of France

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May 22 Police help people hurt in the terrorist attack on the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in which 22 lives were lost

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May 24 Pope Francis with Donald Trump, his wife Melania, son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka during an audience at the Vatican

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June 14 A fire at the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, London, claimed the lives of 71 residents

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June 24 Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party leader, wins fans as he addresses the crowd at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton

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July 9 Venezuelan police use tear gas to suppress opposition supporters during a rally in Caracas against the government of Nicolás Maduro, the president

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August 5 A streaker promoting peace and love takes the lead when a steward stumbles during the World Athletics championships at the London Stadium

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September 8 Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, dances a Michael Jackson medley during his company’s annual party at the Huanglong sports centre in Hangzhou, China

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September 14 Hanida Begum, a Rohingya Muslim woman who fled Myanmar, mourns her son, Abdul Masood, who died when their boat capsized just before reaching Bangladesh

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September 14 Angela Merkel shares a joke with EU and car industry representatives at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt

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September 16 Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile

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September 19 A man leaves a building that collapsed during an earthquake in the Condesa district of Mexico City. More photographs here

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October 1 A woman celebrates outside a polling station after casting her vote in Barcelona in the referendum on independence for Catalonia. More photographs here

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October 1 Chaos descends on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas after Stephen Paddack opens fire, killing at least 59 people

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October 4 Simon Brodkin, a comedian, hands Theresa May a P45 severance notice during the prime minister’s keynote speech on the last day of the Conservative conference in Manchester

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October 11 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan’s president, presents a Turkmen shepherd dog to Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart

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October 17 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria

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October 19 A supporter of the so-called alt-right movement makes his way to the venue of a speech by Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, at the University of Florida

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October 30 Kenyan police carry a girl from election violence in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi, the capital

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November 21 Zimbabweans react to news of the resignation of Robert Mugabe outside the parliament building in Harare

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November 27 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace, London. The couple will marry on May 19

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December 7 A Palestinian appeals to an Israeli police officer during a protest in the Old City of Jerusalem against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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About this series

News-making interviews, incisive commentary, groundbreaking reportage, definitive data-journalism and everything you wanted to know about Trump and Brexit. This is the FT’s selection of the best of 2017