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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

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the Commander in Chief/Salute to Armed Forces Ball in honor of his inauguration in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSWMDY
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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

STOKE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall (R) and former Leader Nigel Farage MEP dodge an egg thrown by a youth as they arrive in Stoke-On-Trent for a public meeting this evening on February 6, 2017 in Stoke, England. The Stoke-On-Trent central by-election has been called after sitting Labour MP Tristram Hunt resigned from his seat to be a museum director. The seat has always been a Labour stronghold but will see fierce competition from The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) as they target people who voted for Brexit and the tradtional Labour working classes. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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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

-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Elementary school children play outside of their classrooms as mount Sinabung volcano spews thick volcanic ash as seen from Karo, North Sumatra province, on February 10, 2017. Many residents in the area have been forced to relocate to other villages of Northern Sumatra at a safer distance from mount Sinabung volcano, one of the most active in Indonesia. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
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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

A man cries while carrying his daughter as he walks from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq. March 4, 2017. Picture taken March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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March 4 An Iraqi man carries his daughter away from an Isis-controlled part of Mosul towards special forces soldiers

A woman assists an injured person after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. Toby Melville: "I was on the footpath below the southeast end of the bridge, shooting pictures for the on-going Brexit story. I saw in my peripheral vision a large dark shape around 3-5 metres away come over the parapet and hit the ground approximately 10 metres below. I thought it was a terrible but isolated accident. I immediately called for an ambulance and ran to the top of the steps to try to get help at St Thomas's, the nearby hospital. While on the phone, I saw a couple more people lying on the pavement amongst debris, covered in blood or unconscious. There were other people scattered along the bridge and pavement in various states of injury and distress. I realised this was not an accident but something premeditated. As the emergency services were on the scene now, I started taking photos along the bridge. I was unsure if danger was still present. I didn't know a car had been driven into these people. I hadn't heard any screams, loud engine noises or the gunshots of the armed police shooting and killing the perpetrator of the attack, Khalid Masood. I thought the injured or dead might also have been shot and a gunman might still be on the loose. Armed police arrived and cleared the bridge. I called the office and started filing photographs from the back of the camera, transmitting most of the frames I had shot for the office to choose, edit and crop. A week later I walked back over the bridge, everything was 'back to normal', in a way. But the sight of the first victim falling and the sickening thud as he hit the pavement still goes through my mind. I wonder whether I should have transmitted all the frames I shot. The sequence of pictures is hard to look at. I remind myself I was lucky. I had walked over the bridge about a minute before the attack. Others weren't so fortunate." REUTERS/Toby Melville/File photo SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY.
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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

Migrants try to stay afloat after falling off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship in the central Mediterranean in international waters some 15 nautical miles off the coast of Zawiya in Libya, April 14, 2017. All 134 sub-Saharan migrants survived and were rescued by MOAS. Darrin Zammit Lupi: "I spent five weeks with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) on their ship, Phoenix, covering search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. At the start of the Easter weekend we were on a routine rescue around 15 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. I was on the MOAS fast rubber boat with crew members handing out life jackets to a group of 134 Sub-Saharan migrants on a flimsy dinghy before we would transfer them to the Phoenix. I had one camera up to my eye to shoot some wide angle frames. Suddenly, one migrant balancing on the rim of a dinghy slipped sideways and like dominos several of his colleagues lost their balance and fell into the sea. I captured the whole sequence by keeping my finger on the shutter button. It was chaos. I kept shooting as the rescuers leapt into action, helping several of the migrants pull themselves onto our boat. I was grabbing hold of people with one hand and shooting with the other. Then, through my viewfinder, a few metres away, I noticed one man struggling more than the others, stretching out his arm towards us. I screamed to alert our specialist rescue swimmer that one man was going under. He reacted instantly, jumped in, and pulled the man to safety. Afterwards, I did a lot of soul searching. Should I have put down my cameras altogether and just grabbed hold of whoever I could? That evening I discussed it with the rescuers, who felt I'd done the right thing. Their job was to rescue lives. Mine was to document the harsh reality of what's happening. Everyone survived that day." REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File photo SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY.
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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

Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron waves as he parades in a military car on the Champs Elysees avenue, after his formal inauguration ceremony, on May 14, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Michel Euler (Photo credit should read MICHEL EULER/AFP/Getty Images)
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May 14 Emmanuel Macron during a parade on the Champs Elysées after his inauguration as president of France

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 22/05/2017. Manchester, UK. Police and other emergency services are seen near the Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion. Police have confirmed they are responding to an incident during an Ariana Grande concert at the venue. Photo credit: Joel Goodman/LNP
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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

Pope Francis poses with U.S. President Donald Trump (C) his wife Melania (R), Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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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

Aerial photograph showing Grenfell Tower on fire in London. Photo taken on Wednesday 14th June 2017. One time use ONLY.
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June 14 A fire at the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, London, claimed the lives of 71 residents

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Crowds cheer Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn address the crowd from the main stage a the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 24, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is the largest greenfield festival in the world. It was started by Michael Eavis in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid just £1, and now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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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

Opposition supporters affected by tear gas reacts next to members of the security forces during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX3AR6J
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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

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - London Stadium, London, Britain ñ August 5, 2017. A streaker is chased by a steward after invading the track. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - UP1ED851MZD63
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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

This photo taken on September 8, 2017 shows Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba group, dancing to a medley of Michael Jackson songs during the Alibaba Annual Party at the Huanglong sports center in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province. Ma danced with other Alibaba employees during the party, which was held to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the company's founding. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
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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

2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Hanida Begum, a Rohingya Muslim woman who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, kisses her infant son, Abdul Masood, who died when the boat they were traveling in capsized just before reaching the shore of the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on Sept. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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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

epaselect epa06203918 (L-R) EU Commission Vice-President in charge of Energy Union Maros Sefcovic, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen (VW) Herbert Diess, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and president of the German Automobile Industry Association (VdA) Matthias Wissmann share a light moment as they visit the Volkswagen booth during Merkel's opening walk around at the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, 14 September 2017. The International Motor Show IAA is the world's largest motor show and automobile exhibition. Exhibitors from about 40 countries present their latest products and innovations at the IAA, while hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the show from 14 to 24 September. EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
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September 14 Angela Merkel shares a joke with EU and car industry representatives at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1F523CC770
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September 16 Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile

A man walks out of the door frame of a building that collapsed after an earthquake, in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Throughout Mexico City, rescuer workers and residents dug through the rubble of collapsed buildings seeking survivors following a 7.1 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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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

A woman celebrates outside a polling station after casting her vote in Barcelona, on October 01, 2017, in a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by Madrid. Madrid has vowed to stop the referendum from going ahead, closing polling stations, seizing millions of ballot papers, detaining key organisers and shutting down websites promoting the vote. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
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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

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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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

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Comedian Simon Brodkin, aka prankster Lee Nelson, hands Prime Minister Theresa May a P45 during her keynote speech to delegates and party members on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central on October 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. The prime minister rallied members and called for the party to
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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

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (L) presents a Turkmen shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Sochi, on October 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAXIM SHEMETOVMAXIM SHEMETOV/AFP/Getty Images
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October 11 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan’s president, presents a Turkmen shepherd dog to Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart

REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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October 17 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria

A man walks with a bloody lip as demonstrators yell at him outside the location where Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, is delivering a speech on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, U.S., October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File photo SEARCH
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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

epa06297997 A police officer carries a school girl on his back to get her out of the scene after she was caught up in running battles with police and protesters and was affected by tear gas in Kawangware slum, Nairobi, Kenya, 30 October 2017. Kenya's education minister Fred Matiangi, who also serves as acting security minister, visited a school in Kawangware to inspect how the national exams are being conducted before he was heckled and stoned by supporters of the National Super Alliance (NASA) and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga. Tension is high in opposition strongholds of Nairobi as the country awaits for the electoral commission Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to declare President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the repeat presidential poll which was boycotted by Odinga. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA
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October 30 Kenyan police carry a girl from election violence in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi, the capital

epa06342344 People celebrate outside parliament after hearing the news that President Robert Mugabe resigned in Harare, Zimbabwe, 21 November 2017. Zimbabwe's parliamentary speaker on 21 November said Mugabe has resigned as President via a letter to parliament after having been president of Zimbabwe for 37 years. This comes days after tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital to call for President Mugabe to step down. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK
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November 21 Zimbabweans react to news of the resignation of Robert Mugabe outside the parliament building in Harare

epa06354055 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after a photocall after announcing their engagement in the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace in London, Britain, 27 November. Clarence House earlier 27 November 2017 announced the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. 'His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.' the statement said. EPA/NEIL HALL
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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

dpatop - An elderly Palestinian touches a female Israeli border police officer during a protest at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, 07 December 2017. US President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has drawn widespread international condemnation and anger. Photo: Oren Ziv/dpa
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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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