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A year of crises — political, humanitarian and environmental — began with the continued devastation in Syria, drawing the conflict into its seventh year.

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January 9 Two Syrian sisters embrace after finding each other alive following an air strike on Hamouria, in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus

Read more: Threat of Syrian home demolitions sparks anger over redevelopment

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March 1 Journalists watch as Russian president Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Moscow

Read more: Russian sanctions: why ‘isolation is impossible’

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March 8 Members of the emergency services in biohazard suits put up a tent over the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, England

Read more: Novichok attack sheds light on Putin’s feared military agency

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March 21 French president Emmanuel Macron, right, and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte have dinner at the Bistrot deux la Place during Mr Macron’s visit to The Hague, the Netherlands

Read more: Dutch take on Macron with ‘red lines’ over eurozone integration

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April 10 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before a joint hearing of the commerce and judiciary committees on Capitol Hill about the use of Facebook data in targeting American voters in the 2016 election

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg pulls off acrobatics at congressional circus

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May 14 Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas during clashes near the border with Israeli forces in the east of Gaza Strip. Dozens of people were killed and more than 2,000 others were injured during protests against the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem as well as marking the Nakba day

Read more: At least 52 Palestinians killed in Gaza protests

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May 19 Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England

Read more: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the making of the royal mystique

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May 26 Supporters celebrate at Dublin Castle following the referendum result on the 8th amendment on Ireland’s abortion laws. Ireland voted in favour of overturning the abortion ban by 66.4 per cent to 33.6 per cent

Read more: Ireland’s abortion battle — ‘We’ve had a lot of silence about this for a long time’

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June 9 US president Donald Trump, seated, is surrounded by world leaders, including French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

Read more: FT View: Trump goes rogue at the G7

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June 12 A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by US Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing centre

Read more: Mexico under pressure not to bow to US over immigrants

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June 12 US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a signing ceremony during their historic summit in Singapore. They agreed to negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off

Read more: In quotes — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

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July 1 Russia’s football players celebrate after winning a penalty shootout against Spain in the knockout stage of the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

Read more: Russia’s economy scores as World Cup fans splash out $1.5bn

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July 13 Protesters in Parliament Square, London, gather around a giant balloon depicting US president Donald Trump as an orange baby during a demonstration against his visit to the UK

Read more: Verdi and disco join in harmony against Trump

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August 1 People, including a wounded man, take shelter in a stall at a market in Harare after a protest against the results of Zimbabwe’s elections turned bloody

Read more: Zimbabwe election — what the strongman left behind

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September 6 Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro grimaces after he was stabbed during a rally in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Read more: Who is Jair Bolsonaro? Five facts about Brazil’s president-elect

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September 8 Tennis star Serena Williams yells at umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open women’s final

Read more: Naomi Osaka upsets Serena Williams in US Open final

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September 20 UK prime minister Theresa May arrives for a photo with other EU leaders during a summit in Salzburg, Austria

Read more: Salzburg revisited: scale of May’s defeat in Brussels was impossible for her aides to disguise (December 14 2018)

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September 27 US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee

Read more: Kavanaugh and the sorry state of US democracy

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September 30 A displaced Yemeni girl looks out of the window of a damaged house where she and her family have been living since they sought refuge earlier this year in the south-western Yemeni city of Taez

Read more: FT View: Riyadh must be pressed to end its war in Yemen

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October 23 This photo, released by the Saudi Press Agency, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shaking hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey

Read more: The Khashoggi affair could disrupt the Saudi succession

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October 23 A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks opened sharply lower on Wall Street following big drops in Asia and Europe

Read more: Charts of the Year: US market volatility likely to persist

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November 6 Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, at her election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Read more: In charts: what we learnt from the midterm elections

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November 25 A migrant from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the US, runs away from tear gas with her children in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico, in Tijuana

Read more: Tensions rise as migrants rush US-Mexico border fence

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November 11 A burnt car and a petrol station after the Camp Fire that tore through California

Read more: Insurers grapple with increasing wildfire risk

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December 1 Protesters during a ‘gilets jaunes’ demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Read more: ‘Look at me, I exist’: French protesters send message to Macron

Helen Healy is the FT’s Head of Pictures

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