Conflict, politics, jubilation, tragedy and a look at the brave and the bold are among our selections for the year in pictures for 2017 from Associated Press, Reuters News Agency, Agence-France Presse and Getty Images. [See the whole year on your desktop computer]
When the world looks back on 2017, what will it see? From space, the swirling clouds of a hurricane almost as big as the Gulf of Mexico. From the air, scorched earth where neighborhoods once thrived – destroyed from massive wildfires in California. On the ground, the brown waters lapping the suburban cul-de-sacs of southern Texas, green forests uprooted in the mountains of Puerto Rico. And on the screens of our televisions and phones, the displaced refugees of Myanmar, the starving children of Yemen, the angry demonstrators of the Middle East, the defiant marchers of Charlottesville, the accusing faces of women and the abject ones of men. And the inescapable, unforgettable visage of Donald Trump, grinning in triumph, sneering in contempt, or simply walking outside beneath the world’s most famous thatch of hair, streaming and flapping in the wind.
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JAN. 1, 2017 – Revelers celebrate during fireworks marking the start of the New Year on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian revelers annually mark the turn of midnight on January 1st with fireworks along the famed beach. This year’s fireworks were shortened to twelve minutes due to the economic crisis facing the state and country. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
JAN. 1, 2017 – Relatives of Ayhan Arik, one of the victims of the Reina night club attack mourn during his funeral ceremony in Istanbul.
Thirty-nine people, including many foreigners, were killed early on January 1, 2016 when a gunman went on a rampage at an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating the New Year. (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)
JAN. 6, 2017 – A law enforcement officer evacuates a civilian from an area at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area at the airport Friday, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody in an attack that sent panicked passengers running out of the terminal and onto the tarmac, authorities said. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)
JAN. 10, 2017 – President Barack Obama cries as he speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017.
Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump’s shock election. (Photo: Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)
JAN. 16, 2017 – Plane debris is seen at the crash site of a Turkish cargo jet near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport outside Bishkek. (Photo: Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters)
JAN. 18, 2017 – An Arab Israeli woman sits next to ruins from her dwellings which were demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Umm Al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in Israel’s southern Negev Desert. The Israeli army says it is simply carrying out court rulings against unauthorized building by Palestinians in Area C. Foreign diplomats and rights groups see it as part of a broader move to seize land for potential Jewish settlement expansion. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters)
JAN. 20, 2017 – Attendees partake in the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
JAN. 20, 2017 – Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. In today’s inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
JAN. 20, 2017 – President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
JAN. 20, 2017 – Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump and his family looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
JAN. 20, 2017 – Protesters holding placards attend a demonstration against U.S. President Donald J. Trump outside the United States Embassy in London, England. Mr Trump has become the 45th President of the United States following an inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC today. (Photo: Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
JAN. 21, 2017 – Protesters walk during the Women’s March on Washington. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
JAN. 22, 2017 – President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Trump, on June 16, lashed out at the Justice Department official with authority over the special counsel probe of Russian election-meddling, and acknowledged that his firing of Comey as FBI director is a focus of the investigation. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
JAN. 27, 2017 – Sub-saharan migrants sleep at the deck of the Golfo Azzurro boat after been rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO, at the Mediterranean sea, about 24 miles north of Sabratha, Libya. Rescuers pulled nearly 300 people from two rubber boats in waters off the Libyan coast on Friday and were looking for 100 more believed to be on a another boat missing since Sunday. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)
JAN. 28, 2017 – President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
JAN. 28, 2017 – Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
FEB. 4, 2017 – A migrant from Pakistan warms himself around a fire in an abandoned warehouse where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in central Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)
FEB. 5, 2017 – Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
FEB. 22, 2017 – Opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline march out of their main camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)
FEB. 27, 2017 – Displaced Iraqi women who just fled their home, rest in the desert as they wait to be transported while Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq. (Photo: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
FEB. 27, 2017 – Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (L) checks her phone after taking a photo as US President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office of the White House before a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
MAR. 4, 2017 – A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
MAR. 15, 2017 – A malnourished child is processed by an aid worker for a UNICEF- funded health programme catering to children displaced by drought, at a facility in Baidoa town, the capital of Bay region of south-western Somalia where the spread of cholera has claimed tens of lives of IDP’s compounding the impact of drought.
The United Nations is warning of an unprecedented global crisis with famine already gripping parts of South Sudan and looming over Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, threatening the lives of 20 million people. For Somalis, the memory of the 2011 famine which left a quarter of a million people dead is still fresh. (Photo: Tony KarumbaAFP/Getty Images)
MAR. 17, 2017 – Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
MAR. 17, 2017 – A woman is pulled to safety in a zipline harness in Lima, Peru. Intense rains and mudslides over the past three days have wrought havoc around the Andean nation and caught residents in Lima, a desert city of 10 million where it almost never rains, by surprise. (Photo: Martin Mejia/AP)
MAR. 19, 2017 – People and a civil defence personnel carry children at a damaged site after an air strike on rebel-held Idlib city, Syria. Photo: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters)
MAR. 20, 2017 – Judge Neil Gorsuch arrives for the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left on the court by the February 2016 death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAR. 22, 2017 – A woman lies injured after a shooting incident on Westminster Bridge in London. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)
MAR. 18, 2017 – Women carrying babies queue as they try to buy diapers outside a pharmacy in Caracas, Venezuela. Going into a fourth year of crippling recession, Venezuelaâs 30 million people found themselves skipping meals, suffering shortages of basic foods and medicines, jostling in lines for ever-scarcer subsidized goods, unable to keep up with dizzying inflation rates, and emigrating in ever larger numbers. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)
MAR. 23, 2017 – President Donald Trump reacts as he sits in a truck while he welcomes truckers and CEOs to attend a meeting regarding healthcare at the White House in Washington, U.S. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)
MAR. 31, 2017 – Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye (C) leaves the prosecutors’ office as she is transferred to a detention house in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Reuters)
APR. 4, 2017 – A man reacts next to a memorial site for the victims of a blast in St. Petersburg metro, at Tekhnologicheskiy institut metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo: Grigory Dukor/Reuters)
APR. 5, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley holds up photos of victims of the Syrian chemical attack during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters, April 5, 2017 in New York City. The Security Council is held emergency talks following the worst use of chemical weapons in Syria since the Ghouta attack in 2013. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
APR. 7, 2017 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile from the Mediterranean Sea. The USS Porter was one of two destroyers that fired a total of 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians this week. The attack was the first direct U.S. assault on Syria and the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year war there. (Photo: Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
APR. 7, 2017 – Emergency services work at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, Sweden.
(Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
APR. 9, 2017 – A woman stands near a pew covered in blood inside a Coptic church that was bombed in Tanta, Egypt. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which more than 44 were killed and injured more than 100 people and occurred a week before Coptic Easte.r (Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
APR. 14, 2017 – 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. All 134 sub-Saharan migrants survived and were rescued by MOAS. (Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)
MAY 1, 2017 – French CRS anti-riot police officers are engulfed in flames as they face protesters during a march for the annual May Day workers’ rally in Paris. (Photo: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images)
MAY 7, 2017 – French president-elect Emmanuel Macron greets supporters as he arrives to deliver a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris after the second round of the French presidential election.
Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on May 7, 2017 in a resounding victory over far-right Front National (FN – National Front) rival after a deeply divisive campaign. (Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
MAY 17, 2017 – House Democrats display a photograph of President Donald Trump welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the White House during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. House Democrats have introduced legislation to create an outside, independent commission to investigate possible connections between President Donald Trump and Russian officials. If Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) does not support the legislation then Democrats said they will file a discharge petition to force a vote on the measure. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAY 18, 2017 – People attend to an injured man after a car plunged into him in Times Square in New York.
A car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in New York’s bustling Times Square, leaving one person dead and at least 12 other injured. (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
MAY 19, 2017 – Workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans. Mississippi Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states. The post was made after three Confederate monuments and a monument to white supremacy were removed in New Orleans. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)
MAY 22, 2017 – President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
MAY 25, 2017 – Members of the public observe a national minute’s silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
MAY 26, 2017 – A demonstrator jumps away from a jet of water released from a riot security forces vehicle during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)
JUN. 8, 2017 – Messages of support and condolence are placed on a plinth on London Bridge following Saturday’s terror attack in London, England. Eight people were killed and at least 48 injured in terror attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market on June 3rd. The three attackers were shot dead by armed police. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)
JUN. 8, 2017 – A bar patron at Ace’s Bar in San Francisco, watches a television broadcast as former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. People across the country are flocking to bars and restaurants to watch former FBI director as he testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his conversations with U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
JUN. 12, 2017 – Golden State Warriors players and coaches celebrate with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
JUN. 14, 2017 – Smoke rises from the building after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London in the early hours of the morning in London, England. The fire claimed more than 70 lives and left hundreds homeless. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)
JUN. 15, 2017 – Democrats and Republicans gather at second base for a prayer prior to the start of the Congressional baseball game with the house chaplain leading the way. Members of Congress took the field for their traditional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game, with many wearing hats to honor Representative Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman as his Republican team practiced a day before. (Photo: Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
JUN. 17, 2017 – Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) waves as he departs after a judge declared a mistrial in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Charles Mostoller/Reuters)
JUN. 19, 2017 – Men pray after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London, Britain. A van plowed into worshippers in the early hours of Monday, injuring 11 people, two of them seriously, in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims. (Photo: Neil Hall/Reuters)
JUN. 29, 2017 – Dawn Russell gets arrested by Denver police officers after refusing the vacate the offices of Senator Cory Gardner in Denver, Colorado. A handful of people, all of whom are with ADAPT, held a sit-in for 58 hours in the tiny front lobby space in the office of Colorado Senator Cory Gardner. They are asking the senator to vote against the new health care bill. As they were arrested protesters chanted “I would rather go to jail than die without Medicaid.” ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. (Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
JUL. 2, 2017 – Protestors with masks of politicians drink cocktails in a boat on the Alster river during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg. (Photo: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
JUL. 2, 2017 – Members of the Iraqi federal police dance with children and a national flag during a celebration in the Old City of Mosul, where the gruelling battle to retake Iraq’s second city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters is now nearing its end, on July 2, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
JUL. 5, 2017 – People watch a huge screen showing the test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). (Photo: KCNA/via Reuters)
JUL. 6, 2017 – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence touches a piece of hardware with a warning label “Do Not Touch” next to Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana during a tour of the Operations and Checkout Building in Florida. (Photo: Mike Brown/Reuters)
JUL. 7, 2017 – President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
JUL. 8, 2017 – Firefighters remove a US flag as flames from the “Wall Fire” close in on a luxury home in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017.
The first major wildfires after the end of California’s five-year drought raged across the state on July 8, as it was gripped by a record-breaking heatwave. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
JUL. 24, 2017 – An iceberg floats past Bylot Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Icebergs aren’t sea ice, despite being best known for floating about the ocean. They are actually chunks of glaciers that have broken off at the water’s edge. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)
JUL. 26, 2017 – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who returned to Capitol Hill after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer, leaves the chamber as the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law in Washington. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
AUG. 10, 2017 – A man seeking safety walks with his hands in the air through a thick cloud of tear gas towards riot police, as they clash with protesters throwing rocks in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya. International observers on urged Kenyans to be patient as they awaited final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging, but clashes between police and protesters again erupted in Nairobi. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)
AUG. 11, 2017 – Peter Cvjetanovic (R) along with Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)