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Pictures Of The Year: 100 Incredible Images From 2015

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It's been another incredible year in news photography.

Getty Images have provided us with the most memorable images from the past 12 months, from everything to the General Elections to the shocking plight of the refugees, bringing visual news to our very doorstep.

Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and Chairman of Getty Images, reflects on the last 365 days.

As you look through our 2015 Year in Focus, I’d like you to consider something: The difference between looking and seeing is the power of the image.

Every photograph selected has the ability to connect you to the world in a way that only pictures can. They offer you a glimpse into the lives of your fellow human beings, but they also stop you, confront you and make you think. They make your heart beat faster. They leave space for reflection and contemplation.

From the migrant crisis in Europe to the deadly earthquake in Nepal, race riots in the US to terror attacks in France and Tunisia, our editorial team went to great lengths to capture this year’s decisive moments. We were backstage at the Oscars, in the front row at Paris Fashion Week, at the F1 winners’ podium and on touchline at the Rugby World Cup. Through our archive, we marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and 50 years since Martin Luther King’s address in Montgomery, Alabama.

With imagery widely recognized as the universal language and the driving force behind the most popular websites, platforms and apps, it is more important than ever for our photojournalists to capture events like these and tell the stories that represent our time. These pictures inspire, evoke emotion, drive people to action and expose truth.

But while imagery becomes widespread in our digital world, the work of the photojournalist has only become more challenging. Apart from the technical side of their work as masters of light, colour and composition, our photographers are equally expert at building relationships in tough situations -- tapping into their natural empathy, curiosity and trustworthiness. They are creative people, continuously seeking new ways to draw attention to our planet’s most important news, while at the same time often becoming targets for those who wish to extinguish freedom of the press. At the time of this writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists confirmed 47 journalists killed in 2015 in direct reprisal for their work, with 16 others killed with an unconfirmed motive. Getty Images, together with other great media organizations and the CPJ, maintains our commitment to combating these trends. These atrocities are completely unacceptable.

Our photojournalists are humankind’s storytellers and they are among the most gifted in the world. This book aims to honour them, and, as 2015 saw Getty Images celebrate 20 years as the world’s leading visual media company, also honour their legacy.

At Getty Images we provide coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from all corners of the world, and we are constantly evolving the way we bring those stories to you. From VR-ready 360˚ imagery to partnerships with Facebook Notify and Twitter Moments, our teams continue to innovate new ways to harness the power of the image.

As you spend some time with this book, I hope you will think about the people who make this work possible: the photojournalists, field editors, directors of photography and the countless men and women who work around the clock in numerous functions to ensure these photos touch you.

It’s the difference between looking and seeing.

Some graphic images below.

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    Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, during an attack on the offices of the newspaper which left eleven dead, including two police officers, according to sources close to the investigation.
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    Demonstrators make their way along Boulevrd Voltaire in a unity rally in Paris following the recent terrorist attacks on January 11, 2015 in Paris, France. An estimated one million people are expected to converge in central Paris for the Unity March joining in solidarity with the 17 victims of this week's terrorist attacks in the country. French President Francois Hollande will lead the march and will be joined by world leaders in a sign of unity. The terrorist atrocities started on Wednesday with the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, and ended on Friday with sieges at a printing company in Dammartin en Goele and a Kosher supermarket in Paris with four hostages and three suspects being killed. A fourth suspect, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, escaped and is wanted in connection with the murder of a policewoman. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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    A man walks in sea foam churrned up by high winds at Portstewart in Northern Ireland on January 9, 2015 as high winds and waves batter the north coast of the island. Engineers have been working to reconnect more than 100,000 properties left without power as high winds from an Atlantic storm battered northern Britain, bringing major disruption to the transport network, particularly in Scotland.
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    France's Sebastien Lacroix soars through the air over a message that reads 'Je suis Charlie' in reference to an attack by gunmen in which 12 people were killed at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's editorial office in Paris on January 7, during the individual Gundersen of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, on January 10, 2015 in Chaux-Neuve, eastern France.
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    Girlfriend of Andy Murray, Kim Sears looks on ahead of his men's final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day 14 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    Madonna falls as she performs on stage for the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom
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    Singer-songwriter Sam Smith, winner of Record of the Year and Song of the Year for 'Stay with Me,' Best Pop Vocal Album for 'In the Lonely Hour,' and Best New Artist, poses in the press room during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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    Host Neil Patrick Harris stands unclothed onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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    Actor Eddie Redmayne speaks onstage after winning his award for best Actor in a Leading Role during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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    Actor John Travolta (L) and actress Scarlett Johansson attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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    (L-R) Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, actress/director Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt celebrate during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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    Investigators work on March 26, 2015 near scattered debris while making their way through the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps above the southeastern town of Seyne. The young co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed on March 24, appears to have 'deliberately' crashed the plane into the French Alps after locking his captain out of the cockpit, but is not believed to be part of a terrorist plot, French officials said on March 26, 2015.
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    The crowd watches as stunt pilots Melissa Pemberton, Jurgis Kairys and Skip Stewart of The Immortals fly past pyrotechnics as they perform at The Australian International Airshow on March 1, 2015 in Avalon, Australia. The Australian International Airshow 2015 pays tribute to Anzac and the heroes of military aviation. Also featured is the latest military heavy metal from Australia and overseas including super sonic jet fighters and attack helicopters.
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    Mo Farah of Great Britain is taken care of by medical personal and Mary Wittenberg, the President of the New York Road Runners Club (L) after he collapsed at the finish line after finishing in second place at the 2014 New York City Half Marathon in lower Manhattan on March. 16, 2014 in New York City.
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    View from Frutillar, southern Chile, showing volcanic lightnings and lava spewed from the Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015. Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky near the southern port city of Puerto Montt and triggering a red alert. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava.
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    Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron feeds orphaned lambs on Dean Lane farm near the village of Chadlington on April 5, 2015 in Chadlington, England. Britain goes to the polls for a general election on May 7.
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    Residents forage through rubble of their destroyed homes in search of valuables and belongings on April 29, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, on April 25th, killing more than 8,000 people at the latest count. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital, were destroyed all over the country during the earthquake, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempted to clear debris and find survivors. Thousands of residents living in remote hillside villages were left to fend for themselves, as rescue and relief operations struggle to reach all of the affected.
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    Victims of the earthquake are cremated at Pashupatinah Temple on April 30, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving over 5500 dead and many more trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. Regular aftershocks have hampered recovery missions as locals, officials and aid workers attempt to recover bodies from the rubble.
  • Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images
    Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car in the street near the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, who was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.
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    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls enjoys a traditional Lemon Top ice cream as he joins Labour candidate Anna Turley on the seafront on April 15, 2015 in Redcar, England. The visit intended to show support for the Labour campaign in a key battleground seat ahead of what is predicted to be the closest fought General Election which takes place on May 7.
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    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg holds a fish as he visits Newlyn Harbour accompanied by Harbour Master Rob Parsons at Newlyn Harbour on April 21, 2015 in Cornwall, England. The Liberal Democrat party leader visited the harbour to campaign alongside Liberal Democrat candidate and MP of 18 years Andrew George and meet members of the fishing community. Britain goes to the polls in a general election on May 7.
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    Honoree and Comedian Amy Schumer pretends to trip and fall on the floor in front of honorees Kim Kardashian (2nd-L) and Kanye West (L) as they attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York.
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    Caption: Facebook lights up the London Eye with the nation's general election conversations. Each day from 21:30 on May 1st until May 7th, the London Eye will be transformed into a huge pie chart visualising the daily conversations taking place on Facebook around the main UK political parties on April 29, 2015 in London, England.
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    Director J.J. Abrams and Chewbacca share a Twizzler on Day One of Disney's 2015 Star Wars Celebration held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California.
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    Andy Murray and Kim Sears leave Dunblane Cathedral after their wedding on April 11, 2015 in Dunblane, Scotland.
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    The Arsenal team pose with the trophy after winning the FA Cup final football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley stadium in London on May 30, 2015.
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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn daughter at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34am this morning, weighing 8lbs 3 oz who will be fourth in line to the throne.
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    British Prime Minister David Cameron poses for a photo with the newly elected Conservative Party MPs in Palace Yard on May 11, 2015 in London, England. Prime Minister David Cameron continues to announce his new cabinet with many ministers keeping their old positions.
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    Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Prime Minister, Lord John Prescott climbs into the ring to spar with journalist Michael Crick as he joins Labour candidate Anna Turley on a visit to an Amateur Boxing Club on May 1, 2015 in Redcar, England. The visit marks the start of the final weekend of Labour's campaigning ahead of what is predicted to be the closest General Election in decades on May 7.
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    A fox runs past the front door of 10 Downing Street in central London on May 6, 2015, on the eve of a general election in Britain. Britain's political leaders launched their last day of campaigning Wednesday for the most unpredictable election in living memory which could yield no clear winner and weeks of haggling over the next government.
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    Opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks during a press conference in central London on May 8, 2015 a day after the British general election. Ed Miliband announced his resignation on May 8 as the leader of the Labour Party.
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    John Terry of Chelsea celebrates lifts the trophy alongside team mates after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015 in London, England. Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions.
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    People visit 'La Grotte de glace' (Ice cave) on June 8, 2015 on the 'Mer de Glace' (Sea of Ice) glacier in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, French Alps. At 7km long and 200m deep, the Sea of Ice glacier, which is located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, is France's largest glacier.
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    Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate today's US Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage June 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Today the high court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
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    Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead performs live on the Pyramid stage during the first day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2015 in Glastonbury, England.
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    Fireworks explode above the stadium during the Closing Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games at National Stadium on June 28, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    Pope Francis (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of a private audience at the Vatican, on June 10, 2015.
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    Serena Williams of the United States leaves court with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her victory in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England.
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    Image was taken with a fish-eye lens) Fishermen Chen Xinbao (L) and Zhang Yanhui clean thick enteromorpha on July 8, 2015 in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China. Enteromorpha flourished in June and July near seashore. Cleaning enteromorpha for one hand could reduce sprawl of enteromorpha to the beach and for another thing it could gain subsidy from local government.
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    Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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    People sunbathe at Levante Beach on July 22, 2015 in Benidorm, Spain. Spain has set a new record for visitors, with 29.2 million visitors in June, 4.2% more than the same period in 2014. Spain is also expected to be the main destination of tourists seeking a value-for-money all-inclusive holiday after the Tunisia attack.
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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning the Final Of The Gentlemen's Singles against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2015 in London, England.
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    Giorgos Chatzifotiadis, an elderly man, cries outside a national bank branch in Thessaloniki on 3 July, 2015 as pensioners queue to draw their pensions, up to a limit of 120 euros. Greece is almost evenly split over a crucial weekend referendum that could decide its financial fate, with a 'Yes' result possibly ahead by a whisker, the latest survey Friday showed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government is asking Greece's voters to vote 'No' to a technically phrased question asking if they are willing to accept more tough austerity conditions from international creditors in exchange for bailout funds.
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    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall react as Zephyr (a bald eagle), the mascot of the Army Air Corps flaps his wings at Sandringham Flower Show on July 29, 2015 in King's Lynn, England.
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    FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on as fake dollar notes fly around him, thrown by a British comedian during a press conference at the FIFA world-body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. The 79-year-old Swiss official looked shaken as the notes thrown by Simon Brodkin, stagename Lee Nelson, fluttered around him in a conference hall at the FIFA headquarters. Brodkin was taken away in a Swiss police car after the stunt.
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    People crowd to look sea waves at Shitang Town on July 10, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. News from Zhejiang Meteorologic Bureau that typhoon Chan-hom would land in Zhejiang Province Friday night and local government had started first emergency response to typhoon.
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    Migrants from Pakistan land on shore after completing a journey in a small dinghy crossing a three mile stretch of the Aegean Sea from Turkey August 31, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II.
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    Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates after crossing the finish line to win gold in the Men's 5000 metres final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China.
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    A man holds his crying child close to him as migrants force their way through police lines at Tovarnik station for a train to take them to Zagreb on September 17, 2015 in Tovarnik, Croatia. Migrants are crossing into Croatia from Serbia two days after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia, the majority of them want to reach Germany, amid divisions within the European Union over how to manage the ongoing crisis.
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    Migrants desperately try and board a train heading for Zagreb from Tovarnik station on September 20, 2015 in Tovarnik,Croatia. Croatia continues to send buses and trains north to its border with Hungary, as officials have estimated the around 20,000 migrants have entered since Wednesday.
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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reacts during a parliament session in Athens on July 15, 2015.
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    A Syrian man carries a wounded baby following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015. More than 240,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, and half of the country's population has been displaced by the war.
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    British Prime Minister David Cameron meets Syrian refugee families at a tented settlement camp on September 14, 2015 in the Bekaa Valley, on the Syrian border with Lebanon. Mr Cameron is in the region to see conditons and meet those who have fled their homes in Syria.
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    Pope Francis (L) is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama as he greets and other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope.
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    Jeremy Corbyn is announced as the new leader of the Labour Party at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre on September 12, 2015 in London, England. Mr Corbyn was announced as the new Labour leader today following three months of campaigning against fellow candidates ministers Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham and shadow minister Liz Kendall. The leadership contest comes after Ed Miliband's resignation following the general election defeat in May.
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    GRAPHIC IMAGE: A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body (Aylan Shenu) off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on September 2, as Greek ministers held talks on the crisis, with Europe struggling to cope with the huge influx fleeing war and repression in the Middle East and Africa.
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    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 28: Two images show the moon appearing as a 'supermoon' at midnight (L) and a red-tinged 'blood moon' as an optical effect of a total lunar eclipse visible at 3.45am (R) on September 28, 2015 in Glastonbury, England. Tonight's supermoon - so called because it is the closest full moon to the Earth this year - is particularly rare as it coincides with a lunar eclipse, a combination that has not happened since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033.
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    The lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 27, 2015.
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    'La Sagrada Familia' stands over residential buildings on October 26, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. 'La Sagrada Familia' Foundation announced on October 21 that the temple has entered final construction phase. The first stone was laid on March 19, 1882 following the Neo-gothic design drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the first architect of the 'Sagrada Familia'. Antoni Gaudi took over the design of the Sagrada Familia in 1883 until his death on June 10, 1926 due to a traffic accident. The main projects being undertaken over the coming years are the construction of the west sacristy, the central towers and the Tower of Jesus which will eventually be crowned with a cross 170 metres above the ground level. According to 'La Sagrada Familia' Foundation, the temple could be finished in the first third of the 21st century. More than 3 million people visit the temple each year.
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    Actress Angelina Jolie is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1844 Room on October 10, 2014 at Buckingham Palace, London. Jolie is receiving an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.
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    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon takes a selfie on stage following her keynote speech at the 81st annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on October 17, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland. During her address to delegates, Nicola Sturgeon announced a pledge to build a new network of NHS treatment centres and more financial support for carers if the SNP wins next year's Holyrood elections.
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    Migrants are escorted through fields by police as they are walked from the village of Rigonce to Brezice refugee camp on October 23, 2015 in Rigonce,, Slovenia. Thousands of migrants marched across the border between Croatia into Slovenia as authorities intensify their efforts to attempt to cope with Europe's largest migration of people since World War II.
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    Richie McCaw of the New Zealand All Blacks lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
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    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gets out money to pay for drinks as China's President Xi Jinping drinks a pint of beer during a visit to the The Plough pub on October 22, 2015 in Princes Risborough, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005.
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    Chewbacca and Harrison Ford are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on October 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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    The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights illuminate the night sky on November 12, 2015 near the town of Kirkenes in northern Norway.
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    Debris belonging to the A321 Russian airliner are seen at the site of the crash in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on November 1, 2015. International investigators began probing why a Russian airliner carrying 224 people crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing everyone on board, as rescue workers widened their search for missing victims.
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    Spectators use smartphones to photograph an effigy depicting Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron as it is paraded through the streets of Lewes in Sussex, southern England on November 5, 2015, during the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations. Bonfire Night is related to the ancient festival of Samhain, the Celtic New Year. Processions held across the South of England culminate in Lewes on November 5, commemorating the memory of the seventeen Protestant martyrs. Thousands of people attend the parade through the narrow streets until the evening comes to an end with the burning of an effigy, or 'guy,' usually representing Guy Fawkes, who died in 1605 after an unsuccessful attempt to blow up The Houses of Parliament.
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    President of the Bird Protection league (LPO) Allain Bougrain-Dubourg (L) is evacuated by an inhabitant after clashing with the owner (R) of a plot where bird traps were found during an action against finch poaching, on November 9, 2015 in Audon, south western France.
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    Tyson Fury in action with Wladimir Klitschko during their IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany.
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    Unidentified aircraft goes down in Kizildag region of Turkey's Hatay province, close to the Syrian border, on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft, which went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak, belongs to.
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    Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates with his team after winning his singles match against David Goffin of Belgium and clinching the Davis Cup on day three of the Davis Cup Final 2015 at Flanders Expo on November 29, 2015 in Ghent, Belgium.
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    The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in Red, White and Blue in honour of the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks on November 16, 2015 in Paris, France. Countries across Europe joined France today to observe a one minute-silence in an expression of solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks, which left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.
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    (L-R) Holly Holm lands a left-high kick against Ronda Rousey in the second round of their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    In this undated handout photo provided by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge plays with a teddy as she is seen at Anmer Hall earlier this month taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Sandringham, England. (Photo by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
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    The Empire State building is lit with red lights in honor of World Aids Day on November 30, 2015 in New York City. The annual event is observed December 1.
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    Brooklyn Beckham of Great Britain and Ireland comes on as a substitute for his father, David Beckham during the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF between Great Britain & Ireland and Rest of the World at Old Trafford on November 14, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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    The place de la Republique is covered with shoes as part of symbolic rally organized by the NGO Avaaz during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in Paris, France. The demonstration was banned after the Paris terror attacks on Friday, November 13th. Nevertheless, thousands of people gathered to protest against global warming ahead of COP21conference and an estimated 200 people were arrested after fighting with police.
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    The Spire on O'Connell Street was transformed into one of the World's largest lightsaber models standing at 398 feet on December 16, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. It was constructed ahead of the release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens and the lightsaber will remain lit for two weeks over Christmas to promote the film.
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    Darth Vader and Stormtroppers attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England.
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    South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives to the Pretoria High court for a bail hearing on December 8, 2015. Pistorius appeared in court for a bail hearing that could put him back in prison after he was convicted of his girlfriend's murder on appeal. South African appeal judges last week found him guilty of murder and overturned his earlier conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
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    The cast and crew speak onstage during the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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    Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes visits a memorial that pays homage to the victims of the terrorist attacks at Le Bataclan on December 8, 2015 in Paris, France. The Eagles of Death Metal band returned to the Bataclan concert hall for the first time since the deadly terrorist attacks on November 13th where 130 people lost their lives and many more were injured.
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    A view of the Muradiye Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, in Van, Turkey on December 15, 2015.
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    A lenticular cloud forming as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky, in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the town of Gevgelija on December 2, 2015. Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history due to the their smooth, round or oval lens-shaped structure.
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    Polar bear 'Nanuq' shakes the water off his coat at the zoo in Hanover, central Germany, on December 3, 2015.
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    Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) as part of the 'Dubai International Balloon Fiesta' event on December 9, 2015.
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    Star Wars fans raise their lightsabers during Lightsaber Battle LA in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, California on December 18, 2015. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' smashed the opening night record in the United States and Canada positioning itself to become one of the biggest grossing movies ever, industry experts said.
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    Britain's astronaut Tim Peake gestures to his child from a bus after his space suit was tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, prior to blasting off to the International Space Station (ISS), on December 15, 2015. Russia's Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 46/47 crew of Britain's astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra is scheduled to blast off to the ISS on December 15, 2015.
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    (ESA), Expedition 46-47 crewmembers ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko launch into space from Baikonur cosmodrome on December 15, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Soyuz TMA-19M is carrying crew members Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA, and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) to the International Space Station for a six-month mission, as part of Expedition 46.
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    A woman cleans the inside window of her wine bar, as the floodwaters rise from the rivers Foss and Ouse, after they burst their banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs.
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    Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley pose for pictures as they leave St. Paul's Church after their wedding on December 20, 2015 in London, England.
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    A photographer prepares to take pictures of the annual Geminid meteor shower on the Elva Hill, in Maira Valley, near Cuneo, northern Italy on December 12, 2015.
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    Flames rise after the war crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on two hospital in the Azaz town of Aleppo, Syria on December 25, 2015.
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    Members of Cleveland Mountain Rescue and soldiers from 2 Battalion The Duke of Lancasters Regiment assist members of the public as they are evacuated from the Queens Hotel in York city centre as the River Ouse floods on December 27, 2015 in York, England. Heavy rain over the Christmas period has caused severe flooding in parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as water levels continue to rise in many parts.
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    Macaque monkeys bathe in a hot spring at the Jigokudani Yaen-koen wild Macaque monkey park on December 27, 2015 in Yamanouchi, Japan. The wild Japanese macaques are known as snow monkeys, according to the park's official website.
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    Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack.
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    A heat-stressed koala waits as a resident pours water on its back on December 19, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide is experiencing an extreme heatwave, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees for five consecutive days. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
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    A F18 Super Hornet creates a vapor cone as it flies at a transonic speed while doing a flyby of the USS Eisenhower off the coast of Virginia, December 10, 2015 in the Atlantic Ocean. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the carrier with India's Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar to demonstrate US Navy aircraft carrier flight operations.
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    US comedian Bill Cosby arrives December 30, 2015 to the Court House in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania to face charges of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby was arraigned over an incident that took place in 2004 -- the first criminal charge filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse.

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