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AFP - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 (126)

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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Glasgow Celtic at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on November 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Zimbabwean soldier sitting in tank gestures as people greet and celebrate after the resignation of President Mugabe in Harare on November 21, 2017. Zimbabwe army chief General Constantino Chiwenga called on November 21, 2017 for "maximum restraint" and law and order to be upheld after Robert Mugabe's resignation sparked wild celebrations and plunged the country into uncertainty. Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- People remove, from the wall at the International Conference centre, where parliament had their sitting, the portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after his resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on November 21, 2017 swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly which had convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe's resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on November 21, 2017 swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly which had convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A man looks at a television set broadcasting a state address by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe in Mbare, Harare on November 19, 2017. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in a much-expected TV address, stressed he was still in power after his authoritarian 37-year reign was rocked by a military takeover. Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week. But Mugabe delivered his speech alongside the uniformed generals who were behind the military intervention. In his address, Mugabe made no reference to the clamour for him to resign. / AFP PHOTO / ZINYANGE AUNTONY
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Young women walk past an armoured personnel carrier that stations by an intersection as Zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in Harare on November 15, 2017. Zimbabwe's military appeared to be in control of the country on November 15 as generals denied staging a coup but used state television to vow to target "criminals" close to Zimbabwe's President. / AFP PHOTO / -
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- An Iranian man rests as he lies atop salvaged mattresses and items outside damaged buildings in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 14, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds killed and thousands homeless two days before. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Emirati visitors look at exhibits during the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 11, 2017 on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- People hold Catalan pro-independence Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona on November 11, 2017 calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. Lawmakers opted to split from Spain, claiming they had a mandate after a referendum on October 1 in which 90 percent of voters backed secession. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A migrant tries to board a boat of the German NGO Sea-Watch in the Mediterranean Sea on November 6, 2017. During a shipwreck, five people died, including a newborn child. According to the German NGO Sea-Watch, which has saved 58 migrants, the violent behavior of the Libyan coast guard caused the death of five persons. / AFP PHOTO / Alessio Paduano
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A man believed to be Carles Puigdemont gestures inside the public prosecutor's office in Brussels, on November 5, 2017. Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers turned themselves in to Belgian police today after Spain issued a warrant for their arrest. The five, who face accusations of rebellion and sedition in Spain, were due to appear later Sunday before a judge who will decide within 24 hours whether to detain or release them. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / Belgium OUT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A crowd releases lanterns into the air as they celebrate the Yee Peng festival, also known as the festival of lights, in Chiang Mai on November 3, 2017. This event is part of the festival of lights in Northern Thailand to show respect to Buddha. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Supporters of National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga react after the result of re-elections as the incumbent President declared his victory in Kisumu, on October 30, 2017. Kenyan incumbent President was declared victor of the country's deeply divisive elections on October 30, taking 98 percent of the ballots cast in a poll boycotted by his rival, sparking fears of further violence in flashpoint opposition strongholds. / AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017. A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A woman on a bike gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with US President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Course October 28, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A protester brandishing a machete and a knife prepares to take cover from incoming tear gas canisters during clashes with police forces in Kibera, Nairobi, on October 26, 2017. Kenyans trickled into polling stations today for a repeat election that has polarised the nation, amid sporadic clashes as supporters of opposition leader ignored his call to stay away and tried to block voting. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is seen at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017. With her mother too undernourished to breastfeed her and her father unable to afford milk and supplements, the one-month-old Sahar, with protruding ribs under translucent skin and weighing less than two kilogrammes (just over 4 pounds), breathed her last on October 21. Only a trickle of humanitarian aid ever reaches the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, under a tight blockade by regime forces since 2013. / AFP PHOTO / Amer ALMOHIBANY
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A woman cries as she looks at her house in Raqa on October 20, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled the Islamic State group from the northern Syrian city. For three years, Raqa saw some of IS's worst abuses and grew into one of its main governance hubs, a centre for both its potent propaganda machine and its unprecedented experiment in jihadist statehood. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017. US-backed forces said they had taken full control of Raqa from the Islamic State group, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Somali man reacts next to a dead body on the site where a car bomb exploded at the center of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017. More than 20 people were killed when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on October 14, a police official said. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Syrian woman looks back as civilians gather on the western front after fleeing the centre of Raqa on October 12, 2017. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Syrian fighters backed by US special forces, are battling to clear the last remaining jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqa. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Fire damage is seen from the air in the Coffey Park neighborhood October 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless. / AFP PHOTO / Elijah Nouvelage
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Supporters of an independence for Catalonia listen to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's speech broadcasted on a television screen at the Arc de Triomf (Triumphal Arch) in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday he accepted the "mandate of the people" for the region to become "an independent republic," but proposed suspending its immediate implementation to allow for dialogue. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Boats sail during the 49th Barcolana regatta in the Gulf of Trieste on October 8, 2017. With some 2072 vessels, The Barcolana has the most particpants of any sailing regatta in the world. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Protester comedian Simon Brodkin (R) gives a piece of paper written as a mock P45 (employee leaving form) to Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) as she was delivering her speech on the final day of the Conservative Party annual conference at the Manchester Central Convention Centre in Manchester, northwest England, on October 4, 2017. The protester interrupted the leader's speech to hand her a paper and then was escorted out of the auditorium. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Solar panel debris is seen scattered in a solar panel field in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. President Donald Trump strenuously defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over "things that are not going well," two weeks after devastating Hurricane Maria left much of the island without electricity, fresh water or sufficient food. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) runs to take cover from sniper shots near the central hospital of Raqa on October 1, 2017. Syrian fighters backed by US special forces are battling to clear the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqa. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party 'Platform for Catalonia' (PXC) in front of the Spanish National Police headquarters in Barcelona, on September 30, 2017. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before a banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30, 2017. More than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar's coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported September 30. They follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing". / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh in the last month, fleeing a vicious Myanmar military crackdown on Rohingya rebels that has gutted villages across northern Rakhine state. Scores have drowned while trying to cross waters separating the two countries, while those who survive face new dangers as they cram into squalid refugee settlements where food and clean water are in short supply. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / -- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. On September 28, at least 10 children and four women were killed when a boat carrying Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh, as the number of new arrivals topped 500,000. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Kadri Gursel kisses his wife after his release from Silivri prison on September 26, 2017 in Istanbul, following a Turkish court order to free the columnist and editorial director of Turkey's opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. An Istanbul court on Monday ordered the release of the leading journalist in the controversial trial of staff from the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper, but ruled that four other detained suspects must stay in jail. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria. Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Top models (from left) Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen pose at the end of the show for fashion house Versace during the Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Spectators listen to a television news brodcast of a statment by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before a public television screen outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on September 22, 2017. US President Donald Trump is "mentally deranged" and will "pay dearly" for his threat to destroy North Korea, Kim Jong-Un said on September 22, as his foreign minister hinted the regime may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A picture shows rocks swept by strong waves onto a road in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017. Martinique suffered power outages but avoided major damage. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAU
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A man is pulled out of the rubble alive following a quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers desperately remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A devastating quake in Mexico on Tuesday killed more than 100 people, according to official tallies, with a preliminary 30 deaths recorded in the capital where rescue efforts were still going on. / AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- The car of Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (R) is seen after a crash as Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) leads during the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. Kim vowed to complete North Korea's nuclear force despite sanctions, saying the final goal of his country's weapons development is "equilibrium of real force" with the United States, state media reported on September 16. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. / - AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Palestinian children do their homeworks during a power cut in an impoverished area in Gaza City, on September 11, 2017. Residents of Gaza, home to 1.8 million people, have been experiencing for the past two weeks long hours of electricity outage. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Soldiers stand guard a few metres away from the Sensacion hotel which collapsed with the powerful earthquake that struck Mexico overnight, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, on September 8, 2017. Mexico's most powerful earthquake in a century killed at least 35 people, officials said Friday, after it struck the Pacific coast, wrecking homes and sending families fleeing into the streets. / AFP PHOTO / VICTORIA RAZO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows the Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during the passage of Hurricane Irma. France, the Netherlands and Britain on September 7 sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, where eight of the 10 confirmed deaths took place. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAU
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Rohingya refugee girl looks next to newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya on September 6, 2017. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh. Most are Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority that the government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar largely does not recognise as citizens. / AFP PHOTO / K M ASAD
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A North Korean soldier stands on the bank of the Yalu river near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, in China's northeast Liaoning province on September 4, 2017. The five-nation BRICS grouping meeting in China said on September 4 it "strongly deplores" North Korea's latest nuclear test, adding to global condemnation of Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Lights of ultra-trailers competing illuminate the way on September 1, 2017 in Les Contamines Montjoie, during the 15th edition of the Mount Blanc Ultra Trail (UTMB), a 170 km race around the Mont Blanc crossing France, Italy and Switzerland. The 15th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) is a mountain ultramarathon with numerous passages in high altitude (2500m) and in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow). It takes place once a year in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- People make their way onto an I-610 overpass after being rescued from flooded homes during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation after the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas B. Shea
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A lies abandoned after heavy damage when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas on August 26, 2017. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast late Friday, unleashing torrents of rain and packing powerful winds, the first major storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Monaco's freediver Pierre Frolla wearing a prototype of an ''Oceanwings' wetsuit glides through the water on August 13, 2017 in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Monaco. This wetsuit manufactured by Aqualung, a diving equipment manufacturing company, allows divers to 'fly' through the water. / AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Men take part in a rehearsal of a mass traditional Saman dance performance in the Gayo Lues highland district in Aceh on Indonesia's Sumatra island on August 12, 2017. Some 10,000 men participated in the Saman dance, or "dance of a thousands hands", part of preparations for a ceremony by the ethnic Gayo people. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A woman is received first-aid after a car accident ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. A picturesque Virginia city braced Saturday for a flood of white nationalist demonstrators as well as counter-protesters, declaring a local emergency as law enforcement attempted to quell early violent clashes. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- The mother of a man shot in the head allegedly by Kenyan police uses a blanket to cover her son's body in an alley of Mathare slum in Nairobi, on August 9, 2017, as unrest broke out a day after general elections. Kenyan police shot dead two protesters in the capital's flashpoint Mathare slum on August 9, as unrest broke out after opposition accusations that the general election was rigged, a senior officer told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- The mother of a man allegedly shot in the head by a Kenya Administration Police officer in Nairobi, on August 09, 2017 reacts in desperation in an alley of the Mathare slum, a day after general elections. Kenyan police shot dead two protesters in the capital's flashpoint Mathare slum on August 9, as unrest broke out after opposition accusations that the general election was rigged, a senior officer told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A propaganda poster is displayed during a rally in support of North Korea's stance against the US, on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang on August 9, 2017. US President Donald Trump said the United States' nuclear arsenal was "more powerful than ever" in a fresh warning to North Korea over its repeated missile tests. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US athlete Justin Gatlin kneels in front of Jamaica's Usain Bolt after Gatlin won the final of the men's 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANTONIN THUILLIER
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Students clean the steps in front of the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il at Mansu hill as the country marks 'Victory Day' in Pyongyang on July 27, 2017. July 27, which is the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, is a public holiday in the nuclear-armed North and celebrated as Victory Day. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- People enjoy the beach as they look at a forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, on July 25, 2017. Firefighters battle blazes that have consumed swathes of land in southeastern France for a second day, with one inferno out of control near the chic resort of Saint-Tropez, emergency services say. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- In this photo taken on July 29, 2017, people walk up stairs before a propaganda poster showing Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers at a museum in Sinchon, south of Pyongyang. North Korea said July 30 its latest ICBM test was a "warning" targeting the US for its efforts to slap new sanctions on Pyongyang and threatened a counter-strike if provoked militarily by Washington. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Great Britain's Christopher Froome (C), wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides past the Arc de Triomphe during the 103 km twenty-first and last stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 23, 2017 between Montgeron and Paris Champs-Elysees. / AFP PHOTO / Jeff PACHOUD
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Riot police arrest an opposition activists during clashes following a march towards the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in an offensive against President Maduro and his call for Constituent Assembly in Caracas on July 22, 2017. The Legislative power, controlled by the opposition, appointed Friday a parallel supreme court in a public session claiming the TSJ judges had been illegally appointed by the parliament's former pro-government majority. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Italy's Eugenio Amos and his co-driver Sebastien Delaunay of France ride over sand dunes while competing during the Stage 12 of the Silk Way 2017 between Jiayuguan and Alxa Youqi, China on July 20, 2017. Toyota's French driver Christian Lavieille and co-driver Jean Pierre Garcin compete won the stage. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- An air tanker drops fire retardant on flames as firefighters continue to battle against the Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California on July 19, 2017. The Detwiler fire is currently at 7 percent containment and has burned more than 45,000 acres and destroyed eight structures. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- This picture taken with an underwater camera shows Italy's Linda Cerruti and Italy's Costanza Ferro competing in the Women Duet technical final during the synchronised swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fran?ois-Xavier MARIT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Iraq will announce imminently a final victory in the nearly nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, a US general said Saturday, as celebrations broke out among police forces in the city. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 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. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A man on his bike looks at a masked protester throwning a stone at riot police using water cannon on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Protesters clashed with police and torched patrol cars in fresh violence ahead of the G20 summit, police said. German police and protestors had clashed already the day before at an anti-G20 march, with police using water cannon and tear gas to clear a hardcore of masked anti-capitalist demonstrators, AFP reporters said. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- An Iraqi woman, carrying an infant, walks by the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque as she flees from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A picture taken on July 4, 2017 shows a replica of the Eiffel Tower as part of the set for the Chanel 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection at the Grand Palais in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli, on June 27, 2017. More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy's coastguard said on June 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Taha JAWASHI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Devotees wear costumes made of banana leaves as they head to church to attend mass as part of a religious festival, in honor of St. John the Baptist, also known locally as the "mud people" festival, in Aliaga town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila, on June 24, 2017. Farmers coated in mud paraded in Philippine villages on June 24 to mark one of the Catholic nation's most colourful religious festivals. / AFP PHOTO / Noel CELIS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Iraqis flee from the Old City of Mosul on June 20, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad al-Rubaye
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A road meanders amongst burnt forest areas affected by a wildfire in Vale do Cambra, some 30 km to Pedrograo Grande, on June 20, 2017. The huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killed at least 64 people and injured 135 more, with many trapped in their cars by the flames. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A policeman stands by a dead body of a victim of a wildfire in Pedrogao, on June 18, 2017. A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 57 people and injured 59 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Illegal immigrants are seen at a detention centre in Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on June 17, 2017. The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said. / AFP PHOTO / Taha JAWASHI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Police man a security cordon as a huge fire engulfs the Grenfell Tower early June 14, 2017 in west London. The massive fire ripped through the 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, trapping residents inside as 200 firefighters battled the blaze. Police and fire services attempted to evacuate the concrete block and said "a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries", including at least two for smoke inhalation. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Ousted FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Fired FBI director James Comey took the stand Thursday in a crucial Senate hearing, repeating explosive allegations that President Donald Trump badgered him over the highly sensitive investigation Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- An opposition activist hides behind a shield during clashes with riot police in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 7, 2017. The head of the Venezuelan military, General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, who is also President Nicolas Maduro's defence minister, is warning his troops not to commit "atrocities" against protesters demonstrating in the country's deadly political crisis. Tuesday's warning came after more than two months of violent clashes between protesters and security forces. The opposition and a press rights group say security forces have run over, attacked and robbed protesters and journalists. / AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Venezuelan opposition activists attempt to defilade behind a wall from a National Guard riot policeman shooting rubber bullets at them during clashes in Caracas on May 31, 2017. Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday began signing up candidates for a planned constitutional reform body, a move that has inflamed deadly unrest stemming from anti-government protests. Opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro say he aims to keep himself in power by stacking the planned "constituent assembly" with his allies. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- This picture taken on May 29, 2017 shows a man in an excavator digging in the debris of partially demolished houses at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Sertar county in southwest China's Sichuan province. Thousands of monks, nuns and laypeople -- including many Han Chinese devotees -- crowd this remote valley in Sichuan province to study at Larung Gar, the world's largest and most important institution for Tibetan Buddhist learning. But authorities have ordered the mass expulsion of devotees back to their place of origin, warning that the area is dangerously overcrowded. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France, on May 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Yann COATSALIOU
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Opposition activists clash with riot police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 20, 2017. Venezuelan protesters and supporters of embattled President Nicolas Maduro take to the streets Saturday as a deadly political crisis plays out in a divided country on the verge of paralysis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A man watches the race at Ace Speedway in Alamance County on May 19, 2017 in Altamahaw, North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on May 19, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Okja' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIER
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Venezuelan opposition activist receives assistance during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on May 18, 2017. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. On Monday Venezuelans launched a seventh week of anti-government demonstrations by blocking roads, vowing not to budge all day in protest at a deadly political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A recently painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- French president-elect Emmanuel Macron arrives to deliver a speech at the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017, 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, initial estimates showed. / AFP PHOTO / Philippe LOPEZ
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A demonstrator catches fire during clashes with riot police within a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017. Venezuela's angry opposition rallied Wednesday vowing huge street protests against President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution and accusing him of dodging elections to cling to power despite deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 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 on May 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Zakaria ABDELKAFI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Relatives mourn the death of a family member due to the cholera crisis at the temporary hospital in Mingkaman, a camp for the Internally displaced people (IDPs) on April 26, 2017, in the Eastern Lakes States. Many of the displaced people have crosssed the Nile to reach the Mingkaman camp from neighbouring states. / AFP PHOTO / Fabio BUCCIARELLI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose for the photograph, on April 22, 2017, in Le Touquet, northern France, on the eve of the first round of presidential election. France is on edge on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will happen under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Two suspected men sit restrained in a Humvee, awaiting to be interogated on the front line in west Mosul on 21 April, 2017, during the Iraqi forcecs' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers watch a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ED JONES
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A relocated rhino charges a Nepalese forestry and technical team after being released as part of a relocation project in Shuklaphanta National Park, some 510 kms from Kathmandu on April 4, 2017. Conservationists on April 3 captured a rare one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal as part of an attempt to increase the number of the vulnerable animals, which are prized by wildlife poachers. Five rhinos -- one male and four female -- will be released into a national park in Nepal's far west over the coming week in the hope of establishing a new breeding group. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A picture taken on April 3, 2017, shows a man walking amidst wrecked vehicles, some had been previously used as barricades, piled in a junkyard in Western Mosul. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable with women small business owners at the White House in Washington, DC, March 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US President Donald Trump sits in the drivers seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House in Washington, DC, March 23, 2017, to discuss healthcare. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- This photo taken on March 7, 2017, shows the dead body of Valien Mendoza, a suspected drug dealer, gunned down by unidentified assailants in Manila. The Philippines asked the press on March 22 to "tone down" reportage of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war, with his tourism minister acknowledging headlines about alleged extrajudicial killings were keeping away foreign visitors. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Iraqi children sit amidst the rubble of a street in Mosul's Nablus neighbourhood infront of a billboard bearing the logo of the Islamic State (IS) group on March 12, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from IS fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Humvee passes over the body of a jihadist in west Mosul on March 10, 2017 as Iraqi forces advance in the city in the ongoing battle to seize it from the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Mohammed Mohiedin Anis, or Abu Omar, 70, smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom listening to music on his vinyl player, gramophone, in Aleppo's formerly rebel-held al-Shaar neighbourhood. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- An Iraqi woman lies on the ground as civilians flee Mosul while Iraqi forces advance inside the city during fighting against Islamic State group's fighters on March 8, 2017. Supported by US-led air strikes, the forces have made steady progress in their battle to seize Iraq's second city from the Islamic State group, announcing the recapture of two more areas. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are believed to still be trapped under jihadist rule in the Old City, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in his only public appearance in July 2014. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Syrian man drives a home-made toy car in the rebel-held town of Beit Naim, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A Syrian man waters herbs on the roof of his damaged building in the Syrian rebel-held town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway takes a photo as US President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges talk before a group photo in the Oval Office of the White House before a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A young Syrian man carries a wounded child following reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 25, 2017. Syrian regime forces carried out raids on several areas in the country, targeting mainly the besieged town of Douma, causing the deaths of at least 13 civilians, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The raids continued despite the United Nations confirmation a few days earlier that Moscow formally asked its ally Damascus to stop launching strikes during the Geneva negotiations, which began earlier in the week. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-Doumy
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- In this picture taken on February 18, 2017, worshippers wait for the priest to throw the sacred batons during the annual Naked Man Festival or 'Hadaka Matsuri' at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, western Japan. With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival. / AFP PHOTO / Behrouz MEHRI
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) return to the sea after laying their eggs in the sand at Rushikulya Beach, some 140 kilometres (88 miles) south-west of Bhubaneswar, early February 16, 2017. Thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles started to come ashore in the last few days from the Bay of Bengal to lay their eggs on the beach, which is one of the three mass nesting sites in the Indian coastal state of Orissa. / AFP PHOTO / ASIT KUMAR
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- This picture taken on February 16, 2017 in Fangshan village in China's coastal province Fujians, shows Zheng Yinquan performing the 'eating flowers' ritual. Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits -- by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A section of the US/Mexico border fence is seen at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora state, on February 15, 2017 in northwestern Mexico. Attention Editors: this image is part of an ongoing AFP photo project documenting the life on the two sides of the US/Mexico border simultaneously by two photographers traveling for ten days from California to Texas on the US side and from Baja California to Tamaulipas on the Mexican side between February 13 and 22, 2017. You can find all the images with the keyword : BORDERPROJECT2017 on our wire and on www.afpforum.com / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO ARIAS
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- In a photo taken on February 15, 2017 swimmers perform in a synchronized swimming gala event in Pyongyang. The gala was part of a series of events being held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES
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-- 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 / STR
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- This aerial picture taken on February 10, 2017 shows a woman cleaning the village square after firecracker were set off as part of the "beat the Buddha" celebration in Yuxi village. Villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping Buddha: they beat a rock statue of the diety to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest. The religious ceremony held Friday in Yuxi village is one of many in the run-up to the traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on February 11 this year. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Palestinians run for cover as smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017. Israel struck a number of Hamas positions in Gaza after a "projectile" fired from the Palestinian enclave crashed in a border area, the Israeli army said. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Tents set up for the participants in the Campus Party Brazil, a technological event that reaches its tenth edition, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 1, 2017. Eight thousands pre-registrated internet users participate in a week-long annual event to share ideas, experiences and other activities related to computers, communications and new technology. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen to sign an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- US President-elect Donald Trump boards the elevator after escorting Martin Luther King III to the lobby after meetings at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- A member of the Iraqi special forces' Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) holds a sword while guarding a position at Mosul's university on January 15, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Iraqi forces on January 14 retook Mosul's university from the Islamic State jihadist group, the latest key advance in efforts to recapture the eastern side of the city, officers said. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- New York US surfer Balaram Stack wipes out during the 2017 Backdoor Shootout surfing contest at Pipeline on the North shore of Oahu in Hawai on January 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / brian bielmann
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- Migrants stand in line for food distributed by volunteers outside of derelict warehouses which they use as a makeshift shelter in Belgrade on January 11, 2017, as temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius overnight. According to the latest figures, around 7000 migrants are stranded in Serbia. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2017 -- People watch as competitors pass by during the 2017 Dakar Rally Stage 1 between Asuncion and Resistencia, in Argentina, on January 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
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