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Striking news photos from around the world in 2020


A selection of some of the best photographs taken by news agency photographers around the world this year.

image copyrightTracey Nearmy / Reuters
image captionA volunteer attends to the burnt paw of a brushtail possum in Merimbula, Australia. From July 2019 to March 2020, bushfires swept across 24 million hectares of the country, killing and injuring people and destroying homes - and killing or displacing nearly three billion animals.
image copyrightBrendan McDermid / Reuters
image captionHarvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court, in January, to face charges of rape and sexual assault. Once one of Hollywood's most powerful figures, the film producer was convicted and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
image copyrightYara Nardi / Reuters
image captionMembers of the Italian Alpine Rescue Service climb a frozen waterfall in Malga Ciapela, Italy, in February.
image copyrightChina Daily via Reuters
image captionMedical workers attend to Covid-19 patients at an intensive care unit in Wuhan, China, in February. The virus, thought to have originated at an animal market in the city, subsequently led to a pandemic that rocked the world.
image copyrightStephanie Lecocq / EPA-EFE
image captionIn Brussels, an intensive care nurse takes a break amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
image copyrightWilly Kurniawan / Reuters
image captionA coffin is brought into a cemetery complex for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia. In late April, Johns Hopkins University reported that the global death toll had passed 200,000 people.
image copyrightAl Bello / Getty Images
image captionA mother and daughter embrace through a plastic sheet, intended to protect them from Covid-19, in Wantagh, New York. Countries around the world introduced lockdowns and social-distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the disease.
image copyrightFredrik Lerneryd / Getty Images
image captionA man chases a swarm of desert locusts in Samburu County, Kenya, in May. Billions of the insects destroyed crops across East Africa, after higher than average rainfall resulted in favourable breeding conditions.
image copyrightJoe Raedle / Getty Images
image captionA man kneels in front of a memorial and mural for George Floyd in Houston, Texas. Mr Floyd died in May, in Minneapolis, when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, sparking nationwide protests.
image copyrightDamir Sagolj / Getty Images
image captionA competitor dives from Stari Most, also known as Old Bridge, during the 454th traditional diving competition in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
image copyrightBrandon Bell / Getty Images
image captionMen approach law enforcement with their hands up, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protests erupted in August after police shot a black man, Jacob Blake, multiple times while responding to what they said was a domestic incident.
image copyrightMohamed Azakir / Reuters
image captionA member of the Lebanese army walks past the remains of a grain silo following a deadly blast in Beirut's port area. A warehouse containing nearly 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was blamed for the explosion that killed more than 200 people and injured about 5,000 others on 4 August.
image copyrightVasily Fedosenko / Reuters
image captionA woman embraces a member of the Belarusian interior forces during a demonstration in Minsk. Mass protests were triggered by a disputed presidential election on 9 August that saw long-time authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko re-elected despite widespread allegations of vote-rigging.
image copyrightPhilip Pacheco / Getty Images
image captionIn September, wildfire smoke blanketed San Francisco in an orange glow. Fires have burned millions of acres in the state of California this year, killing at least eight people.
image copyrightTom Brenner / Reuters
image captionUS President Donald Trump speaks during a presidential election campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida. A month before millions of Americans went to the polls, Mr Trump revealed that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus.
image copyrightFayaz Aziz / Reuters
image captionStudents in Peshawar, Pakistan, have their temperatures checked before entering a class, after the government allowed the reopening of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
image copyrightByron Smith / Getty Images
image captionFire rages at the Moria camp, on the island of Lesbos. The blaze destroyed Greece's largest migrant camp, leaving thousands of people without shelter.
image copyrightKim Hong-Ji / Reuters
image captionA woman takes a selfie in a pink muhly grass field in Hanam, South Korea, in October.
image copyrightJim Bourg / Reuters
image captionUS presidential nominee Joe Biden reacts at a rally in Wilmington, Delaware, after news media announced his triumph in the 2020 presidential election. The Democrat won November's contest with 306 electoral college votes to Republican Donald Trump's 232.
image copyrightEva Plevier / Reuters
image captionA metro train in the city of Spijkenisse, in the Netherlands, rests precariously on an art installation of a whale after crashing through a barrier at the end of the tracks. The sculpture stopped the train from plummeting 10m (32ft) into water below, and the driver walked away uninjured.
image copyrightEloisa Lopez / Reuters
image captionA man takes a break from cleaning his house after flooding caused by Typhoon Vamco, in San Mateo, Philippines. November's typhoon was the 21st storm to hit the country this year and left dozens dead.
image copyrightToya Sarno Jordan / Reuters
image captionA demonstrator paints the helmet visor of a riot police officer in Mexico City, during a protest against gender-based violence in the country.
image copyrightByron Smith / Getty Images
image captionRefugees from the Tigray region of Ethiopia wait to be transferred to a camp in neighbouring Sudan. Since 4 November, hundreds of people are thought to have been killed in fighting between Ethiopian government forces and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), while about 50,000 have fled to Sudan.
image copyrightMorgan Sette / AFP
image captionThe capsule from Japan's Hayabusa-2 space probe streaks through the sky before parachuting down near Woomera in South Australia. The spacecraft collected the first significant quantity of rock from an asteroid before returning the sample to Earth in December.

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