MOST POWERFUL PHOTOS OF 2016 FROM AROUND THE WORLD

MOST POWERFUL PHOTOS OF 2016 FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete in the Men’s 100m Semifinals at the Rio Olympics. Bolt went on to win gold in the men’s final, finishing the 100m sprint in 9.81 seconds.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete in the Men's 100m Semifinals at the Rio Olympics. Bolt went on to win gold in the men's final, finishing the 100m sprint in 9.81 seconds.

Jackeline, 26, holds her son, who is four months old and born with microcephaly, in front of their house in Brazil in February. Microcephaly, abnormal smallness of the head, has been linked to the Zika virus, which spread rapidly through South America and other parts of the world in 2016.

Jackeline, 26, holds her son, who is four months old and born with microcephaly, in front of their house in Brazil in February. Microcephaly, abnormal smallness of the head, has been linked to the Zika virus, which spread rapidly through South America and other parts of the world in 2016.

49 people were killed after a gunman inspired by ISIS went on a shooting rampage inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tragedy sparked an outpouring of grief from the global LGBT community and vigils were held in cities around the world.

49 people were killed after a gunman inspired by ISIS went on a shooting rampage inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tragedy sparked an outpouring of grief from the global LGBT community and vigils were held in cities around the world.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs US President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs US President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wipes away a tear as she listens with U.S. President Barack Obama to her Presidential Medal of Freedom citation during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington.

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wipes away a tear as she listens with U.S. President Barack Obama  to her Presidential Medal of Freedom citation during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington.

The world followed every minute of Labour MP Jo Cox’s fight to stay alive after she was shot by a far-right terrorist in her home constituency of Batley and Spen in Yorkshire, England. Cox had previously praised and celebrated the diversity of her “proud” constituency.

The world followed every minute of Labour MP Jo Cox's fight to stay alive after she was shot by a far-right terrorist in her home constituency of Batley and Spen in Yorkshire, England. Cox had previously praised and celebrated the diversity of her "proud" constituency.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, his wife Samantha and their children Nancy, Elwen and Florence, hug on the steps of 10 Downing Street just minutes after Cameron resigned following a shock defeat in the EU referendum.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, his wife Samantha and their children Nancy, Elwen and Florence, hug on the steps of 10 Downing Street just minutes after Cameron resigned following a shock defeat in the EU referendum.

Following David Cameron’s final cabinet meeting, then-incoming Prime Minister Theresa May shared a laugh with photographers as she walked the wrong way out of 10 Downing Street.

Following David Cameron's final cabinet meeting, then-incoming Prime Minister Theresa May shared a laugh with photographers as she walked the wrong way out of 10 Downing Street.

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel met for the last time in an official capacity in Berlin in November. The pair formed a close bond during Obama’s eight-year presidency.

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel met for the last time in an official capacity in Berlin in November. The pair formed a close bond during Obama's eight-year presidency.

In July, a 19-ton truck was driven into a dense crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. 86 people were killed and a further 434 injured in the attack which ISIS later claimed responsibility for. In this picture, a French flag is seen at a memorial on the Promenade Des Anglais where the attack took place.

In July, a 19-ton truck was driven into a dense crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. 86 people were killed and a further 434 injured in the attack which ISIS later claimed responsibility for. In this picture, a French flag is seen at a memorial on the Promenade Des Anglais where the attack took place.

Filipino President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs made headlines throughout the year. Since coming to power, Duterte has condoned the murder of more than 5,500 people suspected of either taking or selling illegal drugs. Those that aren’t killed are sent to overcrowded prisons like the Quezon City Jail in Manila, pictured below. According to CNN, a large majority of inmates are in for drug-related offences.

Filipino President Duterte's bloody war on drugs made headlines throughout the year. Since coming to power, Duterte has condoned the murder of more than 5,500 people suspected of either taking or selling illegal drugs. Those that aren't killed are sent to overcrowded prisons like the Quezon City Jail in Manila, pictured below. According to CNN, a large majority of inmates are in for drug-related offences.

Source: CNN

Following Donald Trump’s divisive call for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States, Hillary Clinton allowed the parents of a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq to speak at the Democratic National Convention. In this picture, Khizr Khan holds up a a booklet containing the country’s constitution while asking if Trump has ever read it.

Following Donald Trump's divisive call for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States, Hillary Clinton allowed the parents of a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq to speak at the Democratic National Convention. In this picture, Khizr Khan holds up a a booklet containing the country's constitution while asking if Trump has ever read it.

Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi has make up applied before walking to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections during New York Fashion Week.

Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi has make up applied before walking to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar's Spring/Summer 2017 collections during New York Fashion Week.

Britain’s exit from the European Union led to protests around the continent, while some activists were more heartbroken than others.

Britain's exit from the European Union led to protests around the continent, while some activists were more heartbroken than others.

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first ever Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘The Revenant,’ directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who also won awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first ever Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 'The Revenant,' directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who also won awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol fans gather in the club’s stadium in Chapećo, Brazil, to hold a candlelit vigil for the players that died in a tragic plane crash on their way to play Medellin’s Atletico National in the Copa Sudamericana.

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol fans gather in the club's stadium in Chapećo, Brazil, to hold a candlelit vigil for the players that died in a tragic plane crash on their way to play Medellin's Atletico National in the Copa Sudamericana.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama perform a reading of the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” for children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama perform a reading of the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" for children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

Serena Williams celebrates winning her seventh Wimbledon Title after beating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles final.

Serena Williams celebrates winning her seventh Wimbledon Title after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber in the women's singles final.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his Portuguese teammates and the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his Portuguese teammates and the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016.

Canada’s men’s wheelchair basketball team player Adam Lancia kisses his wife Jamey Jewells of Canada after her match at the Rio Paralympics.

Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team player Adam Lancia kisses his wife Jamey Jewells of Canada after her match at the Rio Paralympics.

Great Britain’s Andy Murray in action during the ATP World Tour Finals against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. In November, Murray became the first British world tennis number one since computerised rankings began in 1973.

Great Britain's Andy Murray in action during the ATP World Tour Finals against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. In November, Murray became the first British world tennis number one since computerised rankings began in 1973.

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was made to remove his prosthetic legs mid-trial by his defence lawyer in a bid to prove he’s a “vulnerable” man and to avoid a longer jail sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The court case was one of the most closely watched of 2016.

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was made to remove his prosthetic legs mid-trial by his defence lawyer in a bid to prove he's a "vulnerable" man and to avoid a longer jail sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The court case was one of the most closely watched of 2016.

Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

A pilot looks up from a U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter as it prepares to refuel in mid-air with a KC-135 refuelling plane over European airspace during a flight to Britain from Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania.

A pilot looks up from a U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter as it prepares to refuel in mid-air with a KC-135 refuelling plane over European airspace during a flight to Britain from Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania.

He Zi of China receives a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin’s proposal.

He Zi of China receives a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin's proposal.

A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, China. The 36 metre-high statue was quickly torn down because it lacked state approval.

A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, China. The 36 metre-high statue was quickly torn down because it lacked state approval.

Mo Farah of Britain celebrates winning the Men’s 5000m Final in the Rio Olympics, Brazil.

Mo Farah of Britain celebrates winning the Men's 5000m Final in the Rio Olympics, Brazil.

In January, Barack Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke about the steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the US. “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” Obama said, referring to the 2013 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In January, Barack Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke about the steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the US. "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad," Obama said, referring to the 2013 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After one of the ugliest elections in American political history, Donald Trump won the title of Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Trump took issue with the publication referring to him as the “president of the Divided States of America.”

After one of the ugliest elections in American political history, Donald Trump won the title of Time magazine's Person of the Year. Trump took issue with the publication referring to him as the "president of the Divided States of America."

The civil war in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, reached its climax in 2016. Thousands of civilians were killed and thousands more were trapped as rebel, Syrian, and Russian forces exchanged heavy fire, shattering the city in the process.

The civil war in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, reached its climax in 2016. Thousands of civilians were killed and thousands more were trapped as rebel, Syrian, and Russian forces exchanged heavy fire, shattering the city in the process.

5-year-old Omran Daqneesh became a haunting symbol of the violence engulfing Syria. He was pulled from the rubble after his home was destroyed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes in eastern Aleppo.

5-year-old Omran Daqneesh became a haunting symbol of the violence engulfing Syria. He was pulled from the rubble after his home was destroyed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes in eastern Aleppo.

This amazing image shows a Syrian woman throwing off her niqab after her home village was freed from ISIS. Women living under ISIS’ rule are forced to wear all-black niqabs that cover the entire face and body.

This amazing image shows a Syrian woman throwing off her niqab after her home village was freed from ISIS. Women living under ISIS' rule are forced to wear all-black niqabs that cover the entire face and body.

 

In a rare symbol of unity between South Korea and its isolated neighbour in the North, these two gymnasts took a selfie together after competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In a rare symbol of unity between South Korea and its isolated neighbour in the North, these two gymnasts took a selfie together after competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Ieshia Evans was detained by law enforcement in riot gear as she peacefully protested the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana. Photographer Jonathan Bachman said: “When I came back to my car and looked through my take I knew I had a strong image… I am grateful that it has stimulated a discussion about an important issue in this country.”

Ieshia Evans was detained by law enforcement in riot gear as she peacefully protested the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana. Photographer Jonathan Bachman said: "When I came back to my car and looked through my take I knew I had a strong image... I am grateful that it has stimulated a discussion about an important issue in this country."

This image of a wounded flight attendant went viral after the Brussels bombing attack in March. Nidhi Chaphekar lay with torn clothes and a bloodied face after 32 civilians were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in Belgium’s history, which ISIS claimed responsibility for.

This image of a wounded flight attendant went viral after the Brussels bombing attack in March. Nidhi Chaphekar lay with torn clothes and a bloodied face after 32 civilians were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in Belgium's history, which ISIS claimed responsibility for.

Theresa May met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in July, where she invited her to become Prime Minister.

Theresa May met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in July, where she invited her to become Prime Minister.

This iconic photo shows Air Force One touching in to land in Cuba for the first time ever. Obama’s visit to Cuba was the first by a US president in almost a century as he took steps to normalise relations by removing the island-nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

This iconic photo shows Air Force One touching in to land in Cuba for the first time ever. Obama's visit to Cuba was the first by a US president in almost a century as he took steps to normalise relations by removing the island-nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

A Turkish student cries during a protest to show solidarity with trapped citizens of Aleppo, Syria, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 14, 2016.

A Turkish student cries during a protest to show solidarity with trapped citizens of Aleppo, Syria, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 14, 2016.

A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London. The pop legend passed away in January.

A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London. The pop legend passed away in January.

Pope Francis walks through the notorious gate at Auschwitz’s with the sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work sets you free) during his visit to the former Nazi death camp in Poland.

Pope Francis walks through the notorious gate at Auschwitz's with the sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work sets you free) during his visit to the former Nazi death camp in Poland.

“Peace at Home Council”.  This photo shows Turkish military standing in front of the Republic Monument at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, in July.

In July, an attempted military coup by a faction within the Turkish armed forces calling itself the "Peace at Home Council" was stifled in less than 24 hours, after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his supporters to take to the streets and repel the uprising. This photo shows Turkish military standing in front of the Republic Monument at the Taksim Square in Istanbul.

 Source : Business Insider