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The year in pictures, 2nd half 2015

In a sequel to ‘the year in pictures – the first half’, here are some of epa’s best photographs for the second half of 2016:

July 2015

A man passes by a graffiti made by street artist N_Grams that read ''NO'' (Nein) in German but also sounds like ''YES, IN'' in Greek language, in Athens, Greece, 05 July 2015. Greek voters in the referendum are asked whether the country should accept reform proposals made by its creditors. epa/Kay Nietfeld

A man passes by a graffiti made by street artist N_Grams that read ”NO” (Nein) in German but also sounds like ”YES, IN” in Greek language, in Athens, Greece, 05 July 2015. Greek voters in the referendum are asked whether the country should accept reform proposals made by its creditors.
epa/Kay Nietfeld

Exiled Tibetan monks attend a procession (not seen) carrying a portrait of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama during a function to mark his 80th birthday celebration at Namgyal School in Kathmandu, Nepal, 06 July 2015. Around 1,000 monks and other Tibetans gathered at the school compound to celebrate their spiritual leader's birthday. Exiled Tibetans allowed celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday only inside school compound and refugee camps as long as the facilities do not contain slogans or banners protesting against China. Nepalese government has banned all kinds of Tibetan activities against Chinese rule in Tibet. epa/Narendra Shrestha

Exiled Tibetan monks attend a procession (not seen) carrying a portrait of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama during a function to mark his 80th birthday celebration at Namgyal School in Kathmandu, Nepal, 06 July 2015. Around 1,000 monks and other Tibetans gathered at the school compound to celebrate their spiritual leader’s birthday. Exiled Tibetans allowed celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday only inside school compound and refugee camps as long as the facilities do not contain slogans or banners protesting against China. Nepalese government has banned all kinds of Tibetan activities against Chinese rule in Tibet. epa/Narendra Shrestha

Residents of Dagenham and Barking look on at Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in a car following her visit to a community centre with Prince Philip in London, Britain, 14 July 2015 epa/Andy Rain

Residents of Dagenham and Barking look on at Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in a car following her visit to a community centre with Prince Philip in London, Britain, 14 July 2015
epa/Andy Rain

FIFA president Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter reacts while banknotes thrown by British Comedian Simon Brockin hurtle through the air during a press conference following the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 20 July 2015. epa/Ennio Leanza

FIFA president Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter reacts while banknotes thrown by British Comedian Simon Brockin hurtle through the air during a press conference following the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 20 July 2015. epa/Keystone/Ennio Leanza

A female migrant sits in a packed coach of the train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 26 July 2015. Greece and Italy are the main entry points for Europe-bound asylum seekers and economic migrants. After they have reached the bloc, many start to make their way to wealthier countries in Western Europe. From the beginning of the year to mid-June, nearly 160,000 landed in both countries, according to IOM estimates. epa/Georgi Licovski

A female migrant sits in a packed coach of the train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 26 July 2015. Greece and Italy are the main entry points for Europe-bound asylum seekers and economic migrants. After they have reached the bloc, many start to make their way to wealthier countries in Western Europe. From the beginning of the year to mid-June, nearly 160,000 landed in both countries, according to IOM estimates. epa/Georgi Licovski

An Indian woman (C) washes utensils with logged flooded water after heavy rain at Sonarpur village far south of Calcutta, India, 27 July 2015. According to reports, thousands had been evacuated from flooded areas following heavy rain. India's monsoon rains usually hit between June and September, and are vital for agriculture, but also cause hundreds of deaths each year. Weather authorities have forecast more rains in the region over the next couple of days. epa/Piyal Adhikary

An Indian woman (C) washes utensils with logged flooded water after heavy rain at Sonarpur village far south of Calcutta, India, 27 July 2015. According to reports, thousands had been evacuated from flooded areas following heavy rain. India’s monsoon rains usually hit between June and September, and are vital for agriculture, but also cause hundreds of deaths each year. Weather authorities have forecast more rains in the region over the next couple of days. epa/Piyal Adhikary

A picture made available 30 July 2015 shows officers carrying pieces of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France, 29 July 2015. A Malaysian government team is being dispatched to the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where newly found aircraft wreckage awakened speculation over flight MH370, which went missing last year with 239 people aboard. epa/Raymond Wae Tion

A picture made available 30 July 2015 shows officers carrying pieces of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France, 29 July 2015. A Malaysian government team is being dispatched to the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where newly found aircraft wreckage awakened speculation over flight MH370, which went missing last year with 239 people aboard. epa/Raymond Wae Tion

 Four year-old Haifa Al Atawna looks out from the window of her family's destroyed house after nightfall during a power outage, in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood, in the east of Gaza City, 27 July 2015. Residents of Gaza, home to 1.8 Million people, have been experiencing up to 15 to 18 hours of electricity outage a day for the past two weeks due to fuel and power shortages. epa/Mohammed Saber

Four year-old Haifa Al Atawna looks out from the window of her family’s destroyed house after nightfall during a power outage, in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood, in the east of Gaza City, 27 July 2015. Residents of Gaza, home to 1.8 Million people, have been experiencing up to 15 to 18 hours of electricity outage a day for the past two weeks due to fuel and power shortages. epa/Mohammed Saber

A wounded Israeli is rushed on a stretcher after she was attacked by Israeli extremist, during the Gay Pride march in Jerusalem, Israel, 30 July 2015. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed four marchers in Jerusalem's annual gay parade and was arrested, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. epa / Atef Safadi

A wounded Israeli is rushed on a stretcher after she was attacked by Israeli extremist, during the Gay Pride march in Jerusalem, Israel, 30 July 2015. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed four marchers in Jerusalem’s annual gay parade and was arrested, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. epa / Atef Safadi

August 2015

A firefighter helps ignite a backfire while battling the Rocky fire near Clearlake, California, USA, 02 August 2015. The fire, one of dozens raging in drought parched Northern California, has destroyed 24 residences and scorched 27,000 acres according to Cal Fire. California state governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, saying severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox. The declaration will allow faster deployment of resources to the fire zones to which an estimated 8,000 firefighters already have been deployed. epa/Noah Berger

A firefighter helps ignite a backfire while battling the Rocky fire near Clearlake, California, USA, 02 August 2015. The fire, one of dozens raging in drought parched Northern California, has destroyed 24 residences and scorched 27,000 acres according to Cal Fire. California state governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, saying severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox. The declaration will allow faster deployment of resources to the fire zones to which an estimated 8,000 firefighters already have been deployed. epa/Noah Berger

Migrants run on the shuttle tracks after they succeeded to jump over the fences and avoid the French patrols on the outskirts of Calais, France, 05 August 2015. The number of migrants increasing and the fact they are staying longer in the makeshift camp make the Jungle grows more organized with economic structures such as small shops and places of worship appearing as well as more sturdy places. Britain and France on 02 August had urged other EU nations to help them handle an escalating crisis over thousands of migrants stranded in the French port of Calais. epa/Etienne Laurent

Migrants run on the shuttle tracks after they succeeded to jump over the fences and avoid the French patrols on the outskirts of Calais, France, 05 August 2015. The number of migrants increasing and the fact they are staying longer in the makeshift camp make the Jungle grows more organized with economic structures such as small shops and places of worship appearing as well as more sturdy places. Britain and France on 02 August had urged other EU nations to help them handle an escalating crisis over thousands of migrants stranded in the French port of Calais. epa/Etienne Laurent

Swimmers warm up for the night session during the FINA Swimming World Championships at Kazan arena in Kazan, Russia, 05 August 2015. epa/Patrick B. Kraemer

Swimmers warm up for the night session during the FINA Swimming World Championships at Kazan arena in Kazan, Russia, 05 August 2015. epa/Patrick B. Kraemer

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, addresses the media following a town hall meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, 10 August 2015. epa/Cj Gunther

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, addresses the media following a town hall meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, 10 August 2015. epa/Cj Gunther

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (R) celebrates with teammate David Silva after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns stadium in Birmingham, Britain, 10 August 2015. epa/Hannah Mckay

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany (R) celebrates with teammate David Silva after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns stadium in Birmingham, Britain, 10 August 2015. epa/Hannah Mckay

Rescuers work among hundreds of burned cars after a huge explosion rocked the port city of Tianjin, China, 13 August 2015. According to reports, at least 44 people were killed after a large explosion rocked the north-eastern Chinese city of Tianjin Fifty-two people were critically injured out of a total of 521 people in hospital after the blast and fireball in the port city, local authorities said. epa/Wu Hong

Rescuers work among hundreds of burned cars after a huge explosion rocked the port city of Tianjin, China, 13 August 2015. According to reports, at least 44 people were killed after a large explosion rocked the north-eastern Chinese city of Tianjin Fifty-two people were critically injured out of a total of 521 people in hospital after the blast and fireball in the port city, local authorities said. epa/Wu Hong

Motorcycles lie on the street at the scene of a bomb attack near Erawan Shrine, central Bangkok, Thailand, 17 August 2015. An explosion in a busy commercial district in the Thai capital killed a yet unconfirmed number of people. Witnesses said the explosion happened around 7:15 pm (1215 GMT) at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, a business area famous among tourists and locals for a revered Hindu shrine. epa/Ritchie B.Tongo

Motorcycles lie on the street at the scene of a bomb attack near Erawan Shrine, central Bangkok, Thailand, 17 August 2015. An explosion in a busy commercial district in the Thai capital killed a yet unconfirmed number of people. Witnesses said the explosion happened around 7:15 pm (1215 GMT) at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, a business area famous among tourists and locals for a revered Hindu shrine. epa/Ritchie B.Tongo

An Indian barber cuts the hair of a labour at an open space near the roadside in Mumbai, India, 21 August 2015. epa/Divyakant Solank

An Indian barber cuts the hair of a labour at an open space near the roadside in Mumbai, India, 21 August 2015. epa/Divyakant Solank

Children cry as migrants waiting on the Greek side of the border break through a cordon of Macedonian special police forces to cross into Macedonia, near the southern city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 21 August 2015. Macedonian police clashed with thousands of migrants attempting to break into the country after being stranded in no-man's land overnight, marking an escalation of the European refugee crisis for the Balkan country. epa/Georgi Licovski

Children cry as migrants waiting on the Greek side of the border break through a cordon of Macedonian special police forces to cross into Macedonia, near the southern city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 21 August 2015. Macedonian police clashed with thousands of migrants attempting to break into the country after being stranded in no-man’s land overnight, marking an escalation of the European refugee crisis for the Balkan country. epa/Georgi Licovski

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of the trading day in New York, New York, USA, 24 August 2015. Global markets have been reacting to the economic situation in China and the Dow Jones Industrial average followed that trend losing 1,000 points in early trading. epa/Justin Lane

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of the trading day in New York, New York, USA, 24 August 2015. Global markets have been reacting to the economic situation in China and the Dow Jones Industrial average followed that trend losing 1,000 points in early trading. epa/Justin Lane

A Tv cameraman drives into Usain Bolt of Jamaica after the men's 200m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015. Bolt won the race. epa/Rolex De La Pena

A Tv cameraman drives into Usain Bolt of Jamaica after the men’s 200m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015. Bolt won the race. epa/Rolex De La Pena

September 2015

Migrants cross the Erzsebet bridge in Budapest, Hungary, 04 September 2015. Several thousand migrants left the Keleti station this afternoon heading for Germany on foot. Hundreds of migrants on 03 September rushed the platforms in Budapest after Hungarian police opened the city's Keleti station, which had been blocked to migrants since 01 September. Hungary's railway service said there were no trains headed to Western Europe for the time being. Thousands of refugees - many of whom have traveled from Africa and the Middle East in the hopes of reaching countries like Germany and Sweden - have been stranded at the station. epa/Zslot Szigetvary

Migrants cross the Erzsebet bridge in Budapest, Hungary, 04 September 2015. Several thousand migrants left the Keleti station this afternoon heading for Germany on foot. Hundreds of migrants on 03 September rushed the platforms in Budapest after Hungarian police opened the city’s Keleti station, which had been blocked to migrants since 01 September. Hungary’s railway service said there were no trains headed to Western Europe for the time being. Thousands of refugees – many of whom have traveled from Africa and the Middle East in the hopes of reaching countries like Germany and Sweden – have been stranded at the station. epa/Zslot Szigetvary

Pedestrians cross a street under heavy rain generated by typhoon Etau in central Tokyo, Japan, 09 September 2015. Local media reported that six people were injured as typhoon Etau packing pounded central Japan, disrupting traffic and causing some flooding and mudslides in the region. The storm caused the cancellation of dozens of flights and train services while also bringing torrential rains to the Tokyo area. epa/Frank Robichon

Pedestrians cross a street under heavy rain generated by typhoon Etau in central Tokyo, Japan, 09 September 2015. Local media reported that six people were injured as typhoon Etau packing pounded central Japan, disrupting traffic and causing some flooding and mudslides in the region. The storm caused the cancellation of dozens of flights and train services while also bringing torrential rains to the Tokyo area. epa/Frank Robichon

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) has a selfie taken with a refugee during a visit to a refugee reception centre in Berlin, Germany, 10 September 2015. Germany can deal with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees without cutting social welfare benefits or raise taxes, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on 10 September, during a debate in parliament on next year's budget. Germany expects 800,000 asylum seekers this year, four times more than last year and more than any other country in the European Union, which is split on how to deal with the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. epa/Bernd Von Jutrczenka

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) has a selfie taken with a refugee during a visit to a refugee reception centre in Berlin, Germany, 10 September 2015. Germany can deal with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees without cutting social welfare benefits or raise taxes, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on 10 September, during a debate in parliament on next year’s budget. Germany expects 800,000 asylum seekers this year, four times more than last year and more than any other country in the European Union, which is split on how to deal with the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. epa/Bernd Von Jutrczenka

A crowd of supporters of Pope Francis hold US national flags, flags of the Vatican City and rosary beads before an arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, 23 September 2015. Pope Francis is on a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba. Pope Francis added the Cuba visit after helping broker a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana that ended a diplomatic freeze of more than 50 years. epa/Michael Reynolds

A crowd of supporters of Pope Francis hold US national flags, flags of the Vatican City and rosary beads before an arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, 23 September 2015. Pope Francis is on a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba. Pope Francis added the Cuba visit after helping broker a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana that ended a diplomatic freeze of more than 50 years. epa/Michael Reynolds

Mobile phones light up the crowd of people attending the last leg of the election campaign of the pro-sovereignty bloc 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 25 September 2015. Catalans go to the poles on 27 September to elect the Catalonian parliament. epa/Alberto Estevez

Mobile phones light up the crowd of people attending the last leg of the election campaign of the pro-sovereignty bloc ‘Junts pel Si’ (Together for the Yes) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 25 September 2015. Catalans go to the poles on 27 September to elect the Catalonian parliament. epa/Alberto Estevez

The perigee full moon, or supermoon, appears red besides a spire of the Cologne cathedral during a total lunar eclipse over Cologne, Germany, 28 September 2015. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. epa/Rolf Vennenbernd

The perigee full moon, or supermoon, appears red besides a spire of the Cologne cathedral during a total lunar eclipse over Cologne, Germany, 28 September 2015. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. epa/Rolf Vennenbernd

A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 September 2015. According to local reports the protest was sparked by the court appearance 29 September of some residents arrested in connection with vigilante killings. The area has been volatile for weeks with community members angered at the lack of policing in the impoverished area. Two weeks ago suspected criminals were killed by a mob accused of being behind the death and rape of 15 year old Amani Pula. epa/Nick Bothma

A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 September 2015. According to local reports the protest was sparked by the court appearance 29 September of some residents arrested in connection with vigilante killings. The area has been volatile for weeks with community members angered at the lack of policing in the impoverished area. Two weeks ago suspected criminals were killed by a mob accused of being behind the death and rape of 15 year old Amani Pula. epa/Nic Bothma

US President Barack Obama (R) attends a bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, 29 September 2015. epa/Behar Anthony

US President Barack Obama (R) attends a bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, 29 September 2015. epa/Behar Anthony

October 2015

Migrants make land from an overloaded rubber dinghy as they arrive on the coast near Skala Sikaminias, Lesbos island, Greece, 02 October 2015. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands during August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. epa/Filip Singer

Migrants make land from an overloaded rubber dinghy as they arrive on the coast near Skala Sikaminias, Lesbos island, Greece, 02 October 2015. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands during August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. epa/Filip Singer

Israeli emergency team members work at the scene where two people opened fire in a bus in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood near the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, Israel, 13 October 2015. According to Israeli police two Israelis were killed and 16 others wounded in an attack on a bus in Jerusalem. Stabbings and shootings within a two-hour period in Jerusalem and northern Israel have led to multiple casualties, Israeli police said. epa/Abir Sultan

Israeli emergency team members work at the scene where two people opened fire in a bus in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood near the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, Israel, 13 October 2015. According to Israeli police two Israelis were killed and 16 others wounded in an attack on a bus in Jerusalem. Stabbings and shootings within a two-hour period in Jerusalem and northern Israel have led to multiple casualties, Israeli police said. epa/Abir Sultan

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose for photographers during a photocall to unveil the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at a hotel in Central London, Britain, 22 October 2015. The 24th Bond movie will be released in British theaters on 26 October, the same day as its world premiere in London. epa/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose for photographers during a photocall to unveil the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ at a hotel in Central London, Britain, 22 October 2015. The 24th Bond movie will be released in British theaters on 26 October, the same day as its world premiere in London. epa/Facundo Arrizabalaga

 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia (R) and teammate Djordje Djokovic of Serbia celebrate their point against Mao-Xin Gong of China and Michael Venus of New Zealands during the match in the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, China, 06 October 2015. epa/Wu Hong

Novak Djokovic of Serbia (R) and teammate Djordje Djokovic of Serbia celebrate their point against Mao-Xin Gong of China and Michael Venus of New Zealands during the match in the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, China, 06 October 2015. epa/Wu Hong

A picture made available on 26 October 2015 shows Aboriginal women performing a traditional dance at a cultural event near Uluru, also known as Ayres Rock, in the Northern Territory, Australia, 25 October 2015. Aboriginals marked on 26 October 2015, 30 years since the return of ownership of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the Australian federal government. epa/Dan Peled

A picture made available on 26 October 2015 shows Aboriginal women performing a traditional dance at a cultural event near Uluru, also known as Ayres Rock, in the Northern Territory, Australia, 25 October 2015. Aboriginals marked on 26 October 2015, 30 years since the return of ownership of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the Australian federal government. epa/Dan Peled

Filipinos escape from a fire in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, 29 October 2015. The Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Director Ariel Barayuga reminded the public to be extra cautious when lighting candles during the observance of All Soul's and All Saints' Day this week. Millions of Filipinos will soon flock to cemeteries around the country to visit departed relatives and loved ones to mark All Saints Day and All Souls Day on 01 and 02 November. epa/Francis R.Malasig

Filipinos escape from a fire in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, 29 October 2015. The Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Director Ariel Barayuga reminded the public to be extra cautious when lighting candles during the observance of All Soul’s and All Saints’ Day this week. Millions of Filipinos will soon flock to cemeteries around the country to visit departed relatives and loved ones to mark All Saints Day and All Souls Day on 01 and 02 November. epa/Francis R.Malasig

A young Syrian receives first aid in a field hospital following what local activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to the al-Assad regime on a market place in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 30 October 2015. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights at least 65 people were killed and over a hundred wounded in the attack on the busy market. epa/Mohammed Badra

A young Syrian receives first aid in a field hospital following what local activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to the al-Assad regime on a market place in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 30 October 2015. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights at least 65 people were killed and over a hundred wounded in the attack on the busy market. epa/Mohammed Badra

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and US Secretary of State John Kerry during a press conference on the international conference on Syria in Vienna, Austria, 30 October 2015. Nearly 20 top diplomats from regional rivals and key powers in the Syrian civil war gathered in Vienna for peace talks aimed at finding a solution to the conflict that began in 2011. epa/Georg Hochmuth

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and US Secretary of State John Kerry during a press conference on the international conference on Syria in Vienna, Austria, 30 October 2015. Nearly 20 top diplomats from regional rivals and key powers in the Syrian civil war gathered in Vienna for peace talks aimed at finding a solution to the conflict that began in 2011. epa/Georg Hochmuth

Debris from crashed Russian jet lies strewn across the sand at the site of the crash, Sinai, Egypt, 31 October 2015. According to reports the Egyptian Government has dispatched more than 45 ambulances to the crash site of the Kogalymavia Metrojet Russian passenger jet, which disappeared from raider after requesting an emergency landing early 31 October, crashing in the mountainous al-Hasanah area of central Sinai. The black box has been recovered at the site. epa/str

Debris from crashed Russian jet lies strewn across the sand at the site of the crash, Sinai, Egypt, 31 October 2015. According to reports the Egyptian Government has dispatched more than 45 ambulances to the crash site of the Kogalymavia Metrojet Russian passenger jet, which disappeared from raider after requesting an emergency landing early 31 October, crashing in the mountainous al-Hasanah area of central Sinai. The black box has been recovered at the site. epa/Str

November 2015

Hindu devotees attend prayer with burning incense and light oil lamps before break fasting during a religious festival called Rakher Upabash in Narayangonj, Bangladesh 03 November 2015. The festival is celebrated in memory of the 18th Century Hindu saint Baba Loknath. EPA/Abir Abdullah

Hindu devotees attend prayer with burning incense and light oil lamps before break fasting during a religious festival called Rakher Upabash in Narayangonj, Bangladesh 03 November 2015. The festival is celebrated in memory of the 18th Century Hindu saint Baba Loknath. EPA/Abir Abdullah

A Romanian young man waves the national flag while shouting slogans against the political establishment during a rally in reaction to the nightclub fire accident at University Plaza in downtown Bucharest, Romania, 06 November 2015. Thousands of people gathered peacefully, for the fourth consecutive evening, in the downtown of Romania's capital, blocking the traffic, while demanding justice for the club blaze victims despite the government resignation announced two days ago. Protesters are commemorating this evening one week from the tragic accident. epa/Robert Ghement

A Romanian young man waves the national flag while shouting slogans against the political establishment during a rally in reaction to the nightclub fire accident at University Plaza in downtown Bucharest, Romania, 06 November 2015. Thousands of people gathered peacefully, for the fourth consecutive evening, in the downtown of Romania’s capital, blocking the traffic, while demanding justice for the club blaze victims despite the government resignation announced two days ago. Protesters are commemorating this evening one week from the tragic accident. epa/Robert Ghement

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou shake hands at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, 07 November 2015. The presidents of China and Taiwan are meeting for the first time in more than six decades epa/Fazry Ismail

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou shake hands at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, 07 November 2015. The presidents of China and Taiwan are meeting for the first time in more than six decades epa/Fazry Ismail

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R), chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, leaves NLD headquarters after delivered a speech, Yangon, Myanmar, 09 November 2015. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hints at victory in her first address since the polls closed a day earlier. 'It is too early to congratulate our candidates that will be victors,' she said at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party, 'but I think you all have an idea of the results.' She asked her supporters to not be boastful if they win or make the losers 'feel bad.' epa/Lynn Bo Bo

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R), chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, leaves NLD headquarters after delivered a speech, Yangon, Myanmar, 09 November 2015. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hints at victory in her first address since the polls closed a day earlier. ‘It is too early to congratulate our candidates that will be victors,’ she said at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party, ‘but I think you all have an idea of the results.’ She asked her supporters to not be boastful if they win or make the losers ‘feel bad.’ epa/Lynn Bo Bo

A Syrian child reacts as he receives first aid in a field hospital following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 10 November 2015. According to the opposition, at least ten civilians were killed in Syrian regime strikes on the rebel-held Douma on 10 November. epa/Mohammed Dabra

A Syrian child reacts as he receives first aid in a field hospital following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 10 November 2015. According to the opposition, at least ten civilians were killed in Syrian regime strikes on the rebel-held Douma on 10 November. epa/Mohammed Badra

Wounded people are evacuated from the Stade de France in Paris, France, 13 November 2015, after explosions were reported. At least 26 people have died in attacks in Paris on 13 November after reports of a shootout and explosions near the Stade de France stadium. epa/Ian Langsdon

Wounded people are evacuated from the Stade de France in Paris, France, 13 November 2015, after explosions were reported. At least 26 people have died in attacks in Paris on 13 November after reports of a shootout and explosions near the Stade de France stadium. epa/Ian Langsdon

A woman cries in front the Carillon cafe in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. At least 120 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November, according to French officials. Eight assailants were killed, seven when they detonated their explosive belts, and one when he was shot by officers, police said. French President Francois Hollande says that the attacks in Paris were an 'act of war' carried out by the Islamic State extremist group. epa/Yoan Valat

A woman cries in front the Carillon cafe in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. At least 120 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November, according to French officials. Eight assailants were killed, seven when they detonated their explosive belts, and one when he was shot by officers, police said. French President Francois Hollande says that the attacks in Paris were an ‘act of war’ carried out by the Islamic State extremist group. epa/Yoan Valat

A man lights candles to make a Peace for Paris sign at Republique square to mark a week since the start of the terrorist attacks, in Paris, France, 20 November 2015. Paris suffered terrorist attacks at the hands of the so-called Islamic State on November 13, when Islamist suicide bombers and gunmen claimed the lives of 130 people, and injured 352. epa/Yoan Valat

A man lights candles to make a Peace for Paris sign at Republique square to mark a week since the start of the terrorist attacks, in Paris, France, 20 November 2015. Paris suffered terrorist attacks at the hands of the so-called Islamic State on November 13, when Islamist suicide bombers and gunmen claimed the lives of 130 people, and injured 352. epa/Yoan Valat

A pedestrian with an umbrella pauses in front of the memorial of candles and flowers for the victims of the 13 November Paris attacks, on Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 24 November 2015. Place de la Republique was briefly evacuated and subway services suspended after a bomb threat was declared - with normal service resuming shortly after. France remains on high-alert and maintains its state of emergency in the aftermath of the 13 November attacks during which more than 130 people were killed and hundreds injured in attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national sports stadium, and several restaurants and bars in the French capital. epa/Ian Langsdon

A pedestrian with an umbrella pauses in front of the memorial of candles and flowers for the victims of the 13 November Paris attacks, on Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 24 November 2015. Place de la Republique was briefly evacuated and subway services suspended after a bomb threat was declared – with normal service resuming shortly after. France remains on high-alert and maintains its state of emergency in the aftermath of the 13 November attacks during which more than 130 people were killed and hundreds injured in attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national sports stadium, and several restaurants and bars in the French capital. epa/Ian Langsdon

Competitors in action during the Motocross race Red Bull Knock Out at The Hague Beach, The Hague, Netherlands, 28 November 2015. The is the largest and toughest motocross beach race in the world. Amateur and pro motocross riders will fight against each other and against the natural elements of the sea and sand. epa/anp/Remko De Waal

Competitors in action during the Motocross race Red Bull Knock Out at The Hague Beach, The Hague, Netherlands, 28 November 2015. The is the largest and toughest motocross beach race in the world. Amateur and pro motocross riders will fight against each other and against the natural elements of the sea and sand. epa/anp/Remko De Waal

Owls are spotted sitting in hollow nest in Patan, Nepal, 18 November 2015. epa/Narendra Shrestha

Owls are spotted sitting in hollow nest in Patan, Nepal, 18 November 2015. epa/Narendra Shrestha

December 2015

A picture made available on 3 December 2015 shows Shiite pilgrims gathering at the Imam Hussein shrine during ceremonies marking Arbain in the holy city of Karbala, southern Iraq, 02 December 2015. Iraqi Shiites visit Karbala to perform the religious ceremony of Arbain, on the 40th day after the Shiite holy day of Ashura which commemorates the death of Imam Hussein at the battle of Karbala, which this year will again take place amid high security this year due to the ongoing conflict connected to the military offensive against the group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS). epa/Str

A picture made available on 3 December 2015 shows Shiite pilgrims gathering at the Imam Hussein shrine during ceremonies marking Arbain in the holy city of Karbala, southern Iraq, 02 December 2015. Iraqi Shiites visit Karbala to perform the religious ceremony of Arbain, on the 40th day after the Shiite holy day of Ashura which commemorates the death of Imam Hussein at the battle of Karbala, which this year will again take place amid high security this year due to the ongoing conflict connected to the military offensive against the group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS). epa/Str

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the 02 December San Bernardino shooting, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 03 December 2015. A shooting on 02 December at a government building in San Bernardino, California, left 14 people dead and 17 wounded. epa/Michael Reynolds

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the 02 December San Bernardino shooting, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 03 December 2015. A shooting on 02 December at a government building in San Bernardino, California, left 14 people dead and 17 wounded. epa/Michael Reynolds

Evidence tags and debris surround the SUV that is thought to be the getaway vehicle of the husband and wife gunmen in the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, USA 03 December 2015. The shooting spree in which 14 people were killed and 17 wounded in San Bernardino was carried out by a local couple, police said overnight. The suspects, who died in a shootout with police hours after the massacre 02 December at a conference centre, were Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said. epa/Paul Buck

Evidence tags and debris surround the SUV that is thought to be the getaway vehicle of the husband and wife gunmen in the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, USA 03 December 2015. The shooting spree in which 14 people were killed and 17 wounded in San Bernardino was carried out by a local couple, police said overnight. The suspects, who died in a shootout with police hours after the massacre 02 December at a conference centre, were Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said. epa/Paul Buck

People gather around a makeshift memorial outside the Inland Regional Center where assailants Syed Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people, in San Bernardino, California, USA, 07 December 2015. Farook and Malik carried out the 02 December shooting in San Bernardino, in which 14 people were killed and 21 wounded. epa/Mike Nelson

People gather around a makeshift memorial outside the Inland Regional Center where assailants Syed Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people, in San Bernardino, California, USA, 07 December 2015. Farook and Malik carried out the 02 December shooting in San Bernardino, in which 14 people were killed and 21 wounded. epa/Mike Nelson

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Saint Peter's Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican City, 08 December 2015. The 'Holy Door' is the northernmost entrance at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, that used to be sealed and only opened for Jubilee Years. The opening of the Holy Door is symbolically illustrating that the faithful are offered an unusual path during time of jubilee. The Jubilee of Mercy is an Extraordinary Holy Year that opens 08 December 2015 and ends 20 November 2016. epa/Maurizio Brambatti

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican City, 08 December 2015. The ‘Holy Door’ is the northernmost entrance at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, that used to be sealed and only opened for Jubilee Years. The opening of the Holy Door is symbolically illustrating that the faithful are offered an unusual path during time of jubilee. The Jubilee of Mercy is an Extraordinary Holy Year that opens 08 December 2015 and ends 20 November 2016. epa/Maurizio Brambatti

Nicholas Johnson snuggles with Popcorn the dog, as they camp outside the TCL Chinese Theatre to stake their claim for spots in line for the upcoming release of 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens' in Hollywood, California, USA 09 December 2015. epa/Paul Buck

Nicholas Johnson snuggles with Popcorn the dog, as they camp outside the TCL Chinese Theatre to stake their claim for spots in line for the upcoming release of ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’ in Hollywood, California, USA 09 December 2015. epa/Paul Buck

French far-right political party National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen speaks after the results of the second round of the regional elections in at Francois Mitterand hall in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, 13 December 2015. epa/Olivier Hoslet

French far-right political party National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen speaks after the results of the second round of the regional elections in at Francois Mitterand hall in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, 13 December 2015. epa/Olivier Hoslet

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (L) of the Dominican Republic dunks the ball over Philadelphia 76ers guard Kendall Marshall (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 16 December 2015. epa/Erik S. Lesser

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (L) of the Dominican Republic dunks the ball over Philadelphia 76ers guard Kendall Marshall (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 16 December 2015. epa/Erik S. Lesser

Members of Royal Saudi Hawks Air Force Aerobatic team perform with Hawk planes during the Al-Ain Air Championship at Al-Ain airport, United Arab Emirates on 17 December 2015. The event runs from 17 to 19 December 2015. epa/Ali Haider

Members of Royal Saudi Hawks Air Force Aerobatic team perform with Hawk planes during the Al-Ain Air Championship at Al-Ain airport, United Arab Emirates on 17 December 2015. The event runs from 17 to 19 December 2015. epa/Ali Haider

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (L) breaks up a pass against New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (R) in the first half of the NFL American football game between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA, 19 December 2015. epa/Larry W. Smith

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (L) breaks up a pass against New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (R) in the first half of the NFL American football game between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA, 19 December 2015. epa/Larry W. Smith

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