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The Top News Photos of 2015

A selection of events that defined 2015 and will continue to shape our world into the new year.

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    A police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, after boats carrying refugees capsized off the shores of Bodrum, Turkey, on Sept. 2.

    Source: AP Photo

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    Saainli Gurung is consoled by neighbors and family as she mourns the death of her son, Pur Bahadur Gurung, 26, after an earthquake in the village of Barpak, Nepal, on May 5.

    Photographer: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry watches President Barack Obama address the U.S. on a tablet, after Iran nuclear program talks finished with extended sessions, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2.

    Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AP Photo

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    Burned cars continue to smolder following the explosion of a warehouse in the Binhai New Area in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 13.

    Source: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

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    Masked Tunisian soldiers stand guard on the beach at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, Sousse, south of the capital of Tunis, on June 29. A deadly attack there saw 38 people killed the previous week.

    Photographer: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

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    Egyptian military approach the wreckage of Metrojet flight 9268 on Nov. 1. Bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, the jet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Desert. There were no survivors among the 224 passengers.

    Photographer: Maxim Grigoriev/AP Photo

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    Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan's president, left, and Xi Jinping, China's president, shake hands ahead of a meeting in Singapore that would mark the first summit since the two sides clashed in a civil war seven decades ago, on Nov. 7.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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    Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, meets with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, in Moscow, on Nov. 20, in Assad's first known trip abroad since war broke out in Syria in 2011.

    Photographer: Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Photo

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    A victim of a terrorist attack in Paris lies dead outside the Bataclan theater, on Nov. 13.

    Photographer: Jerome Delay/AP Photo

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    Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, arrives at a polling station to cast her vote during Myanmar's first free and fair election, on Nov. 8.

    Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

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    Rohingya migrants pass food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter to others aboard a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman Sea, on May 14.

    Photographer: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

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    In this image taken from video, Walter Scott, left, is shot by police officer Michael Thomas Slager in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 4.

    Photographer: Feidin Santana via AP Photo

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    U.S. President Barack Obama, center, walks and holds hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was beaten during "Bloody Sunday," as they and others march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of the landmark event of the civil rights movement, on March 7.

    Photographer: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

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    Members of the Indonesian military spray water on a burned forest area at Rimbo Panjang Village, Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, on Aug. 6.

    Photographer: Yuono Tanto H/NurPhoto/Sipa USA via Getty Images

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    A rescue worker climbs near debris at the crash site of the Germanwings plane that killed 150 people when it crashed into the Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, on March 26.

    Photographer: Laurent Cipriani/AP Photo

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    Tourists wearing masks take a selfie at Tiananmen Square during heavy smog in Beijing, on Dec. 9.

    Source: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

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    Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, is showered with banknotes in protest of ongoing corruption allegations, during a news conference at the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, on July 20.

    Photographer: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping watches a military parade during commemoration activities marking the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, in Beijing, on Sept. 3.

    Source: Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images

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    Marin County firefighters with the Tamalpais Fire Crew monitor a backfire as they battle the Valley Fire near Middletown, California, on Sept. 13.

    Photographer: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

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    Pope Francis listens to applause before addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 24. He was the first pontiff to ever speak to Congress.

    Photographer: Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo

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    A performer dressed as a Stormtrooper greets a young fan, also dressed as a Stormtrooper, queuing to enter the unofficial Star Wars convention For the Love of the Force, in Manchester, U.K., on Dec. 4.

    Photographer: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

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    In this image taken from video, armored vehicles surround an SUV following a shootout in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2.

    Source: KTTV via AP Photo

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    Veterans gather before the start of a parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's ruling party in Pyongyang, on Oct. 10.

    Photographer: Maye-E Wong/AP Photo

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    The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from El Pedregal, Ecuador, on Sept. 3.

    Photographer: Dolores Ochoa/AP Photo

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    Protesters march to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.

    Photographer: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

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    The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in red, white, and blue in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, on Nov. 16.

    Photographer: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally at the Nugget Convention Center in Sparks, Nevada, on Oct. 29.

    Photographer: Lance Iversen/AP Photo

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    Migrants are escorted through fields by police as they walk from the village of Rigonce to the Brezice refugee camp in Slovenia, on Oct. 23.

    Photographer: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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    Xi Jinping, China's president, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama as they depart following a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, on Sept. 25.

    Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

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    This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100-meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water.

    Source: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona via AP Photo