People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15. Another violent eruption on May 17 sent ash 30,000 feet into the sky, with the U.S. Geological Survey warning that ash could fall as far as Hilo, 30 miles away. MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES

2018: The Year in World Photos

Strife in Syria and Yemen. Historic meetings in Helsinki and Panmunjom. Natural disaster in Guatemala and Greece. And passionate protests in Paris, Gaza, and Washington.

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A Syrian girl holds an oxygen mask over the face of an infant at a makeshift hospital following a reported gas attack on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on Jan. 22. 
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A Syrian girl holds an oxygen mask over the face of an infant at a makeshift hospital following a reported gas attack on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on Jan. 22.

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A Sudanese man from the Dinka tribe stands in the early morning at a cattle camp in Mingkaman, South Sudan, on March 3. STEFANIE GLINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

A Sudanese man from the Dinka tribe stands in the early morning at a cattle camp in Mingkaman, South Sudan, on March 3.

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Palestinians throw stones and burn tires in response to Israeli forces’ intervention as they gather to support the maritime demonstration to break the Gaza blockade by sea with vessels in Gaza City on Oct. 22. This photo of a shirtless protester went viral after its release, drawing comparisons to the iconic French Revolution painting Liberty Leading the People. MUSTAFA HASSONA/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

Palestinians throw stones and burn tires in response to Israeli forces’ intervention as they gather to support the maritime demonstration to break the Gaza blockade by sea with vessels in Gaza City on Oct. 22. This photo of a shirtless protester went viral after its release, drawing comparisons to the iconic French Revolution painting Liberty Leading the People.

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A damaged mosque is seen by the tsunami-devastated coast in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 4. MOHD RASFAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A damaged mosque is seen by the tsunami-devastated coast in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 4.

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The body of a Yemeni fighter killed in Hodeidah is attended to by a friend at the morgue of a field hospital in Al Khawkhah, Yemen, on on Sept. 22. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

The body of a Yemeni fighter killed in Hodeidah is attended to by a friend at the morgue of a field hospital in Al Khawkhah, Yemen, on on Sept. 22.

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A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, on June 12. John Moore/Getty Images

A 2-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, on June 12.

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A soldier from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is seen at a military base outside Oicha on Oct. 7. JOHN WESSELS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A soldier from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is seen at a military base outside Oicha on Oct. 7.

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Workers clean up shattered glass in a Hong Kong building on Sept. 17, in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. City officials raised the storm alert to its highest level as the typhoon hit the island with wind speeds as high as 125 miles per hour. LAM YIK FEI/GETTY IMAGES

Workers clean up shattered glass in a Hong Kong building on Sept. 17 in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. City officials raised the storm alert to its highest level as the typhoon hit the island with wind speeds as high as 125 miles per hour.

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A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during government air strikes on Zamalka on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13. AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images

A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during government airstrikes on Zamalka on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at Panmunjom on April 27. KOREA SUMMIT PRESS POOL/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at Panmunjom on April 27.

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Rescue workers walk out from the Yun Tsui building, which leans at a precarious angle, in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on Feb. 8 after the city was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake on Feb. 6. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images

Rescue workers walk out from the Yun Tsui building, leaning at a precarious angle, in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on Feb. 8 after the city was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake.

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Rohingya refugees offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jamtoli refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug. 22. Nearly 1 million Rohingya marked the Muslim holiday in the world’s largest refugee camp. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Rohingya refugees offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jamtoli refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug. 22.

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Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on Feb. 7. (STEFANIE GLINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on Feb. 7.

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An Indian boy gestures as others throw colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Chennai, India, on March 2. ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images

Colored powder settles over an Indian boy during Holi festival celebrations in Chennai, India, on March 2.

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North Korean children gesture and shout at the instruction of a teacher at Gyeongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang on Aug. 23. CARL COURT/GETTY IMAGES

North Korean children gesture and shout at the instruction of a teacher at Gyeongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang on Aug. 23.

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French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

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Citizens hide from Zimbabwean soldiers in the streets of Harare on Aug. 1, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. ALEX MCBRIDE /AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Citizens hide from Zimbabwean soldiers in the streets of Harare on Aug. 1, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki on July 16. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki on July 16.

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Smoke billows behind the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens during a nearby wildfire in Kineta, Greece, on July 23. Wildfires killed at least 91 people in villages surrounding Athens, devouring homes, cars, and forests. VALERIE GACHE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Smoke billows behind the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens during a nearby wildfire in Kineta, Greece, on July 23. Wildfires killed at least 91 people in villages surrounding Athens, devouring homes, cars, and forests.

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Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington on Sept. 27. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington on Sept. 27.

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Protesters, dressed in costumes from The Handmaid's Tale, protest outside the hearing room where Brett Kavanaugh testified during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 4. WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES

Protesters, dressed in costumes fromThe Handmaid's Tale, protest outside the hearing room where Brett Kavanaugh testified during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 4.

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A demonstrator stands inside a bus set aflame during a daylong national strike in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, on June 14. The strike is in protest of the government's deadly crackdown on a two-month uprising against President Daniel Ortega. INTI OCON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A demonstrator stands inside a bus set aflame during a daylong national strike in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, on June 14. The strike is in protest of the government’s deadly crackdown on a two-month uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

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Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on June 19. The Trump administration is using the facility to house some of the immigrant children separated from their parents after they were caught entering the United States under the president's “zero tolerance” policy. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on June 19. The Trump administration is using the facility to house some of the immigrant children separated from their parents after they were caught entering the United States under the president's “zero tolerance” policy.

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South African schoolchildren pause next to a portrait of South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her house in Soweto, South Africa, on April 3. “The Mother of the Nation” and Nelson Mandela's former wife died April 2 at age 81. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

South African schoolchildren pause next to a portrait of South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her house in Soweto, South Africa, on April 3. The “Mother of the Nation” and Nelson Mandela’s former wife died on April 2 at age 81.

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A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on July 5. The protest denounced China’s treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a series of riot between Uighurs and Han people in July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s autonomous Xinjiang region, in which nearly 200 people died. OZAN KOSE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on July 5. The protest denounced China’s treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a series of riots between Uighurs and Han people in July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s autonomous Xinjiang region, in which nearly 200 people died.

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The crew of patrol vessel KV Svalbard and scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research play soccer on ice offshore in the sea around Greenland while two armed guards look out for polar bears on March 22 . MARIUS Vågenes VILLANGER/AFP/Getty Images

The crew of the patrol vessel KV Svalbard and scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research play soccer on ice offshore in the sea around Greenland while two armed guards look out for polar bears on March 22 .

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A group of migrants warm up with Red Cross blankets on board a Spanish coast guard vessel as they arrive at Málaga's harbor on April 26. Five people died in the attempted crossing to Europe before an inflatable boat carrying 80 men, six women, and four children was rescued off the coast. JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A group of migrants warm up with Red Cross blankets on board a Spanish coast guard vessel as they arrive at Málaga’s harbor on April 26. Five people died in the attempted crossing to Europe before an inflatable boat carrying 80 men, six women, and four children was rescued off the coast.

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Students are brought out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooter at the school killed 17 people on Feb. 14. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Students are brought out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooter at the school killed 17 people on Feb. 14.

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People observe 6 minutes and 20 seconds of silence—the same amount of time the gunman spent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—during the March for Our Lives rally in Washington on March 24. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Washington for the anti-gun violence rally organized by survivors of the shooting. More than 800 related events took around the world to call for legislative action to address school safety and gun violence. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

People observe 6 minutes and 20 seconds of silence—the same amount of time the gunman spent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—during the March for Our Lives rally in Washington on March 24. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Washington for the anti-gun violence rally organized by survivors of the shooting. More than 800 related events took around the world to call for legislative action to address school safety and gun violence.

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A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger tries to cover the eyes of Elia, a rare female Southern white rhino, to calm her after she was shot with a tranquilizer from a helicopter during the launch of a rhino identification-tagging exercise in Meru National Park on April 5. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger tries to cover the eyes of Elia, a rare female Southern white rhino, to calm her after she was shot with a tranquilizer from a helicopter during the launch of a rhino identification-tagging exercise in Meru National Park on April 5.

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Adult-film star Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, left, arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and confidante in New York on April 16. YANA PASKOVA/GETTY IMAGES

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, left, arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and confidant in New York, on April 16.

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Teargas surrounds protesters as they clash with riot police during a Yellow Vest demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Dec. 1. Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

Tear gas surrounds protesters as they clash with riot police during a Yellow Vest demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Dec. 1.

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South Korean Lee Keum-seom, 92, embraces her North Korean son Ri Sung Chol, 71, at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North’s southeastern coast on Aug. 20. Dozens of elderly South Koreans met their northern relatives for the first time since the peninsula and their families were divided by war nearly seven decades ago. KOREA POOL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

South Korean Lee Keum-seom, 92, embraces her North Korean son, Ri Sung Chol, 71, at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North’s southeastern coast on Aug. 20. Dozens of elderly South Koreans met their northern relatives for the first time since the peninsula and their families were divided by war nearly seven decades ago.

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A man tries to hold back the press as Saudi investigators arrive at the Saudi Arabian consulate ahead of Turkish police on Oct. 22 amid a growing international backlash to the disappearance—later determined to be the killing—of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A man tries to hold back the press as Saudi investigators arrive at the Saudi Arabian consulate ahead of Turkish police on Oct. 22 amid a growing international backlash to the disappearance—later determined to be the killing—of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

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A victim of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano is seen covered in ash on June 4, a day after the eruption which killed more than 150 people. Rescue workers spent days pulling bodies from the dust and rubble. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A victim of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano is seen covered in ash on June 4, a day after the eruption, which killed more than 150 people. Rescue workers spent days pulling bodies from the dust and rubble.

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A boy holds a partially submerged branch as he plays under a bridge in a swollen river after heavy rains in Manila on June 11. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

A boy holds a partially submerged branch as he plays under a bridge in a swollen river after heavy rains in Manila on June 11.

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A Rohingya boy sits inside a makeshift shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on Jan. 8. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

A Rohingya boy sits inside a makeshift shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on Jan. 8.

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands after meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12. The pair became the first sitting U.S. and North Korean leaders to meet. SUSAN WALSH/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands after meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12. The pair became the first sitting U.S. and North Korean leaders to meet.

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People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15. Another violent eruption on May 17 sent ash 30,000 feet into the sky, with the U.S. Geological Survey warning that ash could fall as far as Hilo, 30 miles away. MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES

People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15. Another violent eruption on May 17 sent ash 30,000 feet into the sky, with the U.S. Geological Survey warning that ash could fall as far as Hilo, 30 miles away.

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A Sri Lankan novice monk has his eyebrows shaved during a ceremony marking entry into the priesthood in the village of Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka, on May 28. Sri Lanka is primarily a Buddhist country but faces a shortage of men joining the priesthood. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A Sri Lankan novice monk has his eyebrows shaved during a ceremony marking entry into the priesthood in the village of Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka, on May 28. Sri Lanka is primarily a Buddhist country but faces a shortage of men joining the priesthood.

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Afghan pigeon fancier Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Afghan pigeon keeper Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30.

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A boy adds to the light show from the Milky Way in the sky over the Tatacoa Desert in Huila, Colombia, on Oct. 11. LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A boy adds to the light show from the Milky Way in the sky over the Tatacoa Desert in Huila, Colombia, on Oct. 11.

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Meghan Markle walks down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry in Windsor, England, on on May 19. Danny Lawson/Getty Images

Meghan Markle walks down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry in Windsor, England, on on May 19.

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The full moon rises behind burning moorland as a large wildfire sweeps across the moors between Dovestones and Buckton Vale in Stalybridge, England, on June 26. ANTHONY DEVLIN/GETTY IMAGES

The full moon rises behind burning moorland as a large wildfire sweeps across the moors between Dovestones and Buckton Vale in Stalybridge, England, on June 26.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley walks out of the chamber as Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N. Riyad Mansour begins to speak at a U.N. Security Council meeting on May 15 concerning the violence at the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip. DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley walks out of the chamber as Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N. Riyad Mansour begins to speak at a U.N. Security Council meeting on May 15 concerning the violence at the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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Inmate firefighters watch as an aircraft prepares to drop fire retardant ahead of the River Fire as it burns through a canyon in Lakeport, California, on Aug. 1. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Inmate firefighters watch as an aircraft prepares to drop fire retardant ahead of the River Fire as it burns through a canyon in Lakeport, California, on Aug. 1.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for former his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral in Washington on Dec. 5. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral in Washington on Dec. 5.

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Members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army honor guard prepare for a welcome ceremony for Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 30. ROMAN PILIPEY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army honor guard prepare for a welcome ceremony for Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 30.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she is greeted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on the dais as they take their places for a ceremonial welcome for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in London on Oct. 23 at the start of the Dutch king and queen's two-day state visit. MATT DUNHAM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

British Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she is greeted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on the dais as they take their places for a ceremonial welcome for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in London on Oct. 23 at the start of the Dutch king and queen’s two-day state visit.

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