The spire of Notre Dame collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

2019: The Year in Photos

Grief in Ethiopia and Mexico, comfort in New Zealand and Afghanistan, marriage in North Korea, an eclipse in Chile,  and a polar bear in a changing world—50 images that offer a lens on the past year. Coming next week: the year in protest photos.

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The spire of Notre Dame collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

The spire of Notre Dame collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15.

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A polar bear wanders the outskirts of the Russian industrial city of Norilsk, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat, on June 17. IRINA YARINSKAYA/AFP/Getty Images

A polar bear wanders the outskirts of the Russian industrial city of Norilsk, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat, on June 17.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence applaud U.S. President Donald Trump at his State of the Union address in Washington on Feb. 5.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence applaud U.S. President Donald Trump at his State of the Union address in Washington on Feb. 5.

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Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving Baghouz, Syria, on Feb. 27. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving Baghouz, Syria, on Feb. 27.

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A girl cries during her father's funeral organized by government opposition in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 16. The Haitian opposition rejected President Jovenel Moise's appeal for dialogue, as the country's main cities remained paralyzed after more than a month of often violent protests. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images

A girl cries during her father’s funeral organized by government opposition in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 16. The Haitian opposition rejected President Jovenel Moïse’s appeal for dialogue as the country’s main cities remained paralyzed after more than a month of often violent protests.

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Firefighters work to control flames from a backfire during the Maria fire in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

Firefighters work to control flames from a backfire during the Maria fire in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1.

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A Syrian boy on his bicycle looks at a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrolling fields near the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah at the border with Turkey on Oct. 31. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images

A Syrian boy on his bicycle looks at a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrolling fields near the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah at the border with Turkey on Oct. 31.

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Kenyan security forces help people escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi on Jan. 15. A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarfket hotel and office complex, killing at least 21 in an attack claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Islamist group. KABIR DHANJI/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyan security forces help people escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi on Jan. 15. A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel and office complex, killing at least 21 in an attack claimed by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab Islamist group.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugs a woman at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington on March 17 in the wake of a mass shooting at a mosque that killed 51. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugs a woman at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington on March 17 in the wake of a mass shooting at a mosque that killed 51.

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An Indian man feeds migratory seagulls at Narmada River early in the morning in Jabalpur in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Jan. 29. UMA SHANKAR MISHRA/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian man feeds migratory seagulls at Narmada River early in the morning in Jabalpur in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Jan. 29.

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An Afghan woman sits next to a wounded child after receiving treatment at Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital following a powerful truck bomb attack in Kabul on Jan. 15. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least four people and wounded more than 100. SHAKIB RAHMANI/AFP/Getty Images

An Afghan woman sits next to a wounded child after receiving treatment at Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital following a powerful truck bomb attack in Kabul on Jan. 15. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least four people and wounded more than 100.

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A migrant keeps warm with a Red Cross blanket upon arrival at the harbor of Malaga on Jan. 6 after an inflatable boat carrying 185 migrants was rescued by the Spanish coast guard off the Spanish coast. JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

A migrant keeps warm with a Red Cross blanket upon arrival at the harbor of Málaga on Jan. 6 after an inflatable boat carrying 185 migrants was rescued by the Spanish coast guard off the Spanish coast.

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People play soccer in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on April 10. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images

People play soccer in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on April 10.

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Kashmiri girls take part in a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in Srinagar on Jan. 24. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

Kashmiri girls take part in a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in Srinagar on Jan. 24.

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Schoolgirls look at "The Morning of the Streltsy Execution" by Russian painter Vasily Surikov at The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on Feb. 26. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Schoolgirls look at The Morning of the Streltsy Execution by the Russian painter Vasily Surikov at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on Feb. 26.

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A group of girls leave their school during a rally by All Progressives Congress party supporters celebrating the re-election of the incumbent president and the leader of party in Kano, Nigeria, on Feb. 27. Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images

A group of girls leave their school during a rally by All Progressives Congress party supporters celebrating the reelection of the incumbent president and the leader of the party in Kano, Nigeria, on Feb. 27.

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Russian cadets use their mobile phones during the annual cadet schools get-together in Moscow on March 29. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Russian cadets use their mobile phones during the annual cadet schools get-together in Moscow on March 29.

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A young child looks at a member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (after leaving the Islamic State group's last holdout of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on Feb. 27. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

A young child looks at a member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the Islamic State group’s last holdout of Baghouz in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province on Feb. 27.

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Evacuees from Baghouz arrive at a screening area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 6. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Evacuees from Baghouz arrive at a screening area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 6.

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Women and children evacuated from the Islamic State's embattled holdout of Baghouz arrive at a screening area held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 6.

Women and children evacuated from the Islamic State’s embattled holdout of Baghouz arrive at a screening area held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 6.

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A resident searches through debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, on Sept. 7. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

A resident searches through debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, on Sept. 7.

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Theresa May leaves after announcing her resignation as Britain’s prime minister outside 10 Downing Street in London on May 24. ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images

Theresa May leaves after announcing her resignation as Britain’s prime minister outside No. 10 Downing St. in London on May 24.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a class during his visit to Pimlico Primary school in London on Sept. 10. TOBY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a class during his visit to Pimlico Primary school in London on Sept. 10.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a plenary session in Berlin on Oct. 17. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a plenary session in Berlin on Oct. 17.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exits a plane upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exits a plane upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24.

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds notes referencing his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington on Nov. 20. Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump holds notes referencing his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington on Nov. 20.

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In a photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom on June 30. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

In a photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom on June 30.

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A bride and groom jump over a rope during a wedding photo shoot at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

A bride and groom jump over a rope during a wedding photo shoot at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18.

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United Wa State Army (UWSA) soldiers participate in a military parade, to commemorate 30 years of a ceasefire signed with the Myanmar military in the Wa State in Panghsang on April 17. YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images

United Wa State Army soldiers participate in a military parade to commemorate 30 years of a cease-fire signed with the Myanmar military in the Wa State in Panghsang on April 17.

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Elderly Druze men gather during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, in the Druze village of Buqata, on March 30. JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images

Elderly Druze men gather during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, in the Druze village of Buqata, on March 30.

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A child dressed as a Pope cries during the weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's square in the Vatican on March 3. TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

A child dressed as a pope cries during the weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on March 3.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven by British Police hours after being arrested in Ecuador's embassy on an extradition request from the United States on April 11. -/AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven by British police hours after being arrested in Ecuador’s embassy on an extradition request from the United States on April 11.

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A picador falls from his horse during a bullfight during the San Isidro festival in Madrid on May 15. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

A picador falls from his horse during a bullfight during the San Isidro festival in Madrid on May 15.

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An indigenous man from the Arara tribe poses at a protest camp in Brasilia on April 25. Approximately 4,000 indigenous people from different tribes are taking part in protests during the Indigenous National Mobilization week, which seeks to tackle territorial rights' negotiations with the government. CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

An indigenous man from the Arara tribe poses at a protest camp in Brasília on April 25. Approximately 4,000 indigenous people from different tribes are taking part in protests during the Indigenous National Mobilization week, which seeks to tackle territorial rights negotiations with the government.

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Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeted churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21. Stringer/Getty Images

Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeted churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21.

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A man carries a Soviet flag during Victory Day celebrations in the town of Pinsk, southwest of Minsk, Belarus, on May 9. SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images

A man carries a Soviet flag during Victory Day celebrations in the town of Pinsk, southwest of Minsk, Belarus, on May 9.

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U.S. paratroopers walk back after jumping over Le Mont-Saint-Michel, northwestern France on May 18, less than three weeks before the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. paratroopers walk back after jumping over Le Mont-Saint-Michel, northwestern France, on May 18, less than three weeks before the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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Swimmers compete in the Monte Cristo Challenge at the Chateau d'If, off the coast of Marseille, southern France, on June 21. BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images

Swimmers compete in the Monte Cristo Challenge at the Chateau d'If, off the coast of Marseille, southern France, on June 21.

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Orthodox nuns take part in a religious procession in Kyiv, Ukraine, on July 27. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Orthodox nuns take part in a religious procession in Kyiv, Ukraine, on July 27.

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A Palestinian man cleans the windows of al-Khaldi mosque before breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City on May 30. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian man cleans the windows of al-Khaldi mosque before breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City on May 30.

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A worker attaches a U.S. flag to a mast before displaying it along the road with other Israeli flags in the settlement of Qela Bruchim in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 14. JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images

A worker attaches a U.S. flag to a mast before displaying it along the road with other Israeli flags in the settlement of Qela Bruchim in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 14.

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Migrants wait to board in a bus as they transfer to a camp following a rescue operation by a Frontex patrol vessel at the port of Skala Sikamias on the Greek island of Lesbos on Oct. 2. ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images

Migrants wait to board in a bus as they transfer to a camp following a rescue operation by a Frontex patrol vessel at the port of Skala Sikamineas on the Greek island of Lesbos on Oct. 2.

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Loved ones mourn while they look at the burned car where some of the nine members of their Mormon family were killed and burned during an ambush by gunmen in Bavispe, Mexico, on Nov. 5. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images

Loved ones mourn while they look at the burned car where some of the nine members of their Mormon family were killed and burned during an ambush by gunmen in Bavispe, Mexico, on Nov. 5.

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A man tries to catch locusts while standing on a rooftop as the bugs swarm over the Huthi rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 28. MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images

A man tries to catch locusts while standing on a rooftop as the bugs swarm over the Houthi rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 28.

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A relative of a plane crash victim throws dirt in her face as she mourns on March 14 at the site near Bishoftu where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff  killing all 157 on board. Mulugeta Ayene/AP

A relative of a plane crash victim throws dirt in her face as she mourns on March 14 at the site near Bishoftu, Ethiopia, where an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board.

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Health workers carry a coffin containing a victim of the Ebola virus in Butembo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 16. The city is at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis with the toll of this outbreak at more than 1,000 deaths. JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images

Health workers carry a coffin containing a victim of the Ebola virus in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 16. The city is at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis, with the toll of this outbreak at more than 1,000 deaths.

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People look at lava erupting from the Piton de la Fournaise on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion on Aug. 13. RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty Images

People look at lava erupting from the Piton de la Fournaise on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion on Aug. 13.

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People try to catch offerings thrown off the summit of the active Mount Bromo volcano by Tengger tribe members and local tourists in Probolinggo, East Java province, Indonesia, as part of the Yadnya Kasada Festival on July 18. During the festival, the Tenggerese climb the volcano and seek blessings of the main deity by presenting offerings of rice, fruit, livestock, and other items. JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images

People try to catch offerings thrown off the summit of the active Mount Bromo volcano by Tengger tribe members and local tourists in Probolinggo, East Java province, Indonesia, as part of the Yadnya Kasada Festival on July 18. During the festival, the Tenggerese climb the volcano and seek blessings from the main deity by presenting offerings of rice, fruit, livestock, and other items.

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A boy plays with a toy plane on the eve of a solar eclipse in La Higuera in the Atacama desert north of Santiago, Chile, on July 1. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

A boy plays with a toy plane on the eve of a solar eclipse in La Higuera in the Atacama desert north of Santiago, Chile, on July 1.

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United States forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring her team's first goal during the Women's World Cup quarter-final soccer match between France and the United States in Paris on June 28. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

United States forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring her team’s first goal during the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between France and the United States in Paris on June 28.

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