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2018 in pictures: Striking photojournalism from around the world
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2018 in pictures: Striking photojournalism from around the world


The BBC News picture team has selected some of the most arresting images by photojournalists from around the world in 2018.

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Yves Herman / Reuters

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A woman is sprayed with tear gas by a riot police officer during a “yellow vests” protest against higher fuel prices, in Brussels, in December. Reuters photographer Yves Herman said of the woman: “When one young man was seized, a young woman with him rushed towards the line of police, shouting that he had done nothing wrong… She wasn’t even wearing one of the fluorescent yellow vests.”

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A man stands at the broken window of a building badly damaged by a typhoonImage copyright
Lam Yik Fei / Getty Images

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The aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong in September. Peak winds of 125mph (200km/h) were recorded, damaging buildings and shutting down the city. The typhoon killed dozens in the Philippines, before moving across southern China.

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Terray Sylvester / Reuters

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Lava erupts from a fissure east of Leilani Estates in Hawaii, during eruptions of the Kilauea volcano in May. The fissures and vents opened overnight, with lava leaping up to 230ft (70m) into the air.

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Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

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A young participant in Kenya’s Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant receives a makeover in Nairobi in November. The Albinism Society of Kenya set up the event to support those with the hereditary condition and help combat the discrimination and violence they frequently face.

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Billy H.C. Kwok / Getty Images

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Tourists release thousands of sky lanterns during the annual lantern festival in Pingxi,, Taiwan, in March. The event celebrates the last day of the lunar new year.

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People play football on a large flat piece of ice in the seaImage copyright
Marius Vagenes Villanger / AFP

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The crew of Norwegian patrol vessel KV Svalbard play football on ice in the sea around Greenland in March. Two armed guards look out for polar bears.

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Salah Khashoggi shakes the hand of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanImage copyright
AFP

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Salah Khashoggi (left), the eldest son of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, shakes the hand of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in October. Salah was invited to the meeting in Riyadh to receive condolences from Crown Prince Mohammed. The US Senate has blamed the Saudi crown prince for the murder, while Saudi officials deny the royal family was involved.

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Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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An aerial view of a neighbourhood in Paradise, obliterated by California’s deadliest wildfire, in November. The Camp Fire destroyed thousands of homes and killed over 80 people.

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A woman holds her malnourished child in a clinicImage copyright
AFP

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Yemeni mother Nadia Nahari holds her five-year-old son, Abdelrahman Manhash, who has severe malnutrition and weighs 11lb (5kg), in November. She stands on a weighing scale at a treatment clinic in the Khokha district, in the western province of Hodeidah.

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World leaders talk around a table at the G7 summitImage copyright
Jesco Denzel / Bundesregierung / Getty Images

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with US President Donald Trump, surrounded by other world leaders at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, in June. The photo, provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), went viral on social media, sparking memes and caption contests.

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STEFANIE GLINSKI / AFP

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A boy from the Dinka tribe tends to a cow in the early morning in March, in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan. During the country’s dry season, farmers move from the highlands to the lowlands, close to the Nile, where they set up large cattle camps.

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Harvey Weinstein is escorted by policeImage copyright
Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein handed himself to police in New York in May and was charged with rape and sexual abuse, charges he denies.

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A man washes plastic bags next to a canalImage copyright
Allison Joyce / Getty Images

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A man washes chemically treated plastic bags in a canal that leads to the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in June. In 2002, Bangladesh became the first country in the world to ban thin plastic bags, after they were found to have choked the drainage system during devastating floods.

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Stormy Daniels is seen through a lawyer with her lawyerImage copyright
Yana Paskova / Getty Images

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) is seen with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti (left), arriving at the United States District Court Southern District of New York in April for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer. In December, Cohen was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to making a $130,000 (£102,735) hush money payment to Ms Daniels.

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MUHAMMAD RIFKI / Getty Images

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An aerial view from a helicopter shows disinfectant being released over an area in Palu, in Indonesia, in an attempt to sterilise the ground following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in September, in which more than 380 people died. The area shown was affected by soil liquefaction, in which the structure of soil loses strength, causing buildings to shift and collapse.

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Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

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A shaman in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, takes part in a fire ritual meant to summon spirits to mark the summer solstice, in June. Banned for 70 years under Communist rule, shamanism has seen a resurgence in Mongolia since 1992, when the ancient practice became protected by the country’s constitution.

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A girl poses for a photo with a colourful fabric backgroundImage copyright
Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

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A Rohingya refugee girl wears thanaka paste at Shamlapur camp, in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, in March. Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya people have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar, also known as Burma, for neighbouring Bangladesh.

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An aerial view of a museum gutted by a fireImage copyright
MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP

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An aerial drone view of Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum after fire ripped through the building in September, destroying almost 90% of the collection of 20 million artefacts. Critics blamed lack of government funding for the extent of the damage, with dry hydrants nearby and no sprinkler system in the building.

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Mark Zuckerberg sits in front of photographersImage copyright
JIM WATSON / AFP

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, in April. Mr Zuckerberg said one of his greatest regrets was the company’s slowness to act against disinformation posted by Russian trolls during the US election.

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Two women cry and embraceImage copyright
STRINGER / AFP

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Two Eritrean sisters are reunited in their home country after 20 years of being apart. The pair were separated in the fallout of Eritrea seceding from Ethiopia in 1993, followed by a conflict in 1998, in which 80,000 people were killed. Commercial flights between the two countries resumed in July this year, after a “peace and friendship” agreement was signed by Eritrea’s president.

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Soldiers hold an electric cable in a caveImage copyright
LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

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Soldiers feed electric cable deep into the flooded Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand in June, as part of an enormous operation to rescue 12 boys and their football coach trapped in the complex cave system. The group were found alive huddled on a ledge after more than two weeks in the cave. They were all freed in July after a dangerous three-day operation.

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Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in hold handsImage copyright
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) hold hands in triumph after signing the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula during the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House in April. The meeting was the third Inter-Korean summit after the 1945 division of the peninsula.

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Emmanuel Macron raises his arms as he watches the World Cup final in a stadiumImage copyright
ALEXEY NIKOLSKY / AFP

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French President Emmanuel Macron punches the air as France triumphs against Croatia in the Russia 2018 World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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Frances McDormand leaves the stage with her Oscar whilst photographers take photosImage copyright
MARK RALSTON / AFP

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Actress Frances McDormand leaves the stage after winning the Oscar for best actress in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in March. During her acceptance speech, McDormand gave a rallying cry for female nominees to stand up, as she declared “look around, because we all have stories to tell”.

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Emma Gonzalez stands with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolImage copyright
JIM WATSON / AFP

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Emma Gonzalez (centre) stands with other students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a March for Our Lives Rally in Washington in March. Seventeen people were murdered at the high school in Florida. Students subsequently organised a political movement supported by hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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Naomi Osaka and Serena WilliamsImage copyright
TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

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An emotional Naomi Osaka (left), of Japan, becomes the US Open women’s singles champion after defeating Serena Williams, in September. During the match, an angry Williams accused the umpire of being a “thief”, in some of the most dramatic scenes seen at a Grand Slam final.

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An aerial view of a burning structureImage copyright
DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV / AFP

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Spectators in Russia mark Shrovetide, an ancient farewell ceremony to winter, in February, by watching the burning of a 30m (100ft) structure built of branches made in the form of a Gothic-style building. The effigy, created by artist Nikolay Polissky, was burned in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, in the Kaluga region, 220km (140 miles) south-west of Moscow.

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A man argues with a soldierImage copyright
Mohamad Torokman / Reuters

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A Palestinian man argues with an Israeli soldier in October during clashes over an Israeli order to shut down a Palestinian school in the town of as-Sawiyah, south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.

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A woman runs away from tear gas with her two childrenImage copyright
Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

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Maria Meza (centre), an asylum seeker from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her five-year-old twin daughters, Saira Mejia Meza (left) and Cheili Mejia Meza (right), in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico, in Tijuana.

The best news pictures from around the UK will run tomorrow.

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