Images: 2021 Associated Press photos of the year

 
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Posted12/29/2021 2:00 AM

See the best photos of 2021 from the photojournalists of The Associated Press.

Police with guns drawn face off against rioters trying to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021.
Police with guns drawn face off against rioters trying to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington as they try to storm the building on Jan. 6, 2021, while inside Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington as they try to storm the building on Jan. 6, 2021, while inside Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants, mostly from Haiti, as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19, 2021.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants, mostly from Haiti, as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19, 2021.
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Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down on the stand as he testifies about his encounter with the late Joseph Rosenbaum during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year.
Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down on the stand as he testifies about his encounter with the late Joseph Rosenbaum during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year.
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Yohaness, from Eritrea, prays with other migrants as they arrive at the coast of Italy aboard the Spanish vessel Open Arms, on Jan. 4, 2021, after being rescued in the Mediterranean sea.
Yohaness, from Eritrea, prays with other migrants as they arrive at the coast of Italy aboard the Spanish vessel Open Arms, on Jan. 4, 2021, after being rescued in the Mediterranean sea.
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A penguin swims in an enclosure housing Gentoo and chinstrap penguins at Mexico City's Inbursa Aquarium on Jan. 13, 2021.
A penguin swims in an enclosure housing Gentoo and chinstrap penguins at Mexico City's Inbursa Aquarium on Jan. 13, 2021.
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A voodoo pilgrim bathes in a waterfall believed to have purifying powers during an annual celebration in Saut d'Eau, Haiti, on July 16, 2021.
A voodoo pilgrim bathes in a waterfall believed to have purifying powers during an annual celebration in Saut d'Eau, Haiti, on July 16, 2021.
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Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi-led coalition ride on the back of an armored vehicle as they leave the front lines of Marib, Yemen, on June 19, 2021.
Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi-led coalition ride on the back of an armored vehicle as they leave the front lines of Marib, Yemen, on June 19, 2021.
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A woman holds a cutout of President Donald Trump's face at a rally in Washington in support of Trump called the "Save America Rally" on Jan. 6, 2021.
A woman holds a cutout of President Donald Trump's face at a rally in Washington in support of Trump called the "Save America Rally" on Jan. 6, 2021.
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President-elect Joe Biden, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, watch as Lady Gaga steps off the stage after performing the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2021.
President-elect Joe Biden, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, watch as Lady Gaga steps off the stage after performing the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2021.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Supporters of President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
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A house is covered by ash from a volcano that continues to erupt on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands on Oct. 30, 2021.
A house is covered by ash from a volcano that continues to erupt on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands on Oct. 30, 2021.
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A migrant is comforted by a member of the Spanish Red Cross at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta near the border of Morocco and Spain, on May 18, 2021.
A migrant is comforted by a member of the Spanish Red Cross at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta near the border of Morocco and Spain, on May 18, 2021.
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Honduran migrants clash with Guatemalan soldiers in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, on Jan. 17, 2021.
Honduran migrants clash with Guatemalan soldiers in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, on Jan. 17, 2021.
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Shredded trees and the shells of homes lie half buried in mud near the Taal volcano almost a year after it erupted in Batangas province, a popular tourist destination just south of Manila, Philippines, on Jan. 10, 2021.
Shredded trees and the shells of homes lie half buried in mud near the Taal volcano almost a year after it erupted in Batangas province, a popular tourist destination just south of Manila, Philippines, on Jan. 10, 2021.
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A health worker prepares Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City, Philippines, on Nov. 17, 2021.
A health worker prepares Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City, Philippines, on Nov. 17, 2021.
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A train passes a railroad crossing surrounded by floodwaters from rain and melting snow in Nidderau near Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 3, 2021.
A train passes a railroad crossing surrounded by floodwaters from rain and melting snow in Nidderau near Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 3, 2021.
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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
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Cracked mud stretches out across a vast area once covered by the waters of the Suesca lagoon, in Suesca, Colombia, on Feb. 17, 2021. The lake, once teeming with fish, is drying up due to the effects of climate change.
Cracked mud stretches out across a vast area once covered by the waters of the Suesca lagoon, in Suesca, Colombia, on Feb. 17, 2021. The lake, once teeming with fish, is drying up due to the effects of climate change.
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Haitian migrants wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, on Sept. 19, 2021, to avoid deportation to Haiti from the U.S.
Haitian migrants wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, on Sept. 19, 2021, to avoid deportation to Haiti from the U.S.
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Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, in Doyle, Calif., on July 9, 2021.
Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, in Doyle, Calif., on July 9, 2021.
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Laila poses for a photo on Sept. 27, 2021, as she plays in a poor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, where hundreds of internally displaced people from the eastern part of the country have been living for years.
Laila poses for a photo on Sept. 27, 2021, as she plays in a poor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, where hundreds of internally displaced people from the eastern part of the country have been living for years.
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Stephen Mudoga, 12, tries to chase away a swarm of locusts on his farm as he returns home from school, at Elburgon, in Nakuru county, Kenya, on March 17, 2021.
Stephen Mudoga, 12, tries to chase away a swarm of locusts on his farm as he returns home from school, at Elburgon, in Nakuru county, Kenya, on March 17, 2021.
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A boy bicycle-kicks a ball in a flooded area of the Belen community in Iquitos, Peru, on March 20, 2021.
A boy bicycle-kicks a ball in a flooded area of the Belen community in Iquitos, Peru, on March 20, 2021.
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A fighter loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) mans a guard post on the outskirts of the town of Hawzen, then-controlled by the group but later retaken by government forces, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on May 7, 2021.
A fighter loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) mans a guard post on the outskirts of the town of Hawzen, then-controlled by the group but later retaken by government forces, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on May 7, 2021.
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Migrants walk on a dirt road along the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas, on March 23, 2021, after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Migrants walk on a dirt road along the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas, on March 23, 2021, after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Attendees, some wearing masks, wait for a fashion show to begin during Fashion Week in Beijing on March 31, 2021.
Attendees, some wearing masks, wait for a fashion show to begin during Fashion Week in Beijing on March 31, 2021.
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Jen Ho Lee, a 76-year-old South Korean immigrant, poses in her apartment in Los Angeles on March 31, 2021, with a sign from a recent rally she attended in Koreatown against anti-Asian hate crimes.
Jen Ho Lee, a 76-year-old South Korean immigrant, poses in her apartment in Los Angeles on March 31, 2021, with a sign from a recent rally she attended in Koreatown against anti-Asian hate crimes.
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Victor Tripiana, 86, reaches out to touch the hand of his daughter-in-law, Silvia Fernandez Sotto, separated by a plastic sheet to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at the Reminiscencias residence for the elderly in Tandil, Argentina, on April 4, 2021.
Victor Tripiana, 86, reaches out to touch the hand of his daughter-in-law, Silvia Fernandez Sotto, separated by a plastic sheet to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at the Reminiscencias residence for the elderly in Tandil, Argentina, on April 4, 2021.
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In this photo created with an in-camera multiple exposure, registered nurse Lisa Lampkin, part of the first group of nurses who had been treating coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit, stands for a photo in the empty COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., on April 6, 2021. "I would go home, try to sleep," she says. Then she would "wake up to the reality of this pandemic again."
In this photo created with an in-camera multiple exposure, registered nurse Lisa Lampkin, part of the first group of nurses who had been treating coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit, stands for a photo in the empty COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., on April 6, 2021. "I would go home, try to sleep," she says. Then she would "wake up to the reality of this pandemic again."
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A funeral worker removes empty coffins that held remains that were later cremated at La Recoleta cemetery in Santiago, Chile, during the coronavirus pandemic, on April 21, 2021.
A funeral worker removes empty coffins that held remains that were later cremated at La Recoleta cemetery in Santiago, Chile, during the coronavirus pandemic, on April 21, 2021.
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A patient in a car receives oxygen provided by a gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, in New Delhi, India, on April 24, 2021. India's health system has been overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, leaving patients desperate for oxygen and other supplies.
A patient in a car receives oxygen provided by a gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, in New Delhi, India, on April 24, 2021. India's health system has been overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, leaving patients desperate for oxygen and other supplies.
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A man runs to escape the heat from multiple funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on April 29, 2021.
A man runs to escape the heat from multiple funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on April 29, 2021.
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A ballerina in the National Opera performs during the avant premiere staging of the 1870 comic ballet Coppelia in Bucharest, Romania, on May 12, 2021.
A ballerina in the National Opera performs during the avant premiere staging of the 1870 comic ballet Coppelia in Bucharest, Romania, on May 12, 2021.
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Father Felix Mendoza, a Venezuelan Catholic priest, prays over a woman who is crying out in physical pain, at a public hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 11, 2021.
Father Felix Mendoza, a Venezuelan Catholic priest, prays over a woman who is crying out in physical pain, at a public hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 11, 2021.
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A blast from an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City throws dust and debris on May 13, 2021, as Hamas and Israel traded more rockets and airstrikes and Jewish-Arab violence raged across Israel at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
A blast from an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City throws dust and debris on May 13, 2021, as Hamas and Israel traded more rockets and airstrikes and Jewish-Arab violence raged across Israel at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
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A group of migrants mainly from Honduras and Nicaragua wait along a road after turning themselves in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, in La Joya, Texas, on May 17, 2021.
A group of migrants mainly from Honduras and Nicaragua wait along a road after turning themselves in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, in La Joya, Texas, on May 17, 2021.
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Anti-government protesters angry over proposed tax increases on public services, fuel, wages and pensions clash with police in Madrid, Colombia, on the outskirts of Bogota, on May 28, 2021.
Anti-government protesters angry over proposed tax increases on public services, fuel, wages and pensions clash with police in Madrid, Colombia, on the outskirts of Bogota, on May 28, 2021.
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Khushi Mir, left, a transgender Kashmiri, relaxes with friends after a meeting of community members in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on June 4, 2021. Khushi and four young boys have begun a volunteer group to distribute food kits to the transgender community.
Khushi Mir, left, a transgender Kashmiri, relaxes with friends after a meeting of community members in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on June 4, 2021. Khushi and four young boys have begun a volunteer group to distribute food kits to the transgender community.
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A wood frog looks out from the clover in East Waterford, Pa., on June 6, 2021.
A wood frog looks out from the clover in East Waterford, Pa., on June 6, 2021.
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President Joe Biden speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning from a trip to Cincinnati, on July 21, 2021.
President Joe Biden speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning from a trip to Cincinnati, on July 21, 2021.
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Smoke envelops trees as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burns in Doyle, Calif., on July 9, 2021.
Smoke envelops trees as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burns in Doyle, Calif., on July 9, 2021.
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Ultraorthodox Jewish men and children read by candle light from the book of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) during the annual Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av) fasting and Memorial Day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples, in the Ultraorthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, on July 17, 2021.
Ultraorthodox Jewish men and children read by candle light from the book of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) during the annual Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av) fasting and Memorial Day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples, in the Ultraorthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, on July 17, 2021.
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Simone Biles of the United States trains on vault for artistic gymnastics at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, Japan, on July 22, 2021, ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Simone Biles of the United States trains on vault for artistic gymnastics at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, Japan, on July 22, 2021, ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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Birds fly over a man taking photos of the exposed riverbed of the Old Parana River, a tributary of the Parana River, during a drought in Rosario, Argentina, on July 29, 2021.
Birds fly over a man taking photos of the exposed riverbed of the Old Parana River, a tributary of the Parana River, during a drought in Rosario, Argentina, on July 29, 2021.
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A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies near the U.S. Embassy as smoke rises in Kabul, Afghanistan, late Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies near the U.S. Embassy as smoke rises in Kabul, Afghanistan, late Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
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A carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, on Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Hoover died in an attack at Afghanistan's Kabul airport, along with 12 other U.S. service members.
A carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, on Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Hoover died in an attack at Afghanistan's Kabul airport, along with 12 other U.S. service members.
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Young cadets attend a ceremony on the first day of school at a cadet lyceum in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 1, 2021. Ukraine marks Sept. 1 as Knowledge Day, the traditional launch of the academic year.
Young cadets attend a ceremony on the first day of school at a cadet lyceum in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 1, 2021. Ukraine marks Sept. 1 as Knowledge Day, the traditional launch of the academic year.
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Volunteers take a break while working near a forest fire near Kyuyorelyakh village west of Yakutsk, in Russia, on Aug. 7, 2021.
Volunteers take a break while working near a forest fire near Kyuyorelyakh village west of Yakutsk, in Russia, on Aug. 7, 2021.
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Josh Montford rests his head in his hand while going through his flood damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, on Sept. 1, 2021, in Jean Lafitte, La. "I'm overwhelmed," said Montford as he searched for items to salvage.
Josh Montford rests his head in his hand while going through his flood damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, on Sept. 1, 2021, in Jean Lafitte, La. "I'm overwhelmed," said Montford as he searched for items to salvage.
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Guan Chenchen, of China, performs on the balance beam on her way to winning the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 3, 2021.
Guan Chenchen, of China, performs on the balance beam on her way to winning the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 3, 2021.
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A firefighter places his hand on engraved names on the south memorial pool during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.
A firefighter places his hand on engraved names on the south memorial pool during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.
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Migrants cross the Acandi River on their journey north, near Acandi, Colombia, on Sept. 15, 2021. The migrants, mostly Haitians, are on their way to crossing the Darien Gap from Colombia into Panama dreaming of reaching the U.S.
Migrants cross the Acandi River on their journey north, near Acandi, Colombia, on Sept. 15, 2021. The migrants, mostly Haitians, are on their way to crossing the Darien Gap from Colombia into Panama dreaming of reaching the U.S.
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Police in riot gear patrol near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021, during a rally by allies of former President Donald Trump to support what they call "political prisoners" from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Police in riot gear patrol near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021, during a rally by allies of former President Donald Trump to support what they call "political prisoners" from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
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Palestinians walk past the remains of a 15 story building that was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, on May 13, 2021.
Palestinians walk past the remains of a 15 story building that was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, on May 13, 2021.
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A man climbs a steep ridge with a basket of coal scavenged from a mine near Dhanbad, India, in the eastern state of Jharkhand, on Sept. 24, 2021. A 2021 Indian government study found that Jharkhand state, among the poorest in India and the state with the nation's largest coal reserves, is also the most vulnerable Indian state to climate change.
A man climbs a steep ridge with a basket of coal scavenged from a mine near Dhanbad, India, in the eastern state of Jharkhand, on Sept. 24, 2021. A 2021 Indian government study found that Jharkhand state, among the poorest in India and the state with the nation's largest coal reserves, is also the most vulnerable Indian state to climate change.
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Ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands covers a house on Nov. 1, 2021. Scientists estimate the volcano has ejected over 10,000 million cubic meters of ash, jettisoned thousands of meters into the sky.
Ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands covers a house on Nov. 1, 2021. Scientists estimate the volcano has ejected over 10,000 million cubic meters of ash, jettisoned thousands of meters into the sky.
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Holocaust survivor Rivka Papo, 87, gets makeup applied during a special beauty pageant honoring Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem, on Nov. 16, 2021.
Holocaust survivor Rivka Papo, 87, gets makeup applied during a special beauty pageant honoring Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem, on Nov. 16, 2021.
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