We near the end of another eventful year. Wildfires raged across California, the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants led to family separations, relations between North and South Korea eased a bit, a horrific school shooting in Florida touched off a nationwide gun-control protest and debate, France won the World Cup in Moscow, Britain’s Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle, the U.S. held a historic midterm election, and so much more. Here, we present the Top 25 News Photos of 2018. Be sure to come back soon for a more comprehensive series, beginning tomorrow—2018: The Year in Photos, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

1. A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The mother set her down to allow the search to take place, and the girl immediately began screaming. Then, according to an interview with Moore by the Washington Post reporter Avi Selkan, "the woman picked up her daughter, they walked into the van, the van drove away, and Moore never saw them again." A June 20 article from The Daily Beast says that they spoke with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, who told them that this particular mother and child were not separated during processing. The photo became iconic and spread around the world as opposition rose against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward undocumented immigrants, which led to hundreds of families being separated at the border, despite the fact that this particular family was never separated.
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2. Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, on September 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford accused the then–Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high-school students in suburban Maryland. In prepared remarks, Ford said, "I don't have all the answers, and I don't remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult."
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3. People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. A bout of earthquakes, fissures, and eruptions took place on Kilauea's East Rift Zone from May through August, forcing evacuations and destroying hundreds of homes in several neighborhoods. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, by the end of August, the lava that reached the sea had created approximately 875 acres (3.54 square kilometers) of new land.
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4. Central American migrants take part in a caravan heading to the United States on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. Thousands of men, women, and children, mostly Hondurans, gathered into large groups to journey north through Mexico, to escape the violence and poverty in their home countries and seek better lives for themselves in the U.S. The visibility of their movement helped it become a touchstone issue in the U.S. midterm elections, with President Donald Trump sending troops to the border and issuing threats to Mexico and Central American leaders, should they allow these migrants to pass through.
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5. White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the U.S. Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed-door meeting in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2018. The following day, the White House announced that Hicks had resigned, her final day on the job to take place in the following weeks.
Leah Millis / Reuters
6. Palestinians burn tires and throw stones toward Israeli forces as they gather to support a maritime demonstration to break the Gaza sea blockade in Gaza City on October 22, 2018.
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7. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un reach across the border between North and South Korea to shake hands at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, on April 27, 2018.
Korea Summit Press Pool / Reuters
8. An antique car sits inundated by floodwaters from the Waccamaw River, caused by Hurricane Florence, in Bucksport, South Carolina, on September 26, 2018. Nearly two weeks after Florence made landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continued in northeastern South Carolina.
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9. People are walked out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others on February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida. The attack sparked a protest movement among students and others nationwide, which led to numerous demonstrations, marches, and meetings with political leaders, seeking stronger gun-control legislation.
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10. Students rally in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 14, 2018. Students walked out of school to protest gun violence in response to the previous month's massacre of 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Carolyn Kaster / AP
11. Emma Gonzalez, a student and shooting survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, cries as she addresses the conclusion of the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2018. During her emotional speech, Gonzalez set aside several long minutes of silence, staring at the crowd and cameras, to help drive home the impact of the six minutes and 20 seconds it took for the shooter at her school to cause so much pain.
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
12. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, on May 19, 2018, during her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
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13. Newly released child soldiers wait in line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018. More than 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, were released in South Sudan's war-torn region of Yambio under a program to help reintegrate them into society, the UN said on on February 7, 2018. A conflict erupted in South Sudan little more than two years after it gained independence from Sudan in 2011, causing tens of thousands of deaths and uprooting nearly four million people. The integration program aims to help 700 child soldiers return to normal life.
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14. Military-aircraft enthusiasts watch as a United States Air Force F-15 fighter jet travels at low altitude through the "Mach Loop" series of valleys near Dolgellau, Wales, on June 26, 2018. The Mach Loop valleys are regularly used by the military for operational low-flying training, which can take place as low as 250 feet (76 meters) from the nearest terrain.
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15. In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Jesco Denzel / German Federal Government via AP
16. Bicycles of various bike-sharing services sit piled among the rubble of houses partially demolished in Shanghai, China, on July 8, 2018. Supply vastly outstripped demand, and eager companies ran into trouble with local governments as dockless bike-share ventures placed millions of bikes on the streets of China's cities, only to have many impounded, or to go bankrupt and abandon their inventories. The end result: countless piles of surplus or abandoned bike-share bicycles dotting the landscape in urban China.
Aly Song / Reuters
17. French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the World Cup Final between France and Croatia in Moscow, Russia, on July 15, 2018. France won the match 4–2.
Alexei Nikolsky / Sputnik Photo Agency / Reuters
18. Randall Margraves (left), the father of three daughters who were abused by Larry Nassar, lunges at Nassar (wearing orange), a former Team USA gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual-assault charges, during victim statements of his sentencing in the Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, on February 2, 2018. Margraves was restrained, never reaching Nassar. He later apologized to the court, and was released by the judge without punishment "due to the circumstances" of the case.
Rebecca Cook / Reuters
19. Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero-tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, on June 18, 2018.
Mike Blake / Reuters
20. Melania Trump, the U.S. first lady, climbs into her motorcade vehicle wearing a Zara-designed jacket with the phrase "I Really Don't Care. Do U?" on the back as she returns to Washington, D.C., from a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border area in Texas, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on June 21, 2018. The phrase, written on a coat worn on a trip to visit immigrant families in detention, sparked wild speculation. A spokesperson for the first lady stated that there was no overt message being sent, that it was "just a coat," while her husband, President Trump, tweeted that it referred to the "fake news media." Melania, months later, explained to ABC's Tom Llamas that she wore it "for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I want to show them that I don’t care."
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
21. An aerial view of Balaroa village following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on October 6, 2018, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. 2,256 people were killed by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which slammed into Indonesia's coastline, destroying or damaging more than 70,000 homes and larger structures.
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22. Flames from the Carr Fire burn through trees along Highway 299 on July 27, 2018, near Whiskeytown, California. One of several massive wildfires to sweep across parts of California this year, the Carr Fire burned more than 350 square miles, destroyed 1,600 buildings, and killed eight people before it was contained, after burning for more than five weeks.
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23. Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Senator John McCain, lays her head on his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix. Senator McCain passed away at his home in Cornville, Arizona, at the age of 81.
Ross D. Franklin / AP
24. Revelers run with Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bulls during the second day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival on July 7, 2018, in Pamplona, Spain.
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25. The Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband’s mother after appearing at her midterm-election-night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 6, 2018. Women candidates set records across the board during the U.S. midterm elections, and next year's House of Representatives will include at least 102 women, the highest number in its history.
Eric Miller / Reuters