Top 25 News Photos of 2016

The past 12 months have been an eventful time for news stories, from the unpredictable and tumultuous U.S. presidential election, to continued war and terror in the Middle East and refugees fleeing to Europe, to a historic World Series win for the Chicago Cubs, ongoing protests demanding racial justice in the U.S., the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, and so much more. Today, we present the Top 25 News Photos of 2016—and starting tomorrow will be presenting part one of a more comprehensive series, 2016: The Year in Photos, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

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  • Chris Gunn / NASA

    Building the World's Most Powerful Telescope

    Photos of the long, painstaking construction process of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in early 2019.

  • Ramzi Haidar / AFP / Getty

    Photos: Looking Back at the War in Iraq, 15 Years After the U.S. Invaded

    Fifteen years ago, the bombs started falling on Baghdad. While the invasion was quick, the Iraq War was anything but.

  • Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: The Sydney Skinny, a Glacial Arch, Pelicans at Play

    Skijoring in Montana, a Russian presidential candidate in Moscow, a walkout against gun violence across the U.S., the stark and lonely route of a German volunteer mailman, and more.

  • Olivier Morin / AFP / Getty

    Photos: Surfing Norway in Sub-Zero Temperatures

    AFP photographer Olivier Morin recently spent time with surfers above the Arctic Circle on the beaches of Norway’s Lofoten Islands.