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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  • AFP / Getty

    The Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

    Images of the widespread damage in Beirut, a day after the devastating blast

  • Karim Sokhn via Reuters

    Photos: Massive Explosion Hits Beirut Port

    A fire in a structure near the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, led to an enormous explosion that shook the city. The shockwave from the blast destroyed buildings close by and shattered glass for miles around.

  • Don Emmert / AFP / Getty

    New Jersey: Images of the Garden State

    A few glimpses of the landscape of New Jersey, and some of the animals and people calling it home

  • John Thys / AFP / Getty

    Photos of the Week: Stari Most, Flaming Jet, Hug Kit

    An open-air school in Kashmir, a Comic-Con blood drive in California, a successful Mars-rover launch, a sparsely attended Hajj in Saudi Arabia, a farewell to the late U.S. Representative John Lewis, and much more.