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2021 in pictures

2021 in pictures

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2021 in pictures


January 6: Supporters of Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol building.

January 20: Joe Biden brings the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement.

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January 26: The world surpasses 100 million recorded COVID-19 cases.

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Changing of the guard


February 1: The world surpasses 100 million COVID-19 vaccines administered.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is sentenced to prison on February 2, and loses an appeal against the decision on February 20.

In memoriam


March 23: The ship Ever Given gets stuck in the Suez Canal for six days.

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April 7: Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is relegated to a sofa in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara.

European Union


May 14: The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets (right) fired by Hamas towards southern Israel.

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May 23: Belarus forces a Ryanair plane carrying journalist Roman Protasevich to land in Minsk, where the activist is arrested.

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The UK hosts the G7 summit in Cornwall.

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Several European countries are hit by severe flooding.

Tokyo finally gets to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

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The Taliban make rapid gains in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal, resulting in Western nations scrambling to evacuate embassy staff and civilians.


German elections are held on September 26, with Olaf Scholz’s SPD winning 25.7 percent of the vote.

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins in Glasgow on October 31.

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Poland beefs up security on its border with Belarus after hundreds of migrants head toward the border.

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The Omicron coronavirus variant sweeps across the world and results in further restrictions. Below, people sunbathe in Lima, Peru.

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