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War, drought, protest and prime ministers: The most striking images from a tumultuous year

It’s been a very busy year. There was war in Europe, the Queen’s death, record heatwaves, flooding, protests all over the globe, and three prime ministers.

With striking images that capture key moments in history, photographers have captured the major news events of 2022.

This year, pictures are everything.

Image: March 5, 2005: Ukrainians hide under a collapsed bridge while they attempt to flee across the Irpin River near Kyiv. Pic: AP/Emilio Morenatti
Image: March 27, 2012: Chris Rock is slapped by Will Smith during the Oscars ceremony. Pic: Reuters/Brian Snyder
Image: April 5, 2005: A woman walks with her cat in Borodyanka, passing buildings that were destroyed by Russian bombing. Pic: Reuters/Zohra Bensemra
Image: June 4, 2006: Queen Elizabeth II has tea with Paddington Bear at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Pic: Buckingham Palace/Heyday Films
Image: June 24, protests against Supreme Court’s decision not to uphold Roe v Wade Pic: Sky News
Image: July 7, Boris Johnson is comforted as he leaves Downing Street by his family. Pic: Tim Hammond/No 10 Downing Street
Image: July 9, 2009: Protesters storm the presidential house in Colombo (Sri Lanka) in July. Pic: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Image: July 11, 2009: The first image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. Pic: NASA
Image: July 23, 2009: A chair is engulfed by flames as the Oak Fire in California burns in July. Pic: AP/Noah Berger
Image: July 19, 2009: Aerial images show homes in Wennington on the hottest day in British history. Pic: Sky News
Image: July 31, 2012: England’s Chloe Kelly celebrates her victory as the Lionesses are crowned European champions. Pic: Reuters/Lisi Niesner
Image: August 16: A branch from the Loire River, France during a historical drought. This is despite record-breaking temperatures in Europe. Pic: Reuters/Stephane Mahe
Image: August 27, 2012: A boy holds onto a rope while he crosses a flood-prone street in Charsadda (Pakistan) during the devastating floods. Pic: Reuters/Fayaz Aziz
Image: September 15, 2015: Members of the public pay respects to the Queen as her coffin lies in Westminster Hall. Pic by PA
Image: September 19, 2009: A tearful King Charles salutes at the Queen’s funeral. Pic: Reuters/Toby Melville.
Image: September 29, 2009: The Sanibel Causeway partially collapsed after Hurricane Ian caused extensive destruction in Florida. Pic: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Image: October 1, Iran protests Mahsa Amini’s death in Tehran at the age of 22. :Pict: AP
Image: October 15, 2015: After blocking the road in Central London, a ‘Just Stop Oil” activist is taken away. Pic by Reuters/Henry Nicholls
Image: October 20, 2012: Liz Truss quits as Prime Minister after only 44 days. Pic AP/Alberto Pezzali
Image: October 31: An image of a man paying respects to a crush at the Seoul site during the Halloween celebrations in Seoul Pic: Reuters/Kim Hong-J
Image: November 12, 2012: Images of joy in Kherson after Ukraine regains control over the city. Pic: Sky News
Image: November 16, 2009: View from Florida as NASA’s Artemis mission takes off. Pic by Reuters/Joe Rimkus Jr
Image: December 18, Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrating with his fans and teammates after winning the World Cup. Pic: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach


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