2020 has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. However, other reporting has had a big impact this year, including the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, United States. Britain left the EU in January and the transition period ends on December 31 with a trade deal reached at the eleventh hour. Beirut was devastated by a massive explosion in August, Belarus was rocked by protests following the undemocratic re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, and Joe Biden was elected President of the United States. Here is a selection of the most striking images of this year.
Nancy and Brian Allen stand outside their home as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia on January 4. Australia had one of its most serious fires seasons in 2020.
Actress Rose McGowan speaks to the media after Harvey Weinstein arrived at the New York State Supreme Court on January 6, the first day of his criminal trial for rape and sexual assault. Weinstein was convicted on February 24 of sex crimes, including rape.
A man waves Union flags from a BMW Isetta in Parliament Square in central London on January 31, the day the UK officially left the I.
Employees have lunch remotely at a Dongfeng Honda auto plant in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province on March 23. Wuhan was the city where the Covid-19 coronavirus was first detected.
The empty streets of City of London on March 17, a week before the UK government imposed a nationwide lockdown.
People stand on their balconies during a nationwide lockdown to counter the coronavirus in Barcelona, Spain on March 29.
Medical staff placed a patient infected with Covid-19 on board a TGV high-speed train to Austerlitz station, Paris, on April 1 to be evacuated to another hospital in the western region of Brittany, where the epidemic has been more limited.
A volunteer worker disinfects a bus station in Curitiba, Brazil, the 1st of April. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the danger of the coronavirus, causing controversy by saying it was just a “little flu”.
A woman is tested by a medical professional during a local government mass testing deployment in high-density Alexandra Township on Day 32 of the national lockdown in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 27.
Neonatal nurse Kirsty Hartley carries newborn baby Theo Anderson, born prematurely, to her mother Kirsty Anderson at Burnley Hospital in Lancashire, UK on May 15.
Protesters in Minneapolis, U.S. Demonstrate Over Death of African American George floyd, who died in police custody in May.
A couple kneels and raises their hands at a memorial to George floyd following a day of protests in Minneapolis on June 13.
A protester carries an injured counter-protester to security near Waterloo Station during a Black lives matter protest in London, UK on June 13.
Aerial view showing the burial of a Covid-19 victim at the Santiago General Cemetery, Chile, June 23.
Karina Sukkar, architect and designer, stands on the balcony of her damaged apartment overlooking the ravaged port of Beirut, The capital of Lebanon. A huge explosion on August 4 was caused by a stockpile of ammonium nitrate that had languished for years in a port warehouse.
People walk past a giant TV screen as Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo abe, announces his resignation in Tokyo on August 28.
A woman argues with a policeman during a demonstration in Minsk, Belarus, September 1. Several hundred students marched through the city center, demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, after an election that the opposition denounced as rigged.
Migrants Race on a small inflatable boat to attempt to cross the Channel off Dover, UK on September 7th.
Shadow of President Donald Trump is thrown over Air Force One as he arrives for a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, the United States, Sept. 30. Mr. Trump tested positive for Covid-19 two days later.
A family has lunch in the town of Martuni, the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, October 14. In 2020, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated, with the two sides exchanging accusations and claims over the territory.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe biden and his wife Jill, and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris and her husband Doug, at a campaign rally in Wilmington, Delaware, after media reports that Mr Biden won the U.S. election on the 7th November.
Dominic cummings, who has stepped down as special adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, waits with a box of goods in Whitehall after leaving 10 Downing Street, London on November 13.
A pro-democracy protester at an anti-government rally outside the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank in Bangkok, Thailand, November 25. Ducks have become a symbol of the pro-democracy movement.
Refugees from Tigray who fled the conflict in Ethiopia aboard a bus to the temporary shelter at Village 8, near the Sudano-Ethiopian border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, on December 1.
Margaret keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first person to receive the BioNTech / Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, UK on 8 December.
UK chief negotiator David Frost introduces himself as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signs the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement at 10 Downing Street in London on December 30.