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-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2015 --AFP Pictures of the Year 20151

People observe a minute of silence at the Place du Trocadero in Paris on November 16, 2015 to pay tribute to victims of the attacks claimed by Islamic State which killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured on November 13.11/162

People gather at a makeshift memorial in front of "Le carillon" restaurant on November 15, 2015, in the 10th district of Paris.11/153

People take part in a gathering near Le Carillon restaurant, one of the site of the attacks in Paris on November 14, 2015.11/144

People lie on the pavement at the tarrasse of the Cafe Bonne Biere in Paris, on November 13, 2015.11/135

A man lies on the pavement near the Cafe Bonne Biere in Paris, on November 13, 2015.11/136

Refugees and migrants spend the night in a field outside of the Moria Hot Spot, on the Greek island of Lesbos on November 9, 2015.11/97

A handout picture taken on November 1, 2015 and released on November 3, 2015 by Russia's Emergency Ministry shows Russian Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov (4th L) visiting the crash site of a A321 Russian airliner in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. 11/38

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hold posters bearing her image as they listen as she speaks during a campaign rally for the National League for Democracy in Yangon on November 1, 2015. Myanmar heads to the polls on November 8 in what observers and voters hope will be the fairest election in decades as the nation slowly shakes off years of brutal and isolating junta rule. 11/19-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2015 --

Syrians are seen inside a cage in Douma, the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, on October 31, 2015,10/3110

A man reacts as he arrives, with other refugees and migrants, on the Greek island of Lesbos, on October 28, 2015.10/2811

A seagull flies in front of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez (C) and Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain after smashing into Ducati rider Andrea Iannone of Italy on the opening lap of the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 18, 2015.10/1812

Police escort migrants and asylum seekers as they walk to a refugee centre after crossing the Croatian-Slovenian border near Rigonce on October 24, 2015.10/2413

Japan's Aiko Sugihara competes on the beam competes on the beam during the first day of qualifications at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 23, 2015. 10/2314

Farmer Chen Jinxiang walks through his rice paddy field planted with various types of rice forming a map of China in Fengjing, west of Shanghai, on October 19, 2015.10/1915

Infiltrated members of the Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian stone thrower and aim their weapons at fellow protesters during clashes in Beit El, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 7, 2015.10/716

Malaysian youths cool off in a river as schools remain closed due to hazy conditions in Hulu Langat on October 6, 2015.10/617

New cars of German car maker Volkswagen (VW) stand ready for shipping next to the Volkswagen plant in Emden, northwestern Germany, on September 30, 2015. 9/3018

Syrian refugees are covered with life blankets upon arriving to the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on September 28, 2015.9/2819

Refugees struggle to get on a train from Gyor to Hegyeshalom in Hungary on September 19, 2015.9/1920

A fishing boat that was ran aground by the sea while moored in the port of Coquimbo, some 445 km north of Santiago, during the eve's earthquake on September 17, 2015.9/1721

An aerial view taken on September 16, 2015 shows migrants camping on no-man's land of the border between Hungary and Serbia near Roeszke.9/1622

Refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015. 9/1623

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a national security speech aboard the World War II Battleship USS Iowa, September 15, 2015,9/1524

Migrants and refugees wait under the rain to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece on September 10, 2015.9/1025

A helper puts a jacket at a refugee boy at the "Bayernkaserne", where clothes for migrants have been collected, in Munich, southern Germany, on September 9, 2015.9/926

Syrians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by regime forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015. 8/3027

Migrants walk through a field to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni on August 29, 2015.8/2928

Palestinians fight to free a Palestinian boy (bottom) held by an Israeli soldier (C) during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Halamish settlement on August 28, 2015.8/2829

A father of a migrants family is arrested by the local police near the village of Roszke on the Hungarian-Serbian border on August 28, 2015 . 8/2830

A wounded Syrian girl looks on at a make shift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, following shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces on August 22, 2015.8/2231

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (2nd R) celebrates before (L-R) USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay and USA's Mike Rodgers as he wins the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 23, 2015.8/2332

A Palestinian protester throws a bottle filled with paint at an Israeli army bulldozer during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on August 21, 2015.8/2133

A child gets assistance to remove her life jacket upon her arrival on an inflatable boat carrying migrants on the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on August 13, 2015.8/1334

Smoke billows behind rows of burnt out cars at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin, northern China on August 13, 2015.8/1335

Migrants check their mobile phones after getting out of an inflatable boat on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 12, 2015.8/1236

Residents gather to see huge waves stirred up by strong wind as typhoon Soudelor draws near the mainland of China in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on August 8, 2015. 8/837

An athlete competes in the men's High Diving 27m preliminary round on day ten of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River on August 3, 2015 in Kazan, Russia.8/338

Russia's Victor Minibaev competes in the men's 10m platform semi-final diving event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 1, 2015.8/139

A woman wearing a facekini poses at the beach in Qingdao, eastern China's Shandong province on July 24, 2015.7/2440

A beluga whale sprays water towards visitors during a summer attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on July 20, 2015.7/2041

Italy's Andrea Baldini (R) and Russia's Artur Akhmatkhuzin competing during the men's foil team gold medal match at the 2015 World Fencing Championships in Moscow on July 19, 2015. 7/1942

A picture taken early on July 16, 2015 from the Abraj al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower. 7/1643

A woman practices ice climbing on July 14, 2015 next to insulating foams wrapping up the Rhone Glacier which has been shrinking under the summer sun near Gletsch.7/1444

Giorgos Chatzifotiadis, an elderly man, cries outside a national bank branch in Thessaloniki on 3 July, 2015 as pensioners queue to draw their pensions, up to a limit of 120 euros.7/345

An injured NATO soldier lies on the ground following a suicide car bomb attack that targeted foreign military vehicles in the Afghan capital Kabul on June 30,2015.6/3046

Tourists look at flowers at the site of a shooting attack on the beach in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 28, 2015.6/2847

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives for a receiving line and state banquet with German President Joachim Gauck at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin, on June 24, 2015. 6/2448

Emanuel AME Church pastor and South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney lies in state at the South Carolina State House in Colombia, South Carolina, on June 24, 2015. 6/2449

A French antirot police (CRS) officer tries to prevent illegal migrants from hiding in trucks heading for England in the French northern harbour of Calais, on June 17, 2015.6/1750

A Syrian child fleeing the war is lifted over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015.6/1451

A hippopotamus walks across a flooded street in Tbilisi on June 14, 2015.6/1452

Islamic State members ask people to go back to city center at the Turkish Akcakale crossing gate in Sanliurfa province, on June 13, 2015.6/1353

Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rain water at a temporary shelter near the Kanyin Chaung jetty to MeeThike sub-township outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state on June 4, 2015.6/454

A woman smokes a cigarette in a bar on May 27