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2022 in pictures: Striking photos from around the world

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A selection of some of the most powerful pictures taken by news agency photographers around the world this year.

Image source, Rojan Shrestha/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Aerial view of cars and rubble after the Rio das Velhas overflowed on 12 January 2022 in Honorio Bicalho, Brazil.

Image source, Pedro Vilela / Getty Images

Two people scream while dancing, as protests against coronavirus vaccine mandates continue, in Ottawa, Canada - on 17 February 2022.

Image source, CARLOS OSORIO / reuters

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Fireworks form the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, 4 February 2022.

Image source, Future Publishing / Getty Images

Will Smith hits Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on 27 March 2022.

Image source, BRIAN SNYDER / Reuters

People cross the river via a makeshift bridge as they flee the frontline town of Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine - 7 March 2022.

Image source, ROMAN PILIPEY/EPA-EFE

A man pushes his bike through debris and destroyed military vehicles on a street in Bucha, Ukraine - 6 April 2022.

Image source, Chris McGrath / Getty Images

Elvis tribute artists arrive at Central station, Sydney, Australia ahead of boarding the Elvis Express to Parkes for the annual festival - 21 April, 2022.

Image source, Wendell Teodoro / Getty Images

A group of Samburu women making traditional Samburu ornaments and jewellery out of beads in Sera Conservancy, Samburu County, Kenya on 10 May, 2022.

Image source, LUIS TATO / AFP

US actress Kristen Stewart poses during a photocall for the film Crimes Of the Future, at the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in southern France, on 24 May 2022.

Image source, CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Abortion rights protesters gather at the Utah State Capitol, after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v Women's Health Organization abortion case, overturning the landmark Roe v Wade ruling - 24 June 2022.

Image source, JIM URQUHART / REUTERS

Migrants from Central and South America are registered by border patrol agents in Roma, Texas, having crossed the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico - 13 June 2022.

Image source, ADREES LATIF / Reuters

Rescue workers perform CPR on a mother elephant after it fell into a manhole in Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand, 13 July 2022.

Image source, TAANRUUAMCHON / Reuters

Aymara indigenous women play football during a championship in the Aymara district of Juli in Puno, southern Peru, on 16 July, 2022.

Image source, CARLOS MAMANI / AFP

People visit the site of the newly erupted Fagradalsfjall volcano in Meradalir valley, outside the town of Grindavik - on 6 August 2022.

Image source, Sergei Gapon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A view of pagodas on Louxingdun Island during a regional drought in Lushan, Jiangxi province, China - 24 August 2022.

Image source, THOMAS PETER / Reuters

Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, with the Imperial State Crown resting on top, into St. George's Chapel, Windsor - on 19 September 19, 2022.

Image source, Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Former Brazilian President and presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, 17 September 2022.

Image source, UESLEI MARCELINO / Reuters

A man demands the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry after he put up road barricades during a general strike in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 28, 2022.

Image source, RICHARD PIERRIN / AFP

A woman cuts off her hair during a protest against the Iranian government in Istanbul, Turkey. October 2022.

Image source, dia images / Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, Li Zhanshu, and Wang Huning, right, look on as former President Hu Jintao, centre, is escorted out of the closing session of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, on 22 October 2022.

Image source, Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

A mother cradles her child suffering from severe malnutrition in the ICU of Bay Regional Hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on 9 November 2022

Image source, GUY PETERSON / AFP

US President Joe Biden speaks at a Democratic National Committee event at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC - on 18 October, 2022

Image source, Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images

Nasa's next-generation Moon rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion crew capsule, lifts off from launch complex 39-B, in Florida, USA, on the unmanned Artemis 1 mission to the moon -16 November 2022.

Image source, JOSEPH RIMKUS / Reuters

A model poses with a creation by Victoire Kouroupe, a local designer and head of

Image source, BARBARA DEBOUT / AFP

Lionel Messi, of Argentina, celebrates with the World Cup trophy after winning the 2022 final in Qatar - at Lusail Stadium on 18 December 2022.

Image source, Shaun Botterill / FIFA / Getty Images

People wearing Santa Claus outfits take part in a charity race to raise funds to help vulnerable families bringing up children, in Madrid, Spain - 18 December 2022.

Image source, ISABEL INFANTES / Reuters

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