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pics of the year

The 32 photographs that took our breath away in 2015

From Paris to Tunisia, from the marriage referendum to the migrant crisis, here are all of the best photos of this year.

THIS YEAR HAS been a tumultuous one for news.

From Paris to Berkeley, from Carrickmines to Tunisia, from the migrant crisis to the growth of Islamic State to the same-sex marriage referendum, 2015 was a year of upheaval across the world.

Here, in no particular order, are the most striking images from this year.

Note: be aware that some of these photographs contain graphic depictions of violence.

APTOPIX Vatican Pope Pope Francis arrives for an audience with members of a diocese from southern Italy at the Vatican on 21 February. AP AP

16455677737_e6b9df3bdb_k A US soldier salutes his fellow soldiers while jumping out of an aircraft over Germany on 24 February. US Army US Army

Jack Charlton is introduced to the crowd Former Ireland manager Jack Charlton reacts as he receives a standing ovation from fans before the Ireland v England football match on 7 June. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

Ukraine Mourners gather around the coffin of 4-year-old Artiam, who was killed in a strike by the Ukrainian army in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, in January. AP Photo / Manu Brabo AP Photo / Manu Brabo / Manu Brabo

Europe Migrants Photo Gallery A migrant hides under a train heading to Serbia at the railway station in the Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Boris Grdanoski / AP Boris Grdanoski / AP / AP

Newbury Races - The bet365 Festival Friday Copain de Classe takes a fall at the last fence during a race at Newbury racecourse on 27 November. John Walton / PA Wire/Press Association Images John Walton / PA Wire/Press Association Images / PA Wire/Press Association Images

France Paris Attacks A man carries two children after panic broke out among mourners who paid their respect at the attack sites at restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and the Carillon Hotel in Paris on 15 November. AP Photo / Peter Dejong AP Photo / Peter Dejong / Peter Dejong

Ukraine Mine Explosion A Ukrainian coal miner waits for a bus after exiting a mine where he had helped search for bodies of colleagues following an explosion in Donetsk, Ukraine, on 4 March. At least 23 miners died in the explosion. AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda / Vadim Ghirda

Garda Tony Golden funeral The funeral procession of Garda Tony Golden passes through Blackrock village for his state funeral on 15 October. Niall Carson / PA Wire Niall Carson / PA Wire / PA Wire

YE Tunisia Attack Bodies are covered on a Tunisian beach on 26 June after a man opened fired on sunbathers with a Kalashnikov, killing 38 people including three Irish people. Jawhara FM via AP Jawhara FM via AP

air corps pic A member of the Irish Air Corps looks out over the flood plain south of Athlone on 8 December amid warnings about flood plains in the wake of Storm Desmond. Irish Air Corps Irish Air Corps

Fortitude launch - London An animatronic polar bear is seen on the London Underground as part of an advertising campaign for Fortitude, a programme on Sky Atlantic. David Parry / PA Archive David Parry / PA Archive / PA Archive

Britain Northern Ireland Internment Rally Riot police clear the streets in the Old Park area of Belfast on 9 August. Minor trouble broke out after an anti-internment rally was stopped by police. AP Photo / Peter Morrison AP Photo / Peter Morrison / Peter Morrison

download (1) Turkish police officer Mehmet Ciplak carries the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi away from the water. The Syrian toddler drowned along with his 5-year-old brother and his mother as they tried to reach the Turkish coast. AP AP

1/7/2015. Water Protests Block Dail Entrance A garda and a water charges protester outside Leinster House on 1 July. Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

YE Oregon School Shooting Staff members hug as they are allowed to return to Umpqua Community College in Oregon in the US on 5 October, four days after a gunman shot and killed nine people there before taking his own life. AP Photo / John Locher AP Photo / John Locher / John Locher

AP10ThingsToSee Elephant Pool An Asian elephant swims in a swimming pool at a safari park at the foot of Mount Fuji on 13 July. AP Photo / Koji Ueda AP Photo / Koji Ueda / Koji Ueda

YE 2015 Europe and Africa Photo Gallery People gather to pay respects to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Thibault Camus / AP/Press Association Images Thibault Camus / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

Gay marriage referendum Yes voters celebrate at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle on 23 May as Ireland votes overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage. Brian Lawless / PA Archive Brian Lawless / PA Archive / PA Archive

Cycle superhighway opening A commuter gestures to Mayor of London Boris Johnson as they cross paths on Vauxhall Bridge, London on 19 November. John Stillwell / PA Wire John Stillwell / PA Wire / PA Wire

Europe Africa The Week in Pictures People help a hippopotamus that was shot with a tranquiliser dart after it escaped from a flooded zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 14 June. AP Photo / Tinatin Kiguradze AP Photo / Tinatin Kiguradze / Tinatin Kiguradze

AP 10 Things To See Burundi Political Tensions A suspected member of the ruling party in Burundi's youth militia pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators on 7 May. Jerome Delay / AP/Press Association Jerome Delay / AP/Press Association / AP/Press Association

Obama Beau Biden Funeral Joe Biden and his family commemorate the loss of Beau Biden, former attorney general of Delaware and son of the US Vice President, who died May 30 after suffering from Brain Cancer. He was 46. Patrick Semansky / PA Patrick Semansky / PA / PA

The Week That Was in Latin America and The Caribbean Photo Gallery The body of an unidentified man hangs from his waist under an overpass in Mexico City on 19 October. It is a common practice among gangs in other parts of the country, but the first time it had happened in Mexico City. AP Photo / Jair Cabrera AP Photo / Jair Cabrera / Jair Cabrera

Agi & Sam Catwalk - London Collections: Men 2015 A model on the catwalk during the Agi & Sam show in London on 10 January. Jonathan Brady / PA Archive/PA Images Jonathan Brady / PA Archive/PA Images / PA Archive/PA Images

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015 A US Air Force Honour Guard rehearse for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 7 August in Scotland. Andrew Milligan / PA Wire Andrew Milligan / PA Wire / PA Wire

Winter Weather Ohio Ice from Lake Erie forms on a pedestrian walkway as the city of Cleveland is seen in the background on 8 January as temperatures plummeted in the US. Associated Press Associated Press

YE Merkel China Members of a Chinese honour guard shout as they march past during a welcome ceremony for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing on 29 October. Associated Press / Ng Han Guan Associated Press / Ng Han Guan / Ng Han Guan

Winter weather Jan 21st 2015 Deer move through the snow at Raby Castle in Durham, England, on 21 January. Owen Humphreys / PA Archive/PA Images Owen Humphreys / PA Archive/PA Images / PA Archive/PA Images

Vatican French Saints Nuns pray during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on 18 October. AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino / Alessandra Tarantino

Ukraine A small dog looks out from a car at a Ukrainian army checkpoint near Kurakhove on 3 March. AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda / Vadim Ghirda

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying - Play-off - First Leg - Stadion Bilino Polje Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring Ireland's first goal in the fog-filled Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 13 November Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Additional reporting by Ali Watson 

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