2017 in Photos: Attacks, Protests, Tragedies and Hope

Nationwide political protests, global movements for social change and the rise of a businessman-turned-president defined much of 2017.

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Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline during the anthem, prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi Stadium on Jan. 1, 2017, in Santa Clara, California. A movement of silent protest by Kaepernick, started in 2016, had spread to other NFL teams as well as other sports leagues, including the NBA and NCAA.
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People take cover outside of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting near the baggage claim on Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Five people were killed and eight wounded in the attack by a single gunman.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden cries as Former President Barack Obama presented him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom on Jan. 12, 2017. The ceremony came just one week before the Obama administration turned the White House over to a new president.
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A protester has her eyes doused with water after being pepper-sprayed by police outside of the DeploraBall at the National Press Building on Jan. 19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th President on Jan. 20.
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President Donald Trump acknowledges the audience after taking the oath of office as his wife Melania and daughter Tiffany watch during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Jan. 20, 2017.
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Police and demonstrators clash in downtown Washington after a limo was set on fire following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Washington and the entire world watched the transfer of the United States presidency from Barack Obama to Trump, the 45th president.
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Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Crowds of protestors choked city streets and plazas a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. President.
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Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017, in New York City.

Trump's controversial executive order initially halted refugees and residents from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. before federal appeals court judges with the Ninth Circuit Court blocked it, prompting a cycle of revisions and appeals. Debate over the restrictions has centered on whether they constitute a legitimate exercise of national security powers or the "Muslim ban" Trump promised during his campaign.
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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Also pictured, from left, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.
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Former Catalan President Artur Mas leaves the Catalonia's Superior Court of Justice (TSJC) after a hearing about the independence of Catalonia referendum staged in 2014 despite a ban from the Spain's Constitutional Court on Feb. 6, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. Former Catalan President Artur Mas, former Vice-president Joana Ortega and former Education Minister Irene Rigau face a 10-year ban on holding public office after being accused of disobeying Spain's Constitutional Court by staging a non-binding referendum on the independence of Catalonia in November 2014. About 2.3 million people of 6.3 million eligible voters in Catalonia took part in the referendum and over 80 percent of them cast their ballot in favor of independence.
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'La La Land' producer Jordan Horowitz, left, holds up the winner card reading actual Best Picture winner 'Moonlight' with actor Warren Beatty onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California.
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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his double murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on March 2, 2017. Hernandez was charged in the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who he encountered in a Boston nightclub.

The former NFL football player was serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd before he died by suicide in April 2017. He was later found to have a "severe case" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that causes mood swings and depression while affecting memory, judgment and behavior.
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People waving flags of the European Union gather in the city center for a pro-EU demonstration of the "Pulse of Europe" movement on March 12, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany. The movement sprung up in 2016 after the Brexit referendum result and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump as a pro-European voice to counter isolationist, right-wing movements across Europe.
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Police officers line the route in Southwark as the funeral procession of PC Keith Palmer makes its way to Southwark Cathedral, on April 10, 2017, in London, United Kingdom. A Full Force funeral is held for PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster while on duty on March 22. The funeral was attended by his family, including his wife and child, and officers from the Metropolitan Police who served alongside him. Officers from the wider service across England and Wales also attended to honor their fallen colleague.
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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer waits for an interview to speak about a comparison he made between Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Hitler during an earlier press briefing at the White House April 11, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Spicer apologized for "insensitive" remarks during a press briefing in which he asserted that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people.
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Donny the Tax March Chicken sits on a truck bed as demonstrators march towards City Hall during the Tax March Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The Tax March is an organized nationwide protest, held on the traditional deadline date to file taxes, that seeks to promote transparency by calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to release his personal tax returns.
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Demonstrators confront police on the annual May Day worker's march on May 1, 2017 in Paris, France. Police dealt with violent scenes in central Paris during the rally held close to the Place de la Bastille, where protestors shouted "Fascists out!."
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U.S Army combat photographer Spc. Hilda Clayton took this photo July 2, 2013, that was released by the U.S. Army in May 2017, showing an Afghan soldier engulfed in flame as a mortar tube explodes during an Afghan National Army live-fire training exercise in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. The accident, captured by Clayton in her last moments, killed Clayton and four Afghan National Army soldiers.
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Always Dreaming (5), ridden by jockey John Velazquez, leads the field into the stretch during the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky. There would be no Triple Crown winner in 2017.
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A crane lifts the G.T. Beauregard Monument during its removal on May 17, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The City of New Orleans removed four monuments that memorialized the Confederacy, prompting clashes between those who want the statues to stay as a symbol of American history and those who see the statues as a painful reminder of a racist society.

A "Unite The Right" Rally made of white supremacists who support the statues ultimately caused the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer, pushing the rest of the nation to reexamine their own monuments.
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A police officer tries to take pictures of the scene as other police officers secure the area near a car after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square in New York on May 18, 2017. One person was killed and 22 others hurt. The driver served in the U.S. Navy and had a criminal record, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said, adding that authorities did not believe it was a terror attack.
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A thousand flowers cover the grave of Chris Cornell at Hollywood Forever on Nov. 2, 2017, in Hollywood, California. The leader of Soundgarden died by suicide just hours after he performed at a show in Detroit on May 18, 2017.
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Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan, on May 24, 2017, as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage. Australia also legalized same-sex marriage in 2017.
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Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, on May 25, 2017, in England. The explosion occurred on the evening of May 22 as concertgoers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. There were 22 fatalities and 59 injured.
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As directed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, One World Trade Center is illuminated with green light, June 1, 2017, in New York City. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015.
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ABC News' "Nightline" co-anchor Juju Chang sits down with Chelsea Manning on June 9, 2017, for the first exclusive television interview since Manning's prison release. Manning is a former United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013, of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses.
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Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, June 8, 2017. President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, in a move many saw as possible retaliation for the FBI's investigation into Trump and his associates' possible ties to Russia.
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The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena on June 12, 2017, in Oakland, California.
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Sidney Crosby (87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup during the Victory Parade and Rally on June 14, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins took home the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.
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Members of the Republican and Democratic congressional baseball teams gather for a bipartisan prayer before the start of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was in critical condition following a shooting during a Republican congressional baseball team practice before he recovered.
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US Capitol Police arrest a protestor against the Senate Republican's draft healthcare bill outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, June 22, 2017.
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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The O2 Arena on July 3, 2017, in London, England. Bennington, Linkin Park's lead singer, died by suicide at 41 on July 20, 2017.
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President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. The first meeting between Trump and Putin was a heavily anticipated event as speculation at home of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election hangs over the Trump administration.
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An anti-G20 Summit protester lies on the ground as riot policemen charge during clashes on July 7, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. More than 30 demonstrations were scheduled in the days before and during the two-day G20 meeting guarded by almost 20,000 police.
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Clashes erupted after Palestinian Muslim worshipers prayed outside Lion's Gate after they refused to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in protest of two newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities, including metal detectors and cameras in July 2017. Israel reopened the ultra-sensitive holy site, after it was closed following an attack by three Arab Israelis who opened fire on Israeli police, killing two, before fleeing into the compound, where they were shot dead by security forces.
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Protesters dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda under portraits of former Texas governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Planned Parenthood and other groups sued Texas over a new ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's first major anti-abortion measure since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that had prompted more than half of its abortion clinics to close.
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O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017, in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson was serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.
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Thousands of New Yorkers took the streets of in opposition on July 26, 2017, after President Donald Trump banned transgender service members from serving in the military via a series of tweets. Thousands of transgender soldiers are currently serving in all branches of the United States Armed forces. The change hasn't been implemented.
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This July 28, 2017, picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 29, 2017, shows North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 being launched at an undisclosed place in North Korea. Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea's ability to strike any target in the U.S. after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said could even bring New York into range - in a potent challenge to President Donald Trump.
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Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli pauses while speaking to the media in front of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York with members of his legal team after the jury issued a verdict, Aug. 4, 2017, in New York City. Shkreli was found guilty on three of the eight counts involving securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud.
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Pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial, in Denver, Colorado, in this Aug. 10, 2017, court sketch. Swift was awarded $1 after a jury found David Mueller, a former radio host, guilty of sexual assault when he groped her during a meet-and-greet before a concert in 2013.
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Peter Cvjetanovic, along with neo-nazis, alt-right protestors, and white supremacists encircle and chant at counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11, 2017.
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People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017. Counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed.
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People leave a cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas boulevard killing one person and injuring several others on Aug. 17, 2017.
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A total eclipse with the 'diamond ring' effect is seen from South Mike Sedar Park on Aug. 21, 2017, in Casper, Wyoming. Millions of people flocked to areas of the U.S. that are in the "path of totality" in order to experience a total solar eclipse. During the event, the moon passed in between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun.
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Bill Cosby, center, lead by Andrew Wyatt, leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse on Aug. 22, 2017, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after attending a court hearing pertaining to his new trial in 2018.

The retrial of disgraced television icon Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges was pushed back to next year, to give his new lawyers time to prepare their defense. The new trial had set to begin in Norristown, Pennsylvania - a suburb of Philadelphia - in early November, after his first trial ended in a mistrial in June.
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Steve Culver cries with his dog Otis as he talks about what he said was the, "most terrifying event in his life," when Hurricane Harvey blew in and destroyed most of his home while he and his wife took shelter there on Aug. 26, 2017, in Rockport, Texas.

Harvey made landfall shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, just north of Port Aransas as a Category 4 storm and is being reported as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Forecasts call for as much as 30 inches of rain to fall in the next few days.
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Karen Caudillo cries as she looks on during a new conference about President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Democrats called for action on young undocumented immigrants that came to the U.S. as children who now could face deportation if Congress does not act.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), left, makes a point to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office prior to his departure from the White House on Sept. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The president struck a short-term deal with Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to fund the government and raise its borrowing limit.
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It's a serious game for some golfers at the Beacon Rock Golf Course, as they continue their game in North Bonneville, Washington, despite the massive Eagle Creek fire spreading across the river near Portland, Oregon. Kristi McCluer captured this photo, where it took on a life of its own on Reddit in September 2017.
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Project manager Earl Maize, center, left, and flight director Julie Webster hug in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sept. 15, 2017, in Pasadena, California, after confirmation of Cassini's demise. Cassini disintegrated in the skies above Saturn, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.
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Rescuers and firefighters raise their clenched fists in homage to a man who survived a powerful 7.1 earthquake but died before they were able to reach him during the search for survivors at a flattened building in Mexico City on Sept. 21, 2017, two days after the quake hit central Mexico. The earthquake caused panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.
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A Rohingya refugee boy desperate for aid cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid for a local NGO near the Balukali refugee camp on Sept. 20, 2017, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya refugees flooded into Bangladesh to flee an offensive by Myanmar's military that the United Nations has called 'a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'. The refugee population is expected to swell further, with thousands more Rohingya Muslims said to be making the perilous journey on foot toward the border, or paying smugglers to take them across by water in wooden boats.
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Controversial Breitbart commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is escorted from Sproul Plaza at the Berkley campus after a speech on Sept. 24, 2017, in Berkley, California. Yiannopoulos, known for his far-right stances, made a short appearance hoisting signs reading "Feminism is Cancer" and "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" as his supporters and protestors clashed.
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Irma Maldanado stands with Sussury her parrot and her dog in what is left of her home that was destroyed when Hurricane Maria passed through on Sept. 27, 2017, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through.
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Fans place floral tributes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star belonging to Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner on Sept. 28, 2017. Hefner died at the age of 91, in Hollywood, California.
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A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gunman Stephen Paddock killed himself after opening fire on the music festival, killing 58 people and hurting nearly 500. It was the country's deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3, 2017, as he threw toilet paper into the crowd. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the U.S. territory, much of the islands remained short of food and without access to power or drinking water.
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A firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on Oct. 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. Forty-three people were killed in the fires, the deadliest ever series of wildfires in state history.
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, dances with Paddington Bear as the royal family attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on Oct. 16, 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined children from the charities they support on board Belmond British Pullman train at Paddington Station.
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Attorney Gloria Allred and her client Heather Kerr speak during a press conference on Oct. 20, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, regarding the sexual assault allegations that have been brought against Harvey Weinstein and what he told Kerr about what she had to do to get a job in Hollywood. Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault, harassment or rape by dozens of women, sparking the #metoo movement on social media that led to the ouster of other powerful men accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood and other industries.
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Actor and director Rose McGowan raises her fist during her opening remarks to the audience at the Women's March / Women's Convention in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 27, 2017. A stream of actresses including McGowan, models and ex-employees have come out, many anonymously, to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse dating as far back as the 1990s.
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A picture shows the messages "#metoo" and #balancetonporc ("expose your pig") on the hand of a protester during a gathering against gender-based and sexual violence called by the Effronte-e-s Collective, on the Place de la Republique square in Paris on Oct. 29, 2017.

The #MeToo hashtag is the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
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Security forces cordon off the area after a man drove a pick up truck along a bike lane near the West Side Highway in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017. Eight people were killed in the incident, with at least 12 injured.
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Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Devin Patrick Kelley wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Danica Roem, center, who ran for Virginia's House of Delegates against GOP incumbent Robert Marshall, is greeted by supporters as she prepares to give her victory speech with Prince William County Democratic Committee at Water's End Brewery on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Manassas. Roem is the first transgender legislator elected in the U.S.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on Nov. 27, 2017, in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018.
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President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital — a historic decision that overturns decades of U.S. policy and that has inflamed the Middle East. "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said. "It's the right thing to do."
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Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on Dec. 7, 2017, north of Ventura, California. Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures.
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Israeli forces detain Palestinian Fevzi El-Junidi, 14-year-old, following clashes after a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on Dec. 7, 2017.
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Emergency crews work at the scene of a Amtrak train derailment on Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Washington. At least three people were killed when a passenger train car plunged from the bridge. The derailment also closed southbound I-5.
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