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Updated December 30, 2016 4:42 PM
A look at the stories that made headlines around the world in 2016. (Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A look back at the stories that made headlines around the world in 2016.
Three suicide bombings rocked Brussels on March 22, 2016. Officials say 32 people were killed and 300 were injured in the bombings at Brussels Airport and a metro station. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
A pipe bomb exploded in a garbage can along the route of a charity run for the Marine Corps on the morning of Sept. 17 in Seaside Park, New Jersey. That night, a pressure-cooker bomb exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The next day, multiple bombs were discovered in a suspicious package at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The series of bombs set off an intense manhunt that culminated with the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahimi in New Jersey, following a shootout, on Sept. 19. Police say he was inspired by Islamic extremism. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Marking the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007, Hurricane Matthew churned northward and brought widespread destruction to parts of the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. It is blamed for hundreds of deaths, including more than 500 in Haiti and 49 in the U.S. In this photo, an oceanfront road in Flagler Beach, Florida, is seen in the wake of the storm. View photos of Matthew's devastation in Haiti here: http://bit.ly/2hwPdu1. View photos from the impact to the U.S. here: http://bit.ly/2ixFu8w. (Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
President Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro met on March 21, 2016 in Havana's Palace of the Revolution for groundbreaking talks on ending the standoff between the two neighbors. It marked the first visit to Cuba by a sitting president since 1928. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
2016 saw the passing of some beloved celebrities, including David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, George Michael, Alan Rickman, Florence Henderson, Gene Wilder, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Carrie Fisher and others. View 2016 notable deaths here: http://bit.ly/2ik0LCj.
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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility after a cargo truck plowed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, on July 14. Officials say 86 people were killed and 434 were injured. A Tunisian man who lived in France was killed in a shootout with police. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
The worst mass shooting in U.S. history occurred on June 12, 2016, when a gunman opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A total of 49 people were killed and 53 others were injured. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The U.K.'s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shock waves through the country and around the world. The narrowly won referendum launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what will become a 27-nation bloc. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
All eyes were on Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The US took a total of 121 medals, including 46 Gold. (Photo of Rio closing ceremony by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
The man-made public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, led to criminal charges and drew attention in the presidential election. The lead-tainted water sparked congressional hearings, lawsuits and scrutiny of lead testing across the country.
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven to win the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland. It marked the Cubs' first World Series win in 108 years. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Music legend Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first musician to win the award. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Upending polls and pundits, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. He lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, but won the needed Electoral College votes to win the presidency. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who led his rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, died at age 90 in November. (Photo by Jorge Rey/Getty Images)
For hundreds of protesters, it was cause to cheer when the Obama administration declined to issue an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline's final segment in December. A top complaint from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe was that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to properly consult with them before initially approving a pipeline route that ran beneath Lake Oahe, the tribe's primary source of drinking water.
A truck plowed into the busy Berlin Christmas market on Dec. 19, killing 12 people. Authorities say the suspected driver, a Tunisian native, had been put on a list of potentially violent Islamic extremists by German officials. He was fatally shot by police. (Photo credit ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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