It's been a bad year for the Latin American left, which lost its spiritual leader Fidel Castro, saw its "pink tide" ebb to new lows and now faces the menace of Donald Trump.
Factories churning out tens of thousands of munitions and an entire street turned into a conveyor belt for car bombs: advances by Iraqi forces around Mosul have laid bare the scale of the Islamic State group's arms industry.
Donald Trump and Brexit: 2016 was a year of populist earthquakes on both sides of the Atlantic, spelling huge uncertainty for upcoming European elections and the direction of U.S. policy.
With the pre-Christmas rush at its peak, a serpentine network of conveyor belts at Singapore Post's new logistics center moves parcels destined for addresses across the world in time for the festive season.
With a few apparently off-the-cuff comments, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened Washington's cautious understanding with China while touting an unlikely new detente with Russia.
A surge of violence in Cameroon's two English-speaking regions, both longtime opposition bastions, has spotlighted the simmering anger of the anglophone minority as the nation heads for a key presidential election.
If the 2016 presidential election was the planet's biggest circus, then Donald Trump's transition from tabloid tycoon into leader of the free world has become America's ultimate reality TV show.
"To me, she was a goddess," said party worker Shankar as he joined a sea of mourners bidding farewell to Jayalalithaa Jayaram, highlighting the messianic devotion of India's poor for often controversial champions.
Whether giving an impromptu media briefing, tweeting before dawn or revealing a cabinet nominee at a rally, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's methods of communicating his news have been totally unorthodox for an incoming head of state, making press releases seem positively old-fashioned.
Nigeria's military campaign against Boko Haram Islamists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter while the U.N. warns the affected region faces the "largest crisis in Africa."