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Pictures of the Year: UPI's top news images of 2021(32 images)

An insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, unrest in the Middle East, immigration crises, mass shootings, climate change events and the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the images captured by UPI photographers around the world in 2021. Here's a selection.

Law enforcement officers point their weapons as protesters attempt to break into the House chambers at the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress in Washington on January 6. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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Rioters seeking to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results breach the security perimeter and penetrate the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
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Palestinian protesters burn tires, wave a national flag and shout slogans during a protest against food aid cuts by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip on January 12. Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., presides over the impeachment vote for President Donald Trump, in the House chambers of the U.S. Capitol on January 13. A month later, Trump was acquitted in his historic second impeachment. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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