In this photograph taken on January 29, 2016, Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, wears a plastic bag jersey as he plays football in Jaghori district of Ghazni province. A five-year-old Afghan boy has become an internet star after pictures went viral of him wearing an Argentina football shirt made out of a plastic bag, complete with his hero Lionel Messi's name.
India's Murali Vijay (L), Cheteshwar Pujara (C) and wicket keeper Parthiv Patel appeal for a caught behind against England's Joe Root on the fourth day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on December 11, 2016.
A model presents a creation by label Reda Fawaz during a fashion show marking the 170th anniversary of Dutch manufacturer of African luxury VLISCO in Abidjan on November 26, 2016.
Pakistani models present creations by designer Shazia Kiyani on the second day of the Fashion Bridal Couture Week in Lahore on November 26, 2016.
Models present creations by Como un Pez en el Agua during the 080 Barcelona spring-summer 2017 fashion week in Barcelona on June 30, 2016.
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs RC Deportivo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 10, 2016.
People gather at a makeshift memorial on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 17, 2016, in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack that left 84 dead. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the truck attack that killed 84 people in Nice on France's national holiday, a news service affiliated with the jihadists said on July 16. Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, smashed a 19-tonne truck into a packed crowd of people in the Riviera city celebrating Bastille.
Dolphins jump during the new night show at the Marineland on the French riviera city of Antibes, southeastern France, on December 7, 2016.
A stroller walks at a bridge near the lake Spitzingsee in the small Bavarian village Spitzingsee, southern Germany, on December 14, 2016.
Displaced Iraqi civilians drive back to their village of Tall Abtah, near the city of Mosul on November 25, 2016, after Iraqi forces retook the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists during a massive operation to oust IS jihadists from the country's second city. Around 70,000 people have fled their homes in the region since the start on October 17 of a huge offensive against Mosul, only about 30,000 of them from inside the city itself.
Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadists of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016. Iraqi paramilitary forces launched an operation to cut the Islamic State group's supply lines between its Mosul bastion and neighbouring Syria, opening a new front in the nearly two-week-old offensive.
A picture taken on December 07, 2016 shows a Gray Crane flying over the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley as the sun rises in northern Israel. More than half a billion birds of some 400 different species pass through the Jordan Valley to Africa and go back to Europe during the year. Some 42,500 Gray Cranes stayed this winter in the Agamon Hula Lake instead of migrating to Africa, taking advantage of the safety of this artificial water source. Local farmers feed the birds with corn in a bid to prevent them from destroying their agricultural fields.
This picture shows one stack of burning elephant tusks, ivory figurines and rhinoceros horns at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire on April 30, 2016, to the world's biggest ivory bonfire, after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end 'murderous' trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.
This picture taken on December 12, 2016 shows a Chinese pond heron carrying a fish at the Taipei Botanical Garden.
Migrants wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels.
A surfer looks at the Northern lights (aurora borealis) illuminating the sky over the snow covered beach of Unstad, on Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle, on March 14, 2016. Surfers from all over the world come to Lofoten island to surf in extrem conditions. Ocean temperature is 5-6 degree C, air temperature around 0 degree C in spite of a weather very unstable.
A picture taken on the early hours of November 15, 2016 shows a flag flying during the 'supermoon' spectacle in the West Bank city of Nablus. The moon is at its closest position to earth since 1948, making the moon the brightest in nearly 69 years. The Super moon phenomenon happens when the moon is at its closest to earth.
Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 24, 2016.
US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embrace on stage during Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Demonstrators protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in front of Trump Tower on November 12, 2016 in New York. Americans spilled into the streets Saturday for a new day of protests against Donald Trump, even as the president-elect appeared to back away from the fiery rhetoric that propelled him to the White House.
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As 2016 gradually comes to an end with the New Year around the corner, let us take a look back at the passing year through some amazing shots clicked and collected from around the world. Pics/AFP
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