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The comet Neowise is visible in the evening sky above the artwork titled: “Seven Magic Mountains” by artist Ugo Rondinone. Near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. July 16, 2020
The comet Neowise is visible in the evening sky above the artwork titled: “Seven Magic Mountains” by artist Ugo Rondinone. Near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. July 16, 2020 Copyright John Locher/AP Photo
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In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

By Natalia Liubchenkova
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Pandemic absorbed almost all our attention in 2020, let's remember what else happened this year


2020 was a year like no other. Even though it will be remembered most for the pandemic, there were other events that shaped the world as we know it today. Browse through this selection of photographs to remember some of them.

The end of the UK membership in the EU

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MEPs sing and hold hands after approving the UK's withdrawal from the EU during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels. January 29, 2020Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP

Extreme bushfires in Australia

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New South Wales Fire and Rescue station officer looks out the window of a C-130J Hercules aircraft as a warm glow from wildfires near Coffs Harbour filters through the windowSGT Christopher Dickson/ADF via AP
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A statue stands at a burnt house after an overnight bushfire in Australia’s New South Wales state. January 6, 2020Saeed Khan/AFP

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years for rape and sexual assault

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Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges. January 16, 2020Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo

The 'Black Lives Matter' movement reignited and went global

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A protester shouts “Black Lives Matter” during a rainstorm in front of Lafayette Park next to the White House, Washington, DC. June 5, 2020Roberto Schmidt/AFP
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A protester over the death of George Floyd carries the US flag upside as a sign of distress. Minneapolis, USA. May 28, 2020Julio Cortez/AP Photo

Comet Neowise lit up the sky

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The comet Neowise is visible in the evening sky above the artwork titled: “Seven Magic Mountains” by artist Ugo Rondinone. Near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. July 16, 2020John Locher/AP Photo

A massive explosiondevastated Beirut

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Hoda Kinno, 11, is evacuated by her uncle Mustafa shortly after a massive explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon. August 4, 2020Hassan Ammar/AP Photo
An aerial view shows Beirut and its port, damaged by a colossal explosion. Lebanon. August 7, 2020AFP

Protests in Belarus call for fair elections

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Belarusian opposition supporters light their phones and wave an old Belarusian national flag during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independence SquareDmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo
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An elderly lady walks by a serviceman standing behind a barbed wire fence during a protest in Minsk, Belarus. August. 23, 2020Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court justice and women's rights champion, died

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A staff member places a photo of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a ceremony for her to lie in state in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. September 25Erin Schaff/AP Photo
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A child in a supergirl costume pays respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg near the US Supreme Court building. September. 23, 2020. Washington DC, USAAlex Brandon/AP Photo

Record-breaking wildfires in California with over 1.6 million hectares burned

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Flames consumed the Glass Mountain Inn in St. Helena, California, USA. September 27, 2020Noah Berger/AP Photo

Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

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Villagers outside of Nagorno-Karabakh set their homes on fire before fleeing to Armenia ahead of some a territory handover to Azerbaijan. November 14, 2020Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Moria migrant camp, a home for thousands, burned down

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A woman carries a child past flames after a major fire broke out in the Moria migrants camp on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos. September 9, 2020Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Joe Biden won the election to become 46th president of the USA

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A demonstrator holds up a poster while waiting for election results at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C, USA. November 3, 2020John Minchillo/AP Photo

Football legend Diego Maradona died aged 60

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People light flares as they gather under a mural depicting football legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy. November 25, 2020Fabio Sasso/LaPresse via AP

Astronauts were carried to the ISS by a privately-owned company for the first time

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Two astronauts leave on the SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. May 30, 2020.John Raoux/AP Photo
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NASA astronauts on their way to the launchpad for the SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. November 15, 2020John Raoux/AP Photo
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