From global uprisings to natural disasters linked to climate change to fierce political debates, here are 2019's most dramatic images as selected by ABC News photo editors.<br><br><b>Editor’s Note:The following contains graphic content. Viewer discretion advised.</b></br></br>Aliana Alexis stands on what's left of her home after Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, on Sept. 5. Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, causing massive destruction and killing at least 50 people before making its way up the eastern seaboard to Nova Scotia, Canada.
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A police officer in riot gear confronts a protester during a clash in the Tsuen Wan District of Hong Kong, Aug. 25, 2019. The demonstrations began in early June, when hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched against a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed suspected criminals in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, to be sent to mainland China for trial.
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People run after collecting food and aid from a South African National Defence Force helicopter in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Nhamatanda village, Mozambique, March 26, 2019. For 10 days the cyclone tore through three African countries, killing at least 750 people and displacing several thousand.
Jiang Tongying plays with children at Hua'ao primary school in Jianhe County of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, China, Sept. 5, 2019. Jiang Tongying, 56, has been a teacher at Hua'ao primary school since 1982. Though some young teachers joined him to teach, they eventually left because of tough living conditions or inconvenient transportation to the area. "I love kids here," Jiang said, "and I want to be a teacher here forever."
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A frog is pictured on the leaf of a lotus blossom after rainfall at a pond in Lalitpur, Nepal, Sept. 26, 2019.
Marching anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled-off posters in Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2019. Unrest continued in Hong Kong as demonstrators broadened their demands to call for direct elections, amnesty for arrested protesters, an inquiry into alleged police brutality and universal suffrage.
A mask maker shows off a mask of President Donald Trump at Face Funkey studio, Feb. 20, 2019, in Wuhan, China.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is driven to the Houses of Parliament, Oct. 28, 2019 in London. In June of 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum delivered by the ruling Conservative Party. Then-Prime Minister David Cameron resigned the morning after the vote, and Theresa May won Conservative leadership to begin implementing the withdrawal. However, the last two years have been fraught with negotiation and politicking that cost May her job, with still no withdrawal.
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Firefighters battle the Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood, Calif., Aug. 3, 2019. Preliminary numbers from CAL Fire and the U.S. Forest Service show over 250,000 acres burned during the 2019 fire season. Drought and extreme Santa Ana winds are believed to have made conditions worse, along with a lengthening fire season blamed on climate change.
Elderly residents of the Riverside Heights Healthcare Center in Jurupa Valley, Calif., are evacuated from their facility as flames and smoke from the Hill Fire approach, Oct. 30, 2019. The brush fire forced evacuations of the health care center along with two mobile home parks and an elementary school as the blaze grew to 200 acres.
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Women embrace near Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019. An Australian man opened fire on two mosques, killing 51 people as they worshipped in the nation's deadliest mass shooting.
President Donald Trump hugs an American flag as he arrives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., March 2, 2019. During the appearance, Trump spoke for two hours on topics including inauguration crowds and tariffs and a looming government shutdown and Hillary Clinton's emails.
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Sex abuse survivor Bernadette Howell, from Canada, left, consoles a woman who also survived sexual abuse, during a meeting of the members of Ending Clergy Abuse, a global organization of prominent survivors and activists, in Rome, for the papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, Feb. 22, 2019.
A firefighter takes part in the search for victims at the Vale plant, 20 days after the rupture of a tailings dam in Corrego do Feijao, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2019. Communities were devastated by the collapse of a dam that killed at least 250 people and spilled nearly 2 million cubic meters of toxic mine waste.
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A section of the Amazon rainforest devastated by wildfires is seen, Aug. 25, 2019, in the Candeias do Jamari region near Porto Velho, Brazil. The Amazon saw an uptick of 80% in fires this year, with many blaming new President Jair Bolsonaro for the increased deforestation after his government weakened environmental laws and enforcement.
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Destruction from a day of protests is seen in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 20, 2019. According to The New York Times, the protests started over a small transit fare increase but have gained momentum because of stagnant wages despite economic growth.
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A wounded Syrian girl awaits rescue from under the rubble next to the body of her sister, who did not survive an airstrike, in Khan Sheikhun, Syria, Feb. 26, 2019.
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Palestinian families break their fast next to a building destroyed during confrontations between Hamas and Israel, in Gaza Strip, May 18, 2019, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
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A herd of horses runs on the snow-covered grassland at a ranch in Shandan County, Zhangye City, China, Jan. 20, 2019.
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Ice crystals form on a dried-out plant, Jan. 24, 2019, in Erfurt, Germany.
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Guatemalan migrant Ledy Perez embraces her son, Anthony, while praying to ask a member of the Mexican National Guard to let them cross into the United States from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 22, 2019. The pair had traveled 1,500 miles from home only to be stopped mere feet from the U.S. border.
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A Syrian refugee mother holds her newborn after disembarking from a ferry from Samos Island at the port of Elefsina near Athens, Greece, Oct. 22, 2019. The Associated Press reports that Greece is working to reform its migration system as the rate of new arrivals has surged to its highest levels in three years.
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A group of men embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 4, 2019. Twenty people were killed in the shooting, making it one of the most deadly in U.S. history, according to officials.
Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts. At least 290 died in a series of targeted bomb blasts aimed at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.
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Relatives of a community leader killed in anti-government protests mourn during his funeral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 16, 2019. Tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets in opposition to government corruption, rising fuel prices and President Jovenel Moise for more than two months, leaving more than 40 dead and dozens injured.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claps for President Donald Trump as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, Feb. 5, 2019.
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Players for the Texas Tech Red Raiders react after losing to the Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAA men's college basketball national championship in Minneapolis, April 8, 2019.
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Megan Rapinoe celebrates with Alex Morgan after Rapinoe scored the opening goal during the Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and the Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019. The U.S. team won its second consecutive World Cup and has launched a class-action lawsuit for equal pay.
Flamengo soccer fans cheer a goal scored by Gabriel Barbosa against Argentina's River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final, during a watch party at the Macarena Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Nov. 23, 2019. Flamengo won the match against the previous champions, 2-1.
Democratic presidential hopefuls shake hands on stage before the first night of a debate in Miami, June 26, 2019. After a field of 20 candidates met the debate requirements, they were split into two groups of 10 for debates that took place over two nights.
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Boeing executives look at family members holding photographs of 737 Max crash victims before a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on aviation safety after two 737 Max crashes killed 346 people, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 29, 2019.
Greta Thunberg, 16, a Swedish climate change activist who has inspired mass youth protests, joins other young climate activists for a climate demonstration outside the White House, Sept. 13, 2019, in Washington. Thunberg, who started the Fire Drill Friday movement by striking outside her school, was named Time Magazine's person of the year for her activism.
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Sled dogs wade through standing water on top of sea ice in a photo taken by Steffen Olsen in northwestern Greenland during an expedition for the Centre for Ocean and Ice at the Danish Meteorological Institute, June 13, 2019. Greenland saw very warm conditions in June, but Olsen said the photo "documented an unusual day and that the image was more symbolic than scientific to many."
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A photo taken by NASA astronaut Christina Koch from the International Space Station shows the launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket, Sept. 25, 2019.
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A 13-month-old child is treated for malaria and severe acute malnutrition at a pediatric health center in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 28, 2019. The New York Times reported that he died several days later. According to the United Nations, 79% of the country lives in poverty, and life expectancy at birth is not quite 53 years.
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Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center, where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a middle school, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Two teens were arrested for the shooting that killed one and hurt eight others.
The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico, June 24, 2019, after they died crossing the river to Brownsville, Texas. Martinez' wife told Mexican authorities she watched her husband and child disappear in the strong current.
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Sheila Bailey, Judy Brady and Clinical Director Cheyne Flanagan tend to a koala named Paul from Lake Innes Nature Reserve as he recovers from burns at The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Nov. 29, 2019, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Volunteers from the Koala Hospital have been working alongside National Parks and Wildlife Service crews searching for koalas following weeks of devastating bushfires across New South Wales and Queensland.
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People are evacuated after explosions and gunshots were heard at a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 15, 2019. The attack, conducted by an al-Qaida-linked group, killed 21 people, including one American, but Kenyan security forces were praised for their quick response.
Supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales mourn the death of a man who, they say, was killed by security forces, in Sacaba, Bolivia, Nov. 17, 2019. The country has seen a series of violent clashes and protests against Morales over disputed election results.
Floodwater surrounds a farm near Craig, Mo., on March 22, 2019. Midwest states saw some of the worst flooding in decades as rain and snowmelt from a so-called "bomb cyclone" inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths were linked to the flooding.
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Offensive guard Mike Person of the San Francisco 49ers is covered in mud after tackling defensive back Troy Apke of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter of their game in Landover, Md., Oct. 20, 2019. San Francisco won, 9-0.
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A man watches the Notre Dame Cathedral, engulfed in flames, in central Paris on April 15, 2019. A huge fire swept through the roof of the structure and destroyed its 800 year-old spire. French President Emanuel Macron set a five-year goal for reconstruction.
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Schoolgirls look at "The Morning of the Streltsy Execution," by Russian painter Vasily Surikov, during a trip to the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on Feb. 26, 2019.
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Military re-enactors look on as 280 paratroopers take part in a parachute drop, June 5, 2019, in Sannerville, France. Veterans, families, visitors and military personnel gathered in Normandy on June 6 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II landings, after which the Allies retook much of Europe from Germany.
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