From the California wildfires to the Hong Kong protests – press agency AP reveals its most jaw-dropping pictures of 2019

THESE amazing and candid photographs portray some of the most incredible news and sports stories which have helped shape 2019

The jaw-dropping images – taken across the planet – all have made it onto the shortlist of the Associated Press’s Top Photos of the year.

 A mural is illuminated on the chimney of a home in Paradise, California, that was destroyed by the Camp Fire
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A mural is illuminated on the chimney of a home in Paradise, California, which was destroyed by the Camp Fire[/caption]

A firefighter sprays water while embers threaten a residence as the Hillside fire burns through San Bernardino, California
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A firefighter sprays water while embers threaten a residence as the Hillside fire burns through San Bernardino, California[/caption]

Revellers run next to fighting bulls from Cebada Gago ranch during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain
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Brave revellers during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain[/caption]

 An alligator ignores the small fish swimming nearby as it awaits its next opportunity for a meal in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida
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An alligator ignores the small fish swimming nearby as it awaits a bigger meal in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida[/caption]

President Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference
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President Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference[/caption]

 A masked Kashmiri protester jumps on an Indian police armoured vehicle as he throws stones in Srinagar
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A masked Kashmiri protester jumps on an Indian police armoured vehicle as he throws stones in Srinagar[/caption]

Creepy toy dolls decorate a window in the old part of the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, Romania
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Creepy toy dolls decorate a window in the old part of the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, Romania[/caption]

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) covers the puck during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators
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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard covers the puck during the team’s NHL clash with the Nashville Predators[/caption]

Demonstrators in Hong Kong protest an extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent for trials in China
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Demonstrators in Hong Kong protest an extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent for trials in mainland China[/caption]

A demonstrator is knocked over by a strand of barbed wire during clashes with the Bolivarian National Guard in Urena, Venezuela
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A demonstrator is knocked over by a strand of barbed wire during clashes with the Bolivarian National Guard in Venezuela[/caption]

Liverpool's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final against Tottenham
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Liverpool’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final against Tottenham[/caption]

 Competitors ride their motorcycles across the dunes during stage nine of the Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru
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Competitors ride their motorcycles across the dunes during stage nine of the Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru[/caption]

North Koreans swim in an indoor pool backed by bizarre fake mountain scenery in Pyongyang
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North Koreans swim in an indoor pool backed by bizarre fake mountain scenery in Pyongyang[/caption]

Flamengo soccer fans cheer a goal scored by Gabriel against Argentina's River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final match
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Flamengo soccer fans cheer a goal scored by Gabriel against Argentina’s River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final[/caption]

Marching anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled off posters in Hong Kong
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Umbrella-carrying anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled off posters in Hong Kong[/caption]

A riot policeman removes an anti-government protester who is blocking a main highway with her body in Beirut, Lebanon
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A riot policeman removes an anti-government protester who is blocking a main highway with her body in Beirut, Lebanon[/caption]

Firefighters battle the summer's devastating Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood, California
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Firefighters battle the summer’s devastating Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood, California[/caption]

A silverback mountain gorilla named Segasira looks up as he lies under a tree in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
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A silverback mountain gorilla named Segasira looks up as he lies under a tree in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda[/caption]

 Pedestrians are seen through the reflection of an advertisement in a window as they walk along a busy street in the Shibuya district of Tokyo
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Pedestrians are seen through the reflection of an advertisement in a window in the Shibuya district of Tokyo[/caption]

Jury member Elle Fanning poses at the premiere of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' at the 72nd international film festival in Cannes
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Jury member Elle Fanning poses at the premiere of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ at the film festival in Cannes[/caption]

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as firefighters tackle the blaze which made headlines around the world
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Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as firefighters tackle the blaze which made headlines around the world[/caption]

Adi Kazav, left, and Lied Adi Hagbi, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait wearing mermaid tails at their home in Netanya
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Two members of the Israeli Mermaid Community pose for a portrait wearing mermaid tails at their home in Netanya[/caption]

 Lady Gaga, winner of the Academy Award for best original song for "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born," gets emotional
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Lady Gaga, winner of the Academy Award for best original song for ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born, holds her Oscar[/caption]

A student poses for a portrait dressed in bird's feathers during the celebration of 'San Francisco Solano' in Paraguay
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A student poses for a portrait dressed in bird’s feathers during the celebration of ‘San Francisco Solano’ in Paraguay[/caption]

A man holding an independence flag is surrounded by smoke released by demonstrators during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona
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A man holding an independence flag is surrounded by smoke during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona[/caption]

Sandra, a 33-year-old orangutan, stands in her enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Sandra, a 33-year-old orangutan, stands in her enclosure at the former zoo now known as Eco Parque, in Buenos Aires, Argentina[/caption]

An armed troupe charges and fires their rifles during a traditional horse riding show in Morocco
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An armed troupe charges and fires their rifles during a traditional horse riding show in Morocco[/caption]

Seagulls fly toward a woman feeding them french fries from her car on Taino beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama
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Seagulls fly toward a woman feeding them french fries from her car before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Grand Bahama[/caption]

 People crowd around Ivanka Trump to take selfies with her at a conference in the Ivory Coast
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People crowd around Ivanka Trump to take selfies with her at a conference in the Ivory Coast[/caption]

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