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2016: The year in review

By Al Jazeera
01 January 2017   |   10:00 am
2016 has been a year that changed the status quo - from the UK's historic Brexit shock to Donald Trump's surprise win in the US presidential election. Al Jazeera looks back at some of the biggest stories of the past 12 months.

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