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A year like no other: taking stock of 2020 and hopes for 2021

By AFP
31 December 2020   |   2:09 pm
Throughout a particularly challenging year, AFP met people from countries on all continents to take stock of the year 2020, its good and bad times, and to listen to their wishes for the year 2021.

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25 Dec
A very rare edition of "The Philosopher's Stone" won by a competition winner sold for £8,000 at auction following a year of record sales for first edition copies.
18 Dec
The controversial Qatar World Cup was a unique spectacle that divided opinion in the West. But Asian, Arab and Latin American fans gave the tournament the soul it sorely lacked.
18 Dec
Excitement builds outside Lusail Stadium ahead of highly-anticipated World Cup final between Argentina and France.
18 Dec
Argentinians burst with joy after a thrilling World Cup victory against France
19 Dec
Argentina won the World Cup on Sunday (December 18), defeating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties, following a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time.
24 Dec
Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma offered several Jewish people refuge from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland before being caught and killed. The Vatican now plans to beatify the pair before possible sainthood.
19 Dec
Brazil’s Ronaldo Luís Nazário has congratulated Argentina and Lionel Messi after they beat France to win the World Cup. Messi was also honored with the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player. In a tweet, Ronaldo said that “football of this type dispels any rivalry”. He noted that many Brazilians were cheering for Messi during the "electrifying final”. "A farewell worthy of the genius who, far beyond being a World Cup star, led an era.
20 Dec
Argentina's football team led by Lionel Messi returned home after winning the World Cup in Qatar. Thousands of fans waited to greet them.
20 Dec
Argentina returned home in the early hours of the morning following their 2022 World Cup final victory over France. The squad arrived in Buenos Aires and were greeted by thousands of fans, who lined the streets as players travelled on an open-top bus.
23 Dec
As Argentina grabbed the headlines for winning the FIFA World Cup, global leaders struck a historic deal to halt species extinction, writes Andrew Deutz of The Nature Conservancy.
22 Dec
The 2022 FIFA World Cup champions, Argentina, received the biggest monetary award in the history of the competition. Argentina were awarded $42 million for winning the tournament, while runners-up France received $30 million.
24 Dec
Videos shot during World Cup celebrations expressing racism against French forward Kylian Mbappe have been making the rounds on social media. Not surprisingly, this has sparked outrage in France in particular.