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Editors' Selection

Our editorial team has been capturing this year's most compelling moments and making them available to you every day. Click the button below to take a look at 100 of their highlights from this historic period
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Stories of interest

Take a look at some of the events and stories that dominated the headlines in 2021.

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On January 6, a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. They sought to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes that would formalize President-elect Joe Biden's victory
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From across the pond to the the Great White North, explore the lives and times of the royals, both current and former.
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Summer Olympics

Because of coronavirus restrictions, the competitions were held almost without spectators. However, this did not overshadow the joy of victory, the disappointment of defeat, and did not affect the setting of new records
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From the Golden Globes, at the beginning of the year, to a socially-distanced 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! - see all our entertainment content, separated month-by month or together in one stack.



The headlines in 2021 were dominated by the United States Capitol attack and the continuing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.


A year decorated by the Tokyo Olympic Games and Euro 2020.



Famous faces lost in 2021, from The Duke of Edinburgh to Michael K. Williams.

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