What’s ahead in 2016: Image Gallery

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The issues, people and events that could shape the news this year

FIFA FALLOUT: In the wake of the bribery scandal that brought down Sepp Blatter, the soccer's ruling body will elect a new president in February. REUTERS

FIFA FALLOUT: In the wake of the bribery scandal that brought down Sepp Blatter, the soccer’s ruling body will elect a new president in February. REUTERS

STEPPED-UP SECURITY: Following the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and raised threat levels at locations around the world, expect tight security to remain a fixture at major events and locations. REUTERS

STEPPED-UP SECURITY: Following the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and raised threat levels at locations around the world, expect tight security to remain a fixture at major events and locations. REUTERS

CHINA'S ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN: A decade-old commodity boom came crashing to an end in 2015. The outlook for 2016 is not much better as China's economy slows. REUTERS

CHINA’S ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN: A decade-old commodity boom came crashing to an end in 2015. The outlook for 2016 is not much better as China’s economy slows. REUTERS

FIGHTING ISIS: Coalition forces are expected to step up their fight against the militant group but questions remain over boots on the ground. REUTERS

FIGHTING ISIS: Coalition forces are expected to step up their fight against the militant group but questions remain over boots on the ground. REUTERS

STAR WARS: OSCAR BECKONS? As the sci-fi epic breaks box office records, will it break Oscar records too when the Academy hands out awards on February 28. REUTERS

STAR WARS: OSCAR BECKONS? As the sci-fi epic breaks box office records, will it break Oscar records too when the Academy hands out awards on February 28. REUTERS

GENDER PAY GAP: With British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing plans to have companies publish the difference between the average pay of their male and female employees and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton making wage equality a major part of her platform, 2016 is set to bring the pay gap into sharp focus. REUTERS

GENDER PAY GAP: With British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing plans to have companies publish the difference between the average pay of their male and female employees and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton making wage equality a major part of her platform, 2016 is set to bring the pay gap into sharp focus. REUTERS

RACE RELATIONS: With police officer Caesar Goodson to face a January trial over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the Black Lives Matter movement could galvanize protesters in 2016. REUTERS

RACE RELATIONS: With police officer Caesar Goodson to face a January trial over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the Black Lives Matter movement could galvanize protesters in 2016. REUTERS

RATE HIKE REVERBERATIONS: The effects of an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve will be scrutinized. REUTERS

RATE HIKE REVERBERATIONS: The effects of an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve will be scrutinized. REUTERS

SHAKESPEARE ANNIVERSARY: Events will be held around the world to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the most performed playwright. REUTERS

SHAKESPEARE ANNIVERSARY: Events will be held around the world to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the most performed playwright. REUTERS

DESTINATION CUBA: Though the timeline is uncertain, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service between the two countries. REUTERS

DESTINATION CUBA: Though the timeline is uncertain, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service between the two countries. REUTERS

THE TRUMP EFFECT: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, seen here mocking Jeb Bush, could shake up the party convention in July. REUTERS

THE TRUMP EFFECT: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, seen here mocking Jeb Bush, could shake up the party convention in July. REUTERS

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Americans will vote for a new president on November 8, as Barack Obama prepares to end his second term. REUTERS

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Americans will vote for a new president on November 8, as Barack Obama prepares to end his second term. REUTERS

CLIMATE CHANGE: In Paris, 195 countries agreed to curbing their greenhouse gas emissions and transition away from fossil-fuel dependence. This year the world will see if those commitments stick. REUTERS

CLIMATE CHANGE: In Paris, 195 countries agreed to curbing their greenhouse gas emissions and transition away from fossil-fuel dependence. This year the world will see if those commitments stick. REUTERS

COSBY CHARGED: Though no trial date has been set, actor and comedian Bill Cosby faces sexual assault charges. REUTERS

COSBY CHARGED: Though no trial date has been set, actor and comedian Bill Cosby faces sexual assault charges. REUTERS

BYE-BYE BORIS: London will vote for a new mayor to replace the high-profile Boris Johnson (front) on May 5. REUTERS

BYE-BYE BORIS: London will vote for a new mayor to replace the high-profile Boris Johnson (front) on May 5. REUTERS

RIO OLYMPICS: The countdown is on for the Brazilian city to be ready for the Summer Olympics starting August 5. Questions linger over the state of its venues, including the polluted rowing venue. REUTERS

RIO OLYMPICS: The countdown is on for the Brazilian city to be ready for the Summer Olympics starting August 5. Questions linger over the state of its venues, including the polluted rowing venue. REUTERS

DRONES TAKE OFF: The demand and uses for drones continues to multiply with China slowly emerging as a world-class innovator, not just a duplicator of foreign designs. REUTERS

DRONES TAKE OFF: The demand and uses for drones continues to multiply with China slowly emerging as a world-class innovator, not just a duplicator of foreign designs. REUTERS

TELESCOPIC FINISH: A telescope, under construction in the mountains of China's Pingtang county, is set to be the largest in the world when it is put in to use by September. REUTERS

TELESCOPIC FINISH: A telescope, under construction in the mountains of China’s Pingtang county, is set to be the largest in the world when it is put in to use by September. REUTERS

REFUGEE CRISIS: Conflict in Syria and Iraq will likely force more refugees to test Germany's open-door policy. REUTERS

REFUGEE CRISIS: Conflict in Syria and Iraq will likely force more refugees to test Germany’s open-door policy. REUTERS

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