In Pictures: The Many Highlights and Lowlights of 2016

2016 sure was a strange year. In fact, it’s been one of the most hated years in recent memory. It’s not exactly hard to see why. An unqualified and unpredictable politician rose to one of the most important political posts in the world, violent extremism was prevalent all over the world and political turmoil was everywhere. In entertainment, the year claimed the lives of some of the world’s most inspirational celebrities. That’s not to say that the world didn’t feature any good to go along with all that bad. It’s just that the bad was on the surface wherever we looked.

Here are 10 images that perfectly describe the topsy-turvy roller-coaster that was 2016:

Syria violence
Violence in Syria continued without showing any signs of slowing down


John Oliver became a global sensation with his comical investigative journalism


Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was scary


The Turkish government quickly quelled a coup d’état attempt


What about your first Oscars
Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar this year


Egyptian pound
The Egyptian government floated the country’s pound in hopes of jump-starting its economy


Inevitable death
The world lost countless beloved celebrities


Rio Olympics
The Rio Olympics were held despite Brazil’s socioeconomic problems


Mohamed Ramadan
Mohamed Ramadan became an Egyptian sensation following the success of his Ramadan series, El Ostoura (The Legend)


Donald Trump became president