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Chinese actor Xiao Jiguo practices a pose in a restroom while waiting for a performance as he participates in an entertainment program by Chinese Hunan TV in Beijing city, China, 28 October 2016. When Barack Obama leaves the White House on 20 January 2017, one of the people most affected is surprisingly a continent away in China. Xiao Jiguo, a former security guard and construction worker from Sichuan, who became famous in his country due to his resemblance to the outgoing US president may face the close of an important chapter in his life. EPA/WU HONG A file picture dated 22 March 2016 shows US President Barack Obama arriving to address the people of Cuba at the El Gran Teatro de Havana, during a historic visit to Havana, Cuba. On 04 November 2008, then Democratic Senator Barack Obama (Illinois), at age 47, earned 365 electoral votes and nearly 53 of the popular vote in a wider-than-expected margin of victory against Republican Senator John McCain in the US Presidential elections. He became the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to be elected to office. President Obama quickly became known as a progressive politician and was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate nine months after his inauguration. However, he faced his share of challenges during his 8-year tenure. The Republicans held control of the Senate throughout his time in the White House and he faced constant challenges passing legislation. His administration is generally known for pursuing policies such as gun control, greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, the promotion of the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change and the Obamacare health care program for Americans. It is also known for a series of historic initiatives in international relations such as a nuclear deal with Iran and normalized relations with Cuba. EPA/JEFFREY ARGUEDAS

The Chinese Obama

Photographer: Wu Hong

Barack Obama - Presidency Retrospective

Various Photographers

A man allegedly involved in drug dealing or consumption lies lifeless on a street after being shot down by an unidentified gunman on Christmas eve in Manila, Philippines, 24 December 2016. Filipino presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on 27 December 2016, while speaking on the administration's accomplishment over the first six months of its crackdown on drug dealers and cartels, said that President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-crime campaign had resulted in the surrender of more than 900,000 drug addicts and the confiscation of billions of worth of illicit drugs. Abella added that the government had come to regard drugs not only as a national security but also a 'public health issue' which resulted in the building of rehabilitation facilities all over the country. President Duterte launched a nationwide campaign against illegal drugs that has so far reportedly led to the deaths of more than 5,900 people, allegedly killed in police raids and at the hands of vigilante groups since the campaign started on 30 June 2016. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO Muddy water fills a small slot canyon in the proposed Bear Ears National Monument near Fry Canyon, Utah, USA, 12 November 2016. In October 2015, a coalition of five Indian nations, including the Hopi, Ute, and Navajo, formally proposed the monument, attempting to preserve the parcel's 100,000 archeological sites from ongoing looting and grave robbing. Less than two months before handing over the White House to President Elect Trump, President Obama must decide if it's worth the political capital to designate Bear Ears a national monument. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Duterte's War on Drugs

Photographers: Francis R. Malasig, Mark R. Cristino

Bear Ears - USA's New National Monument?

Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo

Migrants cook in the kitchen of the former Hotel City Plaza, currently used as a squat home in Athens, Greece, 01 December 2016.  Approximately sixty thousand migrants were stranded in Greece after Macedonia closed its borders to the flow of illegal migration in March 2016. A group of activists helping refugees occupied a disused building in September 2015 in the Greek capital, which was the first of a number of abandoned houses, hotels and schools in the city center to be turned into refugee accommodation since. EPA/ZOLTAN BALOGH An Indonesian worker harvests palm fruits at a palm oil plantation in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 16 September 2016. Indonesia is the world's largest producer of Palm Oil, made from the palm fruit, followed closely by Malaysia. Palm plantations built on destroyed tropical rainforest, have seen the death and displacements of many species, among them the endangered orangutan. Palm oil is an ingredient in many products across supermarket shelves. Consumer groups are pressing end users to buy only products containing substitutes or sustainably sourced palm oil, warning species and pristine habitats are on the brink of being lost forever to humankind. EPA/DEDI SINUHAJI

Greece Migration

Photographer: Zoltan Balogh

Palm Oil Culture

Various Photographers