The year 2022 soon draws to a close after being marked by extraordinary upheaval caused by war in Ukraine, the impacts of climate change and pressures of rising inflation.

Towering figures like Queen Elizabeth II and Mikhail Gorbachev as well as film icons such as actor Jean-Luc Godard were among notable deaths.

It was also a year where Elon Musk's chaotic Twitter takeover pushed the phrase "blue tick" into headlines and UK prime minister Liz Truss's tenure was measured by the shelf-life of a head of lettuce.

Here are a series of stories AFP is re-publishing looking back on the past year and what may be coming in the next:




From the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the overturning of abortion laws in the United States, AFP revisits the biggest events to mark 2022.

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AFP looks back at the most notable deaths in 2022, which included Britain's longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II and the Soviet Union's last leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

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From roasting temperatures to rocketing energy prices and millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine, AFP charts some of the records smashed in 2022.

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A year of extraordinary upheaval, from the war in Ukraine to catastrophic natural disasters, AFP looks at some of the words and phrases that have defined 2022.

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Florida governor Ron DeSantis, Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur, Britain's Prince Harry -- AFP picks out 10 people expected to make headlines in 2023.

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With nuclear war being openly brandished and the devastation linked to climate change becoming plainly visible, 2022 was a year in which doomsday scenarios for the planet suddenly became plausible for some.

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The James Webb Space Telescope lit up 2022 with dazzling images of the early universe after the Big Bang heralding a new era of astronomy and untold revelations about the cosmos in years to come.

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From the United States to Brazil and Israel, a barrage of election-related misinformation hammered voters around the world, but many pushed back against the conspiracy-laden Trumpian tactic of sowing distrust in the democratic process.