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Donald Trump: Person of the Year

Every December, TIME names the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer

Person of the Year Runner-up: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton made history for three decades as an advocate, a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State, but she will now be remembered as much for what she didn’t do as what she did. She’s the woman who was almost President

Person of the Year Runner-up: The Hackers

Hardly a week passed this year without news of some kind of digital breach, somewhere in the world, often establishing some kind of record—for sheer scope, for novel tactics or for setting an ominous new precedent. In 2016, hackers took aim at American democracy itself

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential residence on the banks of the Bosphorus

Person of the Year Runner-up: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey's President survived a coup attempt to emerge stronger than ever, while the European Union all but outsourced its refugee crisis to Erdogan and, with it, the future of Europe’s own elected leaders, if not the E.U. itself

Person of the Year Runner-up: The CRISPR Pioneers

Developed just four short years ago, CRISPR allows scientists to easily and inexpensively find and alter virtually any piece of DNA in any species. Now, even as some scientists call for patience and extreme caution, there’s a worldwide race to push the limits of CRISPR’s capabilities


Person of the Year Runner-up: Beyoncé

With Lemonade—an album, an Emmy-nominated film and, as America looked on, an experience—Beyoncé publicly embraced explicitly feminist blackness at a politically risky moment

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iPhone Maker in China Eyes U.S. Expansion

Amid President-elect Donald Trump's push for manufacturing jobs to come and stay in the U.S., a company that builds Apple products in China said it's considering a stateside expansion


97 Killed in Indonesia Quake

A strong undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's Aceh province, killing at least 97 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of damaged buildings. The same area suffered the heaviest casualties in the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami

President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 6, 2016.

President Obama Gives Final National Security Speech

President Obama used his final national security speech to send a message to his successor, Donald Trump. Obama warned against supporting torture and making generalizations about Muslims, both major parts of Trump's presidential campaign

Grammy Surprises

The 9 Biggest Surprises at the 2017 Grammy Nominations

The announcement of the 2017 Grammy Awards nominees across 84 categories comes the usual set of snubs. As expected, Beyoncé, Drake and Adele cleaned up with multiple nominations each, but plenty of curveballs were thrown, too. Here are the biggest surprises

Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Two Cities Overcome the Legacy of Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends