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Review of the year Sandals and scandals: 2015 in pictures

A year to remember for some (sun-worshippers), a year to forget for others (everyone at FIFA). looks back at some of the most memorable images from the past 12 months. 

The bad news is that, despite the recent climate treaty in Paris, greenhouse gas emissions, temperatures and sea levels continue to rise; the good news – we’re scraping around here – is that extreme weather conditions make great photos… 

After a lousy summer last year, Switzerland enjoyed three months of almost cloudless skies in 2015. People hiked, biked, swam – or just sizzled. Infrastructure and glaciers also sizzled, forcing the authorities to come up with innovative solutions. But don’t worry: there was plenty of rain too. 

Sepp Blatter must have felt like a black cloud was following him around all year. Hardly a day seemed to go by without the now suspended president of world football’s discredited governing body denying involvement in new allegations of corruption. One would think 2016 couldn’t get any worse for Blatter, but with multiple investigations continuing, the final whistle is nowhere to be seen.

(Images: Keystone; text: Thomas Stephens/; picture editor: Ester Unterfinger/