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One of the nominated photos: civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighborhood. Photo: Ivor Prickett / The New York Times

The World Press Photo Foundation announced its 2018 award nominees today, including the six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year.

Why it matters: It's the first time that the nominees for the Photo of the Year have been announced — previously a winner had simply been selected after judging — and the winner will be selected at the foundation's award show in Amsterdam on April 12. (Warning: Some of the nominated photos are graphic or disturbing.)

The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Patrick Brown / Panos Pictures / Unicef
Aisha, 14, stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs. Photo: Adam Ferguson / The New York Times
A passerby comforts an injured woman after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuring multiple others. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters
An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City of Mosul by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers. Photo: Ivor Prickett / The New York Times
José Víctor Salazar Balza, 28, catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP

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President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.