How TIME chose its 2015 Person of the Year
  1. Angela Merkel
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    Germany's Chancellor is the most powerful woman in the world
  2. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
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    The leader of ISIS exports extreme violence and radical beliefs around the globe
  3. Donald Trump
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    He blew open the Republican presidential primary—and the Republican Party
  4. Black Lives Matter activists
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    A new Civil Rights movement is turning a protest cry into a political force
  5. Hassan Rouhani
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    Iran's president is battling hard-liners in an effort to end his country's isolation
  6. Travis Kalanick
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    With his $62.5 billion startup, the Uber founder is changing the nature of work
  7. Caitlyn Jenner
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    The world's most famous transgender woman shines her spotlight on the fight for equality