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TOP PICTURES OF 2012

This year “2012” it was a busy year with no let up in the economic turmoil, heavy fighting in Syria, US presidential elections, natural disasters in just about all corners of the world and loads more

 

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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a gurney bed while leaving the courtroom at the police academy, where he is on trial, in Cairo January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Anti-riot police take cover behind shields after residents threw a Molotov cocktail during the demolition of shanties in Corazon De Jesus village in San Juan city, metro Manila, January 11, 2012. At least 12 people were injured during clashes on Wednesday as a demolition team attempted to clear the area to make way for a new city hall, according to local media. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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People travel on an outdoor public escalator at Commune 13 in Medellin January 12, 2012. A huge 384 metres (1,260 ft) long outdoor escalator, divided into six sections, has been erected in one of the poorest districts of Colombia’s second largest city to help the 12,000 residents there get around. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

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An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruit’s head during a training session for China’s first female bodyguards in Beijing January 13, 2012. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company will then offer the best trainee a chance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel. REUTERS/David Gray

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Palestinians look through a hospital window at the body of a man (not pictured) killed by an Israeli strike in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip January 18, 2012. An Israeli aircraft and tank strike killed at least one Palestinian close to the border fence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, medics said.
REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem

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U.S. President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One and walks to his limousine upon his arrival on a rainy and foggy night in Romulus, Michigan, January 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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Protesters try to scale an apartment building to put out a fire that began when a tear gas canister was thrown into the building during clashes between police and protesters, near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, February 3, 2012. Egyptians incensed by the deaths of 74 people in soccer violence staged protests in central Cairo as the army-led government came under fire for failing to prevent the deadliest incident since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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The ancient Colosseum is seen during an heavy snowfall late in the night in Rome February 4, 2012. REUTERS/Gabriele Forzano

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A child, with eyelashes covered with hoarfrost, is seen along a street in the eastern Siberian city of Yakutsk in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic February 10, 2012. The air temperature in Yakutsk is about minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Viktor Everstov

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A physically disabled woman on her wheelchair clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz, February 23, 2012. Hundreds of physically disabled people arrived in La Paz on Thursday after completing a protest march of some 1600 km (994 miles) over a hundred days to demand that Bolivia’s government offer support in the form of 3000 bolivianos ($434) payment to each physically disabled Bolivian, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado

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Pigeons fly over the Grand Mosque at Friday prayers during the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca October 19, 2012. The Arafat Day, when millions of Muslim pilgrims will stand in prayer on the mount of Arafat near Mecca at the peak of the annual pilgrimage, will be held on October 25 and Eid al-Adha or the feast of sacrifice will be held on October 26, according to an official announcement on Tuesday. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Labourers pull an iron rope before separating a portion of a ship into scrap metal at Gaddani ship breaking yard, about 60 km (37 miles) from Karachi November 25, 2011. Pakistan is full of dangers, with tens of thousands of victims of suicide bombings, sectarian violence and ethnic bloodshed which make big headlines across the world. There is another less dramatic, but dark, side of the South Asian nation that rarely captures attention — the large number of impoverished people forced to endure horrible conditions at work to survive. Fifteen thousand of them risk their lives every day, tearing down ships at Gaddani beach on the Arabian Sea coast, a 10 km-long death trap. They earn as little as $4 a day. Picture taken November 25, 2011.
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Men wait to buy bread in front of a bakery shop during winter in Al Qusayr, a city in western Syria about 4.8km (3 miles) southwest of Homs, March 1, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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Students embrace after leaving the burial of Chardon High school student Daniel Parmertor in Chardon, Ohio March 3, 2012. Three students were killed and two others wounded by suspect TJ Lane in Monday’s shooting rampage at Chardon High school. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Morning commuters are silhouetted as they walk through the main concourse of the Grand Central Terminal, also known as Grand Central Station, in New York March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Eddie Liu uses a broom to clean up mud and water from extensive flooding in a laundromat due to superstorm Sandy in the Coney Island neighborhood of New York November 2, 2012. Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, some 25 km (15 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant March 10, 2012, a day before the disaster’s one-year anniversary. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11 last year unleashed a tsunami that killed about 16,000 and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. About 326,000 people are still homeless and nearly 3,300 remain unaccounted for. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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A doctor at a makeshift hospital displays a bullet removed from the hand of a young girl wounded during what protesters said was an attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, at the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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A child plays on the road near the bank of Yangon River March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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Visitors have a view of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River flowing below from a skywalk extending out over the Grand Canyon and its incomplete building, on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona February 28, 2012. The tiny Hualapai nation, in a bold move that could serve as a test of the limits of the sovereign power of Native American tribes over non-members, exercised its right of eminent domain last month to take over the management of the site and kick out the non-Indian developer. The dispute over the potentially lucrative Skywalk — which all agree could draw up to 3,000 visitors a day — pits the tribe’s sovereign rights over a site it sees as its economic lifeblood against a developer’s contractual right to manage the attraction for 25 years and share the profits. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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Military police restrain mourners surrounding the ambulance carrying the coffin of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, upon its arrival for burial at St Bishoy Monastery in Wadi al-Natrun, 100km (62 miles) north of Cairo March 20, 2012. Thousands of mourners dressed in black gathered in Cairo on Tuesday for the funeral of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian Pope Shenouda, who spent his final years trying to comfort a community disturbed by the rise of political Islam. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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Somali police officer (R) arrests a suspected rebel member (L) of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab among beach goers at the Lido beach north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu March 23, 2012. Lido beach was a famous attraction before Somalia tumbled into chaos in 1991 with the ousting of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. In the last few years, the beach was a frontline for the Islamist al Shabaab militants, who later withdrew from most parts of Mogadishu around August 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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A Tibetan exile runs after setting himself on fire during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in New Delhi March 26, 2012. Hu is scheduled to attend the BRICS

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A molotov cocktail is thrown during a clash between student protesters and the government against plans to raise fuel prices in Jakarta March 27, 2012. Protesters rallied across Indonesia on Tuesday against a government proposal to increase fuel prices by a third as parliament prepared to vote on a divisive subsidy that cost Southeast Asia’s largest economy some $18 billion last year. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (C) is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California September 15, 2012. Nakoula, a California man convicted of bank fraud has been escorted to an interview with federal officers probing possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam video that has triggered violent protests in the Muslim world, police said on Saturday. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman said Nakoula voluntarily left his home, accompanied by sheriff’s deputies, to meet with the officers in the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. The obscure 13-minute English-language video, which was filmed in California and circulated on the Internet under several titles including Innocence of Muslims, portrays Prophet Mohammad engaged in crude and offensive behavior. REUTERS/Bret Hartman

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Hindu devotees pray while standing in the waters of the Arabian Sea as they worship the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival Chhat Puja in Mumbai, November 19, 2012. Hindu devotees worship the Sun god and fast all day for the betterment of their family and society during the festival. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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An servicewoman looks at crosses in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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Riot police confronts demonstrators as violence breaks out at a parade celebrating Poland’s national holiday in Warsaw November 11, 2012. The police used truncheons to try to break up a crowd of right-wing extremists on Sunday who were pelting them with firecrackers and lumps of concrete. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

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A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts as he carries the body of a fellow fighter after he was killed by a sniper loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Khan al-Assal area November 10, 2012. Picture taken November 10, 2012. The headband on the fighter reads, God is great. REUTERS/Zain Karam

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A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States September 11, 2012. An American staff member of the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has died following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources said on Wednesday. Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori

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A home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, is seen in Union Beach, New Jersey November 12, 2012. At least 121 people perished in the storm, which caused an estimated $50 billion in property damage and economic losses and ranks as one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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A protester is detained by a plainclothes police officer during clashes at a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Lisbon, November 14, 2012. Spanish and Portuguese workers will stage the first coordinated general strike across the Iberian Peninsula on Wednesday, shutting transport, grounding flights and closing schools to protest against spending cuts and tax hikes. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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The brother of Palestinian boy Walid al-Abadlah, who according to hospital officials was killed in an Israeli air strike, kisses his body during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 15, 2012. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 including Walid al-Abadlah in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war and an invasion of the enclave. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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Smoke trails are seen as an Iron Dome intercepts a rocket which was launched from Gaza, near the southern town of Sderot November 15, 2012. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war with an invasion of the enclave. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is seen shortly after it landed with the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov

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Israeli border police officers use pepper spray as they detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day after Friday prayers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City March 30, 2012. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers on Friday as annual Land Day rallies turned violent. Police said they had made five arrests at Damascus Gate. Land Day commemorates the killing by security forces of six Arabs in 1976 during protests against government plans to confiscate land in northern Israel’s Galilee region. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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A boy looks at the palm of a penitent nailed on a wooden cross during a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday in Barangay Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga in northern Philippines April 6, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A defected army soldier pushes a disabled person across a street as barricades erected by defected army forces are dismantled in Sanaa April 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

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Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniform, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with St. Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow November 5, 2012. The parade will be held on November 7 to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941 when Soviet soldiers marched through Red Square towards the front lines at World War Two. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Demonstrators march in a rally in support of slain teenager Trayvon Martin in New York April 10, 2012. The February 26 killing of the black teenager by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man, has triggered protests around the country. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

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Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 165 km (100 miles) northwest of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

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Members of the 18th Street gang attend a mass at the prison of Izalco, about 65 km (40 miles) from San Salvador April 13, 2012. Rival gangs operating in El Salvador have called for a truce as the Central American country confronts a plague of violent crime, according to a statement issued by the gangs. The document, signed by representatives of the country’s two most powerful gangs, Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gang (Mara 18), was delivered to the local media and has been endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador, according to local church leaders. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez

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The father of Captain Nancy Flores kisses her pilot helmet during her funeral in Lima April 14, 2012. Flores was killed and three other police officers wounded in an armed encounter with Shining Path rebels on April 12, during a rescue mission to free hostages held by the rebels in a remote jungle region around the Ene and Apurimac valleys (VRAE) of southeastern Peru.REUTERS/Vera Lentz

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Greek parliament employees raise a mast after they replaced torn-off Greek flag with a new one atop the parliament in Athens Syntagma (Constitution) square April 18, 2012.Greeks go to the polls in about two weeks and at stake is Greece’s willingness to impose harsh measures and exit the crisis. The winner(s) must convince international lenders that there will be no relaxing of austerity policies and reforms or risk bailout installments needed to keep Greece afloat. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Protesters chant slogans after police used a flashbang stun grenade during an anti-government rally in Manama April 19, 2012. Fears grew ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain on Thursday after members of the Force India F1 team were caught up in a petrol bomb incident and police fired tear gas and bird shot to disperse anti-government protesters. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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A mounted riot policeman rides his horse during May Day rallies in Santiago May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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A boy tries to cross a damaged suspension bridge, after a flash flood caused by an avalanche in the Annapurna mountain range on Saturday, in Kaski district May 6, 2012. At least 17 people, including three foreigners, are confirmed to have died during the flood in Pokhara and adjoining villages in Kaski district, according to Police inspector Ravindra Nath Poudel of Kaski District. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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Jake Beaudoin, a U.S. Army Private of 508 BSTB, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover during a controlled detonation to clear an area for setting up a check point in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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Former soldiers of the Sandinista Popular Army (EPS) lie injured on the ground after clashes with riot police in Managua May 31,2012. Dozens of former soldiers blocked the Panamerican Highway to demand the government of Daniel Ortega to provide them social benefits as veterans of wars. REUTERS/Diana Ulloa

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