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  3. 3. 3Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Benjust after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England.Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Yearwith a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/GettyImages)
  4. 4. 4Former Egyptian president HosniMubarak leaves on astretcher after a newsession of his trial at thePolice Academy, inCairo, Egypt, Jan. 22012. The trial of Mubarak will resume Jan. 3, where theprosecution will give its closing argument over three days. (EPA)#
  5. 5. 5Protesters chant slogans asthey march through Ikorodu road during aprotest against a fuelsubsidy removal in Lagos, Jan. 9, 2012. Thousands of Nigerians took to thestreets across Africas top oil producing nation, launching an indefinitenationwide strike to protest against the axing of fuelsubsidies. (Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)#
  6. 6. 6A man injured in a bomb blast puts on his shoe before being taken to the hospital inthe Khyber region, near Peshawar,Pakistan. A bomb targeting a tribal militiaopposed to the Pakistani Taliban explodedin a market close to the Afghan border, killing dozens of people in the deadliest blast in the country in several months, Jan.10, 2012. (Qazi Rauf/Associsted Press)#
  7. 7. 7 Anti-riot police takecover behind shieldsafter residents threwa Molotov cocktailduring the demolition of shanties in Corazon De Jesusvillage in San Juancity, metro Manila,Jan. 11, 2012. At least12 people wereinjured during clashes as a demolition team attempted to clear the area to makeway for a new city hall. (RomeoRanoco/Reuters)#
  8. 8. 8People travel on an outdoor public escalator atCommune 13 in Medellin, Jan. 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 Colombias second largest city to help the 12,000 residents there getaround. (Fredy Builes/Reuters)#
  9. 9. 9Internally displacedpeople in Pibor, Jan. 12, 2012. The World FoodProgramme (WFP)started distributing food to 60,000internally displacedpeople in SouthSudan, accordingto the UnitedNations Mission inSouth Sudan.(Isaac Billy/UNMISS/Reuter s/Handout)#
  10. 10. 10An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/SecurityConsultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruits head during a training session for Chinas first female bodyguards in Beijing, Jan. 13, 2012. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women,mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months oftraining to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company will then offer the best trainee achance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel. (David Gray/Reuters
  11. 11. 11A man rides a horse through a bonfire, Jan. 16, 2012 inthe small village of SanBartolome de Pinares, Spain.In honor of San Anton, the patron saint of animals,horses are riden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoringanimals in Spain. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)#
  12. 12. 12 A demonstrator wears aGuy Fawkes mask during an "Occupy Congress"rally at the West FrontLawn of the Capitol, Jan.17, 2012 in Washington,DC. Hundreds of members of the"Occupy" movement from across the countryparticipated in the Occupy Congress rallyon Capitol Hill. (AlexWong/Getty Images)#
  13. 13. 13 The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia run aground off the coast of Giglio in this Jan. 17,2012 DigitalGlobe satellitephotograph. Eleven people areconfirmed dead and at least 23 are still missing from more than 4,200 passengers andcrew after the Concordia ranaground two hours into a week-long cruise of the westernMediterranean.(DigitalGlobe/Reuters/Handout )#
  14. 14. 14 Authorities detained a manduring a march inwhich hundreds ofpeopleparticipated pleading for theirdemands and called by the Association of Housing Debtors onthe main avenue ofdowntownSantiago de Chile heading to thepresidential palaceLa Moneda, inSantiago, Chile, Jan. 7, 2012. (MarioRuiz/EPA)#
  15. 15. 15A Palestinian man reacts upon the arrival of the body of a man, killed byan Israeli strike, at ahospital in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip,Jan. 18, 2012. An Israeli aircraft and tank strikekilled at least onePalestinian close to theborder fence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. (MohammedSalem/Reuters)#
  16. 16. An Israeli homeless woman withher child warm themselves bythe fire outside of the tents 16during a cold weather snap inSacher Park in Jerusalem, Israel,Jan. 23, 2012. The homelesspeople staying at Sacher Parkhave lived in tents since thesummer 2011 protest and havenot been able to find a housingsolution. (Abir Sultan/ EPA)#
  17. 17. 17Two Russian Orthodox priests lift a child from the ice-coldwater to mark celebrationsof the Epiphany Orthodoxholiday, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 19, 2012. People believe thatdipping into blessed waters during the holiday of Epiphany strengthens theirspirit and body. (AnatolyMaltxev/EPA)#
  18. 18. 18Mother of Palestinian Mohammed AbuOdah kisses his body during his funeral in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 18, 2012. Israeli forces attacked a group of suspected Palestinian militantsbelieved to have been planting a bomb along Gazas border with the Jewishstate. (Ali Ali/EPA)#
  19. 19. 19Severely malnourished two-year-old girl,Rajni, is weighed by health workers at theNutritional Rehabilitation Centre of Shivpuridistrict in the central Indian state of MadhyaPradesh, Feb. 1, 2012. India has failed toreduce its high prevalence of childmalnutrition despite its economy doublingbetween 1990 and 2005 to become Asiasthird largest. A government-supportedsurvey last month said 42 percent of childrenunder five are underweight - almost doublethat of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43percent five years ago. The statistic - whichmeans 3,000 children dying daily due toillnesses related to poor diets - forced PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh to admit lastmonth that malnutrition was "a nationalshame" and was putting the health of thenation in jeopardy. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)#
  20. 20. 20A protester with tear gas cartridges shot by theriot police during clashes between protestersand riot police near the interior ministry, Feb. 3, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. The protest follows thedeaths of 74 football fans who were killed inclashes between rival fans following the matchbetween al-Masry and al-Alhy in Port Said,Egypt. Three-days of mourning have beenannounced and marches are scheduled toprotest at the lack of protection provided bypolice who were at the stadium when theviolence occurred. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)#
  21. 21. 21Two people standin front of theColosseum during a snowfall in Rome, Italy, Feb. 10, 2012.Schools and publicoffices were closed and snow-removalcrews were inplace as Rome was on high alert for a second winter blast. (MassimoPercossi/EPA)#
  22. 22. 22A child, with eyelashescovered with hoarfrost, along a street in theeastern Siberian city ofYakutsk in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Feb. 10, 2012. The airtemperature in Yakutsk is about minus 35 degreesCelsius (minus 31degrees Fahrenheit). (ViktorEverstov/Reuters)#
  23. 23. 23 Demonstrators throw fire bombs toward riot police during violent protests in central Athens, Feb. 12, 2012. Thousands ofdemonstrators clashed with police as the Greek parliament prepared to vote on a new and deeply unpopular EU/IMF austerity deal,to secure a 130 billion euro bailout, aimed at saving Greece from bankruptcy and what Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned would be "uncontrollable economic chaos". (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)#
  24. 24. 24A picture combo shows a sightseeing boat on the roof of aguesthouse in Otsuchi, northern Japan, May 7, 2011, and aview of the same guesthouse, Feb. 15 2012. March 11, 2012marked the first anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastatednortheastern Japan and triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (KimimasaMayama/EPA)#
  25. 25. 25 An Afghan shows acopy of the holy Koranthat was allegedly burnt by US soldiers during a protest in Bagram, about 60kilometres (40 miles)north of Kabul,Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2012. Thousands ofAfghans took to thestreet in a Bagram to protest the burning of the Koran by NATO-led troops. (S. Sabawoon/EPA)#
  26. 26. Afghan children who lost theirparents in a land mine blast involatile Helmand province, sit26near a stove in a refugeescamp in Kabul, Afghanistan,Feb. 24, 2012. At least 24children have died in refugeecamps in Afghanistan as aresult of freezing temperaturesover the past two weeks.(Jawad Jalali/EPA)#
  27. 27. 27 A physically disabledwoman clashes withriot police in the centreof La Paz, Feb. 23, 2012. Hundreds of physicallydisabled peoplearrived in La Paz after completing a protestmarch of some 1600 km (994 miles) over ahundred days todemand that Bolivias government offer support in the form of3000 bolivianos ($434) payment to eachphysically disabled Bolivian. (David Mercado/Reuters)#
  28. 28. 28 Bodies of two who were killed after aheavy shelling bygovernment forcesare covered with a mat in Sermeennear the northern city of Idlib, Feb.28, 2012. (ZohraBensemra/Reuters)#
  29. 29. 29A man confronts hooded protesters whowere vandalizing a bank facility during aprotest against spending cuts in publiceducation in Barcelona, Feb. 29, 2012. (Albert Gea/Retuers)#
  30. 30. 30Steve McDonald stands in the debrisfrom the home of hismother-in-law, Mary Osman, who waskilled after a tornado touched down, Feb. 29, 2012 inHarrisburg, Illinois. At least nine people died in tornadoesacross the Midwest. (Whitney Curtis/GettyImages)#
  31. 31. 31The body of a man killed in a suspected drug-related executionlies along the path where he was shot, March 1,