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    A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area March 11, 2011. The earthquake, the most powerful ever known to have hit Japan, combined with the massive tsunami, claimed more than 15,800 lives, devastated many eastern coastline communities, and triggered a nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. (Reuters/Mainichi Shimbun)

    A protester stands in front of a burning barricade during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, on January 28, 2011. Police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo during four days of unprecedented protests by tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #

    KTM MRW Rally Factory's Juan Pedrero Garcia rides his motorcycle during the sixth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between the Chilean cities of Iquique and Arica in Chile, on January 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #

    Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (left) visits Mohamed Bouazizi at the Ben Arous Burn and Trauma Center in Tunis. Bouazizi had set himself on fire in an act out of desperation after police confiscated fruits and vegetables he sold without a permit in the central town of Sidi Bouzid. He died shortly after this photo was taken. This photo was released on December 28, 2010, and Bouazizi's story touched millions across the Arab world, tapping into decades-old anger, and triggered a series of uprisings leading to the fall of several dictators and widespread civil unrest that continues to this day. (AP Photo/Tunisian Presidency, File) #

    At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-133 crew takes a break from a simulated launch countdown to ham it up on the 195-foot level of Launch Pad 39A. From the left: Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialist Michael Barratt, Commander Steve Lindsey, and Mission Specialists Tim Kopra, Nicole Stott, and Alvin Drew. (NASA/Kim Shiflett) #

    Orich Florestal (left), 24, and Rosemond Altidon, 22, stand on the edge of their partially destroyed apartment of Port-au-Prince January 9, 2011, close to the first anniversary of the earthquake that killed around 250,000 people and wrecked much of the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010. (Reuters/Allison Shelley) #

    A gunman identified as Michael Gonzales aims his pistol at local village politician Reynaldo Dagsa shortly before Gonzales pulled the trigger, assassinating Dagsa in Manila, Philippines, on January 5, 2011. Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year's eve, moments before he was killed by Gonzales, who was captured on his camera together with an accomplice (man on the right). Police said they arrested both men charged in the assassination. (Reuters/Dagsa Family) #

    Debris crushed a car outside the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The 6.3-magnitude quake hit at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing dozens of people in one of the country's worst natural disasters. (AP Photo/NZPA, David Wethey) #

    A giant boulder punched a massive hole through this house during the February 22 earthquake near Lyttelton, a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. This photo was taken two days later. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #

    Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, stands in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The rover was shipped to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 22, 2011. The mission launched successfully on November 26, and Curiosity will land on Mars this coming August. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) #

    A motorcycle policeman is engulfed in flames as his colleague tries to help him after protesters threw a petrol bomb in Athens, Greece, on February 23, 2011. Scores of youths hurled rocks and petrol bombs at riot police after clashes broke out during a mass rally taking place as part of a general strike. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) #

    A supporter of President Hosni Mubarak, on camel, fights with anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo, Egypt, on February 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt's upheaval took a dangerous new turn. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abou Zaid) #

    Anti-government protesters gather by the thousands in Cairo's Tahrir Square in February of 2011, calling for an end to Hosni Mubarak's 30 years of dictatorship. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #

    Anti-government protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square watch a broadcast of President Hosni Mubarak speaking to the nation on February 10, 2011. Protesters chanted, "down, down with Hosni Mubarak," and "leave, leave," in rage at the speech in which the president took half measures, not stepping down but handing over powers to his vice president. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez) #

    After an abrupt change of position, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned from power on February 11, 2011. A furious wave of protest had finally swept Mubarak from power after 30 years of one-man rule, sparking jubilation on the streets and sending a warning to autocrats across the Arab world and beyond. Here, demonstrators celebrate in Tahrir Square upon hearing the news of the resignation in Cairo, Egypt. (John Moore/Getty Images) #

    Uprisings in Libya descended into civil war, with battles raging across desert roads and cities. NATO forces controlled the skies and offered cover to the rebels. Here, vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah on March 20, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #

    Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros stands in front of a burning building while on assignment on April 18, 2011, in Misrata, Libya. Hondros was killed two days later by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). (Katie Orlinsky/Getty Images) #

    A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, on March 11, 2011. (Reuters/KYODO) #

    Reporter Toya Chiba is swept up by a tsunami at Kamaishi port in Iwate prefecture, Japan, on March 11, 2011. Chiba managed to survive the tsunami by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap, Kyodo news reported. (Reuters/Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo) #

    Houses are swept away by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, on March 11, 2011. (Reuters/KYODO) #

    Cargo containers strewn about by the recent tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan, on March 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) #

    A woman sits amid wreckage caused by the massive March 11 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, on Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari) #

    A Japanese home drifts in the Pacific Ocean in this photograph taken on March 13, 2011. Ships and aircraft from the U.S. Navy's Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group were searching for survivors in the coastal waters near Sendai, Japan, in the wake of 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami. (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord) #

    A volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed away by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos are placed to dry at a volunteer center in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, on April 12, 2011. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #

    Ryo Taira (right) and an unidentified man lift a young porpoise out of a flooded rice field after it was swept there by the earlier tsunami in Sendai, Japan, on March 22, 2011. Taira found the porpoise struggling in the shallow water on Tuesday and after failing to net it, waded in to the field, which had yet to be sown with rice, to cradle the animal in his arms. (Reuters/Asahi Shimbun) #

    A boy who survived the tsunami plays in a toy car in front of a real car still balancing on its front end after being washed up by the March 11 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

    In this Friday, April 1, 2011, photo released by the Japan Coast Guard, members of the Japan Coast Guard rescue a dog after it was found drifting on the roof of a tsunami-wrecked house floating off Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. The dog wore a collar, but there was no address on it. (AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard) #

    Residents take a hot outdoor bath amongst tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture, on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

    Anti-government protesters display their arms and hands during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on April 4, 2011. Yemeni troops opened fire on crowds of protesters, killing at least six and wounding more than 30 others, according to various witnesses and medical officials. Arabic reads from right, "Our blood for our country", "Victory, Leave, Or we die, Murderer". (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

    Britain's Prince William and his new wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, watched by bridemaids Grace van Cutsem (left) and Margarita Armstrong-Jones and pageboy Tom Pettifer, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, in central London, on April 29, 2011. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez) #

    An aerial photo shows tornado damage at the Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Sanford, North Carolina, on April 17, 2011. A tornado ripped through the area Saturday as a line of severe storms moved across the state. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Thomas Babb) #

    Andy Page cries as he sits with his cat, Ellie, placed in a pet carrier, in his demolished apartment in Trenton, Georgia, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, after overnight storms hit the North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. Page has several cats and Ellie was the last one he was looking for. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis) #

    U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd left) and Vice President Joe Biden (left), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. A team of United States Navy SEALs was at that moment descending on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, raiding the suspected residence of bin Laden. Also pictured are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd right) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates (right). (Reuters/White House/Pete Souza/Handout) #

    Crowds gather outside the White House in Washington early Monday, May 2, 2011, to celebrate after President Barack Obama officially announced the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces in a compound in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) #

    A photo taken by a local resident shows the wreckage of a helicopter next to the wall of the compound where according to officials, Osama bin Laden was shot and killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Monday, May 2, 2011. The aircraft was a secretly developed stealth helicopter, which crashed during the operation. Pakistan later delivered the remaining pieces to U.S. authorities. (AP Photo/Mohammad Zubair) #

    Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) hits a six to win against Sri Lanka as teammate Yuvraj Singh reacts during the Cricket World Cup 2011 final at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. India went on to win the World Cup, beating Sri Lanka by six wickets. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) #

    A Libyan rebel fighter smokes a cigarette next to an improvised multiple rocket launcher in the back of a pickup truck, as the rebels prepare to make an advance, in the desert on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, on Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) #

    The Texas Forest Service undertook controlled burns on Sunday, April 17, 2011 to get rid of fuel on the mountains around McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which were experiencing widespread forest fires. Here, Black Mountain is burning. The Hobby-Eberly Telescope dome is at right. (Frank Cianciolo/McDonald Observatory) #

    Protesters, members of "Los Indignados", take part in a demonstration with a banner that reads "System Error", in Madrid, Spain, on May 17, 2011. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images) #

    Hands are raised in protest at Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Spain, on May 20, 2011 during a rally against Spain's economic crisis, jobless rate, austerity measures, political structure, and more. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images) #

    Plus One More:

    The photo of Osama bin Laden's dead body. Undoubtedly, this photo, if it had been released, would have been one of the iconic (if gory) photos of the year. According to reports, at least three sets of photographs of bin Laden's body exist, somewhere in the custody of the CIA. President Obama has decided against releasing them to the public, concerned about them being used to incite further violence, or being used as a propaganda tool. Several FOIA requests have reportedly been declined. (Photographer unknown) #

    Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries Dale Ostrander to the shore of Long Beach, Washington, on August 5, 2011. Rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez (left) and Will Green had found Ostrander in the surf, after the boy was underwater for more than 20 minutes. Ostrander was hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma for a time, but has since returned home and started the 7th grade. His recovery is still in progress, as he continues to undergo speech and physical therapy. (AP Photo/Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer)

    Robonaut 2 (R2) waits inside the electromagnetic interference chamber at Johnson Space Center following tests that ensure the robot's electronic systems won't cause problems for other important systems at the International Space Station. Humanoid robot R2 journeyed to the space station onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-133 mission, conducting tests. NASA hopes to eventually build a robot helper suitable to assist humans in complex tasks in space or on Earth. (NASA) #

    A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River, on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River was forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two rivers meet near Vicksburg causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

    Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least 12 were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers opened fire on protesters attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border adjacent to Majdal Shams in Northern Israel. (Jalaa Marey/JINI/Getty Images) #

    Wingwalker Todd Green falls from John Mohr's Steerman aircraft to his death, after losing his grip while trying to perform a transfer to a helicopter during the Selfridge Air Show, less than 30 miles from Detroit, on August 21, 2011. (Reuters/David Angell) #

    A migrant stands in a line after arriving at the port in Benghazi from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, Libya, on May 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

    Karren, part of a group called the Pujie Girls, demonstrates planking, a recent fad where participants take photos of themselves lying face down in unusual locations, such as here, outside Taiwan's National Theater in Taipei, on May 25, 2011. (Reuters/Nicky Loh) #

    An anti-government protester holds up a scarf reading, in Arabic, "My country, I love you my country", during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

    This May 23, 2011 photo made by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking and released by NASA shows the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour at an altitude of approximately 220 miles. A Soyuz capsule had never headed for home while a shuttle was parked at the space station, providing a rare opportunity for the photo session. (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli) #

    A federal policemen guards a crime scene in Monterrey, Mexico, on May 30, 2011. Gunmen killed five people, four taxi drivers and one woman working at a taxi stand, during a drive-by shooting outside a supermarket, local media reported. Drug wars and widespread violence between cartels and the Mexican government continued throughout the year, with some estimates tallying 46,000 related deaths in the past five years. (Reuters/Tomas Bravo) #

    This aerial photograph shows a neighborhood destroyed by a powerful tornado in Joplin, Missouri, on May 24, 2011. A tornado moved through much of the city, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 116 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #

    Foreign soldiers leave the Intercontinental Hotel at the end of a military operation against Taliban militants who had stormed the hotel in Kabul, on June 29, 2011. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter gunship in an assault that left at least 10 people dead. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #

    The sun shines through the smoke from the Las Conchas wildfire near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on June 29, 2011. The New Mexico wildfire raged largely unchecked for a fourth day near one of the nation's top nuclear arms production plants, but firefighters finally gained some ground in corralling the flames. (Reuters/Eric Draper) #

    Scott Jones and Alex Thomas share a kiss while on a street after Thomas was knocked to the ground by riot policemen during the riot that followed the championship loss by the Vancouver Canucks, on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Rich Lam/Getty Images) #

    Lightning flashes around the ash plume above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos, Chile, on June 5, 2011. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said. (Reuters/Carlos Gutierrez) #

    This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, streaking through the Earth's atmosphere during re-entry, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station, on July 21, 2011. Atlantis, the final space shuttle to ever go into orbit, was on its way home for the last time, landing in Florida later that day. Each of the shuttle orbiters are now undergoing decommissioning in preparation for being placed on public display. (NASA) #

    A Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier stands in line during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba, Sudan, on July 5, 2011. On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence, creating the newest nation in the world -- the 193rd nation to join the United Nations. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #

    Men play football on Ipanema Beach ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 28, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Michael Regan/Getty Images) #

    Mihag Gedi Farah, a malnourished seven-month-old child weighing only 7.5 pound (3.4kg), is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, in the town of Dadaab, Kenya, on July 26, 2011. The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it from more than two years ago, in a crisis intervention to keep hungry refugees from dying along what an official calls the "roads of death." Tens of thousands already have trekked to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, hoping to get aid in refugee camps. A reporter tracked down Mihag shortly after and was told that doctors expected him to make a full recovery. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) #

    An aid worker using an iPad films the rotting carcass of a cow in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 23, 2011. Since drought gripped the Horn of Africa, and especially since famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the international aid industry has swept in and out of refugee camps and remote hamlets in branded planes and snaking lines of white 4x4s. This humanitarian, diplomatic and media circus is necessary every time people go hungry in Africa, analysts say, because governments - both African and foreign - rarely respond early enough to looming catastrophes. Combine that with an often simplistic explanation of the causes of famine, and a growing band of aid critics say parts of Africa are doomed to a never-ending cycle of ignored early warnings, media appeals and emergency U.N. feeding - rather than a transition to lasting self-sufficiency. (Reuters/Barry Malone) #

    A Somali woman weeps for her child (wrapped in cloth), who had just died after being brought in for treatment for malnutrition, at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Feisal Omar) #

    Japan wins the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out at the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA, on July 17, 2011, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images) #

    A leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India,on July 19, 2011. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was also injured. (AP Photo) #

    Ciara Trait of Ireland, after winning the 25 meter backstroke event in the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games, on July 1, 2011 in Athens, Greece. (Vladimir Rys/Getty Images) #

    An injured man is attended to at the site of a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22, 2011. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said. The blast blew out most windows on the 17-story building housing Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire. (Reuters/Per Thrana) #

    Covered bodies lie next to a small structure on the shore of the island of Utoya, on July 23, 2011, after a gunman in police uniform killed at least 77 people in a ferocious attack on a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling Labour party, and hours after a bomb killed seven in Oslo. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch) #

    People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of the July 22 bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway, on July 25, 2011. Gunman Anders Behring Breivik has admitted bombing Norway's capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration. In November, Breivik was declared insane, and now faces compulsory psychiatric treatment, possibly for the remainder of his life. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #

    Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (left) reacts as he embraces Eskil Pedersen, the leader of the Norwegian Labour Youth league and survivor of the Utoya island shooting, at a hotel where survivors of the youth camp attack are being reunited with their families in Sundvolden, Norway, on July 23, 2011. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images) #

    A festival attendee in mid-bungee-jump, during the 17th Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra River, Poland, on August 6, 2011. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski) #

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    Beautiful pictures all the pictures are telling there own stories..

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    Awesome , great effort year in pics



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