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A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the “Luminarias,” a [...]

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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DAWN PATROL DAWN PATROL: U.S. troops and Afghan soldiers conducted a joint security patrol Thursday in Kandalay village in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

KITE STRINGS KITE STRINGS: A craftsman prepared threads for flying kites in Jammu, India, Thursday. (Channi Anand/Associated Press)

NEON MOHWAK NEON MOHWAK: Fans attended the annual Rebellion Punk Rock Festival Thursday in Blackpool, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

CAMPING PROTESTERS CAMPING PROTESTERS: Protesters slept in a tent camp on Thursday in Tel Aviv. Demonstrators were protesting against rising housing prices and social inequalities. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

TOBACCO CEILING TOBACCO CEILING: Tobacco farmer Ran Yunfu arranged cured tobacco leaves in Xuan’en, China, Thursday. (Song Wen/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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HORSE FOR RENT: A horse with a cellphone number painted on it was left on the side of a road on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday. The horse is rented out. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

SKULL AND BONES: A worker was silhouetted near skulls and bones in an ossuary under St. James Church in Brno, Czech Republic, Tuesday. (Radek Mica/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LITTLE VADER: A Darth Vader actor waited for tourists who want to be photographed with him in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a thunderstorm in Berlin Tuesday. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

AT THE RACES; A woman wore an elaborate hat at the annual Royal Ascot horse race near Windsor, England, Tuesday. (Carl de Souza/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

OLD GLORY: A man held a U.S. flag before the arrival of President Barack Obama in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday. President Obama arrived to cheers on the first official visit by a U.S. president in 50 years. He is courting the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)

BY THE SEA: Women bathed in the Irish Sea in Blackpool, England, Tuesday. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

ROW YOUR BOAT: A fisherman rowed on Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei Province, China, Tuesday. Recent heavy rains refilled the lake. (Hao Tonqian/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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