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As China's population and economy continue to grow, the country is scrambling to solve challenges in housing, elder care, cultural and political institutions, the environment, and other areas of everyday life. Today's collection, a recent gathering of images from across the nation, covers a range of subjects from wheelchair dancers to bear bile farms, a monkey-controlled robot arm to a Tibetan exile protester who set himself on fire earlier today, and much more. [41 photos]

A woman and her son sit inside the capsule of an electric tricycle as they drive along a main road in central Beijing, on March 15, 2012. (Reuters/David Gray)

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World Press Photo, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, recently announced the winners of its 2012 photojournalism contest. More than 5,000 photographers from 124 countries submitted over 100,000 pictures to the competition. Top honors this year went to Samuel Aranda for his image of a woman holding a wounded relative during protests in Yemen. The prize-winning photographs will be assembled into an exhibition that will travel to 45 countries over the next year. Below is just a sample of this year's group of winners -- please visit the World Press Photo website to see them all. (See also the winners from 2011.) [32 photos]

First prize winner in the Spot News Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo Contest, this photo by by Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time, shows rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, on March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time)

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WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT OR NUDITY
From the uprisings across the Arab world to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there was no lack of news in 2011. Reuters photographers covered the breaking news events as well as captured more intimate, personal stories. In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.

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POLITICAL SCUFFLE
POLITICAL SCUFFLE: Shiite and Sunni National Assembly members fought during a heated debate Wednesday in Kuwait about Kuwaitis held at Guantanamo Bay. The speaker of parliament suspended sessions after the fight. (Yasser al Zayyat/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BY THE NECK
BY THE NECK: Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Adam Martynyuk, right, grabbed deputy Oleg Lyashko during a legislative session in Kiev Wednesday. (Tatyana Bondarenko/Reuters)

UNDER WATER
UNDER WATER: A home was nearly submerged in Vicksburg, Miss., Wednesday. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

X-RAY IMAGE
X-RAY IMAGE: This X-ray, provided by officials in Chiapas, Mexico, shows migrants from Latin America and Asia inside a truck heading to the U.S. Local police said they found more than 500 migrants Tuesday inside two trailer trucks. The red arrows mark distance. (Chiapas state attorney general/Associated Press)

RESCUED
RESCUED: A man grabbed a woman who jumped from a building in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, Tuesday. The 22-year-old had attempted suicide after her boyfriend tried to end their four-year relationship. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

FILLING IN
FILLING IN: A Palestinian worker poured cement at the base of an Israeli separation barrier that cuts through the West Bank village of Walajeh, just south of Jerusalem, Wednesday. (Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency)

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