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‘NO PRESSURE’
‘NO PRESSURE’: Xochitl, 3, a Mexican hairless dog, waited for owner Ana Poe of San Francisco in a restroom at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, Calif., Thursday. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register/Zuma Press)

READY TO LEARN
READY TO LEARN: Students Kadidiatu Swaray, 18, left, and Mabinty Bangura, 15, arrived for class at the Every Nation Academy private school in Makeni, Sierra Leone, Friday. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

OFFENDED
OFFENDED: North Koreans shouted slogans denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during a rally Friday at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. The North Korean government has said Mr. Lee’s recent comments about the country ‘hurt the dignity’ of its people. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

IN PAIN
IN PAIN: A homeless young woman accused of having premarital sex in public was caned by a sharia police officer at a public square in the town of Langsa, Indonesia, Friday. Aceh is the only Indonesian province that enforces laws based in the teachings of Islam. (Riza Lazuardi/AFP/Getty Images)

TAKING A BREATHER
TAKING A BREATHER: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland caught his breath during his quarterfinal match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press)

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As 2011 draws to a close, Framework looks back on an eventful, tumultuous year, documented by the photojournalists of the Los Angeles Times.

It was a year marked by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan; the Arab Spring in North Africa and the Middle East, with rebel uprisings and hard-fought battles resulting in the fall of Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, and the capture and death of Libya’s Moammar Kadafi; and the humanitarian crisis of continued famine in Africa.

2011 also saw the somber 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001; the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement; the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in London and their subsequent Southland visit; and the involuntary manslaughter trial, conviction and sentencing of Michael Jackson’s personal physician.

Carmageddon in Los Angeles, anticipated with dire predictions of monumental gridlock, turned out to be not so disruptive after all.

Almost nine years after the invasion of Iraq, the war was declared officially over with the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops and their return home — in time for the holidays, no less.

As always, the worlds of entertainment, sports and celebrity are part of the gallery, adding a light, colorful touch to a memorable year.

Enjoy the look back with us, and have a wonderful 2012.

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CHOKED UP
CHOKED UP: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) was emotional as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong received a Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday. Astronauts John Glenn, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin also received medals. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PONCHO IN THE PARK
PONCHO IN THE PARK: A woman wrapped in a plastic poncho sat on a bench at New York’s Zuccotti Park. A judge ruled Tuesday that Occupy Wall Street protesters can no longer camp out in the park near Wall Street after police cleared the area earlier in the day. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

HAVING A BALL
HAVING A BALL: Maintenance worker Luis Alcala emerged from inside a large Christmas ornament that he bolted down at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., Tuesday. (H. Lorren Au Jr./The Orange County Register/Associated Press)

CRIME SCENE
CRIME SCENE: Law enforcement investigated a window at the White House in Washington Wednesday. Pennsylvania authorities arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, of Idaho, in connection with shots fired at the White House Friday. The windows are bulletproof. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SILENCE IS GOLDEN
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: A lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party, Huseyin Sahin, tried to stop a fellow party member, Muhittin Aksak, from speaking during a debate at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday. (Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BOY IN THE MASK
BOY IN THE MASK: Yang Weihao’s mother helped him take off a mask at their home in Zhuanji, Anhui Province, China, Tuesday. The boy was severely burnt in a fire in June and has to wear a surgical mask and a pair of gloves to prevent the wounds from becoming infected. (Reuters)

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Summer weather brings people together outside to enjoy music festivals, county fairs, carnivals and religious observations. I've gathered here some recent images of these celebrations, including a flaming horseman in Kyrgyzstan, Bastille Day in France, a German fun park inside a former nuclear power plant, and much more. [39 photos]

A girl on her father's shoulders looks through a maze of sunflowers growing in a field during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, on July 24, 2011. A total of some 200,000 sunflowers welcomed guests for the summer festival, an annual draw for the small town. (Kazuhuro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

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