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Mourning the loss of almost 20,000 people gripped Japan yesterday on the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. While the nation has made enormous strides recovering from the triple disaster, yesterday was was a time for remembrance. But the country is rebuilding even as it still suffers the loss of lives and the economic effects of an estimated $210 billion price tag - the costliest natural disaster in human history. Gathered here are images from memorial services, the rebuilding efforts, and of people forging ahead with altered lives a year on from the catastrophe. -- Lane Turner (40 photos total)
Families release a paper lantern in memory of the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami, on March 11, 2012 in Natori, Japan. (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)

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GUARDING THE PRESIDENT: Police officers guarded pro-Western President Boris Tadic’s office from protesters in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday. About 200 demonstrators chanted slogans and burned a NATO flag in protest against an upcoming NATO conference there. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

COUCH PROTESTER: A demonstrator slept on a couch in Madrid Monday, a day after fellow demonstrators started to disband from their encampment in the city’s landmark Puerta del Sol Square. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

DAY IN COURT: Police escorted paramilitary officials from a court in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday. The suspects are accused in the death of an unarmed man. The incident was captured on video. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

HOLDING ON: A man held onto chains hanging from a bridge as he bathed in rapidly moving waters of the Ganges River in Haridwar, India, Monday. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)

IN THE MIDDLE: Schoolgirls waited in line for their midday meal at a government-run school on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Monday. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RAIN RUBBLE: A woman sat amid debris Sunday from a landslide that was triggered by torrential rainfall in Linxiang, Hunan Province, China. More heavy downpours were forecast this week over central and southern China, where seasonal flooding has already killed more than 100 people, state media said. (Associated Press)

FOUL FISH: Fishery workers disposed of putrid fish that went bad in the wake of a deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami as sea gulls flew overhead in Ishinomaki, Japan, Monday. (Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency)

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Sirens wailed Friday along a devastated coastline to mark exactly one week since an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear emergency, and the government acknowledged it was slow to respond to the disasters that the prime minister called a “great test for the Japanese people.” Last week’s 9.0 quake and tsunami has left more than [...]

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