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IN MOURNING
IN MOURNING: Women wept Friday at the grave of a victim of an air raid in the Turkish village of Gulyazi, near the Iraqi border. Kurds buried 35 victims of the Wednesday airstrike, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised an in-depth investigation. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLDING TIGHT
HOLDING TIGHT: Garrett Jackson, an aide to GOP presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, steadied a chair for the candidate at a campaign stop Thursday at Music Man Square in Mason City, Iowa. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

MEETING IN PRAYER
MEETING IN PRAYER: Pastors met late Thursday to pray outside the Minneapolis home of Terrell Mayes, a three-year-old killed by a stray bullet this week. The Revs. Harding Smith of Brooklyn Center, left, and Prince Williams of Brooklyn Park were among the attendees. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press)

CALLING HOME
CALLING HOME: Victims of a car bombing Friday in Quetta, Pakistan, called their relatives from a hospital. Nine people died in the explosion outside the home of a local politician. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

DANGEROUS BUSINESS
DANGEROUS BUSINESS: Firefighters sprayed water on the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine in a dock at the Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region of northwestern Russia Friday. The fire was put out late Friday; officials said there was no radiation leak. (Ru-RTR/APTN/Associated Press)

A VETERAN’S DAY
A VETERAN’S DAY: A member of the former Kosovo Liberation Army peered through an ice-covered window in Pristina while taking part in a peaceful protest on Friday, a day dedicated to War Veterans in Kosovo. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

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2011 was a year of global tumult, marked by widespread social and political uprisings, economic crises, and a great deal more. We saw the fall of multiple dictators, welcomed a new country (South Sudan), witnessed our planet's population grow to 7 billion, and watched in horror as Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. From the Arab Spring to Los Indignados to Occupy Wall Street, citizens around the world took to the streets in massive numbers, protesting against governments and financial institutions, risking arrest, injury, and in some cases their lives. Collected here is Part 2 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering 2011's middle months. Be sure to also see Part 1, and Part 3 of this series totaling 120 images in all. [40 photos]

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)

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It's time for another look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today we have scenes of an elephant rescue in India, a loyal dog bidding a final farewell, a competitor in the Open Rabbit Sport Tournament, and a rather unfortunate moose discovered intoxicated and tangled in a tree. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from the past several weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [44 photos]

A dog casts a long shadow in the morning in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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