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TENDING TO A LOT
TENDING TO A LOT: Parking attendant Tyler Bounelis sat near an empty lot at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Monday. Heavy rain on Sunday forced Nascar to postpone the Daytona 500 to Monday, the first postponement in its 54-year history. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press)

CONSOLED
CONSOLED: Samantha Kimball hugged her little brother, Daniel, after she picked him up from school in Chardon, Ohio, Monday. A teenager described as an outcast opened fire in the cafeteria of Chardon High School, killing one student and wounding four before being caught, authorities said. (David Maxwell/Corbis/Euoprean Pressphoto Agency)

TESTING, TESTING
TESTING, TESTING: A technician checked phone lines at the European Council headquarters in Brussels Monday. European Union leaders will gather there for a summit March 1-2. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

FIT TO PRINT
FIT TO PRINT: A man read the news Monday in Dakar, Senegal, as the country’s papers covered a presidential election. President Abdoulaye Wade said he expects a runoff; votes in 282 out of 551 districts showed him leading 13 opposition candidates with 32.17% of the vote. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

OSCAR BLISS
OSCAR BLISS: Best actress winner Meryl Streep, of ‘The Iron Lady,’ and best actor winner Jean Dujardin, of ‘The Artist,’ posed with their Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood Sunday. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)

AT THE WHITE HOUSE
AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, wore a button reading ‘Cheer up’ as he listened to President Barack Obama give a speech during the National Governors Association meeting at the White House in Washington Monday. (Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TRADITIONAL GIRLS
TRADITIONAL GIRLS: Dongria Kondh tribal girls watched sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh, India, Sunday. (Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)

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DRYING BY A FIRE
DRYING BY A FIRE: A Hindu holy man who had smeared ash on himself sat near a fire at Pashupatinath Temple in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. Hindu holy men gathered at the temple for the Shivaratri festival, which celebrates lord Shiva. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

SLICING THROUGH THE AIR
SLICING THROUGH THE AIR: Japan’s Taku Takeuchi soared through the air during a practice jump at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Klingenthal, Germany, Tuesday. (David W. Cerny/Reuters)

TAKING AIM
TAKING AIM: A soldier for the African Union’s mission in Somalia took up a position during fighting between Islamists and government forces in southern Mogadishu Tuesday. Somalia called for an end to an arms embargo on the country so it can better fight an al Qaeda-backed insurgency. (Feisal Omar/Reuters)

IN SYRIA
IN SYRIA: A rebel fighter looked on after Syrian army tanks entered Idlib, Syria, Tuesday. (Associated Press)

STICKING OUT…TOGETHER
STICKING OUT…TOGETHER: A couple took pictures in an interactive art installation named ‘You and Me’ on Valentine’s Day in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

WEN WAITS
WEN WAITS: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao waited for European Union Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at the Great Hall of the People before their summit in Beijing Tuesday. (How Hwee-Young/Associated Press)

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In this post, featuring images from the last quarter of 2011, we remember a tumultuous year of change across the globe, the capture of Khadafi, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the passing of Apple icon Steve Jobs, fire, famine, flood and protests. A memorable year, indeed. -- Paula Nelson -- Please see part 1 and part 2 from earlier. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not post a Big Picture on Monday, December 26, due to the Christmas Holiday ) (51 photos total)
A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli on Sept. 1, 2011 as the fallen strongman vowed again not to surrender in a message broadcast on the 42nd anniversary of the coup which brought him to power. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

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