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The second collection of images from 2012 once again brought us nature at its full force and beauty along with news and daily life coming from countries like Russia, Syria, Egypt, England, India and Italy. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the second 4 months of 2012. Please see part 1 from Monday and here's part 3. -- Lloyd Young ( 47 photos total)
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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FLAG RUN
FLAG RUN: An Afghan police officer ran after confiscating a U.S. flag from protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. Hours after the Taliban urged retaliation against Westerners for the burning of Qurans at Bagram Airfield, an Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in Nangarhar, killing two soldiers. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

LIFE ON MAIN STREET
LIFE ON MAIN STREET: People watched Republican presidential candidates debate on a large television screen on Main Street in Mesa, Ariz., Wednesday. Arizona and Michigan Voters go to the polls Feb. 28 in primary elections. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

DIGGING IN
DIGGING IN: Police removed pro-choice advocate Margaret Doyle after a state Senate committee approved a bill Thursday in Richmond, Va., that defines life as starting at conception. The vote now sends the bill to the full state Senate. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch/Associated Press)

PRIMETIME PUTIN
PRIMETIME PUTIN: A big monitor showed current prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin speaking during a rally at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Thursday. Mr. Putin warned against the dangers of foreign influence. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

HEALING HAND
HEALING HAND: A family member placed his hand on the forehead of a man who was injured in a bombing of a bus station in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday. At least 12 people were killed. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

MIGHTY CLOSE
MIGHTY CLOSE: A barber used a blade to clean a customer’s eyelid in Suining, Sichuan province, China, Thursday. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, getting a haircut on the second day of the second Chinese lunar month, which falls on Feb. 23, is likely to bring good luck. (Reuters)

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RIO RAID
RIO RAID: Authorities patrolled Rio de Janeiro’s Rocinha slum Monday. About 3,000 police officers and soldiers raided the crime-ridden slum a day earlier. Officials hope to have the area under control in time for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

OPEN WIDE
OPEN WIDE: A child received a polio vaccination at a health center in San’a, Yemen, Monday. (Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency)

MAYDAY
MAYDAY: Responders worked to extinguish flames on the Sergei Abramov ship at a pier in Moscow Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

KIDS BEING KIDS
KIDS BEING KIDS: Schoolchildren dressed as brides and grooms waited to perform during Children’s Day celebrations at a school in Amritsar, India, Monday. The day is meant to promote the welfare of children. (Narinder Nanu/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PHILIPPINES FIRE
PHILIPPINES FIRE: A man collected scrap metal from his burnt home after a fire in Quezon City, Philippines, Monday. About 100 homes were gutted. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

BOMBER KILLED
BOMBER KILLED: An Afghan soldier stood guard near the scene where security forces shot dead an alleged would-be bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Regional leaders will meet at the venue later this week. (Musadeq Sadeq/Associated Press)

STREET VENDORS
STREET VENDORS: A family sold tea, pastries and cigarettes at their cart on a street in Hyderabad, India, Monday. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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DAZED
DAZED: A survivor of the crash of a Russian passenger jet was carried from an ambulance into Moscow’s Vishnevskogo hospital Tuesday. The plane exploded into flames after crashing on a highway just short of its airport; 44 people died and eight survived, officials said. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

STARTING THEIR DAY
STARTING THEIR DAY: Siblings Imran and Asifah, right, paused for a photo in a Mumbai slum‘s narrow alleyway before heading to school Tuesday morning. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)

AGAINST PENSION CHANGES
AGAINST PENSION CHANGES: Members of Unison, the U.K.’s second-largest union, voted at a conference in Manchester, England, Tuesday. Union members are considering a strike over a proposed pension overhaul. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

IN THE STORM’S PATH
IN THE STORM’S PATH: Two cars were pulled into the ocean from a beach at Acapulco, on Mexico’s west coast, Tuesday. Hurricane Beatriz, a category-one storm, is nearing the Mexican coast. (European Pressphoto Agency)

TUCKERED OUT
TUCKERED OUT: Chinese soldiers slept on the ground Tuesday during a break in their flood-rescue work in in Lanxi, Zhejiang Province. Heavy rains have brought high water across the region, leaving two people dead and one missing. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

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ONLY A TEST
ONLY A TEST: A person dressed in a tiger costume acted the part of a wild animal being shot by a tranquilizer gun during a training session at the Chengdu, China, Zoo Thursday. Zoo employees were being trained on methods for capturing escaped animals. (Zuma Press)

SHEARED OPEN
SHEARED OPEN: A house in Springfield, Mass., stood open to the sky Thursday, one day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes surprised emergency officials and caused the state’s first tornado-related deaths in 16 years. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

RISKY BUSINESS
RISKY BUSINESS: A Russian woman peered through a shop window at vegetables in Moscow Thursday. Russia on Thursday banned all fruit and vegetable imports from the EU, out of concern over an E. coli outbreak that has left 18 dead and sickened hundreds in at least eight European countries. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

REVVING UP
REVVING UP: A mechanic dismantled a car engine at a workshop in Noida, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Thursday. Automobile sales in India grew at a record 27% in the financial year ended March 31, to 15.51 million units, but the industry expects the pace this year to be around 12%-15%. (Parivartan Sharma/Reuters)

NOTABLE VISITOR
NOTABLE VISITOR: A three-year-old boy, a patient at an HIV/AIDS hospice in Yangon, Myanmar, held a flower he planned give to visiting U.S. Sen. John McCain Thursday. Sen. McCain was expected to meet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his visit. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

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