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The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday. (45 photos total)
A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images) )

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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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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MIDAIR SALUTE MIDAIR SALUTE: A South Korean special forces soldier participated in parachute jump drills in Gyeryong, south of Seoul, Monday. The drills were part of a rehearsal ahead of Armed Forces Day, which falls on Oct. 1. (Reuters)

HOCKEY BRAWL HOCKEY BRAWL: The Vancouver Canucks’ Antoine Roussel and the San Jose Sharks’ Douglas Murray, right, fought during the second period of their NHL pre-season hockey game in Vancouver Sunday. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

CARRYING A CHILD CARRYING A CHILD: A man ran carrying an injured child after an explosion in the central Iraqi city of Karbala Sunday. Back-to-back bomb blasts ripped through the city, killing at least 10 people (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

MATCHING TROUSERS MATCHING TROUSERS: American golfer John Daly practiced with his eight-year-old son, John Daly Jr., before the start of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course Monday in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

A PIG FLIES A PIG FLIES: An inflatable pig floated above Battersea Power Station in London Monday to promote the release of re-mastered versions of Pink Floyd’s 14 studio albums. The image of the pig over the Battersea station is famous from the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, ‘Animals.’ (AFP/Getty Images)

HIGH WATER HIGH WATER: Villagers carried relief supplies as they walked through flood waters at Rasulpur village in India. India’s monsoon season, which runs from June through September, brings rains that are vital to agriculture but also can cause floods and landslides. (Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)

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Last Wednesday, June 15, thousands of Vancouver Canucks hockey fans gathered in their city's Rogers Arena to watch the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins. After the Canucks lost and the crowds poured out into the streets, some fans began rioting, smashing storefront windows, looting, and overturning cars. The following day, many volunteers gathered in downtown Vancouver to help clean up and repair the damage. They wrote thousands of emotional messages on the plywood covering storefronts, sidewalks, and police vehicles -- messages expressing anger at the rioters, pride in the city, and gratitude toward police and emergency workers. The spontaneous display of sentiment on these sheets of plywood appears to be important enough to the history of the city that the Museum of Vancouver will be saving them once they come down. (Also, be sure to read about The Last Time Canadians Rioted After the Stanley Cup Finals) [24 photos]

A Vancouver Canucks fan videotapes the chaos around an overturned burning pickup truck in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, during rioting after the Canucks lost Game 7, the final and deciding game of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011. (Reuters/Anthony Bolante)

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BLOW BACK
BLOW BACK: A firefighter extinguished a burnt out car after a suicide bombing, in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, which killed two people outside of police headquarters. (Felix Onigbinde/Associated Press)

A KISS AMID CHAOS
A KISS AMID CHAOS: Riot police walked in the street as a couple kissed in Vancouver, Wednesday evening. Violence broke out after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

BORDER STRUGGLE
BORDER STRUGGLE: Palestinians tried to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday. Egypt reopened the border after a four-year blockade when Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

IN A BLUE MOOD
IN A BLUE MOOD: Children ate cotton candy while dressed up like Smurfs in the southern village of Juzcar, Spain, Thursday. Houses in Juzcar were painted blue as of a part of promotion for Sony’s “The Smurfs 3D.” (Sergio Torres/Associated Press)

OVEREXPOSED
OVEREXPOSED: Some shoppers outside of London’s Desigual clothing store waited in their underwear, Thursday. The first 100 buyers that arrived in their underwear would receive a free outfit. (Neil Hall/Zuma Press)

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