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Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the first 4 months of 2012. Parts II and III to follow this week. -- Paula Nelson ( 64 photos total)
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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TIPPED TRUCK
TIPPED TRUCK: Men used ropes to try to right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, about 100 miles northwest of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Friday. (Mian Khursheed/Reuters)

STRAIGHT SHOOTER
STRAIGHT SHOOTER: Rick Ritter, left, and Grady Ritter, both from Stillwell, Okla., checked out guns at the 2012 National Rifle Association Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday. (Sid Hastings/EPA)

ORTHODOX EASTER
ORTHODOX EASTER: An Orthodox Christian worshiper prayed during a Good Friday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Friday. Thousands of pilgrims, tourists and clergy took part in the celebrations. Orthodox churches celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar. (Abir Sultan/EPA)

NEPALESE NEW YEAR
NEPALESE NEW YEAR: A child watched the Bisket festival in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, near Katmandu, Nepal, on Friday. The nine-day festival takes place over the Nepalese New Year, during which devotees try to pull a chariot to their locations. Winners are believed to be blessed for the coming year with good fortune. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

TIGHT TURNS
TIGHT TURNS: Ashley Nee took the second of two runs in the women’s solo kayak division Thursday during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.. (Ben Goff/The Gaston Gazette/Associated Press)

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ON STRIKE ON STRIKE: An ill boy lay on a bench at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, where a health-care workers’ strike has brought operations almost to a halt. Public hospitals face a potentially devastating worker shortage after the government said Thursday it had fired 25,000 strikers. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

LOOKING BACK LOOKING BACK: A man looked for his photographs at a collection center Friday in Sendai, Japan, for items found after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. A year later, more than 250,000 photographs and personal belongings on display for owners to recover. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

COTTON TRADE COTTON TRADE: A trader checked containers of cotton in Kadi, India, Friday. India partially lifted a ban on cotton exports just days after imposing it, after opposition from the agriculture minister and officials in cotton-growing states, who argued the ban would hurt farmers. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

PURIM NAP PURIM NAP: An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man slept on a bench in a synagogue in Jerusalem during celebrations for Purim, a holiday marking the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as told in the Book of Esther. Many religious Jews drink openly during the holiday. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

ALLERGIC REACTIONS ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Vaishnavi Borde, age 9, received treatment at a hospital in Mumbai after having an allergic reaction to the colored powder traditionally thrown during the Holi festival. A teenage boy died and hundreds have been hospitalized in Mumbai; contaminated paint is suspected. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

CARGO PLANE CRASH CARGO PLANE CRASH: A man stood next to the wreckage of a cargo aircraft that crashed in the village of Plan de Cedro, Honduras, Thursday. The pilot and co-pilot, the only people on board, were killed in the crash, according to the local media. (Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

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WHISKED AWAY
WHISKED AWAY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was escorted to safety amid a protest during a ceremony in Canberra to mark Australia Day Thursday. About 200 supporters of indigenous rights surrounded a restaurant and banged on its windows while Ms. Gillard was inside. (Lukas Coch/Associated Press)

ONE FACE
ONE FACE: Lawmakers from the leftist Palikot’s Movement covered their faces with masks to protest the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement during a legislative session in Warsaw Thursday. Poland signed an international copyright agreement Thursday, sparking demonstrations. (Alik Keplicz/Associated Press)

COLD IN KIEV
COLD IN KIEV: A woman looked through an ice-covered window on a bus in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. (Sergei Chuzavkov/Associated Press)

SEPARATE PRAYERS
SEPARATE PRAYERS: Jewish women prayed behind a curtain that separated them from men at the tomb of Rabbi Baba Sali during an annual pilgrimage to his grave in Netivot, Israel, Thursday. (Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BUCKET HEADS
BUCKET HEADS: Bedouin Palestinian children played with buckets on their heads near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, West Bank, Thursday. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

SAVING A SHACK
SAVING A SHACK: Paul Cook, left, and Al Anderson, tried to rescue a shack on Lake Mendota in Westport, Wis., Wednesday. The shack, used by a men’s recreational ice hockey group, began sinking during a recent thaw and then froze in place. (M.P. King/Wisconsin State Journal/Associated Press)

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SHOT OUT
SHOT OUT: An Afghan police officer examined a shattered wall Wednesday during a visit to a Kabul building occupied by Taliban militants earlier in the week. After a full day of fighting, security forces killed the last of the insurgents Wednesday morning. (Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press)

SEEKING SHELTER
SEEKING SHELTER: A family by floods took cover under a tarp Wednesday during a downpour at a camp for flood victims in the Badin district in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Floods have killed more than 200 people and left 200,000 homeless in Pakistan this year. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

GETTING READY
GETTING READY: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Mutzafi examined a collection of ram’s horns in his house in Jerusalem Wednesday. The ram’s horn, known as a shofar, is blown during the prayers for Rosh Hashanah, which Jews will to celebrate this year on Sept. 29. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

SAFE
SAFE: An injured man sat on his bed at the Kenyatta National Hospital Wednesday in Nairobi. More than 100 people were hospitalized in Monday’s explosion of a leaky fuel pipeline; at least 75 people died. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

NICE WORK
NICE WORK: Jim Hamilton of Scotland won a line-out in a Rugby World Cup match Wednesday against Georgia in Invercargill, New Zealand; Scotland won, 15-6. (Paul Harding/Zuma Press)

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