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An undercurrent of explosive anger at the government of Turkey found a fuse on May 31 as a protest over the demolition of a public park in Istanbul quickly spread to other cities and encompassed simmering passions on broader issues in Turkish political life. Police have used tear gas and water canons to break up the protests, which have grown as demonstrators express opposition to what they view as the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. -- Lane Turner (29 photos total)
Tear gas surrounds a protestor holding a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as he takes part in protests against the Turkish Prime Minister and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)     

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Today marks World Refugee Day, which the United Nations uses to raise awareness of the plight of the estimated 42 million displaced people worldwide. A UN report released this week showed that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year -- more than any time since 2000. In a message to mark the day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help." -- Lloyd Young (30 photos total)
A Myanmar ethnic Rohingya child preparing for a midday prayer on April 23 inside a community school in Klang, a port town 30 kilometres west of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is observing World Refugee Day along with other countries of the world, there are over 98,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

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Syrians by the thousands are fleeing the violence in their home country and seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Turkey this week is said to be considering a buffer zone in Syria to secure its own national security as well as aid fleeing civilians. Turkey is already sheltering some 17,000 of those who have fled. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the yearlong conflict in Syria. A cease-fire agreement accepted by Syria Tuesday that was drawn up by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan was met with skepticism, and fighting continued between rebels and President Bashar Assad’s soldiers. -- Lloyd Young (32 photos total)
Syrian refugees are seen through a barbed wire as they arrive at border between Syria and Turkey, near Reyhanli, Hatay province, on March 27. Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on dissent, which monitors say has seen more than 9,100 people killed since March 2011, triggered an influx of refugees on the Turkish border as officials say the current number exceeds 17,000. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

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MILITARY FUNERAL
MILITARY FUNERAL: Mourners attended the funeral of U.S. Army National Guard Maj. Robert Marchanti II at Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday. Maj. Marchanti, of Maryland, was fatally shot in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February that the Taliban said was retaliation for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SOMBER CEREMONY
SOMBER CEREMONY: A man mourned in front of a portrait during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday. A Turkish helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers and Afghan civilians. (Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HUDDLED AROUND
HUDDLED AROUND: Men gathered around a religious flag as they celebrated the New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

MUD BATH
MUD BATH: A believer asking for a miracle emerged from mud in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday. Thousands of believers participated in a procession to ask for miracles from Niño Fidencio, a deceased Mexican folk healer whose spirit still heals people, according to local legend. (Julio Cesar Aguilar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HAPPY BOY
HAPPY BOY: A child played in mud on the banks of the Bago River in Bago, Myanmar, Tuesday. (Reuters)

KEEPING THEIR COMPOSURE
KEEPING THEIR COMPOSURE: Soldiers stood still after a comrade fainted as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrived for a wreath-laying ceremony at Akershus Fortress in Oslo Tuesday. (Getty Images)

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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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CHOKED UP
CHOKED UP: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) was emotional as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong received a Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday. Astronauts John Glenn, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin also received medals. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PONCHO IN THE PARK
PONCHO IN THE PARK: A woman wrapped in a plastic poncho sat on a bench at New York’s Zuccotti Park. A judge ruled Tuesday that Occupy Wall Street protesters can no longer camp out in the park near Wall Street after police cleared the area earlier in the day. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

HAVING A BALL
HAVING A BALL: Maintenance worker Luis Alcala emerged from inside a large Christmas ornament that he bolted down at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., Tuesday. (H. Lorren Au Jr./The Orange County Register/Associated Press)

CRIME SCENE
CRIME SCENE: Law enforcement investigated a window at the White House in Washington Wednesday. Pennsylvania authorities arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, of Idaho, in connection with shots fired at the White House Friday. The windows are bulletproof. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SILENCE IS GOLDEN
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: A lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party, Huseyin Sahin, tried to stop a fellow party member, Muhittin Aksak, from speaking during a debate at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday. (Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BOY IN THE MASK
BOY IN THE MASK: Yang Weihao’s mother helped him take off a mask at their home in Zhuanji, Anhui Province, China, Tuesday. The boy was severely burnt in a fire in June and has to wear a surgical mask and a pair of gloves to prevent the wounds from becoming infected. (Reuters)

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The effort to save any remaining earthquake victims continues around the clock in the eastern province of Van in Turkey after an earthquake reduced many of its buildings to rubble on Sunday, Oct. 23. A two-week old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were rescued in Ercis on Tuesday, but most teams are finding only bodies among the ruins. The 7.2 magnitude quake has reportedly killed at least 450 people as of Tuesday night and damaged more than 2,000 structures. Survivors live on the streets and in tents provided by the government. -- Lloyd Young
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About 46 hours after an earthquake decimated the Turkish town of Ercis, rescue workers cradle 14-day old Azra Karaduma after pulling her from a collapsed apartment building. “Given the work conditions and hardships of rescue teams, the best prize is to bring people back to life,” Ercan Toprak, leader of the rescue team that saved the girl, told NTV. “We feel the joy of connecting her back to life and hope her mother and grandmother will also be saved very shortly.” Her mother and grandmother had taken shelter with the baby behind a couch in their damaged apartment. After hearing their cries for help, rescuers drilled a hole into their wall. (Reuters)

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SURVEYING DAMAGE
SURVEYING DAMAGE: A man stood atop a pile of rubble in earthquake-damaged Van, Turkey, Monday. A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the eastern part of the country Sunday, killing at least 279 people and injuring at least 1,300, according to officials. (Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SOAKING THEIR FEET
SOAKING THEIR FEET: Residents sat outside their flooded houses in Bangkok Monday. City leaders warned that a widening swath of the Thai capital is now under threat from fast-rising flood waters. (Apichart Weerawong/Associated Press)

A LIFE IN WORDS
A LIFE IN WORDS: A man held a copy of the authorized biography ‘Steve Jobs,’ by Walter Isaacson, at a Shanghai store Monday. The book is the result of more than 40 conversations with Mr. Jobs, walks around Mr. Jobs’s childhood neighborhood and visits to Apple headquarters. (Aly Song/Reuters)

POINT-BLANK RANGE
POINT-BLANK RANGE: A defected army soldier now siding with antigovernment protesters took up a position at a checkpoint near Taghyeer Square in San’a, Yemen, Monday. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

SCAREDY CAT
SCAREDY CAT: A cat was displayed at a pet exhibit in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Sunday. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HURT
HURT: A man who was injured in a grenade attack on a bar lay at Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday. At least 12 people were injured in the attack, which police link with threats made by Somali militants. Later, an explosion went off near a bus stop, killing at least one person. (Tony Karumba/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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