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In this week’s pictures, a soldier takes part in Victory Day commemorations in Moscow, a graduate dresses casually at a commencement ceremony President Obama attends in Ohio, a woman in a wedding dress gets muddy in England, and more.

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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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MOURNING
MOURNING: An unidentified Kashmiri woman cried over the body of suspected militant Mohammed Imran Khan at his funeral procession in Keller, 50 miles south of Srinagar, India. Thousands attended the funeral of two suspected rebels Friday, a day after they were killed in a gunbattle with government forces. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

GETTING HELP
GETTING HELP: A Lebanese Red Cross worker helped a wounded Italian U.N. peacekeeper in his vehicle in Remaily, Lebanon, Friday. A bomb blew up a U.N. vehicle on a busy highway, killing one Italian peacekeeper and wounding four others, security sources and a Reuters photographer said. (Sharif Karim/Reuters)

HUMAN CHAIN
HUMAN CHAIN: Riot police scuffled with demonstrators who had gathered to protest government austerity measures at Barcelona’s Plaza de Catalunya Friday. Dubbed “los indignados” (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain’s cities since May 15. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

CELEBRATION TIME
CELEBRATION TIME: A U.S. Naval Academy graduate celebrated after receiving his diploma during graduation ceremonies Friday in Annapolis, Md. In his final graduation speech as defense secretary, Robert Gates told graduates that “real leadership is a rare and precious commodity” (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET
ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET: A cleaning woman vacuumed a red carpet at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw Friday in preparation for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama. Mr. Obama on Friday honored the memories of those slain in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazis. (Bartlomiej Zborowski/European Pressphoto Agency)

IN THE SHADE
IN THE SHADE: Tourist police found a cooler spot to sit along a road leading to the Coptic area of Cairo Friday. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

TOWNHOUSE ARREST
TOWNHOUSE ARREST: A New York City police officer stood guard Friday outside the Franklin Street townhouse where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

HANDS UP
HANDS UP: Protesters chanted slogans demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Friday. Fighting spread beyond the capital as Yemeni tribesmen opposed to Mr. Saleh attacked a Republican Guard military camp in battles that left dozens dead. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)

MOUNTAIN VIEW
MOUNTAIN VIEW: An Afghan policeman kept watch in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. Insurgent attacks killed three NATO service members Friday in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said, as Taliban-led fighters pressed a spring offensive that began at the start of this month. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

DETENTION
DETENTION: Afghani asylum seekers shouted from a bus in Serang, Indonesia, as they prepared to be moved to Jakarta Friday. Around 100 asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran were detained by Indonesian police off the Sunda Strait. They had been headed to Australia’s Christmas Island. (Tubagus/European Pressphoto Agency)

SIDEWAYS
SIDEWAYS: Rene Crete looked over damaged cars at Buy Right Auto Friday in East Montpelier, Vt. Streets were torn up and rivers pushed over their banks when intense thunderstorms stalled over central Vermont, bringing heavy rain and flooding. About 200 people were forced from their homes. (Toby Talbot/Associated Press)

GRIEVING FOR A CHILD
GRIEVING FOR A CHILD: An unidentified woman grieved over the body of Mohsin Ali Sheikh, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy killed in clashes between rebels and Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, as the child was prepared for funeral in Misrata, Libya, Friday. (Missam Saleh/European Pressphoto Agency)

STRANGE SWIM
STRANGE SWIM: Men swam with inflatable dolls during the Barracudas 2011 race on the river Neris, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday. About 20 men raced down the half-kilometer river course floating on blow-up sex dolls. (Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images)

NUMBER ONE
NUMBER ONE: A soccer supporter posed behind the UEFA Champions League Cup, on display in Hyde Park, London, Friday. Spanish club Barcelona FC and English team Manchester United FC will play the Champions League final in Wembley Stadium Saturday. (Felipe Trueba/European Pressphoto Agency)

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