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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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Todd McCormick takes a photograph with is cell phone of names on the walls of the newly constructed “Empty Sky Memorial” at Liberty State Park on September 7, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The concrete and steel “Empty Sky Memorial” designed by architect Jessica Jamroz pays tribute to the 746 citizens of New Jersey who lost their lives on September 11. The memorial will officially open on September 10, with a ceremony that will be attended by families of 9/11 victims.

The ramps from Route 42 going on and off Route 11 in Bloomsburg, Pa., just disappear into the flood water from Fishing Creek which cover Route 11 Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Flooding across the northeast caused massive property damage.

Divers search the wreckage at a crash site near Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Investigators searched for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed, killing 43 people including most of one of Russia’s premier hockey teams.

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Todd McCormick takes a photograph with is cell phone of names on the walls of the newly constructed "Empty Sky Memorial" at Liberty State Park on September 7, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The concrete and steel "Empty Sky Memorial" designed by architect Jessica Jamroz pays tribute to the 746 citizens of New Jersey who lost their lives on September 11. The memorial will officially open on September 10, with a ceremony that will be attended by families of 9/11 victims. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #

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In a Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2011 photo, Evansville fire Capt., Don Spindler carries a young girl out of a burning apartment in Evansville. A mother and her two young daughters remain in critical condition but stable condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center after being rescued from their burning South Side apartment. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier & Press, Jason Clark) #

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The ramps from Route 42 going on and off Route 11 in Bloomsburg, Pa., just disappear into the flood water from Fishing Creek which cover Route 11 Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May). #

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Divers search the wreckage at a crash site near Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Investigators searched for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed, killing 43 people including most of one of Russia's premier hockey teams. (AP Photo/ Maxim Shipenkov, pool) #

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Riot police stand guard after been attacked with paint bombs by protesters, during a demonstration by students and teachers on September 7, 2011, in Bogota, Colombia, during the National March for the defense of public education. GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images #

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A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 in New York. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 in honor of those who died ten years before in the terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

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Girls play on the boardwalk in Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #

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Pakistani Robeena Fareed, 6, carries mud while working with her family in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

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A garbage collector is reflected in the polished marble wall of a building as he rests at the entrance of the building where the air-conditioned cool air is blowing in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) #

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A statue of a woman holding a water bucket stands in front of the remnants of a burned down home on the east side of Lake Bastop on September 6, 2011 outside Bastrop, Texas. Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last two days. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images) #

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Runners race down the back straight at Uttoxeter racecourse on September 07, 2011 in Uttoxeter, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) #

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A person turns back from crossing floodwaters, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. Widespread flooding brought on by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee was being blamed for two deaths in Pennsylvania, where inundated communities were evacuated and state offices closed down on Thursday because of the rising waters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

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People watch as Construction continues on One World Trade Center on September 8, 2011 in New York City. One World Trade Center will eventually be the tallest skyscraper in the country, topping out at a symbolic 1,776 feet. New York City and the nation are preparing for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people at the World Trade Center. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

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A young girl is escorted from the law office building where she was held hostage in Paramatta on September 6, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. A man entered the law office building this morning with a young girl, alleged to be his daughter, claiming to have a backpack with a bomb, sparking a hostage scenario response from police, hostage negotiators, bomb squads and emergency crews. The standoff was underway for over 11 hours before police safely negotiated the release of the girl and took the man into custody. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) #

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Racegoers shelter from the rain as the runners pass during the Laytown race meeting run on the beach on September 08, 2011 in Laytown, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) #

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Police use colored water from a water cannon to disperse protesting state government employees of Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The employees demanded a hike in their salaries. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) #

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Relatives of blast victim Inder Singh mourn as his body is taken for its funeral in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Indian authorities detained three men for questioning Thursday as they scrambled for leads into a powerful briefcase bomb that tore through the crowds outside a New Delhi courthouse. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) #

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A Maori performs during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on September 9, 2011. GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images #

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A supporter of Otto Perez Molina, Patriotic Party presidential candidate, salutes at a Molina campaign rally in Guatemala City, Thursday Sept. 8, 2011. The latest polls show Molina, a former general, heading into Sunday's election as the frontrunner with a 20-point lead over his closest challenger. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

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An Indian idol maker works rests in front of semi-finished clay statues of including those of Hindu goddess Durga in Kumartoli, the idol makers village of Kolkata, on September 8, 2011. Monsoon rain has made it difficult for artisans to finish idols on schedule, with the recent economic slowdown and rising inflation adding to the difficulties of the artisans ahead of the Durga Puja Hindu festival to be celebrated in October. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR #

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Rishabh the son of A. K. Sharma, a school teacher who was killed in bomb blast outside Delhi high court, watches his fathers cremation in New Delhi on September 8, 2011. Police in Indian Kashmir questioned three men in connection with a deadly bombing at New Delhi's High Court on September 7, as the prime minister acknowledged systemic "weaknesses" in domestic security. The powerful blast ripped through a crowd of lawyers and litigants queueing to enter the court complex in the heart of the Indian capital, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 80. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH #

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A worker walks through the Hacker Pschorr beer tent during preparations for the 178th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2011 is expected to draw several millions visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #

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A Thai worker rests under a tree in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) #

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Supplies for rescue workers thrown from a military aircraft using parachutes falls down in Juan Fernandez islands, Chile, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. A Chilean Air Force plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean with 21 people aboard, Friday afternoon Sept. 2, 2011, after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the Juan Fernandez islands. The bodies of at least two women and one man were recovered Saturday by searchers or fishermen, said Air Force Gen. Maximiliano Larraechea. Officials say they believe all aboard died. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, Pool) #

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Some of an estimated 400,000 Israelis demonstrate in the center of Tel Aviv on September 3, 2011 to protest against rising housing prices and social inequalities in the Jewish state. The estimated figures were record-breaking, exceeding even the 300,000 people who took part in similar demonstration on August 6, and lending new life to the six-week old movement calling for sweeping economic reforms. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images #

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Members of the Syrian community in Bucharest protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on September 2, 2011, in Bucharest, Romania. Hundreds of people, mainly Syrians, took to the streets of Romania on September 2nd to protest against the Assad's regime. ANDREI PUNGOVSCHI/AFP/Getty Images #

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A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in New York. Four World Trade Center, second from left, is under construction. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011, in honor of those who died ten years ago in the terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) #

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