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SKIING THROUGH
SKIING THROUGH: Around 12,000 competitors skied along near Maloja, Switzerland, during the annual Engadin Ski Marathon Sunday. (Alessandro Della Bella/Keystone/Associated Press)

DOTING ON DALI
DOTING ON DALI: People attended the ‘Dali. An Artist, a Genius’ exhibit at the Vittoriano complex in Rome Saturday. (Donatella Giagnori/Eidon Press/Zuma Press)

CONTINUING CONFLICT
CONTINUING CONFLICT: Schoolgirls took cover Monday in Ashdod, Israel, during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. At least 23 Palestinians have been killed—including at least five on Monday—in four days of cross-border attacks. No Israeli casualties have been reported. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

IMPORTANT CALL
IMPORTANT CALL: President Barack Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, Md., Sunday. Mr. Obama said he is ‘deeply saddened’ by the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier. (Pete Souza/Reuters)

MISSED SHOT
MISSED SHOT: University of North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston and coach Roy Williams left the court after Hairston’s last-second shot to tie an NCAA basketball game fell short, giving Florida State an 85-82 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tournament in Atlanta Sunday. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer/Associated Press)


TENSE TIMES? Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker put his hands around the neck of Spain Economy Minister Luis de Guindos as Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager watched during a meeting of euro-zone ministers in Brussels Monday. Spain’s deficit was on the agenda. (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)

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AT THE POLLS
AT THE POLLS: A soldier stood guard as women lined up to vote in San’a, Yemen, Tuesday. Yemenis turned out for a symbolic vote to elect their next leader. Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, a former general and Saleh aide, was the only candidate on the ballot. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

SAMBA SPECTACLE
SAMBA SPECTACLE: Dancers performed at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press)

DRAINED
DRAINED: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker attended a meeting in Brussels Tuesday. Euro-zone finance ministers agreed on a €130 billion deal that calls for Greece’s private creditors to waive 53.5% of their principal under a debt swap. (Olivier Hoslet/European Pressphoto Agency)

QURAN UPROAR
QURAN UPROAR: Charred copies of Qurans were on display as Afghans protested at Bagram Airfield near Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. The U.S. commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan issued a televised apology after soldiers mistakenly brought religious items to an incinerator. (Shah Marai/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BY THE NECK
BY THE NECK: A police officer detained an activist from the opposition movement ‘Another Russia’ during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow Tuesday. Mr. Putin is the leading candidate in the presidential election scheduled for March 4. (Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters)

NEWLY SHORN
NEWLY SHORN: Men trimmed the coat of a donkey along a roadside in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT…AGAIN
IN THE SPOTLIGHT…AGAIN: Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at a police station in Lille, France, Tuesday. He is being questioned regarding ‘complicity in a prostitution network’ and ‘aiding and abetting in the misappropriation of company assets,’ an official said. (Julien Warnand/European Pressphoto Agency)

MOTHER AND CHILD
MOTHER AND CHILD: Tourists riding on elephants photographed a rhinoceros with her calf at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India, Tuesday. (Agence France-Presse/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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ONE, TWO, THREE, POUR
ONE, TWO, THREE, POUR: Women poured hot water into cups for tea before the closing session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday. (David Gray/Reuters)

WASHING UP
WASHING UP: A Somali refugee, fleeing the fighting in Libya, washed clothes at the Choucha transit camp, near the Tunisian border town of Ras Jedir Monday. (AFP/Getty Images)

SHATTERED
SHATTERED: An Iraqi soldier sat in the rubble of a suicide bomb attack in Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday. The early morning attack on an Iraqi army intelligence battalion headquarters killed 10 Iraqi soldiers and wounded 30 people. (Ali Mohammed/European Pressphoto Agency)

‘HERE’S WHAT I THINK’
‘HERE’S WHAT I THINK’: ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, left, talked with Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of an intergovernmental ministerial meeting on the European Stability Mechanism at the European Union council headquarters in Brussels Monday. (Thierry Roge/Reuters)

WARY
WARY: A sign reading ‘No evacuation possible’ on a building in Newbury, Mass., refers to the nuclear power plant in nearby Seabrook, N.H. Anxiety over Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear reactors has triggered calls from U.S. lawmakers and activists for review of U.S. nuclear energy policy. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

REFUGE IN A STORM
REFUGE IN A STORM: North African migrants arrived with an Italian export at the southern Italian island of Lampedusa Monday. Thousands of Tunisians have fled their country this year in the wake of the uprising that toppled longtime ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. (Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

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