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ALMOST…THERE
ALMOST…THERE: Australia’s Georgia Nanscawen, in yellow, and American Rachel Dawson reached for the ball during the Four Nations tournament at the North Harbor Hockey Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

RESPECTING THEIR ELDERS
RESPECTING THEIR ELDERS: Holy men stepped over children during a ritual to bless them amid a procession to mark the Gajan Hindu festival in Kolkata Thursday. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

POWER-WASHED
POWER-WASHED: A municipal worker washed a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, in Moscow’s Gagarin Square Wednesday. Russia celebrated Aviation and Cosmonautics Day Thursday. (Andrey Smirnov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TEMPLE TIME
TEMPLE TIME: A man took a dip in the waters of the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Thursday. (Narinder Nanu/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

ROLE PLAYING
ROLE PLAYING: A man wore an astronaut costume as he celebrated Aviation and Cosmonautics Day in Moscow Thursday. (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)

A BLIND BOY
A BLIND BOY: A blind Palestinian student used the Braille system to read during an English lesson at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency-run al-Nour (Light) School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children in Gaza City Thursday. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

DELAYED
DELAYED: A passenger looked out a bus window while police officer stood guard during a strike in Athens Thursday. A group of long-distance bus drivers on strike tried to block buses from leaving the main terminal in the capital. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

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SACRED SITE
SACRED SITE: A Hindu holy man walked through a narrow alley in Varanasi, India, Thursday. Varanasi is among the world’s oldest cities, and millions of Hindu pilgrims gather annually here for prayers and ritual bathing in the river considered holiest among Hindus. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

GROUP JUMP
GROUP JUMP: Indonesian paratroopers descended after jumping off a transport plane as part of a training exercise at Sultan Iskandar Muda Military Base in Aceh Friday. Most Indonesian paratroopers must attend a jump training at least once a year, to refresh their skills. (Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA)

STANDING GUARD
STANDING GUARD: A soldier guarded Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina during his visit to San Juan Atitan. Mr. Perez Molina launched a program against poverty in one of the poorest communities in the world. (Saul Martinez/EFE/Zuma Press)

WAITING FOR THE POPE
WAITING FOR THE POPE: Cardinals arrived for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the new Sinod’s hall at the Vatican. (Evandro Inetti/Zuma Press)

GREEK DRAMA
GREEK DRAMA: Policemen rushed to detain a protester during an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens Friday. Greece appears to be closing in on a new international rescue package despite unresolved doubts among euro-zone partners about how fast it will manage to bring its debt down. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

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BALANCING BRICKS BALANCING BRICKS: Vidya, 12, carried bricks to be baked in a kiln at a brickyard in Satara district, India, Monday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

IN VOGUE IN VOGUE: Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of the U.S. edition of Vogue magazine, waited for the start of the Victoria Beckham show at the New York Public Library during Fashion Week Sunday. (Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

ATHENS BURNS ATHENS BURNS: A woman walked past a burned-out shop Monday, after a night of violence in Athens. Dozens of buildings were damaged as protesters rallied against new austerity measures, which Greek lawmakers approved in order to obtain €130 billion in aid. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

WHITEOUT WHITEOUT: A woman waited for the bus amid heavy snowfall in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday. Rescuers pulled a 5-year-old girl alive from the rubble of a house flattened by an avalanche that killed at least nine people, including her parents, in the village of Restelica. (Valdrin Xhemaj/European Pressphoto Agency)

TO THE LAST DROP TO THE LAST DROP: A U.S. Marine drank cobra blood during jungle-survival training as part of the annual Exercise Cobra Gold military exercise at a naval base in Sattahip, Thailand, Monday. Thousands of military members from several nations are participating. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT OR NUDITY
From the uprisings across the Arab world to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there was no lack of news in 2011. Reuters photographers covered the breaking news events as well as captured more intimate, personal stories. In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.

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RUNNING OF THE BUFFALOS
RUNNING OF THE BUFFALOS: Residents in Kandal Province, Cambodia, some 25 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, held a water buffalo race Tuesday to mark the end of a traditional celebration known as the Festival for the Dead. (Heng Sinith/Associated Press)

SUBWAY CRASH
SUBWAY CRASH: Rescuers evacuated passengers after a subway collision in Shanghai. The wreck injured around 260 people and fueled fresh safety fears about a boom in railway construction, just over two months after a deadly high-speed rail crash. (Agence France Press/Getty Images)

BACK TO SCHOOL
BACK TO SCHOOL: People attend a philosophy lecture on the topic ‘Why do we age?’ at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, Germany, Tuesday. The lecture marked the semester start of a university program catered to older adults. (Jens Wolf/DPA via Zuma Press)

GREECE SQUEEZES
GREECE SQUEEZES: An employee of the Finance Ministry scuffled with riot police during a protest in Athens Tuesday. Public protests continued in Greece as the Parliament approved a deeply unpopular new property tax. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

RUGBY TUESDAY
RUGBY TUESDAY: Youth played rugby on a beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

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Over the last decade, Greece went on a debt binge that came crashing to an end in late 2009, provoking an economic crisis. Over the next two years, Greece relied on bailout money from its richer neighbors and implemented austerity measures meant to cut its bloated deficit and restore investor confidence. But by June 2011 it found itself deep in a second recession, near the end of its cash and facing a political crisis, as anti-austerity demonstrations grew. Violence broke out this week during one of those demonstrations, injuring 11, as the frustration continued to grow and no quick fixes emerged. Today, Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou, in a broad cabinet reshuffle, appointed a new Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, in hopes of turning his country around. - Paula Nelson (43 photos total)
A banner reads "yes to the society no to the power" during a rally against plans for new austerity measures, in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 15, 2011. A 24-hour strike by Greece's largest labor unions was to cripple public services, as the Socialist government began a legislative battle to push through last-ditch cost cutting reforms that would exceed its own term in office. Demonstrators have camped outside parliament since May 25, 2011. (Nikolas Giakoumidis/Associated Press)

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People, governments, companies, and organizations observed Earth Hour 2011 as 134 countries switched off lights worldwide Saturday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. The movement to raise awareness about energy consumption took on added relevance with a Japanese nuclear power station crippled after the earthquake and resulting tsunami there. Gathered here are a series of before-and-after photographs from this year - which (starting with the second one below) will fade between "on" and "off" when clicked. [See also: last year] This effect requires javascript to be enabled. -- Lane Turner (15 photos total)
An Indian family hold candles during an Earth Hour campaign in Mumbai on March 26, 2011. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

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