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SLEEPING OUTSIDE
SLEEPING OUTSIDE: A family slept outside their home in Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico, afraid that aftershocks from Tuesday’s magnitude-7.4 earthquake could cause their home to collapse. As of early Wednesday, there were no reports of deaths from the quake, even after 10 aftershocks. (Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez/Associated Press)

CHAIR BARRICADE
CHAIR BARRICADE: A man protesting against the Bahraini government pushed an armchair toward a roadblock being set up during clashes with riot police in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Wednesday. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

LIBYAN CONFLICT
LIBYAN CONFLICT: Illegal African immigrants sat on the ground at a detention center in Libya’s Kufra District on Tuesday. In the desert city of Kufra, two ethnic groups, Toubou and Zawiya, are locked in a standoff over smuggling, threatening to reignite violence that could spill into Chad and Sudan. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

SOLDIER’S FUNERAL
SOLDIER’S FUNERAL: Paratroopers from the French 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment carried the coffin of their comrade, Abel Chennouf, at his funeral in Montauban, France, Wednesday. Mr. Chennouf was one of three soldiers killed in a string of shootings in and near Toulouse. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

EASTER ORNAMENTS
EASTER ORNAMENTS: Volker Kraft decorated a tree with 10,000 Easter eggs in his garden in Saalfeld, Germany, Wednesday. The Kraft family has been decorating their tree for Easter for more than 40 years. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)

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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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It's been just over a month since the capture and death of Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy, ending his 42-year reign. Since then, the rebels have declared that the nation is liberated, installed a transitional government, and started the process of writing a constitution. Still, substantial problems remain. Pockets of fighting have erupted among rival tribes and some rebels have refused to give up their cache of weapons. Doctors continue to struggle to treat the wounded and sick, with a few of the most severely injured being sent to rehabilitation centers in Boston and elsewhere. Last weekend, Khadafy’s son, Seif, was captured and could face war crimes for his part in the conflict. -- Lloyd Young (EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not post a Big Picture on Friday, November 25, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.) (40 photos total)
Anti-Khadafy fighters acknowledge the crowd during a review of the brigades from the eastern region to commemorate the liberation of Quiche in Benghazi Oct. 27. (Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters)

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SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war, was killed Thursday as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell. Interim government officials said one of Gadhafi’s sons, his former national [...]

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After weeks of debate, the United Nations finally approved a no-fly zone in Libya, helping rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy at perhaps the last possible moment. Rebels had been driven back by the Libyan army to their last stronghold, the eastern city of Benghazi, and appeared ready to be overrun there as well. Two nights of bombardment by coalition forces have sent the army into retreat, and a missile struck Khadafy's compound in Tripoli, but the final outcome of the conflict is far from clear. Collected here are images from the last few days of fighting. For an earlier Big Picture post on the conflict, see the links below. -- Lane Turner (33 photos total)
Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

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