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In today’s pictures, a woman walks under a storm-damaged boardwalk in New York, Green Bay celebrates a football win, a marine stands guard in Afghanistan, and more.

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More than 500 teams are currently speeding across the deserts of Argentina, Chile, and Peru, racing more than 8,300 km (5,150 mi) in the 33rd annual Dakar Rally. Competitors pit themselves against the elements, driving specialized off-road cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quadbikes through challenging terrain for two weeks. One rider, Argentine Jorge Martinez Boero, has already died this year in a crash. The 2012 Dakar Rally began in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on January 1, and racers reached the finish line in Lima, Peru, on Sunday, January 15. [41 photos]

Stefan Svitko rides his KTM during the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally 2012, from Iquique to Arica, Chile, on January 11, 2012. (Reuters/Jerome Prevot)

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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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Two Red Deer stags ‘rut’ in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 15, 2011 in London, England. Autumn sees the start of the ‘Rutting’ season where the large Red Deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females known as bucks. The larger males can also be [...]

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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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CRICKET POSE
CRICKET POSE: A boy was silhouetted against smoke as he played cricket in a slum on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

MAN DOWN
MAN DOWN: Libyan National Transitional Council fighters ran toward a comrade who had been shot during a street battle in Sirte, Libya, Tuesday. About 1,000 revolutionary troops launched a major assault on the town Tuesday. (Philippe Desmazes/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SUPPLY AND DEMAND
SUPPLY AND DEMAND: A woman sold rubber boots in a flooded street in Rangsit, Thailand, Tuesday. Flooding has killed more than 300 people. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

CARRYING COAL
CARRYING COAL: A man carried a sack of coal near Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

WATERLOGGED
WATERLOGGED: A man salvaged his belongings after his home was flooded in Marcovia, Honduras, Monday. President Porfirio Lobo Sosa declared a state of emergency in the southern part of Honduras. (Rafael Ochoa/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

ANXIOUSLY WAITING
ANXIOUSLY WAITING: Crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal wedding party of Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Bendara and her husband, Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Yudanegara, as they rode in a horse-drawn carriage in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

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RELAXED REVOLUTIONARIES
RELAXED REVOLUTIONARIES: Libyan revolutionary forces rested Sunday outside a shuttered shop in Sirte spray-painted with the slogan ‘Today Libya, tomorrow Wall Street.’ Leaders said they captured most of Bani Walid but still face pockets of resistance. (Philippe Desmazes/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

KING OF THE CLOTHES PILE
KING OF THE CLOTHES PILE: A man stood atop a pile of used jackets and coats for sale along a road in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

BELOW THE POVERTY LINE
BELOW THE POVERTY LINE: A child living in a slum played on an improvised swing under a bridge on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

SURVEILLANCE
SURVEILLANCE: An agent kept watch from a rooftop as President Barack Obama spoke at Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, N.C., Monday. Mr. Obama was at the first stop on a three-day American Jobs Act tour. (Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HAPPY WORKER
HAPPY WORKER: A worker dried persimmons in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Monday. (Ren Zhenglai/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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