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Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the first 4 months of 2012. Parts II and III to follow this week. -- Paula Nelson ( 64 photos total)
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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WOMEN MOURN: Relatives of alleged militant Mohammed Daher, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike, mourned at his funeral in Gaza City Tuesday. Airstrikes and rocket fire ebbed as an Egypt-brokered cease-fire took hold, ending days of cross-border violence that killed at least 24 Palestinians. (Mahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

JET SLIP: A Delta Air Lines plane rolled off a taxiway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport early Tuesday. Mechanics were testing the Boeing 737’s engines when they experienced a braking-system problem around 5 a.m., officials said. No passengers were onboard; no injuries were reported. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Associated Press)

HEAD DOWN: A hearing-impaired girl cried after her ears were cleaned during an event held by Starkey Hearing Foundation in Gulu, Uganda, Tuesday. (Xavier Toya/Reuters)

FIREWORKS FOG: People made their way through a cloud of smoke from fireworks during the Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday. The festival commemorates St. Joseph. (Kai Foersterling/European Pressphoto Agency)

EXPLOSIVE SOUND: A man winced as another fired a weapon during the funeral of Mohammed Daher, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City Tuesday. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

FATAL FERRY CRASH: Relatives gathered near the bodies of ferry-crash victims after a ferry carrying about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the Meghna River, south of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are missing. (Shariful Islam/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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