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2011 was a year of global tumult, marked by widespread social and political uprisings, economic crises, and a great deal more. We saw the fall of multiple dictators, welcomed a new country (South Sudan), witnessed our planet's population grow to 7 billion, and watched in horror as Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. From the Arab Spring to Los Indignados to Occupy Wall Street, citizens around the world took to the streets in massive numbers, protesting against governments and financial institutions, risking arrest, injury, and in some cases their lives. Collected here is Part 3 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering 2011's last months. Be sure to also see Part 1, and Part 2, totaling 120 images in all. [40 photos]

Occupy Wall Street protesters march and hold signs in New York City on September 17, 2011. Frustrated protesters had been speaking out against corporate greed and social inequality on and near Wall Street for the previous two weeks, further sparking a protest movement that spread across the world. Original here. (CC BY SA Carwil Bjork-James)

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Aerial photos of floodwaters in Thailand that are slowly advancing through Bangkok's northern and western neighborhoods, threatening the city's subway system, two key industrial estates and the emergency headquarters set up to deal with the flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide.

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Flood waters inundating Thailand north of Bangkok since July have made the journey south and reached the capital. The disaster is responsible for 400 deaths in Thailand and neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand is the world's biggest rice exporter, but the floods have wiped out over a quarter of the country's crop. The government has declared a five-day holiday for the capital to allow residents time to evacuate. Damages could top six billion dollars in Thailand's worst flooding in 50 years. Collected here are images of the water as it moves south to Bangkok, and how residents there are dealing with the disaster. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)
A woman holds a toddler as she walks through floodwaters in an area near the Chao Praya river in Bangkok on October 29, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP - Getty Images

Thai workers transport boxes by boat as they salvage goods from a flooded factory in Nonthaburi province, suburban Bangkok on October 11.

Christophe Archambault / AFP - Getty Images

Cars submerged in floodwaters at a Honda factory outside Ayutthaya on October 11.

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This aerial picture shows people wading through floodwaters on the main road of the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, on October 11.

Reuters reported on Sunday that nearly 200 factories in the central Thai province of Ayutthaya had been forced to close because of flooding. The death toll from the country's worst floods in decades rose to 269, according to Agence France Presse, as thousands of soldiers fanned out across affected areas as part of a huge aid operation.

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