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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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After so many years of capturing events that have shocked people across the world, I was about to stumble upon a reality that would be more shocking than what my camera could capture.

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FRIDAY PRAYER: A man prayed at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London Friday. According to the mosque, it is the largest such structure in western Europe. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

WRESTLING WIN: Cedar Falls High School’s Cassy Herkelman, bottom, wrestled with Matt Victor in a quarterfinal match in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday. Cassy became the first girl to win a state-tournament match when her opponent refused to compete against her for religious reasons Thursday. (Steve Pope/Associated Press)

GETTING A LIFT: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Friday. (Alexey Druzhinin/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PASSING THROUGH: A man rode a moped Friday past where traditional houses in Shanghai were demolished to build a new apartment complex. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)

JUST CHECKING: Residents checked for their names on a voter-registration list in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday. Voters in oil-rich Nigeria are finding it difficult to verify that they are on the registration list before the country’s crucial April elections. (Sunday Alamba/Associated Press)

FIELD OF YELLOW: A man worked at a mustard farm on the outskirts of New Delhi Friday. India is a major producer of mustard, which is cultivated in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. (Harish Tyagi/European Pressphoto Agency)

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