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The second collection of images from 2012 once again brought us nature at its full force and beauty along with news and daily life coming from countries like Russia, Syria, Egypt, England, India and Italy. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the second 4 months of 2012. Please see part 1 from Monday and here's part 3. -- Lloyd Young ( 47 photos total)
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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A park ranger stands at the site of a new eruption in Virunga National Park near Goma, on November 24, 2011. Almost three weeks after a fissure opened amidst dense flat forest, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park has seen an increasing number of tourists seeking to be guided on treks to witness [...]

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MEDITATIVE STATE
MEDITATIVE STATE: A woman floated in the Dead Sea near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem Wednesday. The Dead Sea, a salt lake below sea level, is one of 28 landmarks vying for the title of one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

CLEAN SWEEP
CLEAN SWEEP: Members of a trade union protested in a cloud of foam in front of the Brussels Stock Exchange Wednesday. (Bruno Fahy/European Pressphoto Agency)

EGG IN HIS EYE
EGG IN HIS EYE: Protesters egged members of a Syrian opposition delegation who were meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby in Cairo Wednesday. The protesters accused the delegation of secretly working with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)

LOCKED UP
LOCKED UP: People cried inside a police van as they were taken to prison outside a courthouse in Mehsana, India, Wednesday. The court sentenced 31 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing dozens of Muslims by setting a building on fire nine years ago. (Ajit Solanki/Associated Press)

TRUCK FIRE
TRUCK FIRE: A tractor-trailer exploded after it collided with another tractor-trailer on a busy highway in a south Phoenix suburb at the height of rush hour Wednesday morning, killing one driver and closing both directions of Interstate 10. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic/Associated Press)

CONCRETE SHELTER
CONCRETE SHELTER: A woman cooked under the cover of a concrete structure that eventually will be used in a construction project on the outskirts of flooded Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. (Apichart Weerawong/Associated Press)

A LASTING IMPRESSION
A LASTING IMPRESSION: A man displayed a footprint taken from the feet of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika during the musician’s cremation in Gauhati, India, Wednesday. Mr. Hazarika, who composed music for hundreds of films, died over the weekend in Mumbai. He was in his 80s. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

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It's time for another look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today we have scenes of an elephant rescue in India, a loyal dog bidding a final farewell, a competitor in the Open Rabbit Sport Tournament, and a rather unfortunate moose discovered intoxicated and tangled in a tree. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from the past several weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [44 photos]

A dog casts a long shadow in the morning in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Arizona residents were caught by surprise when a giant dust storm developed over Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The swift storm left the city covered in dust and residents spent the week cleaning up.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix after greeting supporters from a balcony of Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor.

Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011 but will serve four, one-year sentences on her conviction of lying to a law enforcement officer. She will be credited for the nearly three-years of time served and good behavior and will be released July 13.

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A giant dust storm covers Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher) #

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In this photo taken Friday July 1, 2011, ballet students from the Lynn Williams Rouzier Institute help each other with their make-up backstage before performing "Paquita" at their school's farewell gala in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) #

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A calf, used as a game to amuse revelers jumps to the arena after the running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Pamplona, Spain.(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga) #

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A worker of Cuba's National Aquarium performs with dolphins in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Since its opening in 1960 Cuba's National Aquarium promotes educational activities aiming to widespread knowledge about the sea and its resources. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) #

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New couples kiss during a military mass wedding ceremony in Taipei on July 5, 2011. A total of 268 new couples will take part in this mass wedding ceremony between July 5-6 to mark the 100th anniversary of Republic of China. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images #

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Spanish novillero bullfighter Jimenez Fortes falls in front of the horns of a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Fortes fell in front of the bull and managed to roll over to avoid the horns, lucky to be unhurt in the incident. Novilleros, is the stage prior to becoming a 'matador' where bullfights are performed with young bulls.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix after greeting supporters from a balcony of Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #

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Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011 but will serve four, one-year sentences on her conviction of lying to a law enforcement officer. She will be credited for the nearly three-years of time served and good behavior and will be released July 13. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images) #

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Flora Reece protests outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011. Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, faces sentencing for lesser charges. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) #

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Defense attorney Dorothy Clay Sims, in gray jacket, covers her client Casey Anthony in a hug along with the rest of the defense team after Anthony was acquitted of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool) #

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The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is seen in Arlington, Va., Monday July 4, 2011, as fireworks burst over Washington, during the annual Fourth of July display. The Washington Monument and the Capitol can be seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #

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In this image provided by NASA, the space shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after the rotating service structure (RSS) was rolled back at launch pad 39a, Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is set to liftoff Friday on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA decided to start the fueling operations early Friday morning. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls) #

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. (AP Photo/John Raoux) #

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IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA world champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine celebrates winning the heavyweight unification fight against former WBA world champion David Haye,of Britain in the stadium in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) #

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Gymnasts perform in front of an image of international pop diva Lady Gaga at a welcoming ceremony during "Lady Gaga Day" in Taichung, Taiwan, Sunday, July 3, 2011. Lady Gaga is visiting Taiwan for five days promoting her new album "Born This Way". (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

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Los Alamos Canyon is filled with smoke from the Las Conchas fire in Los Alamos, N.M., Friday, July 1, 2011. As firefighters held their ground Friday on the flank of the massive wildfire that burned near the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory, officials at the lab and in the surrounding town began planning for the return of thousands of residents and employees who fled the area earlier this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #

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A Tibetan exile tussles with Nepalese police officers as she is prevented from proceeding to the venue where a birthday celebration for spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is being held, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Nepalese authorities prevented exiled Tibetans from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday on Wednesday over concerns that gatherings will turn anti-Chinese. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) #

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A man who claimed his daughter was inside the house where three bodies were found collapses in the street Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police say seven people have been fatally shot at two locations in the western Michigan city of Grand Rapids and the victims include a child. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) #

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Belarusian Catholics attend a procession during the annual Icon of the Mother of God celebration in Budslav, some 150 km north from Minsk on July1, 2011. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images #

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A woman fills a net with clams during low tide on Lantau island, Hong Kong on July 3, 2011. Whether for business or pleasure, the tradition of digging for clams is a regular draw for residents of Hong Kong's outlying islands. Bounty hunters prepared to spend hours hunched over barnacled rocks can expect a sure reward for their currency of clams from the ever-present nearby seafood establisments only too happy to serve up a hard-won catch. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images #

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Rebel fighters fire a grad rocket launcher towards Kadhafi forces in Gualish, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Tripoli, during heaving fighting on July 6, 2011, the first day of the NATO-backed push on the Libyan capital. COLIN SUMMERS/AFP/Getty Images #

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In a picture taken on July 6, 2011 Chinese anti-terrorism police undergo a drill in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. After setting up its own cyber-warfare team, China's military has now developed its first online war game aimed at improving combat skills and battle awareness, state press said. STR/AFP/Getty Images #

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Belarusian women protect themselves with an umbrellas as they sell home-grown potatoes at the roadside near the village of Pilchuki, some 210 km ( 131 miles) west of capital Minsk, Belarus, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #

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The pack passes world heritage site Mont Saint Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during he sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 226.5 kilometers (140.7 miles) starting in Dinan, Brittany, and finishing in Lisieux, Normandy, western France, Thursday July 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #

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Oscar Henningsson of Sweden prepares to play his second shot into the 18th green during the first round of The Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 7, 2011 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) #

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In this photo taken Saturday, July 2, 2011, Tibetan Tenzin Paldon, 6 , holds a portrait of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that hangs in the Tibetan Children's School as she stands in front of classmates in the hill station town of Dharmsala, northern India. In a lifetime spent advocating the plight of his Tibetan community, promoting inter-religious harmony and pleading for world peace, the Dalai Lama now faces perhaps his greatest challenge: trying to truly retire from politics. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #

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Fireworks explode over the Hudson River in New York, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

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A carcass of an animal lies on an empty road, near Lagbogal, 56 kilometers from Wajir town, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim) #

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Somalis women and children from southern Mogadishu, line up to receive food at a camp in Mogadishu distributed by Jumbo organization a local NGO in Mogadishu , Somalia, after fleeing from southern Somalia, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by the day, due to lack of water and food. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo Farah Abdi Warsameh) #

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Tourists enjoy a Shikara, a traditional gondola ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Saturday, July 2, 2011. Set in the Himalayas, Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) #

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A Libyan girl hangs onto a stairwell banister in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote on Tuesday whether to proceed with a resolution authorizing "the limited use of United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya." The resolution would expire when the NATO operation ends or after one year, and it would prohibit the use of American ground forces or private security contractors in Libya. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) #

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A Pakistani girl looks on while collecting seashells along the beach of Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) #

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Members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army stand at attention, during a rehearsal for independence, in the southern capital of Juba on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Southern Sudan is set to declare independence from the north on July 9, an event that follows decades of civil war between them. The Republic of South Sudan, as it will be named on Saturday, will be the world's 193rd country. (AP Photo/Pete Muller) #

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Southern Sudanese boys take shelter from afternoon rains that disrupted rehearsal for independence day celebrations in the capital city of Juba on Monday, July 4, 2011. Southern Sudan is set to declare independence from the north on July 9. The north and south have been steeped in decades of civil war that resulted in a 2005 agreement that allowed for a referendum southern secession. The southern government said Monday that 30 African heads of state including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will travel to Juba for this weekend's celebrations. (AP Photo/Pete Muller) #

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Revelers celebrate the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket. Perhaps best glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," the San Fermin festival is known around the world for the daily running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #

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Buddhist monks gather near an election poster for a candidate in Thailand's Democrat party during their morning rounds in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday July 3, 2011. Thais go to the polls Sunday in general elections that is shaping up to be a battle between Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai Party and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party. Yingluck Shinawatra is the sister of ousted former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) #

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Extreme weather events have always been with us, and always will be. One can't point to a single severe storm, or even an entire harsh winter, as evidence of climate change. But a trend of weather intensity, and oddity, grows. Droughts linger longer. Hurricanes hit harder. Snowstorms strike long after winter should have ended. World record hailstones fall. China endures a crippling drought, and then punishing floods. Millions are displaced in a flood of historic proportion in Pakistan. The U.S. sees the Mississippi River reach historic flood crests, and then sees the largest wildfire in Arizona history. None of these events on their own mean anything. Collectively, do they mean we're seeing the earth's climate change before our eyes? -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
A huge swath of the United States is affected by a winter storm that brought layers of dangerous ice and blowing snow, closing roads and airports from Texas to Rhode Island in this February 1 satellite image. The storm's more than 2,000-mile reach threatened to leave about a third of the nation covered in harsh weather. Ice fell first and was expected to be followed by up to two feet of snow in some places. (NOAA/AP)

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A vast wildfire, measuring half the size of the state of Rhode Island and described as the second worst fire in Arizona history, continues to surge across eastern Arizona. The fire has jumped past firefighter's containment lines to reach the edges of residential areas, prompting more evacuation orders. Winds carrying burning embers continue to ignite smaller fires, causing new concerns about the prospect of extinguishing the 13-day-old fire. The Wallow Fire has destroyed approximately 337,000 acres and threatens main electrical lines that supply power as far away as west Texas. Thousands have evacuated. Paula Nelson (35 photos total)
Smoke from the Wallow Fire covers highway 60 in Springerville, Arizona. Several mountain communities have emptied in advance of the fire, and a utility that supplies power to customers in southern New Mexico and west Texas issued warnings of possible power interruptions due to the fire's spread, June 9, 2011. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

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