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SMALL, BIGGER, BIGGEST: An elderly woman sorted fish to sell in a market on the banks of the River Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Tuesday. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

BOUND FOR ROME: An employee prepared flowers for packaging and shipping in Lisse, the Netherlands, Tuesday. The flowers will be used for the Easter service on Sunday at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. (Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images)

MADNESS ENDS: Kansas player Elijah Johnson (15) watched as streamers fell after his team lost its NCAA college basketball championship game to Kentucky, 67-59, Monday in New Orleans. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

SURVIVORS’ SPORT: Sabahudin Delalic relaxed after a training session for Bosnia’s national sitting volleyball team in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday. The team is made up of victims of war, most of whom are missing limbs. (Amel Emric/Associated Press)

SCHOOL SHOOTING: A body lay next to a coroner’s van outside Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., Monday. Seven people were killed and three wounded in a shooting rampage at the small Christian college. The suspect had been expelled from the school, police said. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

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SKIING THROUGH: Around 12,000 competitors skied along near Maloja, Switzerland, during the annual Engadin Ski Marathon Sunday. (Alessandro Della Bella/Keystone/Associated Press)

DOTING ON DALI: People attended the ‘Dali. An Artist, a Genius’ exhibit at the Vittoriano complex in Rome Saturday. (Donatella Giagnori/Eidon Press/Zuma Press)

CONTINUING CONFLICT: Schoolgirls took cover Monday in Ashdod, Israel, during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. At least 23 Palestinians have been killed—including at least five on Monday—in four days of cross-border attacks. No Israeli casualties have been reported. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

IMPORTANT CALL: President Barack Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, Md., Sunday. Mr. Obama said he is ‘deeply saddened’ by the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier. (Pete Souza/Reuters)

MISSED SHOT: University of North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston and coach Roy Williams left the court after Hairston’s last-second shot to tie an NCAA basketball game fell short, giving Florida State an 85-82 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tournament in Atlanta Sunday. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer/Associated Press)

TENSE TIMES? Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker put his hands around the neck of Spain Economy Minister Luis de Guindos as Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager watched during a meeting of euro-zone ministers in Brussels Monday. Spain’s deficit was on the agenda. (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)

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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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