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The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday. (45 photos total)
A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images) )

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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Last Wednesday, June 15, thousands of Vancouver Canucks hockey fans gathered in their city's Rogers Arena to watch the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins. After the Canucks lost and the crowds poured out into the streets, some fans began rioting, smashing storefront windows, looting, and overturning cars. The following day, many volunteers gathered in downtown Vancouver to help clean up and repair the damage. They wrote thousands of emotional messages on the plywood covering storefronts, sidewalks, and police vehicles -- messages expressing anger at the rioters, pride in the city, and gratitude toward police and emergency workers. The spontaneous display of sentiment on these sheets of plywood appears to be important enough to the history of the city that the Museum of Vancouver will be saving them once they come down. (Also, be sure to read about The Last Time Canadians Rioted After the Stanley Cup Finals) [24 photos]

A Vancouver Canucks fan videotapes the chaos around an overturned burning pickup truck in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, during rioting after the Canucks lost Game 7, the final and deciding game of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011. (Reuters/Anthony Bolante)

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BLOW BACK: A firefighter extinguished a burnt out car after a suicide bombing, in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, which killed two people outside of police headquarters. (Felix Onigbinde/Associated Press)

A KISS AMID CHAOS: Riot police walked in the street as a couple kissed in Vancouver, Wednesday evening. Violence broke out after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

BORDER STRUGGLE: Palestinians tried to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday. Egypt reopened the border after a four-year blockade when Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

IN A BLUE MOOD: Children ate cotton candy while dressed up like Smurfs in the southern village of Juzcar, Spain, Thursday. Houses in Juzcar were painted blue as of a part of promotion for Sony’s “The Smurfs 3D.” (Sergio Torres/Associated Press)

OVEREXPOSED: Some shoppers outside of London’s Desigual clothing store waited in their underwear, Thursday. The first 100 buyers that arrived in their underwear would receive a free outfit. (Neil Hall/Zuma Press)

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