Πέμπτη, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2013

2012 Year in Pictures-1

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)

Protesters chant slogans as they march through Ikorodu road during a protest against a fuel subsidy removal in Lagos, Jan. 9, 2012. Thousands of Nigerians took to the streets across Africa's top oil producing nation, launching an indefinite nationwide strike to protest against the axing of fuel subsidies. (Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)#

An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing, Jan. 13, 2012. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company will then offer the best trainee a chance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel. (David Gray/Reuters)#

A man rides a horse through a bonfire, Jan. 16, 2012 in the small village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. In honor of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, horses are riden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)#

A demonstrator wears a Guy Fawkes mask during an "Occupy Congress" rally at the West Front Lawn of the Capitol, Jan. 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of members of the "Occupy" movement from across the country participated in the Occupy Congress rally on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)#

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia run aground off the coast of Giglio in this Jan. 17, 2012 DigitalGlobe satellite photograph. Eleven people are confirmed dead and at least 23 are still missing from more than 4,200 passengers and crew after the Concordia ran aground two hours into a week-long cruise of the western Mediterranean. (DigitalGlobe/Reuters/Handout)#

A Palestinian man reacts upon the arrival of the body of a man, killed by an Israeli strike, at a hospital in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 18, 2012. An Israeli aircraft and tank strike killed at least one Palestinian close to the border fence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)#

Two Russian Orthodox priests lift a child from the ice-cold water to mark celebrations of the Epiphany Orthodox holiday, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 19, 2012. People believe that dipping into blessed waters during the holiday of Epiphany strengthens their spirit and body. (Anatoly Maltxev/EPA)#

Two people stand in front of the Colosseum during a snowfall in Rome, Italy, Feb. 10, 2012. Schools and public offices were closed and snow-removal crews were in place as Rome was on high alert for a second winter blast. (Massimo Percossi/EPA)#

A child, with eyelashes covered with hoarfrost, along a street in the eastern Siberian city of Yakutsk in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Feb. 10, 2012. The air temperature in Yakutsk is about minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit). (Viktor Everstov/Reuters)#

Demonstrators throw fire bombs toward riot police during violent protests in central Athens, Feb. 12, 2012. Thousands of demonstrators clashed with police as the Greek parliament prepared to vote on a new and deeply unpopular EU/IMF austerity deal, to secure a 130 billion euro bailout, aimed at saving Greece from bankruptcy and what Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned would be "uncontrollable economic chaos". (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)#

A picture combo shows a sightseeing boat on the roof of a guesthouse in Otsuchi, northern Japan, May 7, 2011, and a view of the same guesthouse, Feb. 15 2012. March 11, 2012 marked the first anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Kimimasa Mayama/EPA)#

A physically disabled woman clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz, Feb. 23, 2012. Hundreds of physically disabled people arrived in La Paz after completing a protest march of some 1600 km (994 miles) over a hundred days to demand that Bolivia's government offer support in the form of 3000 bolivianos ($434) payment to each physically disabled Bolivian. (David Mercado/Reuters)#

Steve McDonald stands in the debris from the home of his mother-in-law, Mary Osman, who was killed after a tornado touched down, Feb. 29, 2012 in Harrisburg, Illinois. At least nine people died in tornadoes across the Midwest. (Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)#

Men wait to buy bread in front of a bakery shop during winter weather in Al Qusayr, a city in western Syria about 4.8km (3 miles) southwest of Homs, March 1, 2012. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)#

Students embrace after leaving the burial of Chardon High school student Daniel Parmertor in Chardon, Ohio, March 3, 2012. Three students were killed and two others wounded by suspect TJ Lane in a shooting rampage at Chardon High school. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)#

A pro-reform protester performs prayers using the Bahraini flag on a blocked highway during clashes with police following a march along Budaiya Highway, north of the Bahraini capital Manama, March9, 2012. Thousands of opposition supporters marched on the outskirts of Manama, demanding democratic reforms, in one of the largest rallies to be witnessed by the Gulf island since last year's pro-reform protests. (Mazen Mahdi/EPA)#

Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, some 25 km (15 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant March 10, 2012, a day before the disaster's one-year anniversary. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, last year, unleashed a tsunami that killed about 16,000 and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. About 326,000 people are still homeless and nearly 3,300 remain unaccounted for. (Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)#

A girl with hearing challenges cries after her ears were cleaned at an event held by Starkey Hearing Foundation at St. Monica in Gulu, 364 km (226 miles) north of Uganda's capital Kampala, March 13, 2012. (Xavier Toya/Reuters)#

U.S. President Barack Obama accidentially steps on First lady Michelle Obama's dress as they walk onto the North Portico before the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron at the White House, March 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Cameron is on a three-day visit to the U.S. and he was expected to have talks with Obama on the situations in Afghanistan, Syria and Iran. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)#

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Vizhnitz Hasidic dynasty stand on ladders as they follow the funeral procession of their rabbi Moshe Yhoshua Hager's body wrapped in a prayer Shawl before his funeral, March 14, 2012 in Bnei Brak, Israel. Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, who was the head of Israel's second largest Hasidic community, died aged 95 and was buried beside his father's grave in the Tel Aviv suburb of Brei . (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)#

An Afghan police helicopter flies over Hazrat Ali (Kart-i-Sakhi) shrine where Afghans celebrate the Afghan New Year (Nawroz) in Kabul, March 20, 2012. Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar which runs from the vernal equinox. The calendar takes as its start date the time when the Prophet Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 621 AD. The current Persian year is 1391. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)#

Faithful pray in an evangelical church "The light of world" before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Leon, March 22, 2012. The Pope will arrive on March 23 for a three-day visit to the Mexican state of Guanajuato. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)#

A beer bottle is thrown at Italian Police as Alcoa aluminium company workers protest against dismissals from employment in front of the Ministry of Employment building in Rome, March 27, 2012. Alcoa is the world's leading integrated aluminium company, providing jobs to 61,000 employees across 31 countries. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)#

Pope Benedict XVI and Cuban President Raul Castro wave to the media after a meeting at the Consejos de Estado on the second day of his three day visit, March 27, 2012 in Havana, Cuba. Fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, Pope Benedict is making his first trip to the communist country. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)#

Afghan security forces escort Taliban militants clad in Afghan women dresses at the Afghan intelligence department in Mehterlam, Laghman province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28, 2012. Afghan Intelligence forces arrested seven Taliban militants in Qarghayi district of Laghman province. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press#

A Yemeni man learns to walk with a prosthetic limb at a prosthetics center in Sana'a, Yemen, April 3, 2012. According to official statistics, landmines and explosive remnants of war remain a significant problem in Yemen due to the fact that it does not have accurate mapping of the landmine-affected areas. In 2009 only 37,111 landmines and explosives were discovered. (Yahya Arhab/EPA)#

A tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, south of Dallas. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (Parrish Velasco/The Dallas Morning News)#

A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang, April 8, 2012. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)#

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves during the Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, April 11, 2012. WPK named Kim as "first secretary," the official KCNA news agency said. (KCNA/Reuters)#

Smoke plumes are seen above the Popocatepetl volcano, viewed from the Dolores chappel in San Andres Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, April 18, 2012. (Francisco Guasco/EPA)#

Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 165 km (100 miles) northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, April 13, 2012. (Mian Khursheed/Reuters)#

A soldier from 16 Air Assault Brigade take part in Exercise Joint Warrior at West Freugh Airfield, April 16, 2012 in Starnraer, Scotland. The exercise will involve more than 1600 troops, and be supported by Apache, Chinook, and Royal Navy Sea King Helicopters from the Joint Helicopter Force. RAF Fast Jets and support aircraft, as well as several US and French aircraft will also support the exercise. This year the ABTF will be joined by a number of French personnel from 11 Parachute Brigade. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)#

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives for his terrorism and murder trial in a courtroom in Oslo, April 16, 2012. Breivik, who massacred 77 people last summer, arrived under heavy armed guard at an Oslo courthouse, lifting his arm in what he has called a rightist salute as his trial began. Breivik, 33, has admitted setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then massacring 69 in a shooting spree at an island summer camp for Labour Party youths. (Heiko Junge/Reuters)#

A pedestrian walks past a traditional colonial-era Board House dating back about a century on Pademba Road in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, April 27, 2012. Scattered across Sierra Leone's capital Freetown stand aging wooden houses, some of which look more like they belong on the east coast of 18th century America than in a steamy west African city. Others look like they may have been built hundreds of years ago in the islands of the Caribbean, another reflection of Sierra Leone's history as a colony established for freed slaves. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)#

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