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The Best Pix of the Year
Here are some of the most captivating images of the last year. 
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Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza in the attacks at the World Trade Center, pauses at his son's name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial before the 10th anniversary ceremony at the site, Sunday Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)
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Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver feeds to sardines at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population are Christians. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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The remains of a carp is seen on the lake dried out lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. A bacteria called Chromatiaceae has turned the 1-to-2 acres of lake water remaining the color red. A combination of the long periods of 100 plus degree days and the lack of rain in the drought -stricken region has dried up the lake that once spanned over 5400 acres. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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A man carries a lamb on a motorcycle in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan 6, 2011. (AP Photo / Franklin Reyes)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) sails past Antony Gormley's 'Another Place' on the approach to the Port of Liverpool on September 15, 2011 in Liverpool, England. The QM2 is visiting Liverpool as part of the city's river festival. The flag ship of Cunard, the QM2 is 1,132 feet in length and is longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower, Westminster?s Tower (Big Ben) and St Paul?s Cathedral. The ship has 14 decks and can host 2,620 guests and 1,253 crew. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Mitsubishi's driver Guilherme Spinelli and co-driver Youssef Haddad, both from Brazil, compete during the fourth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Jujuy, Argentina, and Calama, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A doll's head sits in the lap of a statue of Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade during the Zombie Walk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2011. Participants commemorated the Day of the Dead with the annual Zombie Walk. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A young boy jumps from a tower into the Ammersee lake in Utting, southern Germany, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Weather forecasters predict warm and sunny weather in southern Germany for the upcoming days. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes off his shoes after winning a Men's 200m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Jim Lowe driving the Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley spins off the track in a shower of dirt and sod during the Grand Am Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 30: Austra Skujyte of Lithuania competes in the long jump in the women's heptathlon during day four of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 30, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, during a traditional festival in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals.(AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez)
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A Japanese macaque bathes in the hot spring of Jigokudani Monkey Park in the mountains of Yamanouchi town, Nagano, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. About 160 macaques, known as "snow monkeys" inhabit the park. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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Australia's Jelena Dokic eyes on the ball as she plays Zuzana Ondraskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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Light trails are produced by faithful carrying candles as they walk past the Cathedral during a Corpus Christi procession in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Corpus Christi is a Catholic observance which celebrates the Body of Christ. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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"Leo," an eight-year-old male South American Sea Lion, makes a facial expression during a training at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium and amusement park in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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Riot police stand covered with paint thrown by demonstrators trying to reach La Moneda presidential palace on the second day of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Chileans marched Thursday, demanding profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized form of government. Union members, students, government workers and Chile's center-left opposition parties joined the nationwide two-day strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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This image provided by NASA shows the Sun unleashing a medium-sized solar flare, a minor radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection on June 7, 2011. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface. The ejection should deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field during the late hours of June 8th or June 9th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the CME arrives. (AP Photo/NASA)
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Boston Red Sox left fielder Conor Jackson, right, leaps into the crowd as he and shortstop Marco Scutaro try unsuccessfully to catch a foul ball by Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy in the first inning during the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday Sept. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Rupert, a 7-month-old Dachshund, licks the face of volunteer Patrick Ashton, dressed as Santa Claus, during a fundraising event for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter at a Petsmart location on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Shenandoah, Texas. Pet owners brought their animals for a chance to pose for a photograph with Santa Claus with half the proceeds of photo sales going to support the shelter. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Eric S. Swist)
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 16: during the Opening Ceremony of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 16, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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In this July 14, 2011 photo, a reflection of Becky Petrehen's hot air balloon, named "Peaceful World," flies over a small body of water in Chillicothe, Ill. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Lauren Wood)
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BROADSTAIRS, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 02: Boys watch as a friend dives from the harbour wall at Viking Bay on August 2, 2011 in Broadstairs, England. Holiday makers packed the eastern corner of Kent as temperatures reached 29 centigrade is some areas. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON - AUGUST 4: A squirrel lies on a patch of concrete during a hot day August 4, 2011 Houston, Texas. The region has endured over 30-days triple didgit temperatures and remains under a heat advisory. (Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)
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Germany's beloved cross-eyed opossum (didelphis) called Heidi, investigates her new enclosure in the giant tropical hall 'Gondwanaland' in the Leipzig Zoo, Germany, on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Heidi and the two other opossums will be on show to the public in a section for nocturnal animals within the Gondwanaland tropical experience world from July 1, 2011. The animal came from a zoo in Denmark to Leipzig, where they found out that she is cross-eyed. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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A Palestinian woman speaks with an Israeli soldier during a demonstration demanding the recognition of a Palestinian state at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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Lightning strikes over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, Monday June 6, 2011. Authorities have evacuated about 3,500 people in the nearby area. The volcano was calm on Monday, two days after raining down ash and forcing thousands to flee, although the cloud of soot it had belched out still darkened skies as far away as Argentina. (AP Photo/Francisco Negroni, AgenciaUno) CHILE OUT, NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE, NO SALES
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In this image provided by NASA the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth's horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/NASA, Dan Burbank)
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Floyd Mayweather hits Victor Ortiz, right, during their WBC Welterweight bout in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)
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Mud King Cole Argo of Novi, Mich, is seen during the annual Mud Day in Westland, Mich., Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Wayne County mixes more than 200 tons of topsoil and over 20,000 gallons of water to ensure that the mud is just right. Children are separated into age categories for events and later a King and Queen Mud will be crowned. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the fourth round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday May 30, 2011. Sharapova won in two sets 7-6, 7-5. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Miguel Cotto, of Puerto Rico, punches Antonio Margarito, of Mexico, during the eighth round of an WBA World Junior Middleweight Championship boxing matchCotto defeated Margarito with a TKO decision amid confusion in the corner before they came out for the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Statues of workers of various trades, part of the Monument for Labor by Matthew J. Placzek, stand in the rising waters of the Missouri River, in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The Missouri River has been rising steadily for weeks as the Army Corps of Engineers increases the amount of water released from its dams to clear out heavy spring rain and snowmelt. The river is expected to reach 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in most of Nebraska and Iowa, and possibly higher in parts of Missouri. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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IN SPACE, UNSPECIFIED: In this handout digital illustration released on September 15, 2011 by NASA, the newly-discovered gaseous planet Kepler-16b orbits it's two stars. NASA's Kepler Mission discoverd the world orbiting two Stars, the larger a K dwarf and the smaller a red dwarf. (Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt via Getty Images)
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A man sets himself on fire outside a branch of Piraeus bank in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday Sept. 16, 2011. It was a third attempted self-immolation by the former small business owner, who says he was ruined after taking a series of bank loans. The 56-year-old was hospitalized with non life-threatening chest burns. (AP Photo/Nontas Stlianidis)
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A member of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launches a hand-held anti-tank rocket during the annual live-firing exercise at the Higashi Fuji training range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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BOYNTON BEACH, FL - AUGUST 25: Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Hurricane Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Junrey Balawing poses for a Guinness World Records-hired photographer after a series of measurement conducted by its representative at Sindangan Health Center, Sindangan township, Zamboanga Del Norte province in Southern Philippines Saturday June 11, 2011, the eve of his 18th birthday which is coincidentally is the Philippines Independence Day. Officials said Saturday Balawing was measured at 24 and 1/4 inches (about 61 centimeters) lying down and about two inches shorter than the current record holder Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal and is expected to be officially named as the world's shortest living man when he turns 18 Sunday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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Cumberland, R.I's Christopher Wright reacts as he runs to the dugout after striking out to end a baseball game against Clinton County, Pa. at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. Pennsylvania won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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A praying mantis is seen on a railing as a light glows in the background during a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium Thursday, July 28, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Tomas Berdych, left, and Radek Stepanek, right, of Czech Republic play during a Davis Cup World Group play-off tennis doubles match against Horia Tecau, background left, and Marius Copil, right background, of Romania in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino performs during a bullfight in Madrid, Thursday, June 2, 2011. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain and the season runs from March to October. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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In this June 3, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration over the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans)
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Spain's King Juan Carlos, right, welcomes Pope Benedict XVI before a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. The Pontiff is in Madrid for a four-day visit on the occasion of the Catholic Church's World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black andwhite.) Eric Shanteau of the United States competes in the second semifinal heat of the Men's 200m Breaststroke during Day Thirteen of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 28, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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The airplane with Pope Benedict XVI inside is approaching to land in Erfurt, Germany, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI is on a four-day official visit to his homeland Germany. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Spanish bull fighter Alberto Aguilar looks at a Dolores Aguirre Ybarra's ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona northern Spain, Saturday July 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JUNE 01: Atun, a trained monkey, takes part in a street performance on June 1, 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The street performances usually involve the monkeys wearing masks, such as dolls' heads or attire to mimic humans, with the monkeys trained to act out human activities such as shopping, riding bicycles or other simulations of human behaviour. Poverty drives the handlers to exploit the monkeys in the hope of earning small change, but the effect and cruelty to the monkeys is a cause that charities such as the Jakarta Animal Aid Network are increasingly taking up. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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A pall of smoke covers the city of Tripoli, Libya, as it rises from the military warehouse belonged to the army of Libya's ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi in the port area of the city, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. A series of explosions rocked the military warehouse and a huge plume of smoke rose over the harbor on Saturday afternoon, although the cause of the blasts is not immediately known. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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A judge evaluates Yoda during the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Petaluma, Calif. The 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix took top honors winning $1000 and a plethora of pet perks at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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SHENZHEN, CHINA - AUGUST 15: Sandeep Nagar Anthal of India completes in Men's 100m Backstroke Heat during Swimming Day Two of the 26th Summer Universiade at Universiade Center on August 15, 2011 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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Pakistani boys swim in a puddle of rain water to cool off as the temperature rises on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik gives finishing touches to a sand sculpture to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden at the golden sea beach at Puri, Orissa, India, Monday, May 2, 2011. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of people, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.(AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev seen in a wetsuit after underwater shooting on holiday on the Volga River in Astrakhan region, about 1280 kilometers (800 miles) south of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
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A white whale wears a Santa Claus hat during a show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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The Best Pix of the Year

Here are some of the most captivating images of the last year. 

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