2012 Year in Pictures

By The Boston Globe.

2012 Year in Pictures

"Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature". Warning: Some images contains graphic or objectionable content.

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)

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak leaves on a stretcher after a new session of his trial at the Police Academy, in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 2 2012. The trial of Mubarak will resume Jan. 3, where the prosecution will give its closing argument over three days. (EPA)

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)

A man injured in a bomb blast puts on his shoe before being taken to the hospital in the Khyber region, near Peshawar, Pakistan. A bomb targeting a tribal militia opposed to the Pakistani Taliban exploded in a market close to the Afghan border, killing dozens of people in the deadliest blast in the country in several months, Jan. 10, 2012. (Qazi Rauf/Associsted Press)

Anti-riot police take cover behind shields after residents threw a Molotov cocktail during the demolition of shanties in Corazon De Jesus village in San Juan city, metro Manila, Jan. 11, 2012. At least 12 people were injured during clashes as a demolition team attempted to clear the area to make way for a new city hall. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

People travel on an outdoor public escalator at Commune 13 in Medellin, Jan. 12, 2012. A huge, 384 metres (1,260 ft) long outdoor escalator, divided into six sections, has been erected in one of the poorest districts of Colombia's second largest city to help the 12,000 residents there get around. (Fredy Builes/Reuters)

Internally displaced people in Pibor, Jan. 12, 2012. The World Food Programme (WFP) started distributing food to 60,000 internally displaced people in South Sudan, according to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. (Isaac Billy/UNMISS/Reuters/Handout)

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 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)

Severely malnourished two-year-old girl, Rajni, is weighed by health workers at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre of Shivpuri district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Feb. 1, 2012. India has failed to reduce its high prevalence of child malnutrition despite its economy doubling between 1990 and 2005 to become Asia's third largest. A government-supported survey last month said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago. The statistic - which means 3,000 children dying daily due to illnesses related to poor diets - forced Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to admit last month that malnutrition was "a national shame" and was putting the health of the nation in jeopardy. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

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)

Afghan children who lost their parents in a land mine blast in volatile Helmand province, sit near a stove in a refugees camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. At least 24 children have died in refugee camps in Afghanistan as a result of freezing temperatures over the past two weeks. (Jawad Jalali/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)

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)

Huang Sufang reacts as she sees a part of her house being taken down by demolition workers at Yangji village in central Guangzhou city, Guangdong province, March 21, 2012. Huang, who is a resident of Yangji village, clashed with demolition workers as they mistakenly took down a part of her home, which is not included in the demolition project. (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)

Israeli border police officers use pepper spray as they detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day after Friday prayers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, March 30, 2012. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers as annual Land Day rallies turned violent. Police said they made five arrests at Damascus Gate. Land Day commemorates the killing by security forces of six Arabs in 1976 during protests against government plans to confiscate land in northern Israel's Galilee region. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

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)

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)

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)

An image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures a ultra-high definition image of the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun at on June 5 from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA)

An Indian barber holding a candle, gives a haircut for a customer on July 31 at his shop in Kolkata, India. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world's biggest blackout. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (center) enters Andreyevsky (St.Andrew's ) Hall at the Great Kremlin Palace in Moscow’s Kremlin, on May 7 during his inauguration ceremony. Putin took his oath of office today to become Russia's president for a historic third mandate at a glittering ceremony inside the Kremlin. (Alex Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York on May 1. Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

A double rainbow appears after heavy storms pass over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada, on July 13. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)

A policeman chases a supporter of a jailed female punk band while climbing on a fence enclosing the Turkish embassy near a court building in Moscow on Aug. 17. Three women from the Russian punk band were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for their protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader's "personal revenge". (Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters)

Rescuers and relatives stop a woman from committing suicide by jumping off a building in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Aug. 14. The woman was rescued as she tried to commit suicide after killing her nephew following a family dispute, local media reported. (Reuters)

Runners pass the Olympic flame on the first day of competition in the Olympic Stadium, on Aug. 3. (Daniel Ochoa De Olza/Associated Press)

Gabrielle Douglas of the United States performs on the balance beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A squirrel is trapped in a manhole cover in Isenhagen, northern Germany, on Aug. 5. After they were called by neighbors, police managed to free the animal by using olive oil. (Associated Press via Police Hanover)

Wrestlers perform during the Lucha Va Voom's Cinco de Mayan show at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on May 4. Lucha Va Voom is the mixture of elements of Lucha libre, or masked Mexican professional wrestling, with comedy and striptease. Since 2002, the company has toured the United States for the annual Cinco De Mayo show, they have added some more “traditional” Mexican elements like Folklorico dancers, mariachis, Aztec dancers, tequila, and something called “tamales from outer space.” (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Ginger Buchanan,left, wears her wedding dress as she and her husband Doug participate in the Mud pit Bellyflop, the marquis event during the Summer Redneck Games at Buckeye Park in East Dublin, Ga., on May 26. The Summer Redneck Games were first held in 1996 as a spoof on the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. (Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency)

A lone Russian World War II veteran with flowers sits in a trolleybus in Moscow, Russia, on May 9 after a traditional meeting in Gorky Park for the Victory Day celebrations marking the 67-year anniversary of victory over nazi Germany. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

A Syrian boy who was injured when a shell, released by regime forces, hit his house on Aug. 24 waits to be treated at a hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo , activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Orthodox Christian pilgrims pray by a wall at Bet Medhane Alem rock church in Lalibela on Aug.19. (Siegfried Modola/Reuters)

Space Shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on June 3 in New York City. Enterprise is on it's way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will put on permanent display. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Police try to help remove a car surrounded by water on Aug. 28 after its owner parked it on the bank to watch waves brought on by Typhoon Bolaven in Qingdao, in northeast China's Shandong province. Typhoon Bolaven, the strongest storm to hit South Korea for almost a decade, left a trail of death and damage in southwestern and south-central regions of the Korean peninsula on Aug. 28, and crossed into China early on Aug. 29. (AFP/Getty Images)

A woman, dressed in a Halloween costume, takes a rope jump from an old water pipe bridge 144 feet high in the Siberian Taiga area outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia on October 28, 2012. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

A child jumps on the waste products used to make poultry feed as she plays in a tannery at Hazaribagh in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 9, 2012. Luxury leather goods sold across the world are produced in a slum area of Bangladesh's capital where workers, including children, are exposed to hazardous chemicals and often injured in horrific accidents. None of the tanneries packed into the Hazaribagh neighborhood treat their waste water, which contains animal flesh, sulphuric acid, chromium and lead, leaving it to spew into open gutters and eventually the city's main river. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)

Jorge Lorenzo falls during the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, Spain on November 11, 2012. (Heino Kalis/Reuters)

A riot police officer is engulfed by petrol bomb flames in front of parliament during clashes in Athens on November 7, 2012. (Dimitri Messinis/Associated Press)

A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp while decorating an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights” on November 13 in Karachi. (Shakil Adil/Associated Press)

A farmer walks through a paddy field to his home in the village of Khokana, Nepal on September 4, 2012. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/GettyImages)

A scientist delegate yawns on stage during the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China inside the Great Hall of the People on November 14, 2012 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

A worker breaks bedrock by sledge hammer as a rotary dredge rips the coal face of the Borodinsky opencast colliery near the Siberian town of Borodino on November 15, 2012. The Borodinsky colliery is the biggest opencast coal mine in Russia, built from 1945 to 1949 by gulag prisoners and now produces about 20 million tons of coal annually. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Internally displaced children walk through flood waters next to makeshift shelters at a camp in southern Mogadishu on December 1, 2012. Heavy rains in Mogadishu caused floods which have affected the entire capital but hit internally displaced persons and their camps hardest. (Abdurashid Abdulle Abikar/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents look over the remains of burned homes in the Rockaways section of New York on October 30, 2012 after Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. East Coast. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Shackled inmates accused of murders sit in their cell in Rumbek Central Prison in Rumbek, South Sudan on October 24, 2012. Built in 1948 by the British colonial government, Rumbek Central Prison houses some 600 prisoners who live in overcrowded cells with virtually no access to the basic health care, sanitation, or adequate food and nutrition. Arbitrary detention is rife in South Sudan, says a 2012 report by Human Rights Watch, which also states that access to legal aid is just one of several human rights laws being broken at the prisons in South Sudan, which 'clearly do not comply with international or domestic law and standards on prisoners' welfare'. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)

Palestinian gunmen drag the body of a man suspected of working for Israel in Gaza City on November 20, 2012. Palestinian gunmen shot dead six alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip who "were caught red-handed", according to a security source quoted by the Hamas Aqsa radio. (Yasser Gdeeh/Reuters)

A riot police officer is dragged by protesters after being knocked from his horse with rocks thrown by workers of 'La Parada' wholesale market in Lima on October 25, 2012 during clashes between the wholesale market workers and police officers. (Alessandro Currarino/Diario El Comercio/Reuters)

A cow is washed before entering the slaughterhouse of the Frigorifico San Jacinto, a meat processing plant in San Jacinto, Uruguay on October 31, 2012. (Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images)

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