From riots to royal weddings, 50 top moments of 2011

Arab Spring, Eurozone crisis, natural disasters and more of the most memorable images of the year
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People throng Times Square on May 2, 2011 shortly after the announcement from US President Barack Obama that Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in a US-led raid on Pakistan soil.
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Catherine Middleton with the father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrive to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)
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People view the Tribute in Light from the Top of the Rock observation deck on September 10, 2011 in New York City. The Tribute in Light is an art installation honoring those who died in the 9/11 attacks. (Getty Images)
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Wael Ghonim, a Google marketing executive and Egyptian protest activist, is hoisted on stage in Tahrir Square during celebrations over President Hosni Mubarak stepping down February 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (Getty Images)
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Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road, London after youths protested against the killing of a man by armed police in an attempted arrest, August 6, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)
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Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive officer of News Corp., is driven from his apartment on July 12, 2011 in London, England. Allegations emerged this year that private investigators working for The Sun and The Sunday Times newspapers, owned by Mr. Murdoch's company, targeted former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to obtain bank details and his son's medical records. (Getty Images)
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Two women walk through the rubble and devastation on March 20, 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Japan. A 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. (Getty Images)
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Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher at the Perugia court on October 3, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. (Getty Images)
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An anti-government protester reacts before Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was to make a statement February 10, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a statement in which he refused to step down, defying expectations that he was preparing to resign. (Getty Images)
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An aerial view of Honda vehicles at the flooded Honda factory in the Rojuna Industrial district on November 14, 2011 in Ayutthaya, Thailand. While the city of Ayutthaya recovered from the floods the factories remained underwater for more than a month. (Getty Images)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy talk as they arrive for a press conference after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and EU and IMF representatives over Eurozone bailout plan ahead of the G20 summit on November 2, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Getty Images)
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A protester wears a Guy Fawkes masks while demonstrating, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States, in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) on October 18, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Around hundred protesters operate a camp outside the ECB to demonstrate against economic and financial policy. (Getty Images)
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A man who identified himself as Brendan Watts is seen with blood on his face while surrounded by three police officers in Zuccotti Park on November 17, 2011 in New York City. A fight broke out between protestors affiliated with Occupy Wall Street and police, in which Watts was injured. (Getty Images)
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Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco leave the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Princess Charlene of Monaco in the main courtyard at the Prince's Palace on July 2, 2011 in Monaco. The Roman-Catholic ceremony follows the civil wedding which was held in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace of Monaco on July 1. (Getty Images)
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Katlyn Wilkins (in tree) and Andrea Wilkins Morelli work on securing an American flag in a tree as they deal with the destruction caused by a massive tornado that passed through the town killing at least 139 people on May 29, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. (Getty Images)
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Weak and malnourished, Hassan Ali Musa, 4, sits with his father Iisa Ali Musa at the Banadir hospital on August 20, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Getty Images)
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A man avoids being tripped by a member of the public as he runs down the road at the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)
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Thai Muslim women pray during the special Eid ul-Fitr morning prayer at the Central mosque of Pattani on August 30, 2011 in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand. The three-day holiday, Eid ul-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon. (Getty Images)
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Flowers, candles and cards at Amy Winehouse's home in Camden Square on the day of her funeral on July 26, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a State Banquet in Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)
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Flowers are held up as an estimated 100,000 people gather in Oslo town centre for a vigil following Friday's twin extremist attacks on July 25, 2011 in Oslo, Norway. (Getty Images)
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Irish President Mary McAleese (R), Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Christy Cooney (President of the GAA) during a visit to Croke Park on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit to Ireland was the first by a monarch since 1911. (Getty Images)
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International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (R) appears for his arraignment in federal court May 16, 2011 in New York City. International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arraigned held without bail on charges of sexually attacking a maid at a Manhattan hotel. (Getty Images)
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Ali Salem el-Faizani, 10, stands at a street corner while working as a traffic cop April 15, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya. (Getty Images)
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Hindu devotees play with coloured powders during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on March 21, 2011 in Vrindavan, India. (Getty Images)
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Dancers perform during a gala show to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the Great Hall of the People on June 28, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Getty Images)
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Participants battle opponents in the annual Vegetable Battle in a park in Kreuzberg district near Oberbaumbruecke Bridge on August 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images)
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A woman takes a ride on a camel as people gather at Seaview waterfront to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day on August 14, 2011 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Getty Images)
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Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Getty Images)
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A Libyan jet bomber crashes after being hit over Benghazi on March 19, 2011 as Libya's rebel stronghold came under attack, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city's south sending thick smoke into the sky. (Getty Images)
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A fighting bull goes around Estafeta corner on the sixth day of the San Fermin running-of-the-bulls on July 11, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain. (Getty Images)
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A car stands in water on Ferry Road after two magnitude 6.0 and 5.5 earthquakes struck on June 13, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Getty Images)
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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. (Getty Images)
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People gather during a continued protest at Sol Square camp on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. A growing number of angry Spaniards, encouraged by youth groups and social media campaigns, took possession of the Sol square setting it up with tents and kitchens ahead of regional and municipal elections held in Spain. (Getty Images)
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South Korean soldiers participate in cold endurance training during winter military exercises on January 4, 2011 in Heonggye, South Korea. (Getty Images)
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Actor Christian Bale, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', Natalie Portman, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', Melissa Leo, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', and Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'The King's Speech', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
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Quade Cooper of the Wallabies fails to stop Israel Dagg of the All Blacks as he breaks forward during semi final two of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park on October 16, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand went on to win the tournament. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Army Sergeant James Linville from Brandon, Florida and Justin Herdman from Dover, Arkansas of the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, relax as they order McDonald's meals after arriving in Kuwait from Camp Adder in Iraq on December 7, 2011 at Camp Virginia, near Kuwait City, Kuwait. Lt. Wilson had been looking forward to fast food after spending seven months serving in Iraq. America's military continues its pullout of Iraq by the end of December after eight years of war and occupation which included the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. (Getty Images)
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A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Sui Boon Tong Shrine, pierces his cheeks with skewers during a procession of Vegetarian Festival on October 5, 2011 in Phuket, Thailand. (Getty Images)
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Foreign workers from Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries pile in the back of a truck with their belongings trying to leave the besieged city of Misrata April 18, 2011 as the sun sets on the port in Misrata, Libya. (Getty Images)
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The longest lunar eclipse for a decade took place on June 15, 2011. A lunar eclipse comes when the sun, Earth and moon line up and Earth's shadow falls on the moon. (Getty Images)
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Dr. Conrad Murray closes his eyes after he was sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Judge Michael E. Pastor sentenced Murray to four years in the Los Angeles County Jail for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson. (Getty Images)
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Flowers are placed on actress Elizabeth Taylor's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 23, 2011 in Hollywood, California.(Getty Images)
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman from Yemen smiles during a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon at U.N. headquarters on October 19, 2011 in New York City. Karman was awarded the prize for her actions during the Yemen uprising and is often called the 'mother of Yemen’s revolution. (Getty Images)
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Walid Bouazizi, a cousin of Tunisian protest icon Mohammed Bouazizi, prays on Bouazizi's grave, on January 20, 2011, in Sidi Bouzid. Mohammed Bouazizi set himself alight on the cart in a protest against police oppression a self-immolation that set off the protests against Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. (Getty Images)
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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13. (Getty Images)
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Actors Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Anil Kapoor attend the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Press Conference during the 8th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa on December 7, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
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Kingdom Holding, the Saudi firm owned by billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed, has signed a construction contract to build the world’s tallest tower in Jeddah. (Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)
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Protesters storm a security gate as they break in to the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration in the Iranian capital on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. Relations between the two countries have soured further over recent weeks, with the UK Treasury imposing sanctions on Iranian banks, accusing them of supporting the country's nuclear programme. The Iranian authorities insist that its nuclear plans are for peaceful purposes only and parliament has voted to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK. (Getty Images)

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