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Smoke from the remains of New York's World Trade Center shrouds lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. It was the day the world will never forget -- September 11, 2001 People watched in disbelief and then horror as two airplanes hijacked in the name of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. The 9/11 attacks heralded a new era for...more

Smoke from the remains of New York's World Trade Center shrouds lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. It was the day the world will never forget -- September 11, 2001 People watched in disbelief and then horror as two airplanes hijacked in the name of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. The 9/11 attacks heralded a new era for world security, triggered an invasion of Afghanistan by the United States and its allies. Taken on September 12, 2001 by Ray Stubblebine

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An Afghan girl screams as she is held her father as a sharp aftershock hits a village in Afghanistan. Mountainous Afghanistan is an earthquake prone country that has suffered a series of earthquakes killing thousands of people. The worst in the past decade was in 2002 when at least 1,500 people were killed and some 30,000 left homeless after a series of quakes of between magnitude 5 and 6 struck northern Baghlan province in...more

An Afghan girl screams as she is held her father as a sharp aftershock hits a village in Afghanistan. Mountainous Afghanistan is an earthquake prone country that has suffered a series of earthquakes killing thousands of people. The worst in the past decade was in 2002 when at least 1,500 people were killed and some 30,000 left homeless after a series of quakes of between magnitude 5 and 6 struck northern Baghlan province in the Hindu Kush mountains, destroying the district capital of Nahrin. Taken on March 27, 2002 by Jim Hollander

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A mourner wearing a mask to ward off SARS hides under an umbrella during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man. The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused international alarm over a deadly infectious disease not seen since the emergence of AIDS, with fears rising when it emerged that officials in China hid or underplayed the spread of the epidemic. SARS, which may have come from civet cats, circulated...more

A mourner wearing a mask to ward off SARS hides under an umbrella during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man. The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused international alarm over a deadly infectious disease not seen since the emergence of AIDS, with fears rising when it emerged that officials in China hid or underplayed the spread of the epidemic. SARS, which may have come from civet cats, circulated for months in southern China before it spread globally in 2003, killing 800 people before it was stopped. Taken on May 22, 2003 by Bobby Yip

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning men's 200m final at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. When Jamaican Usain Bolt blazed to glory at the Beijing Olympics, he was feted as the hero his tainted sport had been crying out for. He took a new world record in the 100 meters with a speed of 9.69 seconds and in the 200 meters with 19.30. But it was not just his speed but his personality that brought a breath of fresh air to drug-marred...more

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning men's 200m final at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. When Jamaican Usain Bolt blazed to glory at the Beijing Olympics, he was feted as the hero his tainted sport had been crying out for. He took a new world record in the 100 meters with a speed of 9.69 seconds and in the 200 meters with 19.30. But it was not just his speed but his personality that brought a breath of fresh air to drug-marred athletics, with the smiling, fun-loving athlete playing up to the crowds by dancing on the track after his wins and happily signing autographs. Taken on Aug 20, 2008 by Dylan Martinez

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A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. It was an act of violence that could only end in tragedy as Chechen separatists took about 1,000 children and parents hostage in a school in Beslan in North Ossetia near Russia's border with mainly Muslim Chechnya, on Sept. 1, 2004. After three days of siege, Russian forces stormed the school...more

A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. It was an act of violence that could only end in tragedy as Chechen separatists took about 1,000 children and parents hostage in a school in Beslan in North Ossetia near Russia's border with mainly Muslim Chechnya, on Sept. 1, 2004. After three days of siege, Russian forces stormed the school and some of the rebels blew themselves up. A total of 333 hostages -- more than half of them children -- were killed in the chaos and hundreds wounded. Although well-planned attacks like the one on Beslan have not happened for several years, a series of suicide bombings and attacks on security forces in the region over recent months have shattered the few years of relative calm. Taken on September 2, 2004 by Victor Korotayev

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A would-be immigrant crawls on a beach after his arrival in Fuerteventura, Spain. With a group of plump tourists chatting away nearby, a would-be immigrant off a makeshift boat from Africa drags himself up a beach on Spain's Canary Island. As populations have increased over the past decade so has the lucrative business of people smuggling and trafficking in human beings which is possibly the fastest growing of a group of new...more

A would-be immigrant crawls on a beach after his arrival in Fuerteventura, Spain. With a group of plump tourists chatting away nearby, a would-be immigrant off a makeshift boat from Africa drags himself up a beach on Spain's Canary Island. As populations have increased over the past decade so has the lucrative business of people smuggling and trafficking in human beings which is possibly the fastest growing of a group of new transnational crimes. Developments in information technology and communication has aided people-smugglers who now have access to highly sophisticated navigation equipment and state-of-the-art digitally produced false documentation. Taken on May 5, 2006 by Juan Medina

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Alicia Casilio, dressed as an Iraqi civilian, stands silently at an anti-Iraq war protest in Boston. As the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the war rose, so did the opposition to the U.S.-led offensive. Iraqi civilians have suffered the majority of fatalities since the 2003 invasion of Iraq although the number killed remains unclear and disputed but is believed to be at least 100,000. The war left a country already...more

Alicia Casilio, dressed as an Iraqi civilian, stands silently at an anti-Iraq war protest in Boston. As the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the war rose, so did the opposition to the U.S.-led offensive. Iraqi civilians have suffered the majority of fatalities since the 2003 invasion of Iraq although the number killed remains unclear and disputed but is believed to be at least 100,000. The war left a country already severely decayed after decades of dictatorship in ruins and triggered widespread bloodshed between once dominant Sunnis and majority Shi'ites that only began to subside in 2007. Taken Jan 11, 2007, by Brian Snyder

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North Korean soldier guards an army installation on the banks of the Yalu River at the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Despite decades of international isolation, North Korea has refused to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. But with the country now destitute, leader Kim Jong-il is under increasing pressure internationally to return to stalled sx-party disarmament talks and at home to stick to his pledges of rebuilding the...more

North Korean soldier guards an army installation on the banks of the Yalu River at the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Despite decades of international isolation, North Korea has refused to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. But with the country now destitute, leader Kim Jong-il is under increasing pressure internationally to return to stalled sx-party disarmament talks and at home to stick to his pledges of rebuilding the economy by 2012 and implementing succession plans. Taken on Oct 10, 2006 by Reinhard Krause

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A Rwandan worker cleans a mass grave outside a church in Nyanza. Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers slaughtered 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days during the 1994 massace in Rwanda that the outside world did little to prevent. Vowing never again, President Paul Kagame has won praise over the past decade for running a disciplined government and attracting foreign investment as Rwanda rebuilds its economy...more

A Rwandan worker cleans a mass grave outside a church in Nyanza. Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers slaughtered 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days during the 1994 massace in Rwanda that the outside world did little to prevent. Vowing never again, President Paul Kagame has won praise over the past decade for running a disciplined government and attracting foreign investment as Rwanda rebuilds its economy after the genocide although some critics say his style is authoritarian. Taken on April 4, 2004 by Radu Sigheti

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Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki receives milk in eastern Congo. Civilians on both sides of borders along eastern Congo are facing a life of hardship that is unimaginable and largely ignored by people in western nations as continued fighting worsens a humanitarian disaster that began in the 1990s. Despite a massive U.N. peacekeeping effort, the list of ongoing horrors includes summary executions, torture, rape and other...more

Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki receives milk in eastern Congo. Civilians on both sides of borders along eastern Congo are facing a life of hardship that is unimaginable and largely ignored by people in western nations as continued fighting worsens a humanitarian disaster that began in the 1990s. Despite a massive U.N. peacekeeping effort, the list of ongoing horrors includes summary executions, torture, rape and other intimidation of the population with children starving. Taken on Nov 13, 2008 by Finbarr O'Reilly

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Benazir Bhutto prays as she arrives in Karachi. Celebrations were shortlived when former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned home in October, 2007, after eight years of self-imposed exile. Just two months later -- and two weeks before a scheduled Pakistani general election where she was a leading opposition candidate -- she was assassinated in a suicide bombing. Speculation lingers over who was responsible for...more

Benazir Bhutto prays as she arrives in Karachi. Celebrations were shortlived when former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned home in October, 2007, after eight years of self-imposed exile. Just two months later -- and two weeks before a scheduled Pakistani general election where she was a leading opposition candidate -- she was assassinated in a suicide bombing. Speculation lingers over who was responsible for her death with some blaming the Taliban Movement of Pakistan but others believing it was a plot by allies of President Pervez Musharraf who did not want her to come to power. Taken on Oct 18, 2007 by Petr Josek.

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African would-be immigrants wait near the CETI in Spain. A rising number of African migrants trying to reach Europe has become a hot political issues for governments in Europe with the global economic crisis only exacerbating the problem. Nearly 5 million immigrants have settled in Spain during the past decade, more than in any other European country, drawn by a construction boom that collapsed in the economic crisis. ...more

African would-be immigrants wait near the CETI in Spain. A rising number of African migrants trying to reach Europe has become a hot political issues for governments in Europe with the global economic crisis only exacerbating the problem. Nearly 5 million immigrants have settled in Spain during the past decade, more than in any other European country, drawn by a construction boom that collapsed in the economic crisis. Taken on October 11, 2005 by Andrea Comas.

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Northern Alliance fighters ride on a T-62 tank past a dead body, north of Kabul. Violence reached its deadliest level in Afghanistan in the past year since the Taliban were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001 after refusing to turn over al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. There are about 110,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, anchored by a 68,000-strong American...more

Northern Alliance fighters ride on a T-62 tank past a dead body, north of Kabul. Violence reached its deadliest level in Afghanistan in the past year since the Taliban were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001 after refusing to turn over al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. There are about 110,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, anchored by a 68,000-strong American force which is about to be boosted by another 30,000 U.S. soldiers despite waning public support in Europe and the United States. Taken on November 13, 2001 by Yannis Behrakis.

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Brazil's captain Cafu lifts the World Cup trophy after his team won the World Cup final against Germany. Brazil won a record fifth World Cup against Germany in 2002, with captain Cafu celebrating after striker Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2-0 victory, elevating him to hero status in his home country. But Brazil was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup, despite being the clear favourite, with Ronaldo coming...more

Brazil's captain Cafu lifts the World Cup trophy after his team won the World Cup final against Germany. Brazil won a record fifth World Cup against Germany in 2002, with captain Cafu celebrating after striker Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2-0 victory, elevating him to hero status in his home country. But Brazil was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup, despite being the clear favourite, with Ronaldo coming under fire for appearing to be overweight. His career went into freefall, plagued by fitness and form problems, and he has not played for Brazil since. The striker joined Corinthians, Brazil's second most popular club, earlier this year in a bid ot re-ignite his career. Taken on June 30, 2002 by Dylan Martinez.

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Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Surabaya. The start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramada heralds a lifestyle change for many Muslims, bringing out a sense of harmony and unity in the Islamic community that, for the first time, overtook Roman Catholicism as the biggest single denomation in the world in the past decade. Statistics compiled and released by...more

Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Surabaya. The start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramada heralds a lifestyle change for many Muslims, bringing out a sense of harmony and unity in the Islamic community that, for the first time, overtook Roman Catholicism as the biggest single denomation in the world in the past decade. Statistics compiled and released by the Vatican in 2008 showed that Muslims made up 19. 2 percent of the world population while Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent. If all Christian groups were considered, including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants, then Christians made up 33 percent of the world's population -- or about 2 billion people. Taken on Aug 31, 2008 by Sigit Pamungkas.

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Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of their comrade Alex Mashavisky at a cemetery in Beersheba. Nearly two decades after the start of what became known as the Oslo peace process, stagnation appears to be the short-term outlook for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, raising concern about the stability of the Middle East, the world's main oil-producing region. Israel carried out an 18-day offensive against Hamas in the...more

Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of their comrade Alex Mashavisky at a cemetery in Beersheba. Nearly two decades after the start of what became known as the Oslo peace process, stagnation appears to be the short-term outlook for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, raising concern about the stability of the Middle East, the world's main oil-producing region. Israel carried out an 18-day offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in January 2009. Taken on January 7, 2009 by Eric Gaillard.

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Supporters reach out to touch the hand of then Democratic presidential candidate Senator Obama after he spoke at a rally in Dallas. As Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama moved into the lead for his party's presidential nomination, it appeared he could do no wrong, even earning a round of applause when he interrupted a speech in Dallas to blow his nose. For many Americans he had come to represent change and for many,...more

Supporters reach out to touch the hand of then Democratic presidential candidate Senator Obama after he spoke at a rally in Dallas. As Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama moved into the lead for his party's presidential nomination, it appeared he could do no wrong, even earning a round of applause when he interrupted a speech in Dallas to blow his nose. For many Americans he had come to represent change and for many, that was enough. Taken on February 20, 2008 by Jessica Rinaldi.

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World Press Photo of the Year 2005 taken by Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly. This heart-wrenching picture of a mother and child at an an emergency feeding centre in in Tahoua, Niger, won international acclaim for incorporating beauty, horror and despair. Taken on August 1, 2005 by Finbarr O'Reilly.

World Press Photo of the Year 2005 taken by Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly. This heart-wrenching picture of a mother and child at an an emergency feeding centre in in Tahoua, Niger, won international acclaim for incorporating beauty, horror and despair. Taken on August 1, 2005 by Finbarr O'Reilly.

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Two Bosnian Muslim women cry over a coffin carrying the remains of their relative in a factory hall in Potocari. The Srebrenica massacre of 1995 in which Serb forces killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys and the deaths of an estimated 100,000 people in the Bosnian war between 1992-95 as the former Yugoslavia was torn apart has devastated thousands of families. It was not until 2008 that Serbia arrested former Bosnian Serb...more

Two Bosnian Muslim women cry over a coffin carrying the remains of their relative in a factory hall in Potocari. The Srebrenica massacre of 1995 in which Serb forces killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys and the deaths of an estimated 100,000 people in the Bosnian war between 1992-95 as the former Yugoslavia was torn apart has devastated thousands of families. It was not until 2008 that Serbia arrested former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic ,who is now on trial in The Hague while prosecutors are continuing to seek others involved in the atrocities. Serbia's slow progress in taking action over war crimes has lead to a freeze on its bid to join the European Union. Taken on July 10, 2005 by Damir Sagolj.

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Mays, a young Iraqi Shi'ite girl, cries after a mortar shell which landed outside the family's home in a Najaf residential area injured her uncle. “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children,” Mahatma Gandhi. Taken on August 18, 2004 by Ali Jasim

Mays, a young Iraqi Shi'ite girl, cries after a mortar shell which landed outside the family's home in a Najaf residential area injured her uncle. “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children,” Mahatma Gandhi. Taken on August 18, 2004 by Ali Jasim

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China's national flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium. It was the moment that Beijing had worked towards since winning the Summer Olympics in 2001 -- raising China's national flag in the spectacular Bird's Nest stadium watched by the world at the opening of the event. The games, billed as China's "coming out party" as a major world power, were largely hailed as...more

China's national flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium. It was the moment that Beijing had worked towards since winning the Summer Olympics in 2001 -- raising China's national flag in the spectacular Bird's Nest stadium watched by the world at the opening of the event. The games, billed as China's "coming out party" as a major world power, were largely hailed as a success for the Communist nation despite myriad concerns, ranging from air pollution to human rights abuses, dogging organizers in the lead-up. Taken August 8, 2008 by Jerry Lampen

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Then President Bush takes a bow afer conducting the Marine Band at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington. President George W. "Dubya" Bush took his bow as a world leader after eight years and two terms in office and a long list of gaffes and bloopers, leaving with some of the lowest approval ratings of any modern president and some historians saying his tenure will rank among the worst ever....more

Then President Bush takes a bow afer conducting the Marine Band at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington. President George W. "Dubya" Bush took his bow as a world leader after eight years and two terms in office and a long list of gaffes and bloopers, leaving with some of the lowest approval ratings of any modern president and some historians saying his tenure will rank among the worst ever. He led the United states into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the worst economic crisis in generations that took Americans homes and jobs, and left the U.S.'s image overseas in tatters. Picture taken April 26, 2008, by Jonathan Ernst

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Girl walks with bags of drinking water in Monrovia. Liberia started out the decade with a 1989-2003 civil war in the West African country but ends the decade with hope. Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has became the first African ruler to stand trial for war crimes relating to the intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed and which shattered the economy. He was...more

Girl walks with bags of drinking water in Monrovia. Liberia started out the decade with a 1989-2003 civil war in the West African country but ends the decade with hope. Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has became the first African ruler to stand trial for war crimes relating to the intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed and which shattered the economy. He was replaced in a 2005 election by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first female president and a former world Bank official, whose efforts to rebuild the country has boosted investor and business confidence. Taken on October 9, 2005 by Jonathan Ernst.

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Cardinals' cassocks are blown by a gust of wind as they arrive for the funeral mass of the Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul II, whose globetrotting papacy inspired millions but left a divided Church, died in 2005 after 26 years of leading the Catholic church. Apart from his battle against communism, John Paul was remembered for his unswerving defense of traditional Vatican doctrines, drawing criticism from liberal Catholics...more

Cardinals' cassocks are blown by a gust of wind as they arrive for the funeral mass of the Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul II, whose globetrotting papacy inspired millions but left a divided Church, died in 2005 after 26 years of leading the Catholic church. Apart from his battle against communism, John Paul was remembered for his unswerving defense of traditional Vatican doctrines, drawing criticism from liberal Catholics who opposed his proclamations against contraception, abortion, married priests and women clergy. Taken on April 8. 2005 by Max Rossi

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A Lebanese man shouts for help for a wounded man near the site of a car bomb explosion in Beirut. The massive car bomb killed Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. The 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri set off a wave of anti-Syrian protests in Lebanon and led to international pressure that forced Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon after 29 years. Rivalry between Saudi Arabia and...more

A Lebanese man shouts for help for a wounded man near the site of a car bomb explosion in Beirut. The massive car bomb killed Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. The 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri set off a wave of anti-Syrian protests in Lebanon and led to international pressure that forced Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon after 29 years. Rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Syria fuelled political tensions and crises in Lebanon since the killing but the establishment of a goverment in 2009 led by the murdered statesman's son Saad al-Hariri was seen as key to maintaining stability in a country facing sectarian and politic tensions as well as a hugh debt burden. Taken on February 14, 2005 by Mohaned Azakir.

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US hotels heiress Paris Hilton poses at a photocall on the Carlton Hotel pier during 58th Cannes Film Festival. Paris Hilton, the socialite turned reality TV star, came to epitomise the cult of celebrity which boomed in the past decade as the public showed an insatiable appetite for news and gossip about the rich and famous. Magazines and TV channels focusing solely on the daily lives of celebrities, however mundane, drew huge...more

US hotels heiress Paris Hilton poses at a photocall on the Carlton Hotel pier during 58th Cannes Film Festival. Paris Hilton, the socialite turned reality TV star, came to epitomise the cult of celebrity which boomed in the past decade as the public showed an insatiable appetite for news and gossip about the rich and famous. Magazines and TV channels focusing solely on the daily lives of celebrities, however mundane, drew huge audiences while the increasing number of reality TV shows gave unknown aspirants their shot at fame. Taken on May 13, 2005 by Eric Gaillard

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Bolivian President-elect Morales receives a replica of Simon Bolivar's sword in Caracas. It was a friendship that not everyone welcomed, particularly the corporate world. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales both rode to power on a socialist bandwagon, rattling foreign investors as they reformed constitutions to extend their rule, tackle social inequalities and exert greater control over natural...more

Bolivian President-elect Morales receives a replica of Simon Bolivar's sword in Caracas. It was a friendship that not everyone welcomed, particularly the corporate world. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales both rode to power on a socialist bandwagon, rattling foreign investors as they reformed constitutions to extend their rule, tackle social inequalities and exert greater control over natural resources. Add Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to make a trio of socialist leaders in South America. Taken on January 3, 2006 by Jorge Silva

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Senegalese children run as locusts spread in capital Dakar. Vast swarms containing billions of locusts periodically devastate massive areas of crops in Africa, inflicting economic hardship on the affected countries. The last big African swarm in 2004 cost $400 million simply to eradicate the pests, a tab that did not include money lost to destroyed crops. Taken on September 1, 2004 by Pierre Holz

Senegalese children run as locusts spread in capital Dakar. Vast swarms containing billions of locusts periodically devastate massive areas of crops in Africa, inflicting economic hardship on the affected countries. The last big African swarm in 2004 cost $400 million simply to eradicate the pests, a tab that did not include money lost to destroyed crops. Taken on September 1, 2004 by Pierre Holz

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Palestinians carry wounded Palestinian babies after Israeli artillery shell hits a house in northern Gaza. Hundreds of Gaza families live in tents, the ruins of their homes or with relatives, as tough conditions in the now-blockaded territory of 1.5 million people have gone from bad to worse. The Israeli blockade stops materials such as cement and steel from reaching the Hamas-ruled territory, hampering reconstruction despite...more

Palestinians carry wounded Palestinian babies after Israeli artillery shell hits a house in northern Gaza. Hundreds of Gaza families live in tents, the ruins of their homes or with relatives, as tough conditions in the now-blockaded territory of 1.5 million people have gone from bad to worse. The Israeli blockade stops materials such as cement and steel from reaching the Hamas-ruled territory, hampering reconstruction despite billions of dollars of aid pledges. Taken on April 10, 2006 by Mohammed Salem.

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Protesters hold signs behind Fuld as he takes his seat to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in Washington. The collapse of 158-year-old investment bank Lehman Brothers, headed by Richard Fuld, triggered the global economic crisis and worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fuld and other fallen titans of Wall Street, former "masters of the...more

Protesters hold signs behind Fuld as he takes his seat to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in Washington. The collapse of 158-year-old investment bank Lehman Brothers, headed by Richard Fuld, triggered the global economic crisis and worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fuld and other fallen titans of Wall Street, former "masters of the universe," came under fire as the excesses of the financial industry were scrutinised by the White House and an angry public. Lehman, weighed down by bad assets, filed the largest-ever U.S. bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, after it was unable to find a buyer to come to its rescue. Taken on October 6, 2008 by Jonathan Ernst

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Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell "sunbathe" on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen. Global warming became one of the world's major concerns of the decade amid mounting evidence that human activity is disrupting the climate. By 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was saying it was "very likely" - at least 90 percent certain -- that humans are to blame for most of...more

Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell "sunbathe" on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen. Global warming became one of the world's major concerns of the decade amid mounting evidence that human activity is disrupting the climate. By 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was saying it was "very likely" - at least 90 percent certain -- that humans are to blame for most of the observed warming trend of the past 50 years. It also said that warming of the planet was "unequivocal." Taken on April 25, 2007 by Francois Lenoir

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A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. After the Taliban was overthrown in Afghanistan in 2001, women were allowed to return to work and education with this young Afghan woman showing her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. Under its strict interpretation of Islam, the Taliban ordered all women hidden behind head-to-toe burqas. But...more

A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. After the Taliban was overthrown in Afghanistan in 2001, women were allowed to return to work and education with this young Afghan woman showing her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. Under its strict interpretation of Islam, the Taliban ordered all women hidden behind head-to-toe burqas. But Afghan women remain among the worst off in the world, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, with violence against them "endemic" and the government failing to protect them from crimes such as rape and even murder. Taken on November 14, 2001 by Yannis Behrakis

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A man rinses soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos. Nigeria's dilapidated oil pipeline network, built in the late 1970s but poorly maintained, has taken its toll on human lives and the industry over the decade. Vandalism by oil thieves, attacks by militants and frequent explosions when civilians try to scoop up oil leaking from ruptured lines have killed...more

A man rinses soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos. Nigeria's dilapidated oil pipeline network, built in the late 1970s but poorly maintained, has taken its toll on human lives and the industry over the decade. Vandalism by oil thieves, attacks by militants and frequent explosions when civilians try to scoop up oil leaking from ruptured lines have killed thousands of people and cost the industry millions of dollars. Taken on December 26, 2006 by Akintunde Akinleye

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Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department Chaplain, Fether Mychal Judge, from one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Rescue workers were hailed as heroes after working tirelessly after the Sept. 11 attacks to find any survivors. During the collapse of the twin towers, nearly 400 rescuers were killed as they battled to save people stranded in the World Trade Center. Up to 70,000 people...more

Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department Chaplain, Fether Mychal Judge, from one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Rescue workers were hailed as heroes after working tirelessly after the Sept. 11 attacks to find any survivors. During the collapse of the twin towers, nearly 400 rescuers were killed as they battled to save people stranded in the World Trade Center. Up to 70,000 people took part in the massive operation at Ground Zero, including police, firefighters and construction workers, some coming voluntarily from other parts of the country. Many worked for months in a toxic cloud of dust and chemicals which has triggered a spate of illnesses, some fatal, among rescue workers. Taken on September 11, 2001 by Shannon Stapleton

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A woman cries as she cannot find her 4-year-old daughter and husband on top of the ruins of a destroyed school in earthquakee hit Beichuan county. A massive earthquake in China's southwest in May 2008 killed more than 80,000 people but also revealed the chronic strains in communist China, highlighting the divisions between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless. Survivors made angry claims about corruption,...more

A woman cries as she cannot find her 4-year-old daughter and husband on top of the ruins of a destroyed school in earthquakee hit Beichuan county. A massive earthquake in China's southwest in May 2008 killed more than 80,000 people but also revealed the chronic strains in communist China, highlighting the divisions between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless. Survivors made angry claims about corruption, favouritism and delays while accusations of mismanagement behind students' deaths struck a deep chord in China where family-planning restrictions make single children the focus of immense hopes and love. The transformation of anguished parents into fugitives showed a state that can be loath to scrutinise past mistakes. Taken on May 17, 2008 by Jason Lee.

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester tries to push a bulldozer at a demonstration at Israeli Kibbutz. It was a picture that captured the clash of cultures as an ultra-orthodox Jewish protester tried to stop a bulldozer at a demonstation at an Israeli Kibbutz. Taken on April 14, 2005 by Gil Cohen Magen

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester tries to push a bulldozer at a demonstration at Israeli Kibbutz. It was a picture that captured the clash of cultures as an ultra-orthodox Jewish protester tried to stop a bulldozer at a demonstation at an Israeli Kibbutz. Taken on April 14, 2005 by Gil Cohen Magen

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Ukrainian woman places carnations into shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev. Ukraine, whose economy is one of the worst-performing in Europe, will hold its first presidential election in six years on January 17 next year which Russia is hoping will improve ties between the two nations. Russian-Ukrainian relations have been fraught since pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko was...more

Ukrainian woman places carnations into shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev. Ukraine, whose economy is one of the worst-performing in Europe, will hold its first presidential election in six years on January 17 next year which Russia is hoping will improve ties between the two nations. Russian-Ukrainian relations have been fraught since pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko was swept to power in the ex-Soviet state on a wave of anti-Russian feeling during the Orange Revolution in 2004. Apart from the mass voting fraud, the run-up to that poll was marked by violence including the murder of a prominent journalist, the suicide of an interior minister, and the poisoning of Yushchenko which has left his face badly scarred. Taken on November 24, 2004 by Vasily Fedosenko.

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G8 leaders return into the Gleneagles Hotel following a family photo. After decades in charge, the club of rich, industrialized nations groups in the G8 lost sway this decade as a share of the global economic power shifted towards big developing countries. Without China, these small, traditional groups were no longer able to tackle the world's economic problems, prompting world leaders to decide that the G20, which does...more

G8 leaders return into the Gleneagles Hotel following a family photo. After decades in charge, the club of rich, industrialized nations groups in the G8 lost sway this decade as a share of the global economic power shifted towards big developing countries. Without China, these small, traditional groups were no longer able to tackle the world's economic problems, prompting world leaders to decide that the G20, which does includes China, India and other big developing nations, should become the premier forum for managing the world economy. Taken on July 8, 2005 by Kevin Coombs

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A British soldier jumps from a burning tank in the southern Iraq city of Basra. For nearly five years Britain controlled southern Iraq until it handed over security of Basra province to Iraq in 2007 and formally handed responsibility for running Basra airport to Iraqi authories in 2009. A total of 179 British armed forces personnel or MOD civilians died while serving in the U.S.-led operation in Iraq with Britain holding an...more

A British soldier jumps from a burning tank in the southern Iraq city of Basra. For nearly five years Britain controlled southern Iraq until it handed over security of Basra province to Iraq in 2007 and formally handed responsibility for running Basra airport to Iraqi authories in 2009. A total of 179 British armed forces personnel or MOD civilians died while serving in the U.S.-led operation in Iraq with Britain holding an inquiry into the reasons for British participation in Iraq. Taken on September 19, 2005 by Atef Hassan

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Somali refugees run from the dust at Ifo camp near Dadaab. Somalis forced to flee war and drought are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions in their home country and in nearby countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen, with an estimated 1.5 million people uprooted since the start of 2007 and some 3.6 million Somalis in need of international assistance. U.N. agencies have warned that this is an issue that can't be...more

Somali refugees run from the dust at Ifo camp near Dadaab. Somalis forced to flee war and drought are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions in their home country and in nearby countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen, with an estimated 1.5 million people uprooted since the start of 2007 and some 3.6 million Somalis in need of international assistance. U.N. agencies have warned that this is an issue that can't be ignored as the country's increasingly desperate people will try to escape abroad without an influx of foreign aid. Taken on January 8, 2007 by Radu Sigheti.

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U.S. Marine holds an Iraqi child after crossfire ripped apart family in central Iraq. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines. No one knows how many children had parents torn from them by the war or how many children lost their lives during six years of sectarian slaughter and insurgency that was unleashed by the...more

U.S. Marine holds an Iraqi child after crossfire ripped apart family in central Iraq. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines. No one knows how many children had parents torn from them by the war or how many children lost their lives during six years of sectarian slaughter and insurgency that was unleashed by the U.S-led invasion of Iraq. Taken on March 29, 2003 by Damir Sagolj

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An angry Jewish settler boy looks out from inside a synagogue in Gush Katif. The 2005 pullout of some 9,000 Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and isolated enclaves in the northern West Bank by Israel has dogged many settlers, especially a hardened younger generation that came of age during a Palestinian uprising that erupted in 2000. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel's withdrawal from coastal Gaza has...more

An angry Jewish settler boy looks out from inside a synagogue in Gush Katif. The 2005 pullout of some 9,000 Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and isolated enclaves in the northern West Bank by Israel has dogged many settlers, especially a hardened younger generation that came of age during a Palestinian uprising that erupted in 2000. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel's withdrawal from coastal Gaza has not brought about peace and led ultimately to Iranian-backed Hamas Islamists, who reject Israel's existence, to seize control. Taken on August 18, 2005 by Damir Sagolj.

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Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Once a tourists' mecca, a lethal drug war is taking its toll in recession-hobbled Mexico where an escalating fight between rival cartels for control of the multi-billion dollar trade has killed 14,000 people since President Felipe Calderon launched an anti-drug campaign in late 2006. Even as troops...more

Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Once a tourists' mecca, a lethal drug war is taking its toll in recession-hobbled Mexico where an escalating fight between rival cartels for control of the multi-billion dollar trade has killed 14,000 people since President Felipe Calderon launched an anti-drug campaign in late 2006. Even as troops patrol Mexican streets and capture senior traffickers, shootouts continue, fightening off tourists and worrying investors throughout Latin America and the United States. Taken on August 31, 2009 by Alejandro Bringas.

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Saddam Hussein is filmed after his capture. After U.S. troops caught Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit, photographs of one of the world's most wanted men looking disheveled, captive, and receiving a medical examination circulated around the world. The former Iraqi president was hanged in December 2006, with the Iraqi government releasing an official videotape of his execution. But audio released later revealed taunts...more

Saddam Hussein is filmed after his capture. After U.S. troops caught Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit, photographs of one of the world's most wanted men looking disheveled, captive, and receiving a medical examination circulated around the world. The former Iraqi president was hanged in December 2006, with the Iraqi government releasing an official videotape of his execution. But audio released later revealed taunts between Hussein and his executioners, drawing global criticism from nations that both oppose and support capital punishment. Taken on December 14, 2003.

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Iranian boy sits among women during prayers in Tehran. In June of 2001, Iranians re-elected reformist President Mohammad Khatami, who had been in power since 1997, for a second term, after his pledges to carry on reforming the Islamic republic despite staunch opposition from the conservatives, who wanted Iran to strictly follow Islamic sharia law. Khatami advocated freedom of expression, tolerance and civil society, constructive...more

Iranian boy sits among women during prayers in Tehran. In June of 2001, Iranians re-elected reformist President Mohammad Khatami, who had been in power since 1997, for a second term, after his pledges to carry on reforming the Islamic republic despite staunch opposition from the conservatives, who wanted Iran to strictly follow Islamic sharia law. Khatami advocated freedom of expression, tolerance and civil society, constructive diplomatic relations with Asia and Europe as well as an economic policy that encouraged foreign investment. On his behest, the United Nations even named 2001 as the Year of Dialogue Among Civilisations. Taken on May 24, 2001 by Damir Sagolj

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The newly elected Pope greets pilgrims from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a strict defender of Catholic orthodoxy, was elected Pope in April 2005 to head the world's largest Church at a time when the number of practising Catholics is dwindling in the developed world. The pontiff has retained Vatican opposition to practices such as abortion -- an issue which deeply divides...more

The newly elected Pope greets pilgrims from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a strict defender of Catholic orthodoxy, was elected Pope in April 2005 to head the world's largest Church at a time when the number of practising Catholics is dwindling in the developed world. The pontiff has retained Vatican opposition to practices such as abortion -- an issue which deeply divides the United States -- the use of condoms, and embryonic stem cell research which scientists say can lead to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Taken on April 19, 2005 by Kai Pfaffenbach

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Michael Jackson holds a child as he looks down to fans out of a window after he arrived at a Berlin hotel. U.S. singer Michael Jackson was hailed the "King of Pop" but also renown for his eccentricities, -- undergoing extensive cosmetic surgery, building a rural playground called the Neverland Ranch, and dressing his children in veils and masks to shield them from publicity. His parenting skills came under intense public...more

Michael Jackson holds a child as he looks down to fans out of a window after he arrived at a Berlin hotel. U.S. singer Michael Jackson was hailed the "King of Pop" but also renown for his eccentricities, -- undergoing extensive cosmetic surgery, building a rural playground called the Neverland Ranch, and dressing his children in veils and masks to shield them from publicity. His parenting skills came under intense public scrutiny after he dangled his young son over the balcony of a hotel in Berlin, Germany. His sudden death in 2009 from cardiac arrest at the age of 50 while rehearsing for a series of concerts in London shocked the world. Taken on November 19, 2002 by Tobias Schwarz.

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Italy's Marco Materazzi falls on the pitch after being head-butted by France's Zinedine Zidane. It was the headbutt of the decade that inspired T-shirts, video games and even a book as onlookers speculated what comment could caused such anger. France's Zinedine Zidane, playing the final game of his career, rammed his head into Italian defender Marco Materazzi's chest during extra time of the World Cup 2006 soccer final in...more

Italy's Marco Materazzi falls on the pitch after being head-butted by France's Zinedine Zidane. It was the headbutt of the decade that inspired T-shirts, video games and even a book as onlookers speculated what comment could caused such anger. France's Zinedine Zidane, playing the final game of his career, rammed his head into Italian defender Marco Materazzi's chest during extra time of the World Cup 2006 soccer final in Berlin after the rival player allegedly taunted him. The French captain was red-carded and Italy went on to win the game on penalty kicks. Materazzi later acknowledged that he had insulted Zidane's sister. Pix taken on July 9, 2006 by Peter Schols

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Barack Obama bumps fists with his wife Michelle in St Paul. Barack Obama's arrival onto the world stage this decade also brought another new element to the White House -- a glamorous but practical first lady, Michelle, and two young daughters. Their fashion choices, decision over a pet dog, and juggle of work, school and family time epitomised a more modern era in the United States with the first family of the 21st century...more

Barack Obama bumps fists with his wife Michelle in St Paul. Barack Obama's arrival onto the world stage this decade also brought another new element to the White House -- a glamorous but practical first lady, Michelle, and two young daughters. Their fashion choices, decision over a pet dog, and juggle of work, school and family time epitomised a more modern era in the United States with the first family of the 21st century rejuvenating the U.S.'s battered image internationally. Taken on June 3, 2008 by Eric Miller.

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Majid Kavousifar and Hossein Kavousifar hang from the cable of a crane in Tehran. In Iran, murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia law, practicised since the 1979 Islamic revolution. But European governments and Western rights groups have criticised Iran for an increasing number of hangings since authorities launched a crackdown on "immoral...more

Majid Kavousifar and Hossein Kavousifar hang from the cable of a crane in Tehran. In Iran, murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia law, practicised since the 1979 Islamic revolution. But European governments and Western rights groups have criticised Iran for an increasing number of hangings since authorities launched a crackdown on "immoral behaviour" in 2008. Iran is the second most prolific executioner after China, with Majid Kavousifar and his nephew Hossein Kavousifar hanged for killing a judge responsible for jailing several reformist dissidents. Iran rejects accusations it is violating human rights and accuses the West of double standards and hypocrisy. Taken on August 2, 2007 by Morteza Nikoubazl

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Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province. Despite Western efforts to stablize Afghanistan, 2009 proved to be the deadliest year for Western troops in the 8-year-old war with more than 400 killed, more than in the entire period from 2001-2005. By far the deadliest weapon employed by the insurgents are...more

Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province. Despite Western efforts to stablize Afghanistan, 2009 proved to be the deadliest year for Western troops in the 8-year-old war with more than 400 killed, more than in the entire period from 2001-2005. By far the deadliest weapon employed by the insurgents are homemade bombs. Opinion polls in Western nations have shown a steady fall in support for the war with most European NATO members reluctant to send more troops until a new strategy is adopted. Taken on May 18, 2008 by Goran Tomasevic.

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An American flag flies in the debris of the World Trade Centre after the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition to the political changes the Sept 11 attacks by al Qaeda wrought on the globe, the assaults triggered a wave of heightened patrotism and, among some, a sense of xenophobia in the United States, as well as deep soul-searching as many Americans struggled to understand why this happened on their soil. Taken on September 11,...more

An American flag flies in the debris of the World Trade Centre after the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition to the political changes the Sept 11 attacks by al Qaeda wrought on the globe, the assaults triggered a wave of heightened patrotism and, among some, a sense of xenophobia in the United States, as well as deep soul-searching as many Americans struggled to understand why this happened on their soil. Taken on September 11, 2001 by Peter Morgan

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The bomb destroyed number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square in central London. Britain has been on high alert over terrorism almost all decade, since Sept. 11, 2001 and especially since four bomb blasts tore through three underground trains and one double-decker bus in London in July, 2005, killing 52 people. The attacks, by four young British Islamists, has helped lead to more stringent anti-terrorism laws, allowing...more

The bomb destroyed number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square in central London. Britain has been on high alert over terrorism almost all decade, since Sept. 11, 2001 and especially since four bomb blasts tore through three underground trains and one double-decker bus in London in July, 2005, killing 52 people. The attacks, by four young British Islamists, has helped lead to more stringent anti-terrorism laws, allowing suspects to be detained for up to 28 days without charge which makes Britain one of the strictest countries in Europe when it comes to holding suspects. Taken on July 8, 2005 by Dylan Martinez.

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A man is caught between Argentine policemen and rioting commuters who set fire to a train after becoming enraged over a delay in the service on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The outburst of violence quickly spread, resulting in looting of the station and shops in the vicinity. More than seven years after suffering an economic meltdown, Argentine society still suffers the effects of a widening class division and failing...more

A man is caught between Argentine policemen and rioting commuters who set fire to a train after becoming enraged over a delay in the service on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The outburst of violence quickly spread, resulting in looting of the station and shops in the vicinity. More than seven years after suffering an economic meltdown, Argentine society still suffers the effects of a widening class division and failing public services, in spite of positive growth rates and financial indexes. Taken on November 1, 2005.

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A supporter of moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi attends a pre-election gathering in Tehran. Hopes that Iran would halt its sensitive nuclear activities were scuppered when a disputed presidential election in June 2009 returned hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power. The turbulent aftermath of the vote plunged Iran into its biggest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed...more

A supporter of moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi attends a pre-election gathering in Tehran. Hopes that Iran would halt its sensitive nuclear activities were scuppered when a disputed presidential election in June 2009 returned hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power. The turbulent aftermath of the vote plunged Iran into its biggest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed deepening divisions among Iran's ruling elite and further strained relations with the West. Taken on June 9, 2009 by Damir Sagolj.

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An Iraqi woman watches UN weapons inspectors leave Saddam Airport in Baghdad. Weapons inspectors left Iraq after the United Nations told them to cut short their hunt for hidden weapons of mass destruction ahead of the likely U.S.-led invasion. Taken on March 18, 2003 by Goran Tomasevic.

An Iraqi woman watches UN weapons inspectors leave Saddam Airport in Baghdad. Weapons inspectors left Iraq after the United Nations told them to cut short their hunt for hidden weapons of mass destruction ahead of the likely U.S.-led invasion. Taken on March 18, 2003 by Goran Tomasevic.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak jokingly pushes Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on the grounds of Camp David as U.S. President Bill Clinton watches. This picture reveals a light-hearted moment between two men who were effectively adversaries in the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Arafat and Barak were insisting that the other proceed through the door of the Laurel Cabin first. The 2000 Middle East Peace Summit...more

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak jokingly pushes Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on the grounds of Camp David as U.S. President Bill Clinton watches. This picture reveals a light-hearted moment between two men who were effectively adversaries in the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Arafat and Barak were insisting that the other proceed through the door of the Laurel Cabin first. The 2000 Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, the site of several Arab-Israeli peace talks, was an attempt to negotiate a "final status" settlement to the conflict that is a major issue in Middle East politics, but like others before it, it failed. Taken on July 11, 2000 by Win McNamee

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Convicted Bali bomber Imam Samudra alias Abdul Aziz talks to his daughter during his last family visit in Batu prison, Nusa Kambangan Island. The tender moment between a father and his daughter with her face radiant with innocence made this a compelling shot showing the human side of the convicted Bali bomber Imam Samudra, alias Adbul Aziz. Aziz was sentenced to death for his role in the Bali bombings in 2002 and accepted...more

Convicted Bali bomber Imam Samudra alias Abdul Aziz talks to his daughter during his last family visit in Batu prison, Nusa Kambangan Island. The tender moment between a father and his daughter with her face radiant with innocence made this a compelling shot showing the human side of the convicted Bali bomber Imam Samudra, alias Adbul Aziz. Aziz was sentenced to death for his role in the Bali bombings in 2002 and accepted his sentence with no plans to appeal or seek a presidential pardon. He was shot dead by a firing squad on November 9, 2008. Taken on October 29, 2007 by Beawiharta.

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Nepali riot policemen beat pro-democracy activists after they were fired upon with tear gas for defying a curfew in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. It was a decade that brought major change to Nepal when the 239-year-old monarchy was turned into a republic in 2008. Former Maoist rebels emerged as the single largest party in a constituent assembly election, coming to power in the face of great expectations but struggling to face...more

Nepali riot policemen beat pro-democracy activists after they were fired upon with tear gas for defying a curfew in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. It was a decade that brought major change to Nepal when the 239-year-old monarchy was turned into a republic in 2008. Former Maoist rebels emerged as the single largest party in a constituent assembly election, coming to power in the face of great expectations but struggling to face with daily power outages, high inflation and massive fuel shortages in one of the world's poorest countries. Taken on April 22, 2006 by Adrees Latif

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Unidentified bodies lie on a street in the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip. Since early 2003, Israeli raids on Gaza towns and refugee camps had become an almost daily occurence as the army battled Hamas militants, but the March 6 offensive on Jabalya took on another dimension because of the timing -- a few weeks before the United States led its coalition forces to invade Iraq. Then President George W. Bush had...more

Unidentified bodies lie on a street in the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip. Since early 2003, Israeli raids on Gaza towns and refugee camps had become an almost daily occurence as the army battled Hamas militants, but the March 6 offensive on Jabalya took on another dimension because of the timing -- a few weeks before the United States led its coalition forces to invade Iraq. Then President George W. Bush had asked for restraint from its ally Israel in military offensives against the Palestinians to avoid further opposition in the Middle East and internationally to the war on Iraq but Israel's hardline government, led by then hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, conducted the Jabalya offensive as a reprisal for a sucide bombing on a bus in the Israeli town of Haifa that killed 15 people. Taken on March 6, 2003 by Ahmed Jadallah.

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A young man with an arrow in his head arrives at hospital following ethnic clashes in the town of Nakuru in the Rift Valley area. While soldiers waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan were using state-of-the-art arms and technology, ethnic gangs in Kenya resorted to the weapons at hand -- bows and arrows -- when violence flared after a disputed election in the Rift Valley area. Taken on January 26, 2008, by Peter...more

A young man with an arrow in his head arrives at hospital following ethnic clashes in the town of Nakuru in the Rift Valley area. While soldiers waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan were using state-of-the-art arms and technology, ethnic gangs in Kenya resorted to the weapons at hand -- bows and arrows -- when violence flared after a disputed election in the Rift Valley area. Taken on January 26, 2008, by Peter Andrews.

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People gather to get water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Water shortages plague Indian cities and villages alike as a burgeoning population of 1.1 billion people tries to meet growing economic activity, stretching natural resources. This year almost a quarter of India faces drought because of failing monsoon rains with the Indian government releasing an environmental...more

People gather to get water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Water shortages plague Indian cities and villages alike as a burgeoning population of 1.1 billion people tries to meet growing economic activity, stretching natural resources. This year almost a quarter of India faces drought because of failing monsoon rains with the Indian government releasing an environmental report recently sayng a growing percentage of its groundwater is neither drinkable nor could be used for irrigation. Taken on June 1, 2003 by Amit Dave.

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An Iraqi man suspected of carrying explosives in his car is held near a polling station near Baquba. Iraq has been plagued by bomb attacks since the U.S. invasion in 2003 with sectarian slaughter between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims only abating at the end of the decade. The country is home to a volatile mix of religions and ethnicities and thus a power struggle with some people seeing themselves as marginalized by successive...more

An Iraqi man suspected of carrying explosives in his car is held near a polling station near Baquba. Iraq has been plagued by bomb attacks since the U.S. invasion in 2003 with sectarian slaughter between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims only abating at the end of the decade. The country is home to a volatile mix of religions and ethnicities and thus a power struggle with some people seeing themselves as marginalized by successive Baghdad governments since Saddam Hussein was toppled. Taken on October 15, 2005 by Jorge Silva.

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Zimbabwean commercial farmer Tommy Bayley heads to a temporary shelter, followed by villagers who invaded his farm. Zimbabwe was thrown into turmoil in February 2000 when supporters of President Robert Mugabe's and self-styled veterans of the 1970s war of liberation from British rule invaded white-owned farms, demanding land they said had been illegally taken away by colonisers. White commercial farmers were often violently...more

Zimbabwean commercial farmer Tommy Bayley heads to a temporary shelter, followed by villagers who invaded his farm. Zimbabwe was thrown into turmoil in February 2000 when supporters of President Robert Mugabe's and self-styled veterans of the 1970s war of liberation from British rule invaded white-owned farms, demanding land they said had been illegally taken away by colonisers. White commercial farmers were often violently evicted, damaging farming output and triggering an economic slump the country is still suffering from today. Taken on April 8, 2000 by Howard Burditt.

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An Israeli border policeman fires a teargas canister during a protest in the West Bank against Israel's controversial barrier. Israel began building its barrier of fences and walls at the height of the Palestinian uprising that began in 2000 and it now runs along most of the West Bank border, encroaching at many points onto West Bank territory. Israel says it was built to prevent suicide bombers entering Israel and has...more

An Israeli border policeman fires a teargas canister during a protest in the West Bank against Israel's controversial barrier. Israel began building its barrier of fences and walls at the height of the Palestinian uprising that began in 2000 and it now runs along most of the West Bank border, encroaching at many points onto West Bank territory. Israel says it was built to prevent suicide bombers entering Israel and has largely succeeded in doing so but violent protests at its construction became a regular event, with Israeli police firing gas and rubber bullets at stone-throwing Palestinians. Taken on June 20, 2004 by Goran Tomasevic.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin fishes in the Yenisei River in Siberia. As president, Vladimir Putin was accused of backtracking on democratic freedoms so he stood down in 2008 to let Dmitry Medvedev take the top job and became prime minister but he managed to retain enormous influence. It was the first time a Russian political leader had built a personality cult around himself, with Putin, a judo black belt, featured in...more

Russia's President Vladimir Putin fishes in the Yenisei River in Siberia. As president, Vladimir Putin was accused of backtracking on democratic freedoms so he stood down in 2008 to let Dmitry Medvedev take the top job and became prime minister but he managed to retain enormous influence. It was the first time a Russian political leader had built a personality cult around himself, with Putin, a judo black belt, featured in the media bare-chested and fishing, in a wet suit to tag a Beluga whale, and reportedly saving a TV crew from being attacked by a Siberian tiger by shooting the animal with a tranquilizer gun. Taken on August 13, 2007 by Ria Novosti.

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Phelps and Weber-Gale celebrate after the U.S. won the men's 4x100m freestyle relay during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Michael Phelps swam his way into the record books at the Beijing Olympics, winning eight gold medals and breaking the record tally for the most gold garnered at a single Olympics held previously by fellow American Mark Spitz. With 14 career Olympic gold medals to his name he was hailed the most...more

Phelps and Weber-Gale celebrate after the U.S. won the men's 4x100m freestyle relay during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Michael Phelps swam his way into the record books at the Beijing Olympics, winning eight gold medals and breaking the record tally for the most gold garnered at a single Olympics held previously by fellow American Mark Spitz. With 14 career Olympic gold medals to his name he was hailed the most successful competitor since the modern Olympics began 113 years ago. But his image took a severe battering when photographs of him smoking marijuana from a pipe hit the media and he was suspended for three months by USA Swimming, losing some sponsorship in the process and proving that it is not longer just the results that are the making of top sports men and women. Taken on Aug 11, 2008 by David Gray.

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Prime Minister Berlusconi speaks with France's President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel at Elysee Palace. As Europe headed into an economic downturn, the bloc's leaders knew that they needed to act quickly to deflect any anger from voters affected by job losses and a wave of bank bailouts. Scrambling to come up with initiatives to weather the economic storm, nationalisation, regulation and state intervention came...more

Prime Minister Berlusconi speaks with France's President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel at Elysee Palace. As Europe headed into an economic downturn, the bloc's leaders knew that they needed to act quickly to deflect any anger from voters affected by job losses and a wave of bank bailouts. Scrambling to come up with initiatives to weather the economic storm, nationalisation, regulation and state intervention came back into vogue, smacking more of managed economies than the liberalism that has held sway in Europe since the days of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Taken on October 4, 2008 by Philippe Wojazer

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Wounded Israeli civilians get first aid, following a suicide bombing at Tel Aviv's old central bus station. Prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians remain elusive after six decades of conflict, with Middle East negotiations stalled over issues that include Jewish settlements. Israel this year declared a limited moratorium on new building in some West Bank Jewish settlements, to try to persuade Palestinians to...more

Wounded Israeli civilians get first aid, following a suicide bombing at Tel Aviv's old central bus station. Prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians remain elusive after six decades of conflict, with Middle East negotiations stalled over issues that include Jewish settlements. Israel this year declared a limited moratorium on new building in some West Bank Jewish settlements, to try to persuade Palestinians to return to U.S.-sponsored peace talks, but Palestinians brushed off the action as insufficient and a ruse. Taken on April 17, 2006 by Noam Wind

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Then senator Obama stands in front of then senator Clinton before then President Bush delivers his annual State of the Union address in Washington. It was the photo that was to sum it all up. Although former first lady Hillary Clinton started out as the front-runner in the race for Democratic presidential candidate and the most successful presidential female candidate in history, she was to end up playing second fiddle to...more

Then senator Obama stands in front of then senator Clinton before then President Bush delivers his annual State of the Union address in Washington. It was the photo that was to sum it all up. Although former first lady Hillary Clinton started out as the front-runner in the race for Democratic presidential candidate and the most successful presidential female candidate in history, she was to end up playing second fiddle to rival Barack Obama, a freshman lawmaker who many of Clinton's backers never imagined would be a threat. It was a bitter contest in which the two often clashed but after the dust settled, Obama in December 2008 announced the former New York Senator as his pick for U.S. Secretary of State. Taken on January 23 2007, by Larry Downing

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Heavy fog rolls by early in the morning near the Dubai Marina. Over much of the past decade Dubai was held up as the much-vaunted "model" of raising shining cities in the desert with foreign residents taking plum jobs in a country marketed as a liberal enclave in the Gulf sun and an army of Asian workers hired to build glitzy projects. But what a difference a global recession can make, with Dubai left with up to $80 billion...more

Heavy fog rolls by early in the morning near the Dubai Marina. Over much of the past decade Dubai was held up as the much-vaunted "model" of raising shining cities in the desert with foreign residents taking plum jobs in a country marketed as a liberal enclave in the Gulf sun and an army of Asian workers hired to build glitzy projects. But what a difference a global recession can make, with Dubai left with up to $80 billion in debts at the end of 2009 as the credit-driven boom ground to a halt and affluent foreigners left. Taken on November 21, 2007 by Steve Crisp.

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Opponents of Israel's disengagement plan from Gaza, scream as they speak with a policeman. Israeli troops using cranes and water cannon battled protesters who opposed Israel's disengagement from the occupied Gaza Strip. Taken on August 18, 2005 by Nir Elias.

Opponents of Israel's disengagement plan from Gaza, scream as they speak with a policeman. Israeli troops using cranes and water cannon battled protesters who opposed Israel's disengagement from the occupied Gaza Strip. Taken on August 18, 2005 by Nir Elias.

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This compelling photograph by Daniel Aguilar won an honorable mention in the World Press Photo 2004 contest. It was taken just after Haiti's former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a one-time populist hero, was forced from power in February 2004 amid allegations of corruption and despotism during a bloody armed rebellion. The rolling of Aristide, a former Roman Catholic priest, led to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in...more

This compelling photograph by Daniel Aguilar won an honorable mention in the World Press Photo 2004 contest. It was taken just after Haiti's former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a one-time populist hero, was forced from power in February 2004 amid allegations of corruption and despotism during a bloody armed rebellion. The rolling of Aristide, a former Roman Catholic priest, led to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, which is one of the world's poorest countries. This picture is a Haitian suspected of being a multiple assassin for Aristide's Lavalas party who was detained and later stoned and burned alive. Taken on March 3, 2004 by Daniel Aguilar.

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A protester burns a Chinese flag during a protest in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. As China put out the welcome mats in preparation for hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics, deadly riots broke out in Tibet led by Buddhist monks protesting against Chinese rule in the moutain region of far-west China. The riots gave way to torrid violence and sparked waves of protests, prompting a widespread security crackdown by Beijing which blamed...more

A protester burns a Chinese flag during a protest in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. As China put out the welcome mats in preparation for hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics, deadly riots broke out in Tibet led by Buddhist monks protesting against Chinese rule in the moutain region of far-west China. The riots gave way to torrid violence and sparked waves of protests, prompting a widespread security crackdown by Beijing which blamed the Dalai Lama for the unrest. Worldwide protests against Chinese policy in Tibet ensued, showing little progress in trying to resolve the 50-year dispute and no change in China's policy to those opposed to its rule. Taken on March 14, 2008 by stringer

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A singed shoe sits on a table inside a destroyed bar at the site of a bomb blast in Kuta Beach. A string of deadly attacks in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and on Indonesia's main tourist island of Bali between 2002 to 2005 took a toll on the nation's key tourism industry for a time. Kuta Beach was the site of nightclub bombings in October 2002 by the radical Islamist Group Jemaah Islamiah that killed 202 people, many of...more

A singed shoe sits on a table inside a destroyed bar at the site of a bomb blast in Kuta Beach. A string of deadly attacks in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and on Indonesia's main tourist island of Bali between 2002 to 2005 took a toll on the nation's key tourism industry for a time. Kuta Beach was the site of nightclub bombings in October 2002 by the radical Islamist Group Jemaah Islamiah that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. Another popular Bali beach area, Jimbaran, was hit by suicide bombers in 2005. Taken on October 16, 2002 by Beawiharta.

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A Georgian man cries as he holds the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori. Relations between Russia and Georgia show no sign of improving since Russia crushed an assault by U.S.-ally Georgia on the separatist region of South Ossetia in August 2008 in a five-day war, subsequently recognising both South Ossetia and breakaway region Abkhazia as independent states. This conflict has prompted security discussions...more

A Georgian man cries as he holds the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori. Relations between Russia and Georgia show no sign of improving since Russia crushed an assault by U.S.-ally Georgia on the separatist region of South Ossetia in August 2008 in a five-day war, subsequently recognising both South Ossetia and breakaway region Abkhazia as independent states. This conflict has prompted security discussions between the neighboring nations mediated by the United Nations, European Union and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe but tensions remain high. Taken on August 9, 2008 by Gleb Garanich

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wears 3-D glasses to watch a rocket launching near Tehran. Mahmoud Admadinejad was an unknown figure when he was appointed mayor of Tehran in 2003 but his surprise victory in a 2005 presidential vote put him on the world stage where he outraged the West by his hardline policies like his defiant stand on Iran's nuclear programme, persistent questioning of the Holocaust and fierce anti-U.S....more

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wears 3-D glasses to watch a rocket launching near Tehran. Mahmoud Admadinejad was an unknown figure when he was appointed mayor of Tehran in 2003 but his surprise victory in a 2005 presidential vote put him on the world stage where he outraged the West by his hardline policies like his defiant stand on Iran's nuclear programme, persistent questioning of the Holocaust and fierce anti-U.S. rhetoric. Taken on February 4, 2008 by Fars News

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Man uncovers body of a dead man outside New Orleans Convention Center. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, flooding more than 80 percent of the town, a group of desperate Americans was exposed to the world -- the nation's most disadvantaged. Thousands of stranded hurricane evacuees unable to afford transport to get away from the destruction were left waiting for days, some dying, before help arrived with the...more

Man uncovers body of a dead man outside New Orleans Convention Center. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, flooding more than 80 percent of the town, a group of desperate Americans was exposed to the world -- the nation's most disadvantaged. Thousands of stranded hurricane evacuees unable to afford transport to get away from the destruction were left waiting for days, some dying, before help arrived with the botched rescue response hastening a slide in President George W. Bush's popularity and leaving a stain on his presidential legacy. Taken on September 1, 2005 by Rick Wilking

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Palestinians try to escape tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes. The Palestinian uprising or "intifada" broke out in late September 2000 after then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount, a holy site for Jews which Muslims also revere and call Al-Haram al-Sharif. After the outbreak of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which ultimately killed thousands, Israel intensified security...more

Palestinians try to escape tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes. The Palestinian uprising or "intifada" broke out in late September 2000 after then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount, a holy site for Jews which Muslims also revere and call Al-Haram al-Sharif. After the outbreak of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which ultimately killed thousands, Israel intensified security measures around Jerusalem's holy sites and beyond, often clashing with Palestinian protesters Taken on October 20, 2000 by Reinhard Krause.

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A bull styrofoam figure is pictured in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange. It was the decade when the bull lost his horns if not his head. The collapse of Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest U.S. investment bank, paralysed the global financial system and sent stocks around the globe plummeting. It took a year before Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke finally declared in September 2009 that the recession...more

A bull styrofoam figure is pictured in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange. It was the decade when the bull lost his horns if not his head. The collapse of Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest U.S. investment bank, paralysed the global financial system and sent stocks around the globe plummeting. It took a year before Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke finally declared in September 2009 that the recession was likely over but the upturn came too late for many businesses crippled in the economic crisis. Taken on September 16, 2008, by Alex Grimm.

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Indian woman mourns death of her relative killed in tsunami in Cuddalore. When an earthquake of magnitude 9.15 struck off Indonesia's Aceh province on December, 26, 2004, it triggered a huge tsuanmi that raced across the Indian Ocean and hit Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. The worst natural disaster of the decade left 230,000 people dead or missing. Taken on December 28, 2004 by Arko Datta.

Indian woman mourns death of her relative killed in tsunami in Cuddalore. When an earthquake of magnitude 9.15 struck off Indonesia's Aceh province on December, 26, 2004, it triggered a huge tsuanmi that raced across the Indian Ocean and hit Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. The worst natural disaster of the decade left 230,000 people dead or missing. Taken on December 28, 2004 by Arko Datta.

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An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus. It was viewed as a David versus Goliath battle, pitting humans against the industrial beast. Influxes of landless people from South Brazil had moved to land near Manaus in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon during the past decade but they were forcibly evicted to clear land earmarked for development. Taken on March...more

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus. It was viewed as a David versus Goliath battle, pitting humans against the industrial beast. Influxes of landless people from South Brazil had moved to land near Manaus in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon during the past decade but they were forcibly evicted to clear land earmarked for development. Taken on March 11, 2008 by Luiz Vasconcelos

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An Israeli border policeman and a Palestinian scream at each other in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian uprising or "intifada" broke out in late September 2000 after then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount, a holy site for Jews which Muslims also revere and call Al-Haram al-Sharif. After the outbreak of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which ultimately killed thousands, Israel...more

An Israeli border policeman and a Palestinian scream at each other in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian uprising or "intifada" broke out in late September 2000 after then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount, a holy site for Jews which Muslims also revere and call Al-Haram al-Sharif. After the outbreak of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which ultimately killed thousands, Israel intensified security measures around Jerusalem's holy sites and beyond, often clashing with Palestinian protesters. Taken on October 13, 2000 by Amit Shabi.

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Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai of APF lies on the ground after being shot by police during a demonstration in Myanmar. A Pulitzer Prize wining photograph by Reuters' Adrees Latif in which the observer became the victim during a street demonstration in Myanmar. Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai of APF continued to try to take photographs as he lay injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at...more

Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai of APF lies on the ground after being shot by police during a demonstration in Myanmar. A Pulitzer Prize wining photograph by Reuters' Adrees Latif in which the observer became the victim during a street demonstration in Myanmar. Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai of APF continued to try to take photographs as he lay injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at protesters in Yangon's city center. Nagai was shot by soldiers as they fired to disperse the crowd and later died. Taken on September 27, 2007 by Adrees Latif.

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An Air France Concorde bursts into flames seconds before it crashed in Gonesse near Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. This photograph was taken by a Hungarian plane spotter who was on holiday in Europe. All 109 people on board the New York-bound supersonic airliner were killed in the crash that occurred just after take-off, and which marked the beginning of the end of Concorde flights. An investigation concluded the...more

An Air France Concorde bursts into flames seconds before it crashed in Gonesse near Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. This photograph was taken by a Hungarian plane spotter who was on holiday in Europe. All 109 people on board the New York-bound supersonic airliner were killed in the crash that occurred just after take-off, and which marked the beginning of the end of Concorde flights. An investigation concluded the crash was triggered by the plane's tyre being damaged by a metal fragment on the tarmac. Both Air France and British Airways, which operated Concorde flights, suspended them in 2003. Taken July 25, 2000 by Andras Kisgergely.

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Russian special forces remove hostages from a besieged theater where Chechen guerrillas were holding hundreds captive in Moscow. A total of 129 hostages and 41 Chechen guerrillas were killed when Russian troops stormed a Moscow theater where rebels had taken 700 people captive three days earlier. But most of the hostages were killed by gas used to knock out the Chechens. Taken on October 26, 2002 by Sergei Karpukhin. more

Russian special forces remove hostages from a besieged theater where Chechen guerrillas were holding hundreds captive in Moscow. A total of 129 hostages and 41 Chechen guerrillas were killed when Russian troops stormed a Moscow theater where rebels had taken 700 people captive three days earlier. But most of the hostages were killed by gas used to knock out the Chechens. Taken on October 26, 2002 by Sergei Karpukhin.

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U.S. Judge Robert Rosenberg stares at a dimpled punchcard ballot for the presidential election. The 2000 election of Republican candidate George W. Bush was mired in controversy from the start, with votes having to be recounted, specifically in Florida, following an unclear result. This picture is of the recount in Broward County. The result of the election, with pitted Bush against Democrat Al Gore, was ultimately settled by...more

U.S. Judge Robert Rosenberg stares at a dimpled punchcard ballot for the presidential election. The 2000 election of Republican candidate George W. Bush was mired in controversy from the start, with votes having to be recounted, specifically in Florida, following an unclear result. This picture is of the recount in Broward County. The result of the election, with pitted Bush against Democrat Al Gore, was ultimately settled by the Supreme Court. Taken on November 23, 2000 by Colin Braley

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Rescuers carry a wounded man from the rubble of a building demolished by a bomb in the centre of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The violence in Iraq has dipped sharply in the past 18 months but attacks remain common in volatile areas like the oil city of Kirkuk, the northern city of Mosul and in Baghdad. Kirkuk is one of several flashpoints between Iraq's Arab-led government in Baghdad and minority Kurds that U.S. officials...more

Rescuers carry a wounded man from the rubble of a building demolished by a bomb in the centre of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The violence in Iraq has dipped sharply in the past 18 months but attacks remain common in volatile areas like the oil city of Kirkuk, the northern city of Mosul and in Baghdad. Kirkuk is one of several flashpoints between Iraq's Arab-led government in Baghdad and minority Kurds that U.S. officials fear could lead to renewed conflict in Iraq. The tensions between the two sides are often exploited by insurgent groups trying to reignite the sectariran warefare that almost tore Iraq apart. Taken on June 14, 2004 by Faleh Kheiber

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A Spanish policeman walks past a hole blasted through a train in an explosion at Madrid's Atocha train station after an explosion. Twenty-nine people were charged over the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, and triggered the fall of the government and the withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq. Taken on March 11, 2004 by Andrea Comas.

A Spanish policeman walks past a hole blasted through a train in an explosion at Madrid's Atocha train station after an explosion. Twenty-nine people were charged over the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, and triggered the fall of the government and the withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq. Taken on March 11, 2004 by Andrea Comas.

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Joint Terminal Attack Controller SSgt Clinton J. Herbison, a U.S. Airman from the 817 Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron (EASOS) takes a break during a night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province. With insurgency spreading and the death toll continuing to soar, public support for the war in Afghanistan that began in 2001 has tumbled in the United States and other Western...more

Joint Terminal Attack Controller SSgt Clinton J. Herbison, a U.S. Airman from the 817 Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron (EASOS) takes a break during a night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province. With insurgency spreading and the death toll continuing to soar, public support for the war in Afghanistan that began in 2001 has tumbled in the United States and other Western countries. President Barack Obama has pledged to end the Afghan war before he leaves office and is putting renewed pressure for peace and security on re-elected President Hamid Karzai who became Afghanistan's president after U.S.-backed Afghan forces toppled the military Islamist Taliban in 2001. Taken on August 12, 2009.

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A turkey named "Liberty" surprises then President George W. Bush at the annual turkey pardoning event at the White House in 2001. The annual turkey pardon always provides good material for White House photographers, especially on this occassion with the aptly named turkey "Liberty". Taken on November 19, 2001 by Kevin Lamarque.

A turkey named "Liberty" surprises then President George W. Bush at the annual turkey pardoning event at the White House in 2001. The annual turkey pardon always provides good material for White House photographers, especially on this occassion with the aptly named turkey "Liberty". Taken on November 19, 2001 by Kevin Lamarque.

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Then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tries to look through binoculars which still have their lens caps on near Tev Aviv. Hardline Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon was re-elected in 2003 as Israel's prime minister. The former army general, who has been comatose since 2006, is seen as one of Israel's most popular leaders but he had drawn Arab enmity over the years for masterminding the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, during which...more

Then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tries to look through binoculars which still have their lens caps on near Tev Aviv. Hardline Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon was re-elected in 2003 as Israel's prime minister. The former army general, who has been comatose since 2006, is seen as one of Israel's most popular leaders but he had drawn Arab enmity over the years for masterminding the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, during which allied Christian militamen massacred Palestinian refugees, and later for crushing a Palestinian uprising that erupted after he visited a Jerusalem compound holy to both Muslims and Jews in 2000. His return to power in 2003 was seen as possibly complicating efforts by Israel's supporter the United States in seeking allies to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Taken on January 7, 2003 by Nir Elias.

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Madonna carries her adopted son David at the home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji village. The controversy that American singer Madonna courts on stage followed her to Malawi when she went to adopt a young boy, David Banda, in 2006. Critics accused Malawi's government of giving Madonna special treatment by skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children and said it would encourage foreign celebrities to think they...more

Madonna carries her adopted son David at the home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji village. The controversy that American singer Madonna courts on stage followed her to Malawi when she went to adopt a young boy, David Banda, in 2006. Critics accused Malawi's government of giving Madonna special treatment by skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children and said it would encourage foreign celebrities to think they can adopt Malawian children at will. But Madonna won the fight and the controversy did not stop her from returning to Malawi in 2009 to adopt a second children, a 4-year-old girl called Mercy. An AIDS epidemic in Malawai has orphaned more than one million children and Madonna has set up a children's charity there. Taken on April 17, 2007 by Siphiwe Sibeko.

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Three women cool off on the beach at Algiers. Algeria, a former French colony in North Africa where almost all the 35 million population are Muslim, equality for women is enshrined in its laws. But in practice social norms mean Algerian women do not have complete freedom with many people considering it inappropriate, for example, for a woman to smoke in public or adopt western style clothing. Taken on June 4, 2006 by...more

Three women cool off on the beach at Algiers. Algeria, a former French colony in North Africa where almost all the 35 million population are Muslim, equality for women is enshrined in its laws. But in practice social norms mean Algerian women do not have complete freedom with many people considering it inappropriate, for example, for a woman to smoke in public or adopt western style clothing. Taken on June 4, 2006 by Zohra Bensemra.

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A reporter talks on a phone as smoke it seen coming from Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Tension between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan has been simmering since Islamist gunmen went on the rampage in Mumbai in November 2008, killing 179 people with the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel the primary targets. Pakistan has condemned the attack and denied involvement of any of its agencies but Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...more

A reporter talks on a phone as smoke it seen coming from Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Tension between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan has been simmering since Islamist gunmen went on the rampage in Mumbai in November 2008, killing 179 people with the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel the primary targets. Pakistan has condemned the attack and denied involvement of any of its agencies but Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is insisting Pakistan punish those responsible for the attacks if it wants formal talks to repair ties with his country, a rising global power. Taken on November 27, 2008 by Arko Datta.

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U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad. The toppling of a 20 foot (six meter) high statue of Saddam Hussein erected in Firdos Square in central Baghdad in April 2003 was a hugely symbolic event, marking the end of the dictator's iron-fisted regime after 24 years and the start of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Taken on April 9, 2003 by Goran...more

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad. The toppling of a 20 foot (six meter) high statue of Saddam Hussein erected in Firdos Square in central Baghdad in April 2003 was a hugely symbolic event, marking the end of the dictator's iron-fisted regime after 24 years and the start of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Taken on April 9, 2003 by Goran Tomasevic.

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A Kashmiri girl carries a stone in the Neelum Valley near Kamsar camp. In one of the most devastating earthquakes of the past decade, at least 73,000 people were killed when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck about 95 km (60 miles) northeast of Islamabad in Pakistan. The quake also rocked Indian-administered Kashmir, killing 1,244 there. Taken on February 15, 2006 by Thierry Roge.

A Kashmiri girl carries a stone in the Neelum Valley near Kamsar camp. In one of the most devastating earthquakes of the past decade, at least 73,000 people were killed when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck about 95 km (60 miles) northeast of Islamabad in Pakistan. The quake also rocked Indian-administered Kashmir, killing 1,244 there. Taken on February 15, 2006 by Thierry Roge.

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A man carries two brothers who were killed when their home collapsed during an earthquake in Bam. An earthquake in 2003 that flattened the Iranian desert city of Bam and killed 31,000 people has made Iran more alert about the potential dangers of earthquakes. Iran is criss-crossed with seismological fault lines with Tehran alone sitting on three major faults. Taken on December 27, 2003 by Caren Firouz.

A man carries two brothers who were killed when their home collapsed during an earthquake in Bam. An earthquake in 2003 that flattened the Iranian desert city of Bam and killed 31,000 people has made Iran more alert about the potential dangers of earthquakes. Iran is criss-crossed with seismological fault lines with Tehran alone sitting on three major faults. Taken on December 27, 2003 by Caren Firouz.

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Riot police storm past a dead protestor who had been shot and killed during riots in Genoa, Italy. The summit of some of the world's industrialised powers, the Group of 8, in Italy was convened with the theme of reducing poverty and was also intended to resolve differences among its members and encourage them amid economic difficulties, but it was overshadowed by riots in the city after a harsh crackdown by police against...more

Riot police storm past a dead protestor who had been shot and killed during riots in Genoa, Italy. The summit of some of the world's industrialised powers, the Group of 8, in Italy was convened with the theme of reducing poverty and was also intended to resolve differences among its members and encourage them amid economic difficulties, but it was overshadowed by riots in the city after a harsh crackdown by police against anti-globalistion protesters. On July 20, police killed activist Carlo Giuliani during clashes, which fuelled the protests even further. Many demonstrators were also injured and dozens more arrested. Taken on July 20, 2001 by Dylan Martinez.

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Then President-elect Barack Obama arrives to speak to supporters with his wife and their children during his election night rally in Chicago. His bid for U.S. presidency was a longshot when announced in 2007 but by the time Barack Obama faced the voters, he had firm control of the U.S. election and made history as the first black U.S. president. Seen as a sign of hope in an increasingly bleak political landscape, Obama was...more

Then President-elect Barack Obama arrives to speak to supporters with his wife and their children during his election night rally in Chicago. His bid for U.S. presidency was a longshot when announced in 2007 but by the time Barack Obama faced the voters, he had firm control of the U.S. election and made history as the first black U.S. president. Seen as a sign of hope in an increasingly bleak political landscape, Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2009, to face a list of challenges from tackling an economic crisis to ending the war in Iraq and trying to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Taken on November 4, 2008 by Gary Hershorn.

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