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December 19, 2012

2012 Year in Pictures: Part II

The second collection of images from 2012 once again brought us nature at its full force and beauty along with news and daily life coming from countries like Russia, Syria, Egypt, England, India and Italy. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the second 4 months of 2012. Please see part 1 from Monday and here's part 3. -- Lloyd Young ( 47 photos total)

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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

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

Revelers on the Mall in London watch Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony on June 5 as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the British throne. (Sang Tan/Associated Press) #

Muslims attend a mass prayer session "Tarawih" marking the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in a mosque in Makassar of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province on July 20. The Indonesian government set Ramadan to fall on July 21. (Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters) #

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

Egyptians celebrate the election of their new president Mohamad Morsi in Tahrir Square on June 24 in Cairo, Egypt. Official election results today confirmed that Mohamed Morsi is to be the next president of Egypt. Morsi received over 13 million or 51.7% of the votes, while his main rival, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, received 48.27 percent. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2. A judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year. (AFP/Getty Images) #

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

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

An attendee with rainbow-colored lips pauses during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo on June 10. About three million people took part in the parade under the theme of "Homophobia has a cure". (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages) #

Wrangler Nate Cummins takes the opportunity to ride by moonlight, the night before the "Super Moon" during Montana Horses' annual horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 4. The Mantle family, who own Montana Horses, held their last horse drive where they rounded up approximately 300 horses and drove the herd 35 miles from their winter range to the Mantle ranch. The horses will be picked up by leasers to be used as pack and trail horses at dude ranches and national parks. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) #

Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix on May 20. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via Associated Press) #

The old tower is seen collapsed after an earthquake in Finale Emilia on May 20. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least three people and causing serious damage to the area's cultural heritage. The epicentre of the 6.0 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po River Valley. (Giorgio Benvenuti/Reuters) #

An Iranian resident from the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan sits on top of the rubble of his home destroyed by an earthquake on August 12. (Atta Kenare/AFP/GettyImages) #

Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School on July 20 where he had been searching franticly for his son Alex Sullivan who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises," movie where a gunman opened fire in Aurora, Colo. (Barry Gutierrez/Associated Press) #

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

A protester, with blood on his face after a strike to the head with a police baton, screams during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago on May 20. Baton-swinging police officers clashed with anti-war protesters at the start of the NATO summit on Sunday, beating some and dragging others away. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) #

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

The Thunderbirds perform a fly past as graduates celebrate at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 23. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) #

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama hug after delivering remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 15 during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) #

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Govermor Mitt Romney, right, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speak to an overflow crowd during a campaign rally at Randolph Macon College on Aug. 11 in Ashland, Va. Mitt Romney kicked off a four day bus tour with an announcement of his running mate. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #

Commuters disembark from crowded suburban trains during the morning rush hour at Churchgate railway station on World Population Day in Mumbai on July 11. According to a 2011 census conducted by the government of India, Mumbai has a population of more than 12 million with an estimated population density of about 20,482 persons per square kilometer. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters) #

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

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

Spain's Marina Alabau celebrates after winning the rs:x women's gold medal on Aug. 7. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press) #

The pack of riders cycles past a woman on a horse during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde, on July 14. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters) #

Workers wear panda costumes as they carry a box to transport Giant Pandas back to the wild, at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wolong, southwest China's Sichaun province on May 3. The bears will be left to fend for themselves to learn crucial survival skills, and scientists plan to gradually reduce human interactions until they can live in the wild without any assistance, and while there have already been 10 attempts at setting pandas free over the past 30 years, and only two are thought to have been successful as the bears find it very hard to survive on their own. (AFP/Getty Images) #

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

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

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

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

A girl rubs her eyes as smoke rises from a burning effigy of the demon Ghantakarna, symbolizing the destruction of evil, during the Ghantakarna festival at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, on July 17. According to legend, the demon is believed to "steal" children and women from their homes and localities. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) #

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

Jake Beaudoin, a US Army Private of 508 BSTB, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover during a controlled detonation to clear an area for setting up a check point in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, on May 31. (Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters) #

A music group performs on a path amid fields to greet the farmers at Hwanggumpyong Island, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju and the Chinese border city of Dandong on June 6. (Jacky Chen/Reuters) #

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

An Indian cadet from the National Cadet Corps gestures towards her colleague on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India's independence from British rule in Srinagar, India on Aug. 15. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press) #

Cori Walters hugs her daughter Hannah, 6, at the California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, Calif., on May 5. An annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. Sixty percent of parents in state prison report being held over 100 miles from their children. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) #

Competitors work to pull a woman up an obstacle where competitors must jump to the top of a half pipe during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vt., on July 15. The Tough Mudder is a nine mile endurance event which runs competitors through a military style obstacle course complete with mud, water and fire. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters) #

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

A Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a beached vessel in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi on July 10. Geddani's ship-breaking yards employ some 10,000 workers including welders, cleaners, crane operators and worker supervisors. The yards are one of the largest ship-breaking operations in the world rivaling in size those located in India and Bangladesh. It takes 50 workers about three months to break down a midsize average transport sea vessel of about 40,000 tons. The multimillion-dollar ship-breaking industry contributes significantly to the national supply of steel to Pakistani industries. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) #

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

A baby sleeps in a sheet made into a hammock on Aug. 12 in Manila, Philippines after relentless rains submerged at least a third to one half of the sprawling capital triggering a landslide that killed nine people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue tens of thousands of residents. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

An area lies scorched by a wildfire near Mt. Pleasant, Utah on June 25. (Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via Associated Press) #

Visitors of the Holi Open Air, throw powdered color at each other at the riverside of the Elbe in Dresden, Germany, on Aug. 26. (Arno Burgi/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A full moon as seen from West Orange, N.J., rises over the skyline of Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on May 6. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters) #