2011 in pictures

2011 was a year of civil unrest and economic crisis. But other high-profile events, too, was in abundance.

2011 in pictures

The Earth experienced a fall of the regime, the emergence of new countries (South Sudan), the tsunami and the earthquake in Japan, swamped almost all the world wave of anti-government actions, which in Libya escalated into full-scale civil war ...

This collection - the first part of the photo report for the year in three parts.

2011 in pictures

A wave caused by an earthquake of magnitude 9, 0 is close to the city of Miyako, March 11, 2011. The most powerful earthquake in the history of Japan, combined with a huge tsunami caused severe damage, killed more than 158,000 people and the nuclear power plant Fukushima Dai-chi on the verge of disaster.

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A demonstrator on the background of a burning barricade during riots in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 28, 2011. Unprecedented protests involving tens of thousands of people have ended in clashes with police. Egyptians are demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

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Juan Pedrero Garcia on his motorcycle during the sixth stage of the Rally Dakar Argentina-Chile 2011 Ikvik between cities and Arica in Chile, January 7, 2011.

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Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (left) visits Mohamed Bouazizi in the center of trauma and burns in the hospital, Ben Arous, Tunisia. Bouazizi set himself on fire when police confiscated fruits and vegetables he was selling without a permit. Shortly after this photo was published (28 December 2010), he died. Millions of people in the Arab world were shocked by this story, and as a result started the uprising that led to the fall of the dictatorship and turmoil, continues to this day.

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STS-133 team at Kennedy Space Center during a break in the countdown simulation before running to the platform 39A. From left to right: the pilot Eric Bow, Specialist Michael Barratt, Commander Steve Lindsey and specialists Tim Kopra, Nicole Stott, and Alvin Drew.

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Oric Florestal (left) and Rosmond Altidona are in their destroyed apartment in Port-au-Prince, January 9, 2011. Almost a year ago, a powerful earthquake destroyed most of the buildings in the city and led to the deaths of about 250,000 people.

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The shooter, identified as Michael Gonzales, aims at the local politician Reynaldo Dagsa, Manila, Philippines, January 5, 2011. Reynaldo Dagsa took this photo a few moments before his death. Gonzalez and his accomplice (human right) hit the frame, and were soon arrested and charged with murder.

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The car under the rubble of the Cathedral of Christchurch, New Zealand, February 22, 2011. 6.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the middle of the day, destroyed the tallest building in the city and led to the deaths of dozens of people.

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The huge stone shot through the house in Littleton, a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, during the earthquake of February 22, 2011.

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mobile Curiosity Laboratory NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The rover was shipped to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida June 22, 2011. Mission to Mars was launched on December 26th. Curiosity will reach Mars in August.

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A police officer tries to help his colleague, which hit a Molotov cocktail during protests in Athens, Greece, February 23, 2011. The demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at police after the strike developed into clashes with security forces.

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A supporter of President Hosni Mubarak on the camel fighting off protesters in Cairo, Egypt, February 2, 2011. Several thousand people supporting President Mubarak faced with protestuschimi. Riots in Egypt have become increasingly fierce.

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Anti-government demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

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Demonstrators watch performance Hosni Mubarak through the projector, February 10, 2011. The protesters chanted "Away with Mubarak" and "go away, go away" in response to his speech where he announced that he did not resign, but will give authority to the vice president.

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After sharp change of position, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11, 2011. The protests finally led to a shift from his post, which he held for 30 years. Demonstrators celebrate victory in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

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The uprising in Libya escalated into full-scale civil war. NATO forces control the airspace and provide support to the rebels. In this photo, cars belonging to Gaddafi's forces are burning on the road between Benghazi and Aydabiyey after the air raid, March 20, 2011.

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photo agency Getty Images, Chris Hondros front of a burning building, April 18, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. Hondros was killed two days later by a shot from an RPG.

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The tsunami is coming to the city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 11, 2011.

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Reporter Toya Chiba tsunami sweeps, March 11, 2011, Kamaishi port, Iwate Prefecture. Chiba survived only thanks to the fact that he was able to climb on a pile of coal.

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Houses in the city of Natori half flooded with water after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan, March 11, 2011.

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containers scattered a powerful wave, Sendai, Japan, March 12, 2011.

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The woman crying on the ruins after the earthquake and tsunami, the city of Natori, Japan, March 13, 2011.

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One of Japanese homes is drifting in the Pacific Ocean, 13 March 2011. Aircraft, helicopters and ships of the strike group aircraft carrier "Ronald Reagan" helped in the search for survivors in the coastal waters near Sendai, Japan.

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Volunteers clean family photos, affected by the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, April 12, 2011.

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The men carry with flooded fields dolphin who got there with a huge tsunami, March 22, 2011.

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The boy who survived the tsunami, playing with the machine next to the car, thrown wave on the wall of the house, April 6, 2011, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.

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Coast Guard rescued a dog drifting on the roof of the house off the coast near Kesennumry, Japan, April 1, 2011.

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hot tub ruins, Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, April 14, 2011.

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Demonstrators show their hands, demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh Ymenu, Sanaa, Yemen, April 4, 2011. The military opened fire on protestuschim, 6 people died, another 30 were injured. Among other inscriptions on the hands: "Our blood for our country", "Victory", "Go away, or you'll have to kill us."

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of The Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, London, 29 April 2011.

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The picture shows the destruction from the air in Sanford, NC, April 17, 2011. Here, as elsewhere in the state, he managed for a while powerful tornado.

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Andy Paige crying on the ruins of his house, holding a cage with a cat Alley, Trenton, Georgia, April 28, 2011. Paige had several cats in the house destroyed by Hurricane Alley was found last.

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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team monitoring the progress of the operation to capture Osama bin Laden, the White House, May 1, 2011. Team fur seal at this point stormed the building in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Also in the photo: Secretary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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The crowds in front of the White House after the official statements of Barack Obama on the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

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Photo downed helicopter in the wall around the house, where, according to statements made by the Americans, was bin Laden. Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2, 2011.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) brings the team India win over Sri Lanka in the final of the World Cup Cricket 2011 in Mumbai, April 2, 2011. India won by a margin of 6 points.

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A Libyan rebel smokes next to an improvised rocket launcher mounted on a truck. Libya, April 14, 2011.

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Texas Forest Service Guard staged controlled fires on the mountains around McDonald Observatory to destroy fuel and save the observatory from approaching wildfires.

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The protesters from the organization "Los Indignados" take part in the demonstration in Madrid, Spain, May 17, 2011. The inscription on the banner: "System Error."

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Hands demonstrators at Puerta del Co, Madrid, May 20, 2011 during a protest against the economic crisis, unemployment, the political system and the government's tightening measures.

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Photo of a dead Osama bin Laden. Of course, this photo would become one of the most sensational photos of the year, if it were published. According to reports in the archives of the CIA, there are at least three series of photos of a dead bin Laden. Obama refused to publish these pictures, for fear that they may be used as a means of propaganda and cause new outbreaks of violence. Numerous requests for the publication and links to the Freedom of Information Act were rejected.