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2012: The year in pictures

December 12, 2012 -- Updated 1058 GMT (1858 HKT)
<strong>January 1:</strong> Fireworks light up the London skyline just after Big Ben struck midnight, kicking off 2012. Photographers worldwide captured deadly conflicts, devastating storms, presidential politics and other memorable moments throughout the year. Click through the gallery to see 2012 unfold from beginning to end. Then check out <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/29/worldsport/gallery/2012-sports-moments/index.html' target='_blank'>75 amazing sports moments you missed this year.</a> January 1: Fireworks light up the London skyline just after Big Ben struck midnight, kicking off 2012. Photographers worldwide captured deadly conflicts, devastating storms, presidential politics and other memorable moments throughout the year. Click through the gallery to see 2012 unfold from beginning to end. Then check out 75 amazing sports moments you missed this year.
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Editor's note: Year in Review 2012 curates the very best of CNN's content from the past year. Watch the year's key video, read the unmissable stories, and vote for your person of the year on CNN Year in Review.

(CNN) -- A look back at all the drama of 2012 in pictures. See striking images from around the world, capturing the year's biggest events: From natural phenomena to the Space Shuttle in the streets of Los Angeles.

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