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Yearender 2012 – The Year in Pictures

To illustrate the most important developments in 2012 epa offers you a selection of its professionally edited service. Just click on the images below to find the collection for the respective month.


epa03467851 YEARENDER 2012 JANUARY Divers of the Italian paramilitary Carabinieri police are in the water close to the wrecked 'Costa Concordia' cruise ship off the coaft of Giglio Island, Italy, 18 January 2012. A magistrate in Italy has said she ordered the house arrest of the cruise ship's captain because there exists the risk that he may repeat his 'criminal conduct,' media reported on 18 January. EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI epa03467917 YEARENDER 2012 FEBRUARY British singer Adele holds up her Grammy Awards in the Press Room at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 12 February 2012. Adele won six Grammys for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Short Form Music Video. EPA/PAUL BUCK epa03469007 YEARENDER 2012 MARCH A pro-reform protester performs prayers using the Bahraini flag on a blocked highway during clashes with police following a march along Budaiya Highway, north of the Bahraini capital Manama, 09 March 2012. Thousands of opposition supporters marched on the outskirts of Manama, demanding democratic reforms, in one of the largest rallies to be witnessed by the Gulf island since last year's pro-reform protests. EPA/MAZEN MAHDI
January February March
epa03469042 YEARENDER 2012 APRIL A woman shouts slogans as she faces riot policemen in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier during a protest in memory of an elderly man who commited suicide by shooting himself, at Syntagma central square, in front of the Greek Parliament, Athens, Greece, 04 April 2012. Witnesses reported that the man before shooting himself shouted 'I do no want to leave debts to my children.' EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU epa03470056 YEARENDER 2012 MAY New French President Francois Hollande (2-L, background) looks at outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former First Lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy (R) leaving after a handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, 15 May 2012. EPA/YOAN VALAT epa03470127 YEARENDER 2012 JUNE Italy's Mario Balotelli (R) gets a yellow card for taking off his shirt after scoring the 2-0 by referee Stephane Lannoy of France during the semi final match of the UEFA EURO 2012 between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland, 28 June 2012. EPA/BARTLOMIEJ ZBOROWSKI UEFA Terms and Conditions apply
April May June
epa03471602 YEARENDER 2012 JULY USA's Gabrielle Douglas competes on the floor during the women team event in the London 2012 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics competition, London, Britain, 31 July 2012. EPA/ROLF VENNENBERND epa03471657 YEARENDER 2012 AUGUST A supporter of the Russian band Pussy Riot holds a placard against Vladimir Putin at Prague's Wenceslas Square, Czech Republic, 17 August 2012. The Moscow Khamovnichesky court on 17 August handed down prison sentences of two years for Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. The three young women had staged a protest against then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012. Their jailing and trial on hooliganism charges have generated worldwide criticism of constraints on political speech in Russia. EPA/FILIP SINGER epa03472980 YEARENDER 2012 SEPTEMBER A Yemeni protester shouts slogans during a protest against a film deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed at a street leading to the US embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, 14 September 2012. Yemeni forcers used water cannons against angry protesters who were trying to march to the US embassy in Sana'a a day after hundreds of protesters stormed the embassy building, protesting against a film deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB
July August September
epa03473041 YEARENDER 2012 OCTOBER A Free Syrian Army fighter illuminates the body of an unknown man, killed by Syrian Army artillery shelling, in the cementery of Aleppo, Syria, 13 October 2012, before burying it in a common grave. As casualties mount, Aleppo's few operating hospitals struggled to cope with the number of victims, mostly civilians, caused by several months of fighting between the government's forces and Syrian rebels. EPA/MAYSUN epa03505514 YEARENDER 2012 NOVEMBER US President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his re-election speech, during the victory party at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 06 November 2012. Democratic President Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the US General election. EPA/SHAWN THEW epa03527716 YEARENDER 2012 DECEMBER People gather outside a fire house near the Sandy Hook Elementary School following a shooting that left at least 27 people dead, many of the young children, in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, USA, 14 December 2012. Multiple deaths were reported in a shooting at a US elementary school in Connecticut. EPA/JUSTIN LANE
October November December


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