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2011: The Year in Photos, Part 2 of 3

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2011 was a year of global tumult, marked by widespread social and political uprisings, economic crises, and a great deal more. We saw the fall of multiple dictators, welcomed a new country (South Sudan), witnessed our planet's population grow to 7 billion, and watched in horror as Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. From the Arab Spring to Los Indignados to Occupy Wall Street, citizens around the world took to the streets in massive numbers, protesting against governments and financial institutions, risking arrest, injury, and in some cases their lives. Collected here is Part 2 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering 2011's middle months. Be sure to also see Part 1, and Part 3 of this series totaling 120 images in all. [40 photos]

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Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries Dale Ostrander to the shore of Long Beach, Washington, on August 5, 2011. Rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez (left) and Will Green had found Ostrander in the surf, after the boy was underwater for more than 20 minutes. Ostrander was hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma for a time, but has since returned home and started the 7th grade. His recovery is still in progress, as he continues to undergo speech and physical therapy. (AP Photo/Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer)
Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries Dale Ostrander to the shore of Long Beach, Washington, on August 5, 2011. Rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez (left) and Will Green had found Ostrander in the surf, after the boy was underwater for more than 20 minutes. Ostrander was hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma for a time, but has since returned home and started the 7th grade. His recovery is still in progress, as he continues to undergo speech and physical therapy. (AP Photo/Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer)
Robonaut 2 (R2) waits inside the electromagnetic interference chamber at Johnson Space Center following tests that ensure the robot's electronic systems won't cause problems for other important systems at the International Space Station. Humanoid robot R2 journeyed to the space station onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-133 mission, conducting tests. NASA hopes to eventually build a robot helper suitable to assist humans in complex tasks in space or on Earth. (NASA) #
A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River, on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River was forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two rivers meet near Vicksburg causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #
Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least 12 were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers opened fire on protesters in several locations along Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Four of the 12 were reportedly killed while attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border here, adjacent to Majdal Shams in Northern Israel. (Update: This caption has been clarified to reflect a more accurate accounting of deaths near Majdal Shams.) (Jalaa Marey/JINI/Getty Images) #
Wingwalker Todd Green falls from John Mohr's Steerman aircraft to his death, after losing his grip while trying to perform a transfer to a helicopter during the Selfridge Air Show, less than 30 miles from Detroit, on August 21, 2011. (Reuters/David Angell) #
A migrant stands in a line after arriving at the port in Benghazi from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, Libya, on May 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Karren, part of a group called the Pujie Girls, demonstrates planking, a recent fad where participants take photos of themselves lying face down in unusual locations, such as here, outside Taiwan's National Theater in Taipei, on May 25, 2011. (Reuters/Nicky Loh) #
An anti-government protester holds up a scarf reading, in Arabic, "My country, I love you my country", during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #
This May 23, 2011 photo made by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking and released by NASA shows the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour at an altitude of approximately 220 miles. A Soyuz capsule had never headed for home while a shuttle was parked at the space station, providing a rare opportunity for the photo session. (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli) #
A federal policemen guards a crime scene in Monterrey, Mexico, on May 30, 2011. Gunmen killed five people, four taxi drivers and one woman working at a taxi stand, during a drive-by shooting outside a supermarket, local media reported. Drug wars and widespread violence between cartels and the Mexican government continued throughout the year, with some estimates tallying 46,000 related deaths in the past five years. (Reuters/Tomas Bravo) #
This aerial photograph shows a neighborhood destroyed by a powerful tornado in Joplin, Missouri, on May 24, 2011. A tornado moved through much of the city, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 116 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
Foreign soldiers leave the Intercontinental Hotel at the end of a military operation against Taliban militants who had stormed the hotel in Kabul, on June 29, 2011. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter gunship in an assault that left at least 10 people dead. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
The sun shines through the smoke from the Las Conchas wildfire near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on June 29, 2011. The New Mexico wildfire raged largely unchecked for a fourth day near one of the nation's top nuclear arms production plants, but firefighters finally gained some ground in corralling the flames. (Reuters/Eric Draper) #
Scott Jones and Alex Thomas share a kiss while on a street after Thomas was knocked to the ground by riot policemen during the riot that followed the championship loss by the Vancouver Canucks, on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Rich Lam/Getty Images) #
Lightning flashes around the ash plume above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos, Chile, on June 5, 2011. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said. (Reuters/Carlos Gutierrez) #
This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, streaking through the Earth's atmosphere during re-entry, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station, on July 21, 2011. Atlantis, the final space shuttle to ever go into orbit, was on its way home for the last time, landing in Florida later that day. Each of the shuttle orbiters are now undergoing decommissioning in preparation for being placed on public display. (NASA) #
A Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier stands in line during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba, Sudan, on July 5, 2011. On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence, creating the newest nation in the world -- the 193rd nation to join the United Nations. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
Men play football on Ipanema Beach ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 28, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Michael Regan/Getty Images) #
Mihag Gedi Farah, a malnourished seven-month-old child weighing only 7.5 pound (3.4kg), is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, in the town of Dadaab, Kenya, on July 26, 2011. The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it from more than two years ago, in a crisis intervention to keep hungry refugees from dying along what an official calls the "roads of death." Tens of thousands already have trekked to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, hoping to get aid in refugee camps. A reporter tracked down Mihag shortly after and was told that doctors expected him to make a full recovery. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) #
An aid worker using an iPad films the rotting carcass of a cow in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 23, 2011. Since drought gripped the Horn of Africa, and especially since famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the international aid industry has swept in and out of refugee camps and remote hamlets in branded planes and snaking lines of white 4x4s. This humanitarian, diplomatic and media circus is necessary every time people go hungry in Africa, analysts say, because governments - both African and foreign - rarely respond early enough to looming catastrophes. Combine that with an often simplistic explanation of the causes of famine, and a growing band of aid critics say parts of Africa are doomed to a never-ending cycle of ignored early warnings, media appeals and emergency U.N. feeding - rather than a transition to lasting self-sufficiency. (Reuters/Barry Malone) #
A Somali woman weeps for her child (wrapped in cloth), who had just died after being brought in for treatment for malnutrition, at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Feisal Omar) #
Japan wins the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out at the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA, on July 17, 2011, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images) #
A leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India,on July 19, 2011. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was also injured. (AP Photo) #
Ciara Trait of Ireland, after winning the 25 meter backstroke event in the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games, on July 1, 2011 in Athens, Greece. (Vladimir Rys/Getty Images) #
An injured man is attended to at the site of a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22, 2011. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said. The blast blew out most windows on the 17-story building housing Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire. (Reuters/Per Thrana) #
Covered bodies lie next to a small structure on the shore of the island of Utoya, on July 23, 2011, after a gunman in police uniform killed at least 77 people in a ferocious attack on a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling Labour party, and hours after a bomb killed seven in Oslo. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch) #
People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of the July 22 bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway, on July 25, 2011. Gunman Anders Behring Breivik has admitted bombing Norway's capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration. In November, Breivik was declared insane, and now faces compulsory psychiatric treatment, possibly for the remainder of his life. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (left) reacts as he embraces Eskil Pedersen, the leader of the Norwegian Labour Youth league and survivor of the Utoya island shooting, at a hotel where survivors of the youth camp attack are being reunited with their families in Sundvolden, Norway, on July 23, 2011. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images) #
A festival attendee in mid-bungee-jump, during the 17th Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra River, Poland, on August 6, 2011. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski) #
A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney, on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting took place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
Aaron Biber, 89, assesses the damage to his hairdressing salon after riots on Tottenham High Road, on August 7, 2011 in London, England. After Biber's story became known, an online campaign raised more than £25,000 to help him get back in business. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A woman takes part in a SlutWalk protest, in central Seoul, South Korea, on July 16, 2011. About 100 protesters, mostly women, attended the SlutWalk protest march which became a movement of rallies around the world after a Toronto policeman suggested in January that women could avoid sexual assault by not dressing like a "slut." (Reuters/Truth Leem) #
Rebel fighters stomp on the head of a statue of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Libyan rebels stormed Muammar Qaddafi's main military compound in Tripoli Tuesday after fierce fighting with forces loyal to his regime that rocked the capital as the longtime leader refused to surrender despite the stunning advances by opposition forces. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Salem Hasam Ali, 62, a shop owner, cries while singing the pre-Qaddafi Libyan national anthem at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Muammar Qaddafi's compound Tuesday, charging wildly through the symbolic heart of the crumbling regime as they killed loyalist troops, looted armories and knocked the head off a statue of the besieged dictator. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #
Burnt bodies lie in a warehouse in Tripoli, Libya, on August 27, 2011. Up to 150 people were found dead, 53 bodies were burnt in a warehouse in the last few days. The victims are believed to be Libyan civilians arrested by pro-Qaddafi loyalists for interrogation. As the Libyan rebel forces were advancing, the pro-Qaddafi forces acted to cover up the bodies of the people they were interrogating, they threw grenades into the warehouse and then set fire to tires inside to cover up the bodies, locals said. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attempts to bend a frying pan with his bare hands during his visit to the summer camp of the pro-Kremlin youth group "Nashi" at Lake Seliger, some 400km (248miles) north of Moscow, on August 1, 2011. (Reuters/Yana Lapikova/RIA Novosti) #
A photographer, after being thrown to the ground and beaten during a student rally in Santiago, Chile, on August 9, 2011. Students, teachers, and many others staged multiple protests throughout the year, seeking serious education reforms. (Reuters/Victor Ruiz Caballero) #
Riot police stand covered with paint thrown by demonstrators trying to reach La Moneda presidential palace on the second day of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Thursday August 25, 2011. Chileans marched Thursday, demanding profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized form of government. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #
Air Tahiti Nui wildcard trialist Anthony Wals of Lennox Head, Australia, rides a massive barrel during a tow-in surfing session at Teahupo'o, Tahiti, on August 27, 2011. (AP Photo/ASP, Kirstin Scholtz) #
In this television frame grab from KIMT in Mason City, Iowa, slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog Hawkeye lays next to his casket during funeral services in Rockford, Iowa, on August 19, 2011. Tumilson, age 35, was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on August 6 when their helicopter was shot down during a mission to help fellow troops who had come under fire. (AP Photo/KIMT New 3, Shane Delaney) #

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