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Pictures of the Year 2008

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Environment
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RUSSIA/
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January 21, 2008
A woman takes a dip in the icy water of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations outside the Varnitsky...
Rostov Veliky, Russia
A woman takes a dip in the icy water of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Rostov Veliky...
A woman takes a dip in the icy water of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations outside the Varnitsky Monastery in Rostov Veliky, about 200 km (124 miles) from Moscow January 19, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA)
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January 30, 2008
People play in the snow in Amman January 30, 2008. A rare heavy snow storm hit the Middle Eastern country...
Amman, Jordan
People play in the snow in Amman
People play in the snow in Amman January 30, 2008. A rare heavy snow storm hit the Middle Eastern country of Jordan on Wednesday. REUTERS/Majed Jaber (JORDAN)
SWITZERLAND/
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January 11, 2008
Time exposure of the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald next to the north face of the Eiger mountain...
Wengen, Switzerland
Time exposure of the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald next to the north face of the Eiger mountain...
Time exposure of the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald next to the north face of the Eiger mountain January 10, 2008. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (SWITZERLAND) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E6381D8X01
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February 17, 2008
A seaside tavern is seen covered by snow at Oropos village, northeast of Athens February 17, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos...
Athens, Greece
A seaside tavern is seen covered by snow at Oropos village, northeast of Athens
A seaside tavern is seen covered by snow at Oropos village, northeast of Athens February 17, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE)
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February 27, 2008
Scientists from the British Geological Survey look at a seismogram readout of Britain's strongest earthquake...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Scientists from the British Geological Survey look at a seismogram readout of Britain's strongest earthquake...
Scientists from the British Geological Survey look at a seismogram readout of Britain's strongest earthquake in twenty years in Edinburgh, Scotland February 27, 2008, in this posed picture. An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 shook parts of Britain on Wednesday but officials said there were no reports of anyone being killed or serious damage. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN)
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February 23, 2008
Electoral officials carry a ballot box for early voting in Russia's presidential election upon their...
JUDDEIN-TO, Russia
Electoral officials carry a ballot box for early voting in Russia's presidential election in the Tundra...
Electoral officials carry a ballot box for early voting in Russia's presidential election upon their arrival in a remote Nenets settlement in the Tundra region near lake Juddein-To on the Yamal peninsular, north of the polar circle, some 2200 km (1367 miles) northeast of Moscow, February 23, 2008. Early voting in Russia's presidential election has started in some of the vast country's remote regions, one week before Russians officially go to the polls on March 2. The Nenets are indigenous people in Russia's arctic region north of the Urals. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (RUSSIA)
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February 23, 2008
A park warden looks at the fire at Lake Nakuru National Park in the Rift Valley in Nakuru, west of Nairobi,...
Nakuru, Kenya
A park warden looks at the fire at Lake Nakuru National Park in the Rift Valley in Nakuru
A park warden looks at the fire at Lake Nakuru National Park in the Rift Valley in Nakuru, west of Nairobi, February 23, 2008. A bush fire engulfed the park on Friday, destroying vegetation and terrifying wildlife at one of the east African nation's top tourist destinations, local authorities said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (KENYA)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
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February 19, 2008
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk in the snow near Nebi Samuel on the outskirts of Jerusalem February 19, 2008....
NEBI SAMUEL, Palestinian Territories
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk in the snow near Nebi Samuel
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk in the snow near Nebi Samuel on the outskirts of Jerusalem February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen (WEST BANK)
CLIMATE-LIGHTS/
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March 30, 2008
Celeste Allen, 15, sits on the roof outside a bedroom in her home while observing Earth Hour in Phoenix,...
Phoenix, UNITED STATES
Celeste Allen, 15, sits on the roof outside a bedroom in her home while observing Earth Hour in Phoenix...
Celeste Allen, 15, sits on the roof outside a bedroom in her home while observing Earth Hour in Phoenix, Arizona, March 29, 2008. A time exposure helped illuminate the sky. REUTERS/Jeff Topping (UNITED STATES)
FRANCE-WEATHER/
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March 10, 2008
Locals and tourists walk around the Dutch ship Artemis which ran aground on the beach of les Sables d'Olonne,...
Sables D'olonne, France
Locals and tourists walk around the Artemis ship which ran aground on the beach of les Sables d'Olonne,...
Locals and tourists walk around the Dutch ship Artemis which ran aground on the beach of les Sables d'Olonne, southern French Britanny, western France, March 10, 2008. The boat was driven onto the coast by the wind blowing more than 130 km per hour. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE)
SPAIN/
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March 11, 2008
A wave crashes against the hull of the merchant ship Maro, wrecked near the Basque port town of Hondaribbia...
Hondarribia, Spain
A wave crashes against the hull of the merchant ship Maro, wrecked near the Basque port town of Hondaribbia....
A wave crashes against the hull of the merchant ship Maro, wrecked near the Basque port town of Hondaribbia in the Bay of Biscay, March 11, 2008. The ship ran aground and was broken into three pieces by storm force winds and waves that have sunk numerous boats and caused extensive damage in the Biscay area. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN)
KUWAIT/
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April 29, 2008
Pigeons fly during a dust storm in Kuwait City April 30, 2008. High winds hit the oil rich nation on...
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Pigeons fly during a dust storm in Kuwait City
Pigeons fly during a dust storm in Kuwait City April 30, 2008. High winds hit the oil rich nation on Wednesday. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee (KUWAIT)
GREECE-THERMALBATHS/
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April 29, 2008
Visitors soak in a natural thermal spa as a man stands under a waterfall near the village of Aridea in...
EDESSA, Greece
Visitors soak in a natural thermal spa as a man stands under a waterfall near the village of Aridea in...
Visitors soak in a natural thermal spa as a man stands under a waterfall near the village of Aridea in Edessa, about 560 km (348 miles) northwest of Athens, April 30, 2008. The temperature of the water is 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) all year long. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE)
CHINA-TIBET/
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April 28, 2008
The moon and stars light up Mount Everest, also known as Qomolangma, as seen from near Everest Base Camp...
Shigatse, China
The moon and stars light up Mount Everest, also known as Qomolangma, as seen from near Everest Base Camp...
The moon and stars light up Mount Everest, also known as Qomolangma, as seen from near Everest Base Camp in the Tibet Autonomous Region April 29, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA)
GREECE-WEATHER/
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February 18, 2008
A swimmer in the sea waves to friends on a snow-covered beach at Alimos suburb near Athens February 18,...
Athens, Greece
A swimmer in the sea waves to friends on a snow-covered beach at Alimos suburb near Athens
A swimmer in the sea waves to friends on a snow-covered beach at Alimos suburb near Athens February 18, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE)
AUSTRALIA/
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May 18, 2008
Seagulls being fed by tourists at the Melbourne seaside suburb Williamstown May 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mick...
Melbourne, Australia
Seagulls being fed by tourists at the Melbourne seaside suburb Williamstown
Seagulls being fed by tourists at the Melbourne seaside suburb Williamstown May 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas (AUSTRALIA)
MYANMAR/
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May 08, 2008
A woman sifts through the debris of her home destroyed by Cyclone Nargis near Kunyangon May 9, 2008....
KUNYANGON, Myanmar
A woman sifts through the debris of her home destroyed by Cyclone Nargis near Kunyangon
A woman sifts through the debris of her home destroyed by Cyclone Nargis near Kunyangon May 9, 2008. Myanmar will accept foreign aid but not foreign aid workers, the foreign ministry said on Friday, after a disaster rescue team from Qatar that arrived in Yangon on an aid flight was turned back. REUTERS/Adam Dean (MYANMAR)
ICELAND/
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May 11, 2008
Visitors take pictures of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant near the Blue Lagoon hot springs outside...
Grindavik, Iceland
Visitors take pictures of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant near the Blue Lagoon hot springs outside...
Visitors take pictures of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant near the Blue Lagoon hot springs outside the town of Grindavik May 12, 2008. REUTERS/Bob Strong (ICELAND)
CHILE-VOLCANO/
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June 25, 2008
A soldier looks at a cloud of ash from the Chaiten Volcano from the banks of the Rio Blanco in uninhabited...
CHAITEN, Chile
A soldier looks at a cloud of ash from the Chaiten Volcano from the banks of the Rio Blanco in uninhabited...
A soldier looks at a cloud of ash from the Chaiten Volcano from the banks of the Rio Blanco in uninhabited and flooded Chaiten town in southern Chile June 25, 2008. The Chilean military helped Chaiten residents return to the town for the first time on Wednesday, since Chaiten Volcano erupted on May 2 spewing ash, gas and molten rock for the first time in thousands of years, to check the condition of their homes and recover their belongings. Experts have said the volcano could erupt at a less volatile pace for months and even years. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE) also see GF2E46U12G401
USA-FLOODING/
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June 14, 2008
William Hood checks the water level to see if it has gone down in the Birdland neighborhood where a levee...
Des Moines, UNITED STATES
William Hood checks the water level to see if it has gone down in the Birdland neighborhood where a levee...
William Hood checks the water level to see if it has gone down in the Birdland neighborhood where a levee breached in Des Moines, Iowa June 14, 2008. A levee holding back rising floodwaters broke and swamped Iowa's capital on Saturday as officials across the U.S. Midwest reinforced levees, helped displaced residents and cleaned up the mess left by the region's worst flooding in 15 years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
USA/
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June 10, 2008
The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York June 10, 2008. REUTERS/Nic Fulton (UNITED...
New York, UNITED STATES
The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York
The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York June 10, 2008. REUTERS/Nic Fulton (UNITED STATES)
USA/
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June 01, 2008
Gasoline prices are advertised at a gas station near Lindbergh Field as a plane approaches to land in...
San Diego, UNITED STATES
Gasoline prices are advertised at a gas station near Lindbergh Field as a plane approaches to land in...
Gasoline prices are advertised at a gas station near Lindbergh Field as a plane approaches to land in San Diego, California June 1, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
ROMANIA-FLOODS/
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July 27, 2008
A man stands in front of his house during flooding in the village of Siretu, about 300 km (200 miles)...
BACAU, Romania
A man stands in front of his house during flooding in the village of Siretu
A man stands in front of his house during flooding in the village of Siretu, about 300 km (200 miles) north of Bucharest, July 28, 2008. Floods in northeastern Romania have killed four people, and two others are missing, the country's interior ministry reported on Monday. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu (ROMANIA)
OLYMPICS-ALGAE/
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July 06, 2008
A man sits on a pile of algae as he rest after a swim at a bathing beach in Qingdao, Shandong province...
Qingdao, China
A man sits on a pile of algae as he rest after a swim at a bathing beach in Qingdao, Shandong province...
A man sits on a pile of algae as he rest after a swim at a bathing beach in Qingdao, Shandong province July 7, 2008. Thousands of Chinese troops and volunteers should clear unsightly algae from competition areas at the Qingdao Olympic sailing venue by Thursday, an official said. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHILE-WHALES/IWC
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June 27, 2008
Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo, June 28, 2008....
MINAMIBOSO, Japan
Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo
Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo, June 28, 2008. Whales emerged the big losers as a weeklong International Whaling Commission meeting wrapped up in Chile on Friday, conservation groups said after anti-whaling nations failed to halt No. 1 hunter Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
ISRAEL/
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June 21, 2008
A resident of Motza Ilit holds paintings as she runs away from her house during a forest fire near Jerusalem...
MOTZA ILIT, Israel
A resident of Motza Ilit runs away from her house during a forest fire near Jerusalem
A resident of Motza Ilit holds paintings as she runs away from her house during a forest fire near Jerusalem June 22, 2008. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (ISRAEL)
SPAIN/
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February 13, 2008
A man walks next to solar panels (bottom L) at a soon-to-be completed solucar solar park at Sanlucar...
SANLUCAR LA MAYOR, Spain
A man walks next to solar panels at a soon-to-be completed solar park at Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville...
A man walks next to solar panels (bottom L) at a soon-to-be completed solucar solar park at Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville, February 13, 2008. The first of two solar thermal power plants uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays onto the top of a 100 metre (300 foot) tower where it produces steam to drive a turbine. The lines in the photograph are due to reflections on the solar panels. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN)
SPACE-SHUTTLE/
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May 30, 2008
A woman watches from Titusville, Florida as the space shuttle Discovery launches from pad 39A at the...
Titusville, UNITED STATES
A woman watches from Titusville, Florida as the space shuttle Discovery launches from pad 39A at the...
A woman watches from Titusville, Florida as the space shuttle Discovery launches from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
STORM-DOLLY/
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July 23, 2008
A resident gestures while standing in front of fish shops damaged by Hurricane Dolly at Bagdad beach,...
Matamoros, Mexico
Resident gestures while standing in front of fish shops damaged by Hurricane Dolly at Bagdad beach in...
A resident gestures while standing in front of fish shops damaged by Hurricane Dolly at Bagdad beach, some 38 km (24 miles) away from the border city of Matamoros July 24, 2008. After Hurricane Dolly unleashed a fury of damaging winds and wicked rain on the U.S.-Mexico coastline and diminished to a tropical storm, widespread flooding along the populous Rio Grande Valley became the top concern on Thursday. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO)
BOLIVIA
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August 26, 2008
A man rides a bicycle on the surface of the world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, in the south...
Uyuni, Bolivia
A man rides a bicycle on the surface of the world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, in the south...
A man rides a bicycle on the surface of the world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, in the south of Bolivia at 3676 meters above mean sea level, August 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BOLIVIA)
USA/
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August 10, 2008
A Chihuahua, wearing small boots and a sweater, stands near people on the Matanuska Glacier near Palmer,...
PALMER, UNITED STATES
Chihuahua wearing small boots and a sweater stands near people on the Matanuska Glacier near Palmer,...
A Chihuahua, wearing small boots and a sweater, stands near people on the Matanuska Glacier near Palmer, Alaska August, 10 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
STORM-GUSTAV/ASHORE
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September 01, 2008
Sarah Salley of New Orleans walks through floodwaters on the New Orleans lakefront in New Orleans, Louisiana...
New Orleans, UNITED STATES
Sarah Salley of New Orleans walks through floodwaters on the New Orleans lakefront in New Orleans, Louisiana...
Sarah Salley of New Orleans walks through floodwaters on the New Orleans lakefront in New Orleans, Louisiana September 1, 2008. The center of Hurricane Gustav came ashore as a Category 2 hurricane near Cocodrie, Louisiana, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. REUTERS/Dave Martin (UNITED STATES) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E57V01KV01
USA/HURRICANE IKE
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September 07, 2008
A woman walks her bike on an island in the Florida Keys September 8, 2008. Hurricane Ike weakened into...
multiple cities, UNITED STATES
A woman walks her bike near Key West, Florida
A woman walks her bike on an island in the Florida Keys September 8, 2008. Hurricane Ike weakened into a Category 2 storm on Monday after roaring ashore in northeastern Cuba, but forecasters say it could regain intensity as it spins toward the U.S. oil hub in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly New Orleans. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
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TRIATHLON/
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October 10, 2008
Amateur triathletes start the swim of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii...
Kailua-Kona, UNITED STATES
Amateur triathletes start the swim of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii...
Amateur triathletes start the swim of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii October 11, 2008. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E5431IWE01
GIBRALTAR-SHIP/
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October 10, 2008
The Liberian-registered Fedra bulk carrier lists against the shore on Gibraltar's southern tip after...
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
A bulk carrier which split into two lists against the rocks on Gibraltar's southern tip
The Liberian-registered Fedra bulk carrier lists against the shore on Gibraltar's southern tip after smashing against the rocks and splitting into two, October 11, 2008. British and Spanish authorities tried to save the ship which hit rocks on Gibraltar's southern tip on Friday as storms hammered the British colony, local officials said. The Liberian-registered Fedra was dragging her anchor in a force 8 gale on Friday afternoon. Despite the efforts of two tug boats to hold the ship clear of land, its anchor broke and the stern of the 35,000 tonne vessel smashed against rocks at Europa Point. REUTERS/Anton Meres (GIBRALTAR)
FRANCE
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October 29, 2008
A woman protects herself from rain under an umbrella on the beach side in Nice, southern France, October...
Nice, France
A woman protects herself from rain under an umbrella on the beach side in Nice
A woman protects herself from rain under an umbrella on the beach side in Nice, southern France, October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE)
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