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As we get close to the end of the year, one comes across lots of recaps. As usual images say more than a 1000 words and in the last 12 months a lot has happened. One tends to forget really quickly, but as you go through the following images, you only realize how much has actually happened. The passing of Steve Jobs and Amy Winehouse, the earthquake in Japan, Occupy Wallstreet and the wave of demonstrations around the globe against banking and capitalism, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the killing of Osama Bin Laden,  the London riots, terror attacked in Oslo, the continued uprisings through out the Middle East and a lot more. These happenings stay in the news for a couple of weeks and the minute the next big thing happens, one forgets about all the previous ones.

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A selection of the most powerful images of 2011 we have featured after the jump.

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