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10 Декабря 2010, 14:47

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AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Trapped Chilean miners pose inside the San Jose Mine on September 17, 2010, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. One of three drills being used to rescue 33 miners trapped in Chile since early August reached them Friday, but its 630-meter (2,070-foot) deep hole must now be widened to bring the men out safely, officials said. The work still required to extract the miners would take more than a month, according to official estimates. AFP PHOTO / OFICCIAL TV MINISTERY MINE / HANDOUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young child plays as a voter stands behind a screen in front of a mural at a polling station during general elections in Stockholm on September 19, 2010. Swedes voted in a general election on September 19 with the centre-right government expected to prevail, according to opinion polls, which also show the far-right winning seats for the first time. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was vying to see his four-party Alliance become the first right-leaning government to win a second term in nearly a century. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/SOREN ANDERSSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani injured blast victims and dead bodies are seen at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 3, 2010. At least 22 people have been killed in a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite Muslim rally in the southwest Pakistan city of Quetta, police said. The bomb appeared to target a rally of 450 people being held for Al-Quds day, an international annual event held by the Shiite community opposing Israel?s control of Jerusalem and showing solidarity with Palestinian Muslims. AFP PHOTO/ BANARAS KHAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (L) and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (R) shakes hands as they re-launch of direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian Authority at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young Mozambican protester stands near a burning car on a street of Maputo on September 2, 2010. Mozambican police patrolled the streets of the tense capital today after President Armando Guebuza called for calm following protests over food and fuel prices that left four people dead. Police were busy reopening roads and clearing debris from streets where demonstrators built barricades of burning tryes during angry rallies Wednesday. Guebuza said he understood the anger of the people over rising prices but was upset at the violent methods employed to show it. "It is sad that people used the right to demonstrate peacefully to turn it into violent protests," he said late Wednesday. AFP PHOTO / Sergio Costa , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A thick smoke spews from the summit of Mount Sinabung as it erupts on August 31, 2010 seen from Tanah Karo in North Sumatra. Airlines were warned to avoid the remote Mount Sinabung in northern Sumatra as the volcano spewed a vast cloud of smoke and ash high into the air for a second day after springing to life for the first time in four centuries on August 29. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Trapped Chilean miners pose inside the San Jose Mine on September 17, 2010, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. One of three drills being used to rescue 33 miners trapped in Chile since early August reached them Friday, but its 630-meter (2,070-foot) deep hole must now be widened to bring the men out safely, officials said. The work still required to extract the miners would take more than a month, according to official estimates. AFP PHOTO / OFICCIAL TV MINISTERY MINE / HANDOUT
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Trapped Chilean miners pose inside the San Jose Mine on September 17, 2010, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. One of three drills being used to rescue 33 miners trapped in Chile since early August reached them Friday, but its 630-meter (2,070-foot) deep hole must now be widened to bring the men out safely, officials said. The work still required to extract the miners would take more than a month, according to official estimates. AFP PHOTO / OFICCIAL TV MINISTERY MINE / HANDOUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young child plays as a voter stands behind a screen in front of a mural at a polling station during general elections in Stockholm on September 19, 2010. Swedes voted in a general election on September 19 with the centre-right government expected to prevail, according to opinion polls, which also show the far-right winning seats for the first time. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was vying to see his four-party Alliance become the first right-leaning government to win a second term in nearly a century. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/SOREN ANDERSSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani injured blast victims and dead bodies are seen at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 3, 2010. At least 22 people have been killed in a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite Muslim rally in the southwest Pakistan city of Quetta, police said. The bomb appeared to target a rally of 450 people being held for Al-Quds day, an international annual event held by the Shiite community opposing Israel?s control of Jerusalem and showing solidarity with Palestinian Muslims. AFP PHOTO/ BANARAS KHAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (L) and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (R) shakes hands as they re-launch of direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian Authority at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Trapped Chilean miners pose inside the San Jose Mine on September 17, 2010, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. One of three drills being used to rescue 33 miners trapped in Chile since early August reached them Friday, but its 630-meter (2,070-foot) deep hole must now be widened to bring the men out safely, officials said. The work still required to extract the miners would take more than a month, according to official estimates. AFP PHOTO / OFICCIAL TV MINISTERY MINE / HANDOUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young child plays as a voter stands behind a screen in front of a mural at a polling station during general elections in Stockholm on September 19, 2010. Swedes voted in a general election on September 19 with the centre-right government expected to prevail, according to opinion polls, which also show the far-right winning seats for the first time. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was vying to see his four-party Alliance become the first right-leaning government to win a second term in nearly a century. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/SOREN ANDERSSON
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Trapped Chilean miners pose inside the San Jose Mine on September 17, 2010, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. One of three drills being used to rescue 33 miners trapped in Chile since early August reached them Friday, but its 630-meter (2,070-foot) deep hole must now be widened to bring the men out safely, officials said. The work still required to extract the miners would take more than a month, according to official estimates. AFP PHOTO / OFICCIAL TV MINISTERY MINE / HANDOUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young child plays as a voter stands behind a screen in front of a mural at a polling station during general elections in Stockholm on September 19, 2010. Swedes voted in a general election on September 19 with the centre-right government expected to prevail, according to opinion polls, which also show the far-right winning seats for the first time. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was vying to see his four-party Alliance become the first right-leaning government to win a second term in nearly a century. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/SOREN ANDERSSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani injured blast victims and dead bodies are seen at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 3, 2010. At least 22 people have been killed in a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite Muslim rally in the southwest Pakistan city of Quetta, police said. The bomb appeared to target a rally of 450 people being held for Al-Quds day, an international annual event held by the Shiite community opposing Israel?s control of Jerusalem and showing solidarity with Palestinian Muslims. AFP PHOTO/ BANARAS KHAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (L) and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (R) shakes hands as they re-launch of direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian Authority at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young Mozambican protester stands near a burning car on a street of Maputo on September 2, 2010. Mozambican police patrolled the streets of the tense capital today after President Armando Guebuza called for calm following protests over food and fuel prices that left four people dead. Police were busy reopening roads and clearing debris from streets where demonstrators built barricades of burning tryes during angry rallies Wednesday. Guebuza said he understood the anger of the people over rising prices but was upset at the violent methods employed to show it. "It is sad that people used the right to demonstrate peacefully to turn it into violent protests," he said late Wednesday. AFP PHOTO / Sergio Costa
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A model presents a creation by Mark Fast for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, on the fourth day of London Fashion Week, in London, on September 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 An elderly Pakistani man sits aboard a navy helicopter as he is evacuated to safer ground from Faridabad, cutoff by surrounding flood waters, in Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 14, 2010. A US official is quoted as saying the United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, despite concerns that an initial call to donors has fallen short. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Trapped Chilean miners pose inside the San Jose Mine on September 17, 2010, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. One of three drills being used to rescue 33 miners trapped in Chile since early August reached them Friday, but its 630-meter (2,070-foot) deep hole must now be widened to bring the men out safely, officials said. The work still required to extract the miners would take more than a month, according to official estimates. AFP PHOTO / OFICCIAL TV MINISTERY MINE / HANDOUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A young child plays as a voter stands behind a screen in front of a mural at a polling station during general elections in Stockholm on September 19, 2010. Swedes voted in a general election on September 19 with the centre-right government expected to prevail, according to opinion polls, which also show the far-right winning seats for the first time. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was vying to see his four-party Alliance become the first right-leaning government to win a second term in nearly a century. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/SOREN ANDERSSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani injured blast victims and dead bodies are seen at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 3, 2010. At least 22 people have been killed in a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite Muslim rally in the southwest Pakistan city of Quetta, police said. The bomb appeared to target a rally of 450 people being held for Al-Quds day, an international annual event held by the Shiite community opposing Israel?s control of Jerusalem and showing solidarity with Palestinian Muslims. AFP PHOTO/ BANARAS KHAN
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Members of the Portugel family walk amongst flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, who placed nearly 3000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, on September 10, 2010. An impassioned President Barack Obama warned Americans must not turn on one another over religion, after rows over Islam sparked global fury, nine years after the September 11 attacks. Obama also mounted a strident defense of American Muslims, paid tribute to believers fighting in the US armed forces, and said US citizens must remember who their true enemies were -- naming Al-Qaeda and "terrorists." The President has vowed a "new beginning" with Islam, but international tensions have spiked over a plan for a Muslim cultural center near the felled World Trade Center site in New York and a US pastor's threat to burn Korans. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Children salvage belongings and materials from the aftermath of a fire which gutted a sprawling shanty town at the bay of Navotas, Manila on August 27, 2010. Some 200 homes were damaged, leaving around 300 families homeless, local radio reported. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said. AFP PHOTO / ERIK WIFFERS GERMANY OUT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Workers drain away polluted water near the Zijin copper mine in Shanghang on July 13, 2010, after pollution from the mine contaminated the Ting river, a major waterway in southeast China's Fujian province. China's top gold producer Zijin Mining defended its handling of a toxic pollution spill that killed off vast numbers of fish, saying heavy rains were to blame, as the company's shares slumped. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27, 2010. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse" with pilot Andre Borschberg onboard flies at sunrise above Payerne's Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010 during the first attempt to fly around the clock fuelled by nothing but the energy of the sun. The solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup tropfy after winning the 2010 World Cup football final by defeating The Netherlands during extra time at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A North Korean soldier looks through a window as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (R) are briefed by US Army Colonel Kurt Taylor (L) while at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seperating the two Koreas in Panmunjon on July 21, 2010. Sixty years ago on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel where the DMZ is now located and invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The United States will impose new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on July 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MARK WILSON , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani local residents scramble to safety in a flood-hit area of Nowshera on July 29, 2010. Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains have killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A. MAJEED , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Smoke comes from the car of Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history, 50 dead victims, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an army helicopter in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods, as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on the tourist bus hijacked in Manila on August 23, 2010. An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on August 23, police said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 A Pakistani man walks with a boy as they wade through flood water near Basira village in Punjab on August 22, 2010. UN agencies stepped up calls for donors to deliver on their pledges for Pakistan to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami" from wreaking further catastrophe. Torrential monsoon rains unleashed the worst floods for 80 years, affecting 20 million people and an area the size of England in Pakistan's worst natural disaster that has already created economic, political and humanitarian chaos. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Volunteers ride on a trailer as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo, some 50 km outside Sarov, on August 11, 2010. A new wildfire broke out Wednesday near a major nuclear research centre in the Russian town of Sarov, causing the plant's management to ask firefighters and troops to reverse their withdrawal. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. Picture taken with underwater camera. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel (R), who faces up to four years in prison for covert stock trades that Societe Generale bank says cost it almost five billion euros, arrives escorted by a French gendarme for the verdict hearing on October 5, 2010 at Paris' main courthouse. Kerviel's lawyer has called for the 33-year-old to be acquitted, blaming the bank for the 2008 rogue trading scandal that almost destroyed it, while prosecutors have demanded four years' jail plus one year suspended. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) raises the hand of Dilma Rousseff (C, in orange), presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT), during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2010. According to a last poll, Rousseff has 51 percent of support among voters -- enough to win the October 3 election outright without a runoff, that is, a 26-point advantage over his opponent Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 People take part in a demonstration on September 23, 2010 in Marseille, as part of a one-day national action against a government retirement reform bill. French unions staged mass protests and strikes today, hoping to bring more than two million onto the streets to defy President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to hike the retirement age to 62. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT , AFP PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2010 Commuters walk across a floating boat bridge on the Buriganga river in Dhaka on September 21, 2010. Water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river so boats are tied together to form a temporary bridge. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN

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