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A collection of the year's top photos from UPI Photographers around the world.
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in the House Chamber shortly before he made his State of the Union address to a joint session of congress and the American people in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Giffords resigned her seat in congress to concentrate on recovering from her injuries from an assassination attempt last year. UPI/Pat Benic..
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A gas mask clad demonstrator holds a large stone in Syntagma Square in the center of Athens, Greece on February 10, 2012. During a 48 hour general strike, demonstrators clashed with riot police in front of the Greek Parliament. UPI/Giorgos Moutafis
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Visitors glow red in a tunnel of festival lanterns at the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, or the Jinju Lantern Festival, in Jinju, South Korea on October 1, 2012. The festival, which runs Oct. 1 to 14, originated during the Japanese invasion of 1592 when Koreans lit lanterns to illuminate the Namgang River surrounding Jinjuseong Fortress to prevent Japanese troops from crossing. A tradition during the festival are the floating lanterns carrying peoples wishes. UPI/Thomas Michael Corcoran
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One World Trade Center stands where the destroyed original World Trade Center once stood in New York City on April 30, 2012. One World Trade Center officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building to become New York City's tallest building. UPI/John Angelillo
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Egyptian protesters stand next to makeshift tents and shout slogans against the President Mohamed Morsi, in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, on November 27, 2012. Thousands of people flocked to Cairo's central Tahrir square on chanting against Egypt's Islamist president in a powerful show of strength by the opposition demanding Mohammed Morsi revoke edicts granting himself near autocratic powers. UPI/Mohammad KHalil
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