It’s been quite the year, but then again, every year is quite the year. This is the last coolest pix of 2012 and it’s not a pretty one.
There is still death and fighting in Syria, more gun deaths in the US and an Indian woman raped so violently she died from her injuries sparking riots in New Dehli. Time to step up to the plate India. Protect your women, they make the world go round.
I wish you all a very merry year’s end and a very properous 2013. See you on the other side.

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Youths play in a fountain at Mexico City's Monument to the Revolution. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS

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Reverend Billy performs to celebrate the End of the World in Times Square, New York. ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS

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Anti-riot policemen stand guard outside a supermarket in San Fernando. MARCOS BRINDICCI/REUTERS

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A boy reacts near the body of his sister, whom activists say was killed after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syrian President al-Assad fired missiles, during her funeral in Jerjanz. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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Demonstrators shout slogans as police use water cannons to disperse them near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A boy walks past a queue of Syrian refugee waiting to receive aids from Turkish humanitarian agencies at Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS

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People dressed as Santa Claus row boats through the fog on the Venice canal. STRINGER/ITALY/REUTERS

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A rainbow forms after a rain storm next to SmartCity Malta in Valletta. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Tourists gather to watch and take pictures of Cambodia's world famous Angkor Wat temple during sunrise in Siem Reap. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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An undated handout image shows a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being pulled up by the South Korean navy. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A man walks in a clothing market destroyed in a fire in Kabul. MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS

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South Korean soldiers patrol along the military fence just south of the demilitarized zone separating South Korea from North Korea in Cheorwon. YONHAP/REUTERS

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A horse carriage carrying tourists travels past ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 14th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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Christmas decorations are seen in front of a pond ahead of Christmas day celebrations in Colombo. DINUKA LIYANAWATTE/REUTERS

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Guatemalan Firefighter Chacon, dressed as Santa Claus, rappels down from Belize bridge to give toys to children living in the area under the bridge. JORGE DAN LOPEZ/REUTERS

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A woman walks with a dog on the embankment of a river in Moscow. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth watches a preview of her Christmas message with a pair of 3D glasses in London. POOL/REUTERS

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A woman walks past trees covered with heavy hoarfrost and snow on the bank of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

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A man dressed as Saint Nicholas and people in traditional Bavarian attire known as Buttenmandl and Krampusse march in the southern German town of Maria Gern. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

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A couple embrace in a park with snowy trees seen around in Stavropol. EDUARD KORNIYENKO/REUTERS

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Passengers ride a double decker bus past Christmas lights on Oxford Street, in London. ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS

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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an anti-aircraft artillery weapon during an air strike in Binsh near Idlib. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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CRH380 Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan. DARLEY SHEN/REUTERS

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Workers hang dried fish onto poles at a processing facility on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. LANG LANG/REUTERS

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A spotted seal swims in a partly frozen lake at Dongpaotai Park in Yantai. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd as he makes his Urbi et Orbi address from a balcony in St. Peter's Square in Vatican. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Unidentified women console the wife of Subhash Tomar, a policeman, during his funeral in New Delhi. MANSI THAPLIYAL/REUTERS

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Abdlhamid Haj Omar, 70, a father who lost three sons and two grandsons in the ongoing Syrian crisis, prays as he visits their graves at the Martyrs' cemetery in Azaz city, North Aleppo. AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS

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A member of the Free Syrian Army prays with his gun in front of him in Aleppo. MUZAFFAR SALMAN/REUTERS

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An image of six-year-old Jesse McCord Lewis, one of 20 schoolchildren killed in the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, sits on a snow-covered teddy bear on Christmas morning in Newtown, Connecticut. ADREES LATIF/REUTERS

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Jorge, 33, who has been living on the streets for three months, plays with his dog as he speaks with a member of the Comunidade Vida e Paz organization in Lisbon. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A mahout prepares food for his elephant at Sauraha in Chitwan. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS

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Mahouts ride on elephants as they cross Rapti River after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS

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Shoppers beg sales assistants for perfume products Selfridges on the morning of the Boxing Day sales in London. OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS

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A Free Syrian Army fighter smiles in a bunker they use to take shelter from fighter jet air-strikes in Aleppo. AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS

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A cat sits at the nativity scene outside a church in Warsaw. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A man carries a box, as smoke rises from a building after fireworks stored in a building exploded in a densely populated area in Isale Eko. AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/REUTERS

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Free Syrian Army fighters aim their weapons during a gunfight with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad near Aleppo's airport. MUZAFFAR SALMAN/REUTERS

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A man pushes his boat with the help of a bamboo stick to reach the bank of Rapti River at Sauraha in Chitwan. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS

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A farmer harvests rice next to artist Tri's statue entitled Planting Brain at Nitiprayan village in Bantul. DWI OBLO/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holds a placard as she takes part in a protest rally in New Delhi. AHMAD MASOOD/REUTERS

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, makes a speech to launch his political career during the fifth anniversary of his mother's death, in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh. NADEEM SOOMRO/REUTERS

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A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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A man sand skis in the desert near Tabuk. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Clouds roll over destroyed homes, almost two months after superstorm Sandy caused damage in the region of Breezy Point of Queens borough. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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A Buddhist monk stands on a boat as he crosses the Chindwin river in Sarlingyi township. Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERS

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A mahout climbs his elephant as he heads towards the Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS

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Employees of the Korea Exchange pose in front of the final stock price index during a photo opportunity for the media at the ceremonial closing event of the 2012 stock market at the Korea Exchange in Seoul. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Reindeer gather around herder Anna Jemmett, from the Glenmore Reindeer Centre, to eat lichen from her hands in the Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore. DAVID MOIR/REUTERS

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U.S. Capitol Police arrest and drag a man who shouted anti-abortion slogans at the U.S. Senate chambers, down the hallway of the basement at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. MARY CALVERT/REUTERS

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Researches use heavy machinery to perform a necropsy on a dead finback whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Undertakers and hospital staff carry body of Indian rape victim into van as they leave Mount Elizabeth Hospital for the morgue in Singapore. EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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A family takes a bath under a water pipe at Tijuca national park in Rio de Janeiro. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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PNP officer signs service pistol of a policewoman during a ceremonial sealing of the muzzles of firearms in Taguig city. ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS

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Protester with a gag tied around her mouth takes part in a silent protest for a gang rape victim in New Delhi. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A passenger sits on a public bus during a snow storm in central Shanghai. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Undertaker Tay and his crew carry the coffin of an Indian rape victim into a van as they leave a funeral parlour for the airport in Singapore. EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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A wreckage of a plane is seen on a highway near Moscow's Vnukovo airport. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Television personality Allison Hagendorf throws confetti from an office building onto New York's Times Square as part of a test in preparation for New Year's Eve celebrations. KEITH BEDFORD/REUTERS

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Firefighters participate in a search operation for a helicopter which crashed in the sea off Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People walk near a sand sculpture with the words We Want Justice created by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik, in solidarity with a gang rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, on a beach in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI/REUTERS

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A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different fire department badges as they arrive for the calling hours for firefighters Chiapperini and Kaczowka in West Webster. CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

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Police detain a demonstrator during a protest in New Delhi. DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS

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People in Santa Claus costumes take part in the annual race in downtown Belgrade. MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS

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A man walks across a field of snow in Somerville, Massachusetts. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS

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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr district. MUZAFFAR SALMAN/REUTERS

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People walk down North Bridge carrying lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh. DAVID MOIR/REUTERS

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Members of the West Webster fire department load the casket of slain firefighter Michael Chiapperini onto a fire truck in New York. CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

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A student prays during a vigil for a gang rape victim, who was assaulted in New Delhi, in Ahmedabad. AMIT DAVE/REUTERS

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Fireworks explode over and around the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during new year celebrations. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS