The year that was, in 60 seconds

Last updated 10:48 21/12/2012

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Explosion in Belgium destroys sports centre, kills at least one 'Assassination attempt' on German Chancellor Angela Merkel Three die in crossbow attack in Toronto US boy, 10, terrifed police were going to shoot him Italy earthquake death toll keeps rising Canadian Mounties allow officers to wear hijab French PM defends burkini ban but some in cabinet wary Face transplant patient Patrick Hardison 'has hope now' Australian woman rebuilds her life after mother forced her to work as a prostitute Couple in 80s forced to live apart because they can't get into the same rest home

As 2012 draws to a close, we take a look at the biggest world news of the year, condensed into 60 seconds. 

This video, compiled by global news agency Reuters, features glimpses of the year's leading news stories, including the re-election of US President Barack Obama, the sinking of the Costa Concordia and the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. 

Other major events shown include the war in Syria, the Benghazi attack, anti-austerity protests, the Newtown tragedy, the South African miner tragedy, and Felix Baumgartner's space jump.

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