The year that was, in 60 seconds

Last updated 10:48 21/12/2012

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Leader of banned sectarian group killed: Pakistani police Chinese airport closed after arson attack aboard plane Veto likely in Security Council push for tribunal to inquire into MH17 crash Missing girl Maddy Middleton found dead in dumpster near home Men charged with 503 sex offences against girl in Australia Tree falls on kids near US children's museum Bronze Grinch statue stolen from Dr Seuss gallery in Melbourne TPP talks stumbling on dairy hurdle American dentist identified as killer of Cecil the lion Pluto shows public still fascinated by space as Nasa asks US government to restore funding

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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