The year that was, in 60 seconds

Last updated 10:48 21/12/2012

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Harvard debate team lose to prison inmates Journalist Hana Mahameed returns to reporting hours after being wounded Kiwi Fergus Chetwin-Kelly in coma after suffering electric shock in Romania Hunt family murders: witness describes final night at Australian home Australian police arrest four over suspected 'terrorism' murder of Curtis Cheng Russia fires missiles from warships as Syrian government opens ground offensive United Nations launches Kickstarter campaign to help Syrian refugees US to release 6000 inmates from prisons John Key's drama filled Iraq visit included potential security breach Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship El Faro

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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- Reuters

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