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The year that was, in 60 seconds

Last updated 10:48 21/12/2012

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Syrian child refugees disappear from hospital in Austria Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy side Two Indian sisters to be raped as 'punishment' after brother eloped Year-long Mars isolation experiment begins Merkel calls on EU to share burden of exploding refugee crisis Oliver Sacks, Awakenings author and neurologist, dies at 82 China needs further action to stop water pollution - vice premier Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM as protests spill into second day Thousands rally in Tokyo rain to protest Abe's defense-law plans Bangkok bombing: Who are the Turkish terrorist group the Grey Wolves?

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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