The year that was, in 60 seconds

Last updated 10:48 21/12/2012

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Moment of terror when woman swept away by monster wave Germany houses refugees in Nazi concentration camps On Ukraine battlefield, one act of mercy becomes an internet sensation 8-year-old French boy praises terrorists Mitt Romney rules out third Presidential campaign David Gyngell opens up about James Packer punch-up New Vatican document calls plastic surgery an 'aggression' against women 'Enough evidence' in backpacker murder case Woman falls off cliff after proposal Aussie political wannabe filmed hitting son withdraws

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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