Reuters photos of the year 2010

HOT PROPERTY: Britain's Emma Watson poses as she arrives for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" at Leicester Square in London November 11, 2010.
HOT PROPERTY: Britain's Emma Watson poses as she arrives for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" at Leicester Square in London November 11, 2010.
CALL TO ARMS: Female North Korean soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2010.
CALL TO ARMS: Female North Korean soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2010.
OOPS: Taylor Swift drops one of her four Grammy awards at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010.
OOPS: Taylor Swift drops one of her four Grammy awards at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010.
SCREAMING IN THE RAIN: Myanmar's ethnic Karen children play as heavy rain hits their Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010.
SCREAMING IN THE RAIN: Myanmar's ethnic Karen children play as heavy rain hits their Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010.
AIRBORNE: Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, right, breaks up the pass against the Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller in the fourth quarter during their NFL game in Glendale, Arizona, September 26, 2010.
AIRBORNE: Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, right, breaks up the pass against the Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller in the fourth quarter during their NFL game in Glendale, Arizona, September 26, 2010.
HOLDING ON: Honduran immigrant Jose Humberto Castro, 26, clings to a freight train on his way to the border with the United States in Orizaba in the Mexican state of Veracruz November 3, 2010.
HOLDING ON: Honduran immigrant Jose Humberto Castro, 26, clings to a freight train on his way to the border with the United States in Orizaba in the Mexican state of Veracruz November 3, 2010.
HOT STUFF: AC Milan's David Beckham celebrates at the end of the match against Juventus during their Serie A soccer match at Olympic stadium in Turin, January 10, 2010. AC Milan won 3-0.
HOT STUFF: AC Milan's David Beckham celebrates at the end of the match against Juventus during their Serie A soccer match at Olympic stadium in Turin, January 10, 2010. AC Milan won 3-0.
BIG DANGLER: Hip-hop artist Kanye West performs his new single "Power" at the opening ceremony of the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010.
BIG DANGLER: Hip-hop artist Kanye West performs his new single "Power" at the opening ceremony of the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010.
FILM FLING: Cast member Drew Barrymore adjusts her hair at the premiere of "Going the Distance" in Hollywood, California August 23, 2010. The movie opened in the U.S. on September 3.
FILM FLING: Cast member Drew Barrymore adjusts her hair at the premiere of "Going the Distance" in Hollywood, California August 23, 2010. The movie opened in the U.S. on September 3.
LEAP OF FAITH: Britain's Antony James jumps into the pool during an England swimming team training camp as part of their preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, at the Aspire Academy in Doha September 28, 2010.
LEAP OF FAITH: Britain's Antony James jumps into the pool during an England swimming team training camp as part of their preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, at the Aspire Academy in Doha September 28, 2010.
SPEAKING OUT: Singer Lady Gaga speaks at a rally in Portland, Maine, September 20, 2010 urging members of the Senate to repeal the military rule banning openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.
SPEAKING OUT: Singer Lady Gaga speaks at a rally in Portland, Maine, September 20, 2010 urging members of the Senate to repeal the military rule banning openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.
LOVEBIRDS: Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William is to marry his Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.
LOVEBIRDS: Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William is to marry his Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.
BEAUTY BATTLE: Competitors wait backstage during the final rehearsal before the participating in the Miss ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) peace pageant at the Miatta conference centre in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, November 13, 2010.
BEAUTY BATTLE: Competitors wait backstage during the final rehearsal before the participating in the Miss ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) peace pageant at the Miatta conference centre in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, November 13, 2010.
VERY, VERY FRIGHTENING: Lightning flashes over Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada October 19, 2010.
VERY, VERY FRIGHTENING: Lightning flashes over Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada October 19, 2010.
TAKE NOTICE: A man holds a placard which reads "Listen to the public's rage" during a demonstration in front of the French Senate in Paris October 20, 2010. French trade unions were protesting an unpopular pension reform.
TAKE NOTICE: A man holds a placard which reads "Listen to the public's rage" during a demonstration in front of the French Senate in Paris October 20, 2010. French trade unions were protesting an unpopular pension reform.
MADE UP: Boy with his face decorated with thanaka paste waits outside a local school near Mae Sot in northwest Thailand.
MADE UP: Boy with his face decorated with thanaka paste waits outside a local school near Mae Sot in northwest Thailand.
SWAN DIVE?: Scotland's Grace Reid competes in the women's 3m springboard preliminary at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 13, 2010.
SWAN DIVE?: Scotland's Grace Reid competes in the women's 3m springboard preliminary at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 13, 2010.
EYE ON THE BALL: Poland's Anna Werblinska jumps to serve against Russia during their second round match of the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship in Tokyo November 7, 2010.
EYE ON THE BALL: Poland's Anna Werblinska jumps to serve against Russia during their second round match of the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship in Tokyo November 7, 2010.
BIG LOAD: Rescue workers try to push a humpback whale that had became stranded back out to sea at Geriba beach in Buzios, 192 kilometers (119 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, October 26, 2010. The whales migrate north from Antarctica to mate from July to November off the coast of Brazil.
BIG LOAD: Rescue workers try to push a humpback whale that had became stranded back out to sea at Geriba beach in Buzios, 192 kilometers (119 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, October 26, 2010. The whales migrate north from Antarctica to mate from July to November off the coast of Brazil.
GOLD MEDAL: Richard Mateelong of Kenya celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 3000-metre steeplechase final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 11, 2010.
GOLD MEDAL: Richard Mateelong of Kenya celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 3000-metre steeplechase final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 11, 2010.
HEAD TURNER: A boy performs Mallakhamb (gymnast's pole) during a practice session at a playground in Mumbai September 13, 2010. Mallakhamb is a combination of traditional Indian gymnastics and martial arts and it can be traced back to the 12th century.
HEAD TURNER: A boy performs Mallakhamb (gymnast's pole) during a practice session at a playground in Mumbai September 13, 2010. Mallakhamb is a combination of traditional Indian gymnastics and martial arts and it can be traced back to the 12th century.
HOME SWEET HOME: Caio, from Brazil's Movimento dos Sem-Teto (Roofless Movement), poses with a Bible, inside a room in the former Brazilian Palace Hotel in downtown Sao Paulo November 16, 2010. The hotel, which spans 15 storeys, was taken over by 1,200 people from the movement, who now live in the building.
HOME SWEET HOME: Caio, from Brazil's Movimento dos Sem-Teto (Roofless Movement), poses with a Bible, inside a room in the former Brazilian Palace Hotel in downtown Sao Paulo November 16, 2010. The hotel, which spans 15 storeys, was taken over by 1,200 people from the movement, who now live in the building.
ROYAL WAIT: Britain's Prince Philip sits in his chauffered car as it is caught in traffic caused by protesting fire fighters walking towards Downing Street, in London Novembert 17, 2010.
ROYAL WAIT: Britain's Prince Philip sits in his chauffered car as it is caught in traffic caused by protesting fire fighters walking towards Downing Street, in London Novembert 17, 2010.
REFUGE: An Israeli soldier sits behind concrete blocks in the village of Ghajar on the Israeli-Lebanese border November 17, 2010.
REFUGE: An Israeli soldier sits behind concrete blocks in the village of Ghajar on the Israeli-Lebanese border November 17, 2010.
People react during a court session held in a sports palace in Bishkek November 17, 2010. Relatives of people killed in an April revolt clashed with police in the Kyrgyz court, calling for the execution of defendants accused of killing scores in the uprising that toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
People react during a court session held in a sports palace in Bishkek November 17, 2010. Relatives of people killed in an April revolt clashed with police in the Kyrgyz court, calling for the execution of defendants accused of killing scores in the uprising that toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
FALLING SHORT: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing an opportunity to score during their Champions League Group G soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, September 15, 2010.
FALLING SHORT: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing an opportunity to score during their Champions League Group G soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, September 15, 2010.
COVERING UP: Two grid girls shelter from the rain in the pits during the warm up session of the Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island near Melbourne October 17, 2010.
COVERING UP: Two grid girls shelter from the rain in the pits during the warm up session of the Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island near Melbourne October 17, 2010.
DEADLY?: A dog stands amid crosses planted in a garden during a protest against a NATO summit in Lisbon November 18, 2010.
DEADLY?: A dog stands amid crosses planted in a garden during a protest against a NATO summit in Lisbon November 18, 2010.
ROUGHED UP: A detained protester is slapped by policemen outside the U.S. embassy during a rally in Athens marking the anniversary of a 1973 students uprising against the dictatorship then ruling Greece November 17, 2010.
ROUGHED UP: A detained protester is slapped by policemen outside the U.S. embassy during a rally in Athens marking the anniversary of a 1973 students uprising against the dictatorship then ruling Greece November 17, 2010.
PEEK-A-BOO: A man looks out of a screen on a truck at opposition supporters protesting against government policies in Colombo November 18, 2010.
PEEK-A-BOO: A man looks out of a screen on a truck at opposition supporters protesting against government policies in Colombo November 18, 2010.
PAYING HOMAGE: Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan, which is part of a pilgrimage rite, in Mena November 17, 2010. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-al-Adha, marking the end of the Haj, by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.
PAYING HOMAGE: Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan, which is part of a pilgrimage rite, in Mena November 17, 2010. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-al-Adha, marking the end of the Haj, by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.
TERRIBLE NEWS: Family members of miners trapped underground in the Pike River coal mine react after learning of a second explosion in the mine at a briefing by mine authorities and police in Greymouth on November 24, 2010.
TERRIBLE NEWS: Family members of miners trapped underground in the Pike River coal mine react after learning of a second explosion in the mine at a briefing by mine authorities and police in Greymouth on November 24, 2010.
ALL SMILES: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L), U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a 'family' photo at the NATO summit in Lisbon November 19, 2010.
ALL SMILES: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L), U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a 'family' photo at the NATO summit in Lisbon November 19, 2010.
I'M THE MAN: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring a penalty kick during their Champions League soccer match against Rangers in Glasgow, Scotland November 24, 2010.
I'M THE MAN: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring a penalty kick during their Champions League soccer match against Rangers in Glasgow, Scotland November 24, 2010.
HOT HEAD: Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant smiles during their freezing cold practice in Edmonton, November 24, 2010.
HOT HEAD: Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant smiles during their freezing cold practice in Edmonton, November 24, 2010.
ACTING UP: Actors perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Astrid Lindgren's play "Rasmus, Pontus und der Schwertschlucker" (Rasmus, Pontus and the sword-swallower) at Akademietheater in Vienna November 18, 2010.
ACTING UP: Actors perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Astrid Lindgren's play "Rasmus, Pontus und der Schwertschlucker" (Rasmus, Pontus and the sword-swallower) at Akademietheater in Vienna November 18, 2010.
SCREAMER: U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. The performance was part of three consecutive days of after-race concerts at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix.
SCREAMER: U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. The performance was part of three consecutive days of after-race concerts at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix.
MAN ALONE: European Council President Herman Van Rompuyn, right, stands on his own as leaders talk with U.S. President Barack Obama, 3rd left, during the NATO Summit in Lisbon, November 19, 2010.
MAN ALONE: European Council President Herman Van Rompuyn, right, stands on his own as leaders talk with U.S. President Barack Obama, 3rd left, during the NATO Summit in Lisbon, November 19, 2010.
SPLASH: A competitor dives during practice before the women's synchronised 3m springboard diving final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, November 22, 2010.
SPLASH: A competitor dives during practice before the women's synchronised 3m springboard diving final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, November 22, 2010.
STANDOFF: An Israeli woman is reflected in an American flag which is hung inside a bulldozer at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev near Jerusalem November 18, 2010.
STANDOFF: An Israeli woman is reflected in an American flag which is hung inside a bulldozer at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev near Jerusalem November 18, 2010.
TEA BREAK: Businessmen speak on the outdoor smoking area of a building in Lisbon November 18, 2010.
TEA BREAK: Businessmen speak on the outdoor smoking area of a building in Lisbon November 18, 2010.
MAKING DO: A woman eats spaghetti on a bridge across a refuse-clogged canal in downtown Port-au-Prince November 20, 2010. The United Nations-led international response to Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic is "inadequate" and woefully short of funding, aid groups, including the U.N. humanitarian agency, said.
MAKING DO: A woman eats spaghetti on a bridge across a refuse-clogged canal in downtown Port-au-Prince November 20, 2010. The United Nations-led international response to Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic is "inadequate" and woefully short of funding, aid groups, including the U.N. humanitarian agency, said.
AND THE WINNER IS: Boxer Sergio Martinez from Argentina (R) celebrates as referee Earl Morton attends to Paul Williams from Augusta, Georgia after a knockout during the second round of their middleweight championship bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, November 20,2010.
AND THE WINNER IS: Boxer Sergio Martinez from Argentina (R) celebrates as referee Earl Morton attends to Paul Williams from Augusta, Georgia after a knockout during the second round of their middleweight championship bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, November 20,2010.
LONG ROAD: An African man, who crossed illegally into Israel from Egypt, sits on the ground after being detained by Israel's military (not seen) some 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the southern city of Eilat November 22, 2010.
LONG ROAD: An African man, who crossed illegally into Israel from Egypt, sits on the ground after being detained by Israel's military (not seen) some 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the southern city of Eilat November 22, 2010.
LIPSTICK?: IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion boxer Vladimir Klitschko of Ukraine at a workout in front of media in Going November 23, 2010.
LIPSTICK?: IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion boxer Vladimir Klitschko of Ukraine at a workout in front of media in Going November 23, 2010.
THUMBS UP: Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) congratulates 800 metres runner David Rudisha of Kenya (L) and world indoor high jump champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia in Monte Carlo November 21, 2010. The two were honored as the 2010 IAAF Athletes of the Year.
THUMBS UP: Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) congratulates 800 metres runner David Rudisha of Kenya (L) and world indoor high jump champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia in Monte Carlo November 21, 2010. The two were honored as the 2010 IAAF Athletes of the Year.
TENSIONS RISE: A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of "enormous retaliation" if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.
TENSIONS RISE: A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of "enormous retaliation" if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.
TOP DOG: Jimmie Johnson's pit crew members celebrate after he won the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at the Ford 400 race in Homestead, Florida November 21, 2010.
TOP DOG: Jimmie Johnson's pit crew members celebrate after he won the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at the Ford 400 race in Homestead, Florida November 21, 2010.
GO TEAM: A supporter of San Lorenzo de Almagro gestures as other fans sit on the tribune during their Argentine First Division soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires November 21, 2010.
GO TEAM: A supporter of San Lorenzo de Almagro gestures as other fans sit on the tribune during their Argentine First Division soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires November 21, 2010.
DIRTY WORK: Insects fly in a dump yard as a ragpicker collects scraps, on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad November 24, 2010.
DIRTY WORK: Insects fly in a dump yard as a ragpicker collects scraps, on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad November 24, 2010.

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