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Pictures of the Decade Part 1

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Smoke from the remains of New York's World Trade Center shrouds lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. It was the day the world will never forget -- September 11, 2001 People watched in disbelief and then horror as two airplanes hijacked in the name of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. The 9/11 attacks heralded a new era for...more

Smoke from the remains of New York's World Trade Center shrouds lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. It was the day the world will never forget -- September 11, 2001 People watched in disbelief and then horror as two airplanes hijacked in the name of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. The 9/11 attacks heralded a new era for world security, triggered an invasion of Afghanistan by the United States and its allies. Taken on September 12, 2001 by Ray Stubblebine

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An Afghan girl screams as she is held her father as a sharp aftershock hits a village in Afghanistan. Mountainous Afghanistan is an earthquake prone country that has suffered a series of earthquakes killing thousands of people. The worst in the past decade was in 2002 when at least 1,500 people were killed and some 30,000 left homeless after a series of quakes of between magnitude 5 and 6 struck northern Baghlan province in...more

An Afghan girl screams as she is held her father as a sharp aftershock hits a village in Afghanistan. Mountainous Afghanistan is an earthquake prone country that has suffered a series of earthquakes killing thousands of people. The worst in the past decade was in 2002 when at least 1,500 people were killed and some 30,000 left homeless after a series of quakes of between magnitude 5 and 6 struck northern Baghlan province in the Hindu Kush mountains, destroying the district capital of Nahrin. Taken on March 27, 2002 by Jim Hollander

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A mourner wearing a mask to ward off SARS hides under an umbrella during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man. The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused international alarm over a deadly infectious disease not seen since the emergence of AIDS, with fears rising when it emerged that officials in China hid or underplayed the spread of the epidemic. SARS, which may have come from civet cats, circulated...more

A mourner wearing a mask to ward off SARS hides under an umbrella during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man. The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused international alarm over a deadly infectious disease not seen since the emergence of AIDS, with fears rising when it emerged that officials in China hid or underplayed the spread of the epidemic. SARS, which may have come from civet cats, circulated for months in southern China before it spread globally in 2003, killing 800 people before it was stopped. Taken on May 22, 2003 by Bobby Yip

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning men's 200m final at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games When Jamaican Usain Bolt blazed to glory at the Beijing Olympics, he was feted as the hero his tainted sport had been crying out for. He took a new world record in the 100 meters with a speed of 9.69 seconds and in the 200 meters with 19.30. But it was not just his speed but his personality that brought a breath of fresh air to drug-marred...more

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning men's 200m final at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games When Jamaican Usain Bolt blazed to glory at the Beijing Olympics, he was feted as the hero his tainted sport had been crying out for. He took a new world record in the 100 meters with a speed of 9.69 seconds and in the 200 meters with 19.30. But it was not just his speed but his personality that brought a breath of fresh air to drug-marred athletics, with the smiling, fun-loving athlete playing up to the crowds by dancing on the track after his wins and happily signing autographs. Taken on Aug 20, 2008 by Dylan Martinez

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A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. It was an act of violence that could only end in tragedy as Chechen separatists took about 1,000 children and parents hostage in a school in Beslan in North Ossetia near Russia's border with mainly Muslim Chechnya, on Sept. 1, 2004. After three days of siege, Russian forces stormed the school...more

A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. It was an act of violence that could only end in tragedy as Chechen separatists took about 1,000 children and parents hostage in a school in Beslan in North Ossetia near Russia's border with mainly Muslim Chechnya, on Sept. 1, 2004. After three days of siege, Russian forces stormed the school and some of the rebels blew themselves up. A total of 333 hostages -- more than half of them children -- were killed in the chaos and hundreds wounded. Although well-planned attacks like the one on Beslan have not happened for several years, a series of suicide bombings and attacks on security forces in the region over recent months have shattered the few years of relative calm. Taken on September 2, 2004 by Victor Korotayev

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A would-be immigrant crawls on a beach after his arrival in Fuerteventura, Spain. With a group of plump tourists chatting away nearby, a would-be immigrant off a makeshift boat from Africa drags himself up a beach on Spain's Canary Island. As populations have increased over the past decade so has the lucrative business of people smuggling and trafficking in human beings which is possibly the fastest growing of a group of new...more

A would-be immigrant crawls on a beach after his arrival in Fuerteventura, Spain. With a group of plump tourists chatting away nearby, a would-be immigrant off a makeshift boat from Africa drags himself up a beach on Spain's Canary Island. As populations have increased over the past decade so has the lucrative business of people smuggling and trafficking in human beings which is possibly the fastest growing of a group of new transnational crimes. Developments in information technology and communication has aided people-smugglers who now have access to highly sophisticated navigation equipment and state-of-the-art digitally produced false documentation. Taken on May 5, 2006 by Juan Medina

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Alicia Casilio, dressed as an Iraqi civilian, stands silently at an anti-Iraq war protest in Boston. As the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the war rose, so did the opposition to the U.S.-led offensive. Iraqi civilians have suffered the majority of fatalities since the 2003 invasion of Iraq although the number killed remains unclear and disputed but is believed to be at least 100,000. The war left a country already...more

Alicia Casilio, dressed as an Iraqi civilian, stands silently at an anti-Iraq war protest in Boston. As the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the war rose, so did the opposition to the U.S.-led offensive. Iraqi civilians have suffered the majority of fatalities since the 2003 invasion of Iraq although the number killed remains unclear and disputed but is believed to be at least 100,000. The war left a country already severely decayed after decades of dictatorship in ruins and triggered widespread bloodshed between once dominant Sunnis and majority Shi'ites that only began to subside in 2007. Taken Jan 11, 2007, by Brian Snyder

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North Korean soldier guards an army installation on the banks of the Yalu River at the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Despite decades of international isolation, North Korea has refused to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. But with the country now destitute, leader Kim Jong-il is under increasing pressure internationally to return to stalled sx-party disarmament talks and at home to stick to his pledges of rebuilding the...more

North Korean soldier guards an army installation on the banks of the Yalu River at the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Despite decades of international isolation, North Korea has refused to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. But with the country now destitute, leader Kim Jong-il is under increasing pressure internationally to return to stalled sx-party disarmament talks and at home to stick to his pledges of rebuilding the economy by 2012 and implementing succession plans. Taken on Oct 10, 2006 by Reinhard Krause

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A Rwandan worker cleans a mass grave outside a church in Nyanza. Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers slaughtered 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days during the 1994 massace in Rwanda that the outside world did little to prevent. Vowing never again, President Paul Kagame has won praise over the past decade for running a disciplined government and attracting foreign investment as Rwanda rebuilds its economy...more

A Rwandan worker cleans a mass grave outside a church in Nyanza. Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers slaughtered 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days during the 1994 massace in Rwanda that the outside world did little to prevent. Vowing never again, President Paul Kagame has won praise over the past decade for running a disciplined government and attracting foreign investment as Rwanda rebuilds its economy after the genocide although some critics say his style is authoritarian. Taken on April 4, 2004 by Radu Sigheti

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Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki receives milk in eastern Congo Civilians on both sides of borders along eastern Congo are facing a life of hardship that is unimaginable and largely ignored by people in western nations as continued fighting worsens a humanitarian disaster that began in the 1990s. Despite a massive U.N. peacekeeping effort, the list of ongoing horrors includes summary executions, torture, rape and other...more

Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki receives milk in eastern Congo Civilians on both sides of borders along eastern Congo are facing a life of hardship that is unimaginable and largely ignored by people in western nations as continued fighting worsens a humanitarian disaster that began in the 1990s. Despite a massive U.N. peacekeeping effort, the list of ongoing horrors includes summary executions, torture, rape and other intimidation of the population with children starving. Taken on Nov 13, 2008 by Finbarr O'Reilly

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