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Pictures of the year: Children

<p>Girls play with a swing at the Andean town of Morococha, Peru  May 13, 2010. FRONTIERS/PERU REUTERS/Pilar Olivares </p>

Girls play with a swing at the Andean town of Morococha, Peru May 13, 2010. FRONTIERS/PERU REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Girls play with a swing at the Andean town of Morococha, Peru May 13, 2010. FRONTIERS/PERU REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>Children wait to perform ballet for a promotional event in Kunming, Yunnan province, China November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Wong Campion </p>

Children wait to perform ballet for a promotional event in Kunming, Yunnan province, China November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Wong Campion

Children wait to perform ballet for a promotional event in Kunming, Yunnan province, China November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Wong Campion

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<p>Jessie Rodriguez, 8, and his brother Christopher Rodriguez, 3, drink soda as they sit in the shade on a hot day in downtown Los Angeles April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Jessie Rodriguez, 8, and his brother Christopher Rodriguez, 3, drink soda as they sit in the shade on a hot day in downtown Los Angeles April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jessie Rodriguez, 8, and his brother Christopher Rodriguez, 3, drink soda as they sit in the shade on a hot day in downtown Los Angeles April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Mashooq Ali, 7, uses a plastic bag to protect himself from the wind while taking refuge with his family in a makeshift relief camp for flood victims in Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh province September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro </p>

Mashooq Ali, 7, uses a plastic bag to protect himself from the wind while taking refuge with his family in a makeshift relief camp for flood victims in Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh province September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Mashooq Ali, 7, uses a plastic bag to protect himself from the wind while taking refuge with his family in a makeshift relief camp for flood victims in Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh province September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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<p>A girl stands on the debris of damaged buildings in landslide-hit Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A girl stands on the debris of damaged buildings in landslide-hit Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

A girl stands on the debris of damaged buildings in landslide-hit Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>An Iranian girl looks on as she and her mother attend a religious ceremony to commemorate the death anniversary of Fatima, daughter or Prophet Mohammad, in southern Tehran May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

An Iranian girl looks on as she and her mother attend a religious ceremony to commemorate the death anniversary of Fatima, daughter or Prophet Mohammad, in southern Tehran May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

An Iranian girl looks on as she and her mother attend a religious ceremony to commemorate the death anniversary of Fatima, daughter or Prophet Mohammad, in southern Tehran May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A boy dances in the rain during a heavy tropical shower in a street of Havana July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan </p>

A boy dances in the rain during a heavy tropical shower in a street of Havana July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

A boy dances in the rain during a heavy tropical shower in a street of Havana July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>A child takes part in carnival festivities in the northeastern Brazilian city of Olinda February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Almeida </p>

A child takes part in carnival festivities in the northeastern Brazilian city of Olinda February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Almeida

A child takes part in carnival festivities in the northeastern Brazilian city of Olinda February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Almeida

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<p>A girl watches waves in the ocean on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

A girl watches waves in the ocean on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A girl watches waves in the ocean on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Participants perform "Poorna Bhujangasana", a form of yoga to make spine flexible, at a yoga camp in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh June 10, 2010. More than 80 students participated. REUTERS/Ajay Verma </p>

Participants perform "Poorna Bhujangasana", a form of yoga to make spine flexible, at a yoga camp in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh June 10, 2010. More than 80 students participated. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Participants perform "Poorna Bhujangasana", a form of yoga to make spine flexible, at a yoga camp in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh June 10, 2010. More than 80 students participated. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>Luke Pavlenishzili, two-years-old, sits on his father George Pavlenishzili 's shoulder as he offers a rose to Joe Huber (R), a New York fire fighter who was guarding the reflecting pool, in New York September 11, 2010. Luke's uncle, Vlad Savinkin, was a victim of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  REUTERS/Chang W. Lee/Pool  </p>

Luke Pavlenishzili, two-years-old, sits on his father George Pavlenishzili 's shoulder as he offers a rose to Joe Huber (R), a New York fire fighter who was guarding the reflecting pool, in New York September 11, 2010. Luke's uncle, Vlad Savinkin,...more

Luke Pavlenishzili, two-years-old, sits on his father George Pavlenishzili 's shoulder as he offers a rose to Joe Huber (R), a New York fire fighter who was guarding the reflecting pool, in New York September 11, 2010. Luke's uncle, Vlad Savinkin, was a victim of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. REUTERS/Chang W. Lee/Pool

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<p>A child trains his racing pigeon at the Matraman district in Jakarta March 18, 2010. Some things in the central Jakarta district of Matraman have barely changed since the late 1960s, when United States President Barack Obama lived and played there. REUTERS/Beawiharta </p>

A child trains his racing pigeon at the Matraman district in Jakarta March 18, 2010. Some things in the central Jakarta district of Matraman have barely changed since the late 1960s, when United States President Barack Obama lived and played there....more

A child trains his racing pigeon at the Matraman district in Jakarta March 18, 2010. Some things in the central Jakarta district of Matraman have barely changed since the late 1960s, when United States President Barack Obama lived and played there. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>Children play with a tyre used to block the entrance to a squatter camp for poor white South Africans, at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010.   REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Children play with a tyre used to block the entrance to a squatter camp for poor white South Africans, at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Children play with a tyre used to block the entrance to a squatter camp for poor white South Africans, at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 6, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A first grader attends his first English language lesson at a local school in Tbilisi, September 15, 2010.  REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili </p>

A first grader attends his first English language lesson at a local school in Tbilisi, September 15, 2010. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

A first grader attends his first English language lesson at a local school in Tbilisi, September 15, 2010. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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<p>A child plays on a slide in an amusement park in Taiyuan, Shanxi province October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A child plays on a slide in an amusement park in Taiyuan, Shanxi province October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

A child plays on a slide in an amusement park in Taiyuan, Shanxi province October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A boy with his face decorated with thanaka paste waits outside a local school, for children of migrant workers from Myanmar, near Mae Sot in northwest Thailand October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A boy with his face decorated with thanaka paste waits outside a local school, for children of migrant workers from Myanmar, near Mae Sot in northwest Thailand October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A boy with his face decorated with thanaka paste waits outside a local school, for children of migrant workers from Myanmar, near Mae Sot in northwest Thailand October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A Roma child peers through a door in Prislop village, 300 km (184 miles) northwest of Bucharest where the majority of Roma people craft brooms and baskets made from twigs September 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Radu Sigheti  </p>

A Roma child peers through a door in Prislop village, 300 km (184 miles) northwest of Bucharest where the majority of Roma people craft brooms and baskets made from twigs September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

A Roma child peers through a door in Prislop village, 300 km (184 miles) northwest of Bucharest where the majority of Roma people craft brooms and baskets made from twigs September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

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<p>A girl carries a plastic tube during an evacuation in the Barrio del Carmen slum near San Jose, Costa Rica November 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate </p>

A girl carries a plastic tube during an evacuation in the Barrio del Carmen slum near San Jose, Costa Rica November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

A girl carries a plastic tube during an evacuation in the Barrio del Carmen slum near San Jose, Costa Rica November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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<p>A girl imitates military officers as she salutes at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern and secular Turkey, during Youth and Sports Day celebrations in Ankara May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas </p>

A girl imitates military officers as she salutes at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern and secular Turkey, during Youth and Sports Day celebrations in Ankara May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A girl imitates military officers as she salutes at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern and secular Turkey, during Youth and Sports Day celebrations in Ankara May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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<p>Children sleep during midday break at a nursery in Warsaw September 24, 2010.     REUTERS/Kacper Pempel</p>

Children sleep during midday break at a nursery in Warsaw September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Children sleep during midday break at a nursery in Warsaw September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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<p>Twins Chen Yu-zheng and Chen Yu-han, 2 years-old, pose in red outfits during a photoshoot in Taipei February 3, 2010. The family were taking family pictures ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 14, 2010. Red symbolises luck and prosperity in Chinese culture.  REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

Twins Chen Yu-zheng and Chen Yu-han, 2 years-old, pose in red outfits during a photoshoot in Taipei February 3, 2010. The family were taking family pictures ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 14, 2010. Red symbolises luck and...more

Twins Chen Yu-zheng and Chen Yu-han, 2 years-old, pose in red outfits during a photoshoot in Taipei February 3, 2010. The family were taking family pictures ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 14, 2010. Red symbolises luck and prosperity in Chinese culture. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>A girl tries to stop a dog from entering a crime scene where a passenger was killed during an attack on a public bus in Guatemala City May 24, 2010.  REUTERS/Daniel LeClair</p>

A girl tries to stop a dog from entering a crime scene where a passenger was killed during an attack on a public bus in Guatemala City May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair

A girl tries to stop a dog from entering a crime scene where a passenger was killed during an attack on a public bus in Guatemala City May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair

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<p>Nine-week-old Florine de Groot rests on top of a leaf of the Victoria Amazonica at the Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo, Netherlands September 1, 2010. Children could be photographed on top of the leaf, under the condition that they do not weigh more than 15 kg (33 lbs). The Victoria Amazonica blossoms over two nights producing flowers that are white on the first night, which then turn pinkish-red by the second night. Its leaf could have a diameter of up to two-and-a-half meters. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Nine-week-old Florine de Groot rests on top of a leaf of the Victoria Amazonica at the Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo, Netherlands September 1, 2010. Children could be photographed on top of the leaf, under the condition that they do not weigh more than 15...more

Nine-week-old Florine de Groot rests on top of a leaf of the Victoria Amazonica at the Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo, Netherlands September 1, 2010. Children could be photographed on top of the leaf, under the condition that they do not weigh more than 15 kg (33 lbs). The Victoria Amazonica blossoms over two nights producing flowers that are white on the first night, which then turn pinkish-red by the second night. Its leaf could have a diameter of up to two-and-a-half meters. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Children wait for Pope Benedict XVI at St Mary's University College Chapel in Twickenham in west London September 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Max Rossi </p>

Children wait for Pope Benedict XVI at St Mary's University College Chapel in Twickenham in west London September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Children wait for Pope Benedict XVI at St Mary's University College Chapel in Twickenham in west London September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi

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<p>A boy works at a brick-making factory outside Kabul July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A boy works at a brick-making factory outside Kabul July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A boy works at a brick-making factory outside Kabul July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Young gymnasts take part in a training session for four to seven-year-olds at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Young gymnasts take part in a training session for four to seven-year-olds at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Young gymnasts take part in a training session for four to seven-year-olds at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Two-year-old Nihar Bibi sits on ground along with livestock after fleeing from flood water with her family in Sukkur at Pakistan's Sindh province August 9, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro </p>

Two-year-old Nihar Bibi sits on ground along with livestock after fleeing from flood water with her family in Sukkur at Pakistan's Sindh province August 9, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Two-year-old Nihar Bibi sits on ground along with livestock after fleeing from flood water with her family in Sukkur at Pakistan's Sindh province August 9, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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<p>Haitian earthquake survivor Michael Kalina Sherlyn, 1, undergoes treatment at the Hogar Vida y Esperanza foundation in Santo Domingo August 4, 2010. Kalina and her mother, both of whom had a leg amputated, were transported to the Dominican Republic in the aftermath of the January 12 quake for medical treatment at the foundation. The foundation is still providing help to dozens of Haitian quake victims and it is demanding that the Haitian government be more involved with humanitarian efforts by helping to secure supplies for victims as well as speeding up the reconstruction of the country, according to local media. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz </p>

Haitian earthquake survivor Michael Kalina Sherlyn, 1, undergoes treatment at the Hogar Vida y Esperanza foundation in Santo Domingo August 4, 2010. Kalina and her mother, both of whom had a leg amputated, were transported to the Dominican Republic...more

Haitian earthquake survivor Michael Kalina Sherlyn, 1, undergoes treatment at the Hogar Vida y Esperanza foundation in Santo Domingo August 4, 2010. Kalina and her mother, both of whom had a leg amputated, were transported to the Dominican Republic in the aftermath of the January 12 quake for medical treatment at the foundation. The foundation is still providing help to dozens of Haitian quake victims and it is demanding that the Haitian government be more involved with humanitarian efforts by helping to secure supplies for victims as well as speeding up the reconstruction of the country, according to local media. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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<p>A girl holds a teddy bear given to her by a UNICEF employee visiting a hospital in Malakal in Southern Sudan's Upper Nile state, April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A girl holds a teddy bear given to her by a UNICEF employee visiting a hospital in Malakal in Southern Sudan's Upper Nile state, April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A girl holds a teddy bear given to her by a UNICEF employee visiting a hospital in Malakal in Southern Sudan's Upper Nile state, April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Four-year-old Kevin Isaac Blanco Lozoya, a victim of a fire at a daycare centre, jumps off his bed at his home in Hermosillo June 3, 2010. The Blanco family also lost Dafne, a two-year-old baby, in the same incident that killed 47 small children on June 5, 2009.  REUTERS/Alonso Castillo </p>

Four-year-old Kevin Isaac Blanco Lozoya, a victim of a fire at a daycare centre, jumps off his bed at his home in Hermosillo June 3, 2010. The Blanco family also lost Dafne, a two-year-old baby, in the same incident that killed 47 small children on...more

Four-year-old Kevin Isaac Blanco Lozoya, a victim of a fire at a daycare centre, jumps off his bed at his home in Hermosillo June 3, 2010. The Blanco family also lost Dafne, a two-year-old baby, in the same incident that killed 47 small children on June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Alonso Castillo

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