With the year closing down, major news agency Agence France Press (AFP) have compiled a list of the most impactful photographs of the year. Covering natural disasters, revolutionary politics, and mankind's technological progress, the images come from all over the world and give us a quick rundown of the biggest news stories from the eventful twelve months. Take a look at a selection below.
Top image: Crowds gather in China's Henan province to watch water gush from the Xiaolangdi dam to clear up the Yellow river and prevent localised flooding.
New taxi cabs in a flooded New Jersey car park following from Hurricane Sandy.
An exile from Tibet, Jamphel Yeshi, sets himself on fire in New Delhi during protest against an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
A Dutch resident looks out of his house at the floods, which covered about a quarter of the country.
US President Barack Obama does press-ups while playing basketball on the South Lawn of The White House.
A Pakistani worker begins to strip the outer structure of a beached vessel.
People gather around a crater caused by an Israeli air strike on the al-Dallu family’s home in Gaza City.
Francois Hollande of the French Socialist party receives a flour bomb to the face while signing a pact on the French housing crisis.
Cruise liner Costa Concordia sinking after in front of the harbor of Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks.
72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi, the world's shortest man at just 56 cm in height, on his way to meet Guinness World Records experts who awarded him the world title.
A missile launch by the Israeli military, designed to intercept and destroy incoming rockets and shells.
Two women kiss in front of people demonstrating against gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Marseille, France.
Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flying through New York.
Police in China's Shandong province help to remove a car from the sea after the owner parked it on the beach to watch waves caused by Typhoon Bolaven.