Year 2009 in Pictures

Fireworks illuminate the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin November 9, 2009, during celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Militants from Hizbul Islam haul the bloodied body of Mohamed Ibrahim, 48, from a chest-deep pit after stoning him to death for illicit sexual intercourse with a woman in the Afgoye district, Somalia on December 13, 2009.

A car plows into a parade that included Queen Beatrix and the royal family on the national Queen’s Day holiday in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn April 30, 2009.

A girl dives in a lake 100 km (62 miles) west of St. Petersburg, Russia, in this Aug. 7, 2009 photo.

A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the northern Gaza Strip flies towards an Israeli target Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

Maldivian Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Ibrahim Didi signs a declaration calling on countries to cut down carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December, in the Maldives, October 17, 2009.

Chinese parents gather to sleep at an auditorium after they accompanied their children to a university to start their first semester in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province on September 7, 2009.

Police officials detain a suspected militant from the site of a shooting at a police training center in Lahore March 30, 2009.

A scene from the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake was held near Gloucester, England. After this notoriously dangerous race for the cheese, the man upside down was taken away to the hospital.

Owen Rabago (left) wipes a tear from the face of his father, Specialist Sheldon Rabago, as his mother Nancy wraps her arms around both of them during a candlelight vigil at Hood Stadium on the Fort Hood Army Post in Fort Hood, Texas November 6, 2009.

A local woman on a crutch shouts at Chinese soldiers wearing riot gear as a crowd of angry locals confront security forces on a street in the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 7, 2009

A competitor crosses the Start/Finish line during the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships in Peatlands Park, Dungannon, County Tyrone July 26, 2009

A North Korean woman carries water she collected from the Yalu River in the North Korean city of Hyesan, which borders China’s Changbai county, April 6, 2009

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is unveiled in Mojave, California December 7, 2009.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employees work on the last-pre cast segments (rings) of the Phase-II underground tunneling project between neighborhoods Jangpura and Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi on October 12, 2009.

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