The Year in Pictures 2010

From surreal photos of the Gulf oil spill to Lindsay Lohan’s tearful court appearance to the ash cloud that crippled travel, see the most iconic images of 2010.

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People walk through fire and rubble in the market area in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.

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People carry a body through the streets on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation.

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A man makes his way amidst lifeless bodies outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince on January 14, 2010, following a devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12.

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Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, celebrates in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, with wife Gail, center, and daughter Ayla, and niece Maeve Brown, right, after winning a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the iPad during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.

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Taylor Swift drops one of her four Grammy awards at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010.

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A snowboarder soars through the centre ring of the Olympic Rings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 12, 2010.

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Russia's Nikita Kriukov and Alexander Panzhinskiy (R) cross the finish line to in the men's individual sprint classic cross-country final at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 17, 2010.

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Golfer Tiger Woods hugs his mother Kultida Woods during his first public statement to a small gathering of reporters and friends at the headquarters of the U.S. PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, February 19, 2010.

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Steven Slater, a Jetblue flight attendant, is buckled up by Port Authority Police after arrest for pulling the emergency exit and exiting an airplane, February 20, 2010.

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Greek taxi drivers block Athens' Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike to protest against the debt-burdened government's fiscal reforms, in Athens on March 2, 2010.

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Kyrgyz opposition supporters man-handle police force members during an anti-government protest in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.

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Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (R) hands an assistant a purse as she arrives for the Metropolitan Opera premiere of "Armida" in New York April 12, 2010.

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Polish people continue to bring candles and flowers in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw on April 12, 2010 to pay tribute to victims of the air-crash in which President Lech Kaczynski was killed the two days before.

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Lightning is seen within a cloud of volcanic matter as it rises from Eyjafjallajokull volcano April 18, 2010 Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland.

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Horses are herded to safety away from volcanic ash April 17, 2010 near Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland.

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In this April 21, 2010 image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

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Police officers investigate a small cooler that was left unattended, causing sections of Times Square to be evacuated May 7, 2010 in New York. The cooler was determined not to be a threat, and the streets were reopened shortly after an hour of being closed.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he is joined by Vice President Joe Biden while introducing Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his choice to be the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice during an event in the East Room of the White House May 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. Kagan was selected by Obama to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

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Hamas marine security take to the open waters during a drill in preparation for the arrival of ships expected to break the Israeli naval blockade on the port in Gaza City on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea on May 26, 2010. Israel claimed a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists seeking to bust the Gaza blockade is a provocation and that the aid it is carrying is "unnecessary." Three cargo vessels left from Ireland, Greece and Turkey in recent days and plan to rendezvous with six smaller passenger boats off the coast of Cyprus before steaming on to Gaza where organizers hope to arrive by May 29.

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A clean-up worker picks up blobs of oil in absorbent snare on Queen Bess Island at the mouth of Barataria Bay near the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, June 4, 2010.

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A small dead fish floats on a pool of oil at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana Sunday, June 6, 2010.

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An image of terror suspect Faisal Shahzad is seen on a TV screen as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Deputy Director of the FBI John S. Pistole and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hold a briefing regarding the investigation into the Times Square attempted bombing, in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2010.

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after winning over the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots following the death of a 15-year-old boy in San Carlos de Bariloche June 18, 2010.

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Spanish fans react while watching the 2010 World Cup match between Spain and Switzerland, in Madrid, June 16, 2010.

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The Spain team celebrates winning the World Cup as captain Iker Casillas (C) waves to fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Duralde (R) and Sgt. Luis Gamarra of Bravo Troop 1-71 CAV react and hold hands as they fight pain from injuries they suffered from an IED blast as they are transported aboard a MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 25, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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A U.S. Military District of Washington honor guard carries Sen. Robert Byrd's flag-draped casket out of the U.S. Capitol July 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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In this July 6, 2010 file photo, actress Lindsay Lohan reacts after the sentencing by Superior Court Judge Marsha Reve during a hearing in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal looks down after receiving the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Distinguished Service Medal during a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair July 23, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony honored Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, who has served in the military since 1976 is retiring after being relieved of command for comments he made to a Rolling Stone reporter about President Barack Obama and his administration.

Chelsea Clinton is escorted down the aisle by her father on her wedding day, July 31, 2010.

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Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, center, greets supporters from the top of a vehicle after submitting the paperwork to run for president of Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.

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Villagers, displaced by floods, lead their livestock through flood waters on August 22, 2010 in the village of Baseera near Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan.

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Marooned flood victims looking to escape grab the side bars of a hovering Army helicopter which arrived to distribute food supplies in the Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan's Punjab province August 7, 2010.

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Natalie Portman attends the premiere of Black Swan at the Venice Film Festival, Sept. 1, 2010.

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Lady Gaga stands backstage in a meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2010.

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An image of Florencio Avalos, one of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose collapsed mine, is seen on a TV set near the mine in Copiapo, Chile, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

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Chilean miner Osman Araya (R), embraces his wife, Angelica, after leaving the "Fenix" rescue capsule during the rescue operation at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, on 13 October 2010.

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A Hungarian soldier wearing chemical protection gear walks through a street flooded by toxins in the town of Devecser, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. The flooding was caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant in western Hungary and affected seven towns near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka, 100 miles southwest of Budapest.

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Politician and conservative activist Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as she speaks during a rally for the Tea Party Express national tour October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Fighting back tears as he recounted his rise from humble beginnings to the presumed Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) addresses the Republican National Congressional Committee's midterm election results watch party at the Grand Hyatt hotel November 2, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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This picture taken on November 4, 2010 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attending a press conference at the Geneva Press Club on November 4, 2010 in Geneva.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.

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Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton walk into the room for a photo-call at St. James' Palace in London, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010, after they announced their engagement. The couple are to wed in 2011.

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People reach for help among some unconscious people near a bridge in Phnom Penh on November 23, 2010 after at least 105 people died in a stampede while millions were celebrating the end of the annual Water Festival.

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, waves to devotees as she leaves Shwedagon pagoda after offering prayer, in Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

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Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall react as their car is attacked, in London, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. In Britain's worst political violence in years, furious student protesters rained sticks and rocks on riot police, vandalized government buildings and attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, after lawmakers approved a controversial hike in university tuition fees.

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An empty chair representing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is seen during a ceremony honoring Liu at city hall in Oslo, Norway Friday Dec. 10, 2010.

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David Karnovsky, general counsel for the New York City Department of City Planning, cross country skis down West 73rd Street toward Central Park on December 27, 2010 in New York City.