2012 in pictures

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Taiwan’s China-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou after winning the presidential elections in Taipei on 14 January. AFP
1/8Taiwan’s China-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou after winning the presidential elections in Taipei on 14 January. AFP
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is greeted during a visit to Kings Lynn Town Hall in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, on 6 February to begin the diamond jubilee celebrations of her ascending the throne. AFP
2/8Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is greeted during a visit to Kings Lynn Town Hall in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, on 6 February to begin the diamond jubilee celebrations of her ascending the throne. AFP
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav celebrates his party’s victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections on 6 March in Lucknow. Yadav assumes office as Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister on 15 March. HT
3/8Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav celebrates his party’s victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections on 6 March in Lucknow. Yadav assumes office as Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister on 15 March. HT
Viswanathan Anand is garlanded at the awards ceremony of the FIDE World chess championship in Moscow after he wins his fifth World Chess Championship title on 30 May. AFP
4/8Viswanathan Anand is garlanded at the awards ceremony of the FIDE World chess championship in Moscow after he wins his fifth World Chess Championship title on 30 May. AFP
President Pranab Mukherjee, who is sworn in as India’s 13th president on 25 July, waves to the media as he arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan. HT
5/8President Pranab Mukherjee, who is sworn in as India’s 13th president on 25 July, waves to the media as he arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan. HT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London  after he is granted political asylum on 16 August. Reuters
6/8WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London after he is granted political asylum on 16 August. Reuters
The sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, is hanged on 21 November and buried at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Reuters
7/8The sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, is hanged on 21 November and buried at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Reuters
Policemen use water canon to disperse protesters as they march towards the Presidential Palace to protest against the 16 December gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in New Delhi. AP
8/8Policemen use water canon to disperse protesters as they march towards the Presidential Palace to protest against the 16 December gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in New Delhi. AP
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