Firefighters of Alcoy and Elda put out a fire in Torre de Macanes on August 13, 2012.

Syrian rebels on the lookout for snipers after attacking a building in the heart of Selehattin, on July 23, 2012.

In order to transport Giant Pandas back into their natural habitat at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wolong, some workers wear panda costumes and therefore fit right in, on May 3, 2012.

Don’t get on this dude’s bad side. A former Taliban fighter glares, meanly, after joining Afghan government forces on March 26, 2012.

A Dutch resident seems to still be processing the high waters level he sees through his window, in Dordrecht on January 5, 2012.

US swimmer and suspected gills-haver, Michael Phelps, gives it his all in the men’s 200m individual medley at the London 2012 Olympics on August 1, 2012.

Here, a Pakistani worker pulls on a wire that he’ll connect to a thick chain used for peeling away part of the outer structure of a lodged vessel in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani on July 10, 2012.

An F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force doing a flight demonstration of the Swiss Air Force gets close to the crowd on October 11, 2012.

A Tibetan exile commits to the ultimate protest, setting himself on fire in New Delhi on March 26, 2012, in anticipation of an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt dominates the men’s 100m final as per usual at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympics on August 5, 2012.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a fleet of Hoboken, New Jersey taxi cabs are practically floating in a lot as flood waters recede on October 31, 2012.


See Some of 2012's Most Jaw-Dropping Images In AFP's "Photos of the Year"

The Agence France Presse has just released its annual selection of the most vivid, moving, and sometimes horrifying photos you’re likely to see all year.

When Agence France Presse, the oldest news agency in the world, releases its annual selection of the best photos of the year, people tend to take notice. And how could they not? This year’s crop includes images of a Tibetan exile who had just set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, and a fleet of water-logged taxis in a Hoboken ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Have a look through the best of the best in the slide show above.

[Images: AFP/Getty]

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