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Most Incredible Images of the Decade: 2000-2009

Senseless terror. This happened in Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2004. A bomb explosion by terrorists ripped through this train.131 people died and 400 were injured.

Moments before a tragedy. A Concorde takes off from Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport with its engine on fire on July 25, 2000. The plane later crashed killing 109 people onboard.

Everyone in the world has seen this. The second plane approaches the WTC. September 11, 2001. It changed the world

This man preferred to jump than wait for the approaching flames. WTC attack. 9/11. 2001. The day the World Trade Center came crashing down.

The first breath of freedom. Afghanistan. November 14, 2001. This woman shows her face after the end of Taliban rule as she waits at a food distribution center in Kabul

This undated picture released January 30, 2002, shows a Pakistani terrorist pointing a gun at Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl's head. He was later beheaded.

Iraq. Baghdad. March 21, 2003. Smoke billows from Saddam Hussein's palace after US and allies' plane bombed it.

The capture of Saddam Hussein by US troops. Tikrit. Iraq. December 13, 2003.

This is not Earth. This is a Mars sunset. May 19, 2005. Picture taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. The picture has been touched up to make it similar to what we are used to seeing.
A victim of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans. US. September 1, 2005. Total toll? 1800.

A moment of anger. Moments after French footballer Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italian defender Marco Materazz at the World Cup Football Final in Berlin in 2006.

The monster storm as seen from the heavens. A picture taken from the International Space Station on September 12, 2008 of Hurricane Ike

Taking on the sea pirates. French soldiers arrest suspected pirates off Somalia, Nov.12, 2009

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China after Deng's reform gave the chance to get rich but power is in the hands of an elite; the Communist Party of China. Membership to the party is at the whims of the local party bosses. This leaves out many people who crave political power dissatisfied and disgruntled. There in lies the roots of instability. The Party suppressed these demands once at Tiananmen in 1989. But force is hardly the way to deal with things like these.

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