The ending year was nothing short of distress, bad news and the like. From the gigantic drama in Haiti to the ongoing wars of the worlds, memories of anything good that happened in 2010 have no chances to hold for long.

TIME Magazine revisits this doomed year with some of the best pictures it published. Here is a selection of them.

Funeral in HaitiPhotographed by Shaul Schwarz / Reportage / Getty Images for TIME

The Port-au-Prince cemetery had no more room, but the dead kept coming.

Earthquake in HaitiPhotograph by Shaul Schwarz / Reportage / Getty Images for TIME

The devastating January 12 quake registered 7.0 on the Richter scale.haiti

Volcanic Eruption in IcelandPhotographed by Ragnar Th Sigurdsson / Arctic Images

Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption lights up the Icelandic sky. It was an awesome spectacle, but the ash that followed created a global mess.

World Cup in South AfricaPhotographed by Dominic Nahr / Reportage / Getty Images for TIME

A group of boys play soccer beneath power lines near the newly built Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

EmergencyPhotograph by Nicolas Asfouri / AFP / Getty Images

Thai Red Shirt anti-government protesters carry a man shot during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Bangkok on May 16. Dozens died in the civil unrest of the spring.

Fire in the SkyPhotograph by Reuters

Firefighters approach an oil pipeline blast site in Dalian, China, July 17.

The Chilean Miners are DiscoveredPhotograph by Reuters

Florencio Avalos, one of 33 miners trapped in a copper and gold mine in Copiapó, Chile, peers into the video camera that had been lowered through a shaft drilled into the chamber where the men had sought safety after a cave-in. Rescuers succeeded in finding the men 17 days after the section of the mine they were working in collapsed on August 5.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillPhotographed by Peter van Agtmael / Magnum for TIME

The waters near Venice, La., in June, more than two months after the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion spewed millions of tons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico

Floods in PakistanPhotographed by Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

A man walks through a flooded street in Nowshera. Floodwaters displaced tens of thousands of people in northwestern Pakistan.

Polling StationPhotograph by Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters

On August 9, Rwanda held its first election since the 1994 genocide. Incumbent Paul Kagame won in a landslide.

River of Red SludgePhotograph by Tomas Benedikovic / Isifa / Getty Images

In October, a toxic mixture of muddy water and mining waste flooded a series of villages in Hungary.

Panjshir Province, Afghanistan Photograph by Ahmad Masood / Reuters

A donkey transports ballot boxes to villages unreachable by vehicles north of Kabul, Sept. 17, 2010. Afghanistan held parliamentary elections on September 18. Voter turnout was lower than in any of the four national elections held in post-Taliban Afghanistan, with violence keeping voter numbers low. Widespread allegations of fraud tainted the final results.

Uprising in KyrgyzstanPhotograph by Vladimir Pirogov / Reuters

Protesters tackle a riot policeman and attempt to take the rocket-propelled grenade strapped to his back. In several days of rioting, protesters demonstrated against the policies of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who ultimately fled the capital.

Southern SudanPhotograph by Cedric Gerbehaye / Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund / Agence VU

A young Dinka boy stands in a camp in Southern Sudan. The region will vote in early 2011 in a referendum that is almost certain to give it independence.sudan

 

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