AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Japan, hit by an enormous 9.0-earthquake triggering a monster tsunami. Death tolls reach sixteen-thousand and then the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
Also in Japan, The country's soccer team beat the U.S. to become the first Asian country to win the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Egypt – Massive demonstrations bring an end to the 30-year-rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Libya – Anti-government protests here that turned into a full-on rebellion supported by Nato. Muammar Gaddafi was captured, and later killed.
Syria – Uprising erupts against President Bashar Assad. But despite increasing international pressure, the government's bloody crackdowns continue.
United Kingdom – The eyes of the world on Westminster Abbey as an estimated 3-billion people watched the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Also in the U.K., British newspaper "News of the World" closes after allegations that journalists hacked into voicemail accounts.
Pakistan – In what may be the biggest news story of the year, Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. Navy Seals shoot and kill the terror leader at his compound.
Serbia – At large for 15-years, Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general responsible for the massacre of thousands of Muslims is arrested.
Germany – A deadly E.coli outbreak in Europe linked back to sprouts grown here.
Norway – A man bombs a government building, and then goes on a shooting rampage at a youth camp killing 77-people.
Afghanistan – The deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade old Afghanistan war. A chopper crashes killing 30-American service members, most of them were elite Navy Seals.
East Africa – More than 10-million were hit by the worst drought in 6-decades.
Iran – Two American hikers were finally freed. They were arrested in 2009, accused of being spies.
Italy – A jury clears American student Amanda Knox of murder. Nearly 4-years after she was arrested for allegedly killing her roommate.
Israel – Over 1-thousand Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for one kidnapped Israeli soldier.
North Korea – Dictator Kim Jong II dies of an apparent heart failure at 69-years-old. His son "Kim Jong Un" believed to be in his 20’s is named his successor.
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