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1. Turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa
From the death of a fruit seller which sparked protests in Tunisia at the end of 2010 and into 2011, to continuous demonstrations in Syria in December, the past year has been one of turbulence and upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa. The protests led to power shifts which many would have thought unimaginable even months before: Tunisia's then President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is currently standing trial. Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to hand over power. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebel forces. And Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is facing an uncertain future.
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2. Japan earthquake and nuclear disaster
The past year was notable for the number, and scale, of natural disasters which struck different regions. Perhaps most shocking was the 9.0-magnitude earthquake which hit northeast Japan on March 11. The quake and the tsunami it triggered killed at least 15,000 people and left more than 90,000 homeless. Later, news of radiation leaks at a nuclear plant in Fukushima stunned the world. The nuclear disaster was believed to be the most serious such incident since 1986 and forced governments around the world to review their nuclear power policies.
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3. European sovereign debt crisis

The European sovereign debt crisis has occupied the media spotlight for almost the whole of 2011. The crisis spread from Greece to Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Spain and other eurozone countries, leaving Europeans tired and disillusioned with the on-going saga. The continuing crisis has resulted in the resignation of a number of experienced prime ministers, including Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, Ireland's Brian Cowen, Greece's George Papandreou and Portugal's Jose Socrates.
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4. DPRK power transition
Kim Jong Il, long-time leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), died at the age of 69 "from a great mental and physical strain" on Dec. 17. Kim Jong Un, Kim's third son, was hailed as the DPRK people's new great leader by both the country's authorities and media following his father's death.
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5. South Sudan's independence
Republic of South Sudan declared its independence on July 9 and became the 193rd member state of the United Nations. Salva Kiir Mayardit took office as president of the new country. The independence of South Sudan from Sudan came as a result of the January referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South.
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6. Thailand floods
Since late July, the whole of Thailand, except for its southern region, has been afflicted by a disastrous deluge. The floods hit 65 out of 77 provinces and affected more than 13 million, or one in five Thai people. Caused by heavy monsoon rains and back-to-back tropical storms, the natural disaster also swamped tens of thousands of manufactures, left a million employees at risk of losing their jobs and caused economic losses of up to US$28 billion.
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7. Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sex scandal
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was arrested in New York on May 14 accused of a sex attack on a hotel maid. He announced that he would resign with immediate effect on May 18. The alleged victim later admitted that she lied to a grand jury about the events and Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on July 1. Supporters of Strauss-Kahn, who many saw as a likely candidate for France's 2012 presidential election, suspected that he had been the victim of a smear campaign.
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