24/12/2012 08:23 GMT | Updated 24/12/2012 11:12 GMT

Year In Review 2012: Jimmy Savile, Malala Yousafzai And Barack Obama Among Top Ten Stories

What sums up 2012 for you? Was it the London Olympics? Prince William's jubilant smile on his impending fatherhood? Or the Jimmy Savile case and all of its disturbing fall out?

Maybe the news Barack Obama had secured four more years made your year? Or the somewhat smutty news that E L James's 50 shades of Grey is the fastest selling title and most quoted tome of the last 12 months?

And speaking of the explicit, the Tulisa sex tape was one of the most talked about stories of the year. The X Factor judge initially denounced the tape as "100% fake" - but later made a full admission via another video.


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The abduction of April Jones united the nation, with efforts to keep the five-year-old's face in the news continuing. Another youngster who had dominated the headlines is Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for the "crime" of promoting education for girls.

Whitney Houston's death in a hotel bathroom left the entertainment world in shock. A coroner ruled Houston had died from heart disease and the effects of cocaine use. The singer's funeral saw her coffin carried from the church to the strains of her own hit, I Will Always Love You.

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Meanwhile one of the other notable deaths of the year was that of the first man to walk on the moon - Neil Armstrong. The Commander of the space ship Apollo 11 died aged 82 after complications arising from a recent cardiac bypass.

According to our readers, these were the hard-hitters of the year. We've collated the stories and the pictures in one place - click through the slideshow and read all about it.