The 12 most-read 2011 articles in News
All human life is here - including the death of the newspaper for which that phrase was once a proud boast. But our list is headed by a man who (thankfully) got his forecast spectacularly wrong
Don't expect our list of this year's most-read articles to match the major news breaks too closely.
There are two basic reasons. First, the big breaks are covered widely, splitting the audience widely and over a long period of time so our more distinctive articles are likely to be the most popular. Second, even a widely read online audience craves some light relief, as you'll see.
Before we list our most-read articles, look at this year's top headlines, including links to a key part of our coverage for each:
January: the Tunisian government falls
July: Amy Winehouse dies
The 12 most-read articles from 2011 in our News channel
But before we start, an honourable mention for a story from 20 December that fell just outside the list, but is still growing at a rate that might see it enter the list by the end of the year: Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu
And looking forward: Alan Cleaver, Online House Hunter: 2012 HOUSING PREDICTIONS
In pictures: Saturn images from Cassini probe as it prepares to turn lens towards Earth
Serena Williams apologises after comment that rape victim 'shouldn't have put herself in that position'
New banker bonus boom: Payouts leapt 64% to new record when Chancellor George Osborne cut top-rate tax to 45p in April
'Theres something quite unpleasant going on': Nigel Farage confronted for second time on visit to Scotland
World news in pictures
- 1 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 2 Mike Ashley wants blood after last season's trauma at Newcastle - and it won't stop with Derek Llambias
- 3 Richard Nieuwenhuizen death: Six teenagers and 50-year-old father convicted of manslaughter in shocking case of referee killed over a game of football
- 4 Exclusive: Newcastle's star talent-spotter on brink as Joe Kinnear sparks walkout
- 5 Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats
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