From the Arab spring to the death of Osama bin Laden, 2011 was filled with landmark events the world over.

The most-viewed stories on CBCNews.ca in 2011 from the around the globe included a plane crash in Russia that killed most of the members of a Kontinental Hockey League team, including Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon and former Vancouver Canuck star Pavol Demitra.

But the most popular story on CBCNews.ca was the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's east coast in March, sending waves as high as seven metres and black water surging inland. The natural disaster left roughly 23,000 people dead or missing and triggered a nuclear crisis at Japan's damaged Fukushima power plant.

The most-read stories on CBCNews.ca from around the world in 2011:

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