Friday, December 30, 2011
7 News Features: 7's Top 7 - International
The mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack in America was taken out, and a natural disaster claimed countless lives in the Pacific. Also war and the removal of two powerful dictators. We now take a look at the international headlines of the year, in 7's Top 7.
WSVN -- In 2011, justice for the victims of 9/11 and the nation.
President Obama: "After a fire fight, they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body."
U.S. Navy SEALs found Bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan and took the compound in an early morning raid.
A dramatic photo showed the president and his top advisers as they tensely watched the raid as it happened.
The announcement of Bin Laden's death led to celebrations across the country.
DNA tests were conducted to confirm it was Bin Laden, but the White House refused to release photos of his body, which was later buried at sea.
After 17 years in power, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack at the age of 70. Now, the country looks to his son, Kim Jong Un, to take over.
Two dictators were brought down in 2011.
Woman in street: "We are so happy. It's the greatest moment in all my life."
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was shot, dragged through the streets and assassinated by his own people.
His body was put on display at a local shopping center, a bloody ending to 42 years of violent rule.
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was also forced to resign after almost 30 years in power.
President Obama: "The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same."
Egyptians voted in the first parliamentary elections since Mubarak took power.
In Syria, growing government violence caused the U.S. to place economic sanctions and a call for president Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "The transition to democracy in Syria has begun, and it's time for Assad to get out of the way."
In Afghanistan, the war continued. The deadliest day came in August, when a transport helicopter was shot down, killing 30 Americans.
Family member: "He was a warrior for our country, and he wouldn't want to leave this earth any other way than how he did."
Twenty-two of the dead were Navy SEAL commandos, including members of Seal Team Six, the team that killed Osama Bin Laden.
Josh Fattal: "We are so happy we are free and so relieved we are free."
In Iran, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were released after spending two years in an Iranian jail for spying.
In Italy, Amanda Knox was also released from jail. A court overturned her murder conviction in the killing of her roommate in 2007.
A massive earthquake struck Japan, killing more than 18,000 people. The 8.9 quake hit off the coast, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that leveled entire towns.
The country of Norway was stunned by terror attacks.
Witness, Phone Interview: "All of a sudden, I heard a massive explosion and saw a massive cloud of smoke coming out."
A bomb in downtown Oslo killed 77 people. Hours later, a shooting at a summer youth camp killed dozens more.
An anti-immigration militant was arrested for both attacks.
Protesters: "Rupert Murdoch's got to go!"
Newscorp CEO Rupert Murdoch made headlines after reporters at his London-based newspaper, "News of the World," were accused of hacking phones to get scoops on stories.
Rupert Murdoch: "This is the most humble day of my life."
An outraged man served up humble pie, throwing a plate of shaving cream in Murdoch's face.
But there were much happier images from London this year.
Prince William and Kate Middleton married in Westminster Abbey.
The royal wedding was watched by millions worldwide.
Minister: "It is good that people in every continent are able to share in these celebrations."
A happy ending for Kate, who married her real life Prince Charming. Now everyone wonders if 2012 will see the royal couple expand their family to three.
Craig Stevens: "Tomorrow, we wrap up our look back with the very busy year in politics."