In 2011 protesters took to the streets from Bahrain to Boston and from London to Los Angeles. Concerns about European debt shook economies around the world. An eight-year war in Iraq and a decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden both ended. A powerful earthquake and tsunami in Japan precipitated the worst nuclear disaster since 1986. And the world lost a visionary. Those are some of the stories that our editors chose as the top 11 of 2011. We encourage you to explore the full list.