As 2009 draws to a close, the AP takes a look back at the major world news stories of the year. From the war in Afghanistan to the protests in Iran, Somali pirates to swine flu fears, 2009 was hardly short of events of consequence. AP, for its part, says 2009 will be remembered as a year of key elections. But was it, in the grand scheme of things, a particularly volatile or transformational year? Let us know in the comments.