Haiti's devastating earthquake kicked off what was to be a truly turbulent year in global news.
But the last year of the first decade of the 21st century was marked by other world events -- some monumental, others devastating.
The June detainment of 10 seemingly harmless U.S. suburbanites who turned out to be Russian spies threatened to fracture newly-patched relations between the two nations, while the miraculous rescue of 33 miners trapped in Chile's San Jose Mine captivated readers and viewers the world over in late summer. "Cablegate" broke in late fall and continues full-force, with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange finding himself simultaneously adored and maligned among the planet's most powerful figures as the year comes to a close.
As we prepare to kick off 2011, we're asking HuffPost readers to cast their votes on 2010's world story of the year. Check out the contenders here, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest any we missed: