As 2011 winds down, one cannot but recall the many hard-hitting and controversial headlines over the year. People and events, from all across the world, have made big news; from the now dead former Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi to Amanda Knox and from Dominique Straus-Kahn to Amy Winehouse, a number of people have made it, for different reasons, a year to remember.

Start the slideshow to read up on the top ten newsmakers of 2011.