Ten most popular World stories in 2012

Ban on wearing jeans, the worst city in the world and other top stories trending on

Staff Report
16:14 December 30, 2012

1. Indian college bans girls from wearing short dresses

The Adarsh Women’s College in Haryana state announced it had banned girls from wearing jeans, short dresses and T-shirts to crack down on sexual harassment, sparking outrage from pupils and rights campaigners. Read the full story here.

2. And the worst city is...

US television network CNN's viewers have ranked Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Jakarta and Cairo among the 10 worst cities in the world to visit. For a complete list, read the full story here.

3. Video of Afghan woman's murder goes viral

A manhunt was under way for Taliban militants who publicly executed a woman accused of adultery, Afghan authorities said, as outrage mounted after a video of the killing surfaced. The brutal shooting of the lone woman before a cheering mob of men is shown in graphic detail. Read the full story here.

4. Deaf girl kept as sex slave by elderly couple for 10 years

A deaf and dumb girl trafficked into the UK to act as a ‘slave' to an elderly couple for almost a decade used sign language to tell of her life of horror. Locked in a cellar each night from the age of 10, she was allegedly raped and forced to carry out household chores. Read the full story here.

5. Army nurse killed during Skype chat

An Army nurse in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan showed no alarm or discomfort before suddenly collapsing during a Skype video chat with his wife, who saw a bullet hole in a closet behind him, his family said. Read the full story here.

6. Police probe death of man found near python

Police in urban Japan were Monday probing the death of a Shoji Fujita, 66, whose body was found outside his home next to a 21-foot python. Read the full story here.

7. KFC guilty in Australia salmonella brain damage case

An Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was left paralysed by food poisoning won a court case against fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken, in an April ruling. Read the full story here.

8. Indian woman marries dead man to legitimise relationship

A woman was married to a dead man in Bihar to ensure their four children would enjoy legitimate status and live their life with dignity. Read the full story here.

9. New Orleans braces for Tropical Storm Issac

New Orleans braced for another hurricane as a strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac drew near this August, seven years after Hurricane Katrina left 1,800 dead in the fabled jazz city. Read the full story here.

10. Dead man's face gives Norris a new life

Richard Lee Norris, 37, will be remembered as the first man to undergo the most extensive full face transplant in history. Read the full story here.