Pick your top 10 stories of 2013

What do you think were the biggest stories of the year? Were you horrified by the carnage in Syria but fascinated by its global implications? Shaking your head over a former Disney star's over-the-top performance at an awards show? Select up to 10 of your top stories of the year by clicking on the choices below. The final results will be revealed later this month on CNN.com and CNN TV. Voting closes on December 27.

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A new pope

In a shocking move, Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. A month later, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected his successor, taking the papal name Pope Francis.

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Boston Marathon attacks

Two bombs explode near the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three and injuring more than 180. A dramatic hunt ensues, ending four days later with the capture of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Cleveland kidnappings

Three young women and a six-year-old girl are rescued from a Cleveland house where they had been held and abused by Ariel Castro for a decade. Castro is sentenced to life in prison, where he commits suicide.

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Jodi Arias convicted

Jodi Arias is found guilty of the 2008 murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

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Moore, OK tornados

An EF5 tornado hits Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas, carving a trail more than a mile wide and 17 miles long. There are 25 fatalities.

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Edward Snowden NSA leaks

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks info on the NSA’s mass surveillance program on civilians. He's charged with espionage and theft, and flees to Russia, where he is given temporary asylum.

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SCOTUS rules on same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court rejects parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California to resume.

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George Zimmerman acquitted

George Zimmerman is found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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Prince George is born

Prince William and Duchess Catherine welcome their first child, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

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Asiana flight 214

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashes at San Francisco International Airport – killing two passengers. A third person dies after being run over by a rescue vehicle. It's first fatal commercial airline crash in the United States since February 2009.

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Syria's civil war

President Obama threatens a U.S. strike on Syria in retaliation for the government's alleged use of chemical weapons on its people. Syria later agrees to a Russian proposal to give up control of its chemical weapons.

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Politicians behaving badly

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits to lewd online chats, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to harassing women, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine.

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The year of Miley

Former Disney star Miley Cyrus steals the spotlight at the MTV VMA awards show with an over-the-top twerking performance with Robin Thicke.

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Navy Yard shooting

Twelve people are killed inside the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The shooter, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, is also killed.

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Nairobi mall siege

Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab attacks the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 60 civilians during a four-day massacre.

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Iran-US warming of ties

For the first time since 1979, President Obama speaks directly to the leader of Iran. Iran later reaches an agreement to limit its nuclear activities in return for lighter sanctions.

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Obamacare rollout debacle

Technical problems plague health insurance exchanges that open online as part of the rollout of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare."

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Federal government shutdown

A partial federal government shutdown goes into effect as the new fiscal year officially begins without an agreement on legislation to keep the government funded. It lasts for 15 days.

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Philippines Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing more than 5,000 people. Haiyan, aka Yolanda, is possibly the strongest recorded storm to make landfall.

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Nelson Mandela's death

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president and an international icon of freedom, dies at age 95.

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