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Top ten most read stories on ITV News in 2012

Since the launch of the new-look ITV News website in March this year, we've seen an unforgettable Olympic Games, a financial crisis in Europe showing little sign of improvement, continued horror in Syria and a US president re-elected.

But which stories got the most clicks? Here's our top ten most read:

Australian broadcaster Clive James gave an emotional interview in which admitted that he had been close to losing a long-fought battle with leukaemia.

An ITV Granada reporter happened to be on the same train as George Osborne when it emerged that the Chancellor had ridden First Class from Wilmslow to Euston on only a Standard Class ticket.

George Osborne and his aide on a train to London Euston.

The death in July of much-loved actor Geoffrey Hughes, star of Coronation Street and The Royle Family, saw an outpouring of tributes and respect from fans and colleagues alike.

Geoffrey Hughes died in July aged 68. Credit: PA

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner leapt into the stratosphere from a balloon hovering near the edge of space 24 miles (38 km) above Earth, breaking as many as three world records including the highest skydive ever.

On the eve of Super Saturday, Reuters photographer Luke MacGregor captured the moon appearing to rise through the Olympic rings suspended from London's Tower Bridge.

A full moon tinged dusky gold rose through Tower Bridge's Olympic banner. Credit: Reuters

In what was its second entry in this list, London's Tower Bridge opened to make way for a 50 ft rubber duck as it sailed down the Thames. The images were quacking.

Tower Bridge opens for the giant duck. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Five-year-old April Jones vanished from her home town of Machynlleth in Wales on October 1st. Police have promised to continue the search into the new year.

Local man Mark Bridger was charged with her murder.

April Jones was abducted playing near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth. Credit: Police

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was left dangling from a zipwire after "the brakes got stuck" during an Olympics event at London's Victoria Park.

ITV London has the video.

The Mayor had to be pulled to freedom after the stunt backfired. Credit: London Tonight

Gaby Scanlan, 18, had her stomach removed after drinking a liquid nitrogen cocktail in a bar.

Bars were warned against the 'super-chilled' drinks after Gaby Scanlan's ordeal.

Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Dorset after offensive tweets were sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley following his competition.

The messages made reference to Daley's late father and caused outrage online.

Daley retweeted the insults for his millions of followers to see. Credit: PA