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Pregnancy, divorce and knickerless partying have made Britney Spears the most popular Yahoo search in the world for the fifth time in six years.

She has recently whipped up an internet storm after being photographed climbing in and out of cars without any underwear.

The 25-year-old's new best friend, hotel heiress Paris Hilton, only managed fifth place in Yahoo's Buzz Index list of the most searched-for terms in 2006.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger came second in the list and former US President Bill Clinton was third, followed by his wife Hillary.

The most searched-for celebrities' baby was Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's tot Shiloh had to settle for second place.

David Banda, the Malawian toddler Madonna wants to adopt, came sixth.

The most searched-for World Cup player was Ronaldinho, who beat David Beckham into second place. Wayne Rooney was at number 10.

The top news story was the death of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin at the hands of a stingray.

The most searched-for film was Spider-Man 3 - which doesn't come out until next year.