2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Oil edges lower after big drop on Libyan supplies

    The price of oil edged lower Monday after its biggest one-day drop since April on expectations Libyan oil will soon return to the market.

  • Mo Martin, with eagle on 18, wins Women's British
    Mo Martin, with eagle on 18, wins Women's British

    SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale.

  • Simon Cowell on a business, personal roll
    Simon Cowell on a business, personal roll

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Life is good these days for Simon Cowell.

  • Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive

    Paris (AFP) - Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead.

  • Israeli commandos make first ground incursion in Gaza
    Israeli commandos make first ground incursion in Gaza

    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli navy commandos launched a ground operation overnight in the north of the Gaza Strip, the first since the offensive against Hamas began, Israeli public radio said early Sunday.

  • Merkel and Putin call for stronger peace effort in Ukraine: Kremlin

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting briefly on Sunday before the World Cup soccer final in Brazil, called for a stepping-up of peace efforts in Ukraine, Putin's spokesman said. The pair have been in regular telephone contact over the Ukraine crisis, with Merkel urging Putin to use his influence with pro-Russian separatists to help bring about an end to fighting in the east of the former Soviet republic in which hundreds of people have been killed. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Merkel and the Kremlin leader agreed the situation 'has a tendency toward degradation'. "Both Putin and Merkel stressed the necessity to urgently resume the work of a contact group on Ukraine, possibly in the format of a video conference.

  • Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws
    Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws

    Fugitive US intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the existence of mass surveillance programmes a year ago, Snowden said the planned laws were "beyond belief". The British parliament is this week due to debate new legislation allowing Internet providers and mobile phone companies to keep details of communications between people in case they are needed in investigations. In April the European Court of Justice threw out an EU law that forced companies to retain data for at least six months, saying it breached the right to privacy.

  • Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture
    Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture

    In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon 'Rola' is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture. A marketing gold mine, Rola smiles down celestially from giant billboards, her wide eyes and girlie pout grace magazine covers and she even greets you at vending machines. Japan's largely mono-ethnic society -- a culture where skin whitening creams are still huge business -- has long been mirrored by its entertainment industry. Rola and host of others are beginning to change that.

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