2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • 102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada
    102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada

    Recently a family in Regina, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, discovered a few small snakes in their basement and called the local wildlife rehab agency.

  • Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets
    Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA late on Tuesday. A Syrian monitoring group said on Friday that Iraqi pilots trained under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had joined Islamic State and were conducting training flights in three captured fighter jets at a air base in Aleppo province. ...

  • Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack
    Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

    By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just meters away from where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country," Harper said. ...

  • Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true
    Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true

    If your school doesn’t already collect your smartphones before you go to class, we’re certain that it will start doing so after seeing this new mobile app. Per Engadget, an app called PhotoMath is every math teacher’s worst nightmare come to life as it will solve equations for you just by using your smartphone’s camera. MORE GREAT APPS: This brilliant app will send you a photo of the person who stole your smartphone As you can see in the video posted below, the app uses your camera to scan the page for mathematical symbols and will then decipher the precise syntax of the problem it sees and then solve it. So far, the app can read basic arithmetic expressions, fractions, powers

  • Kosovo pitches peace treaty, recognition to old master Serbia

    By Ivana Sekularac BELGRADE (Reuters) - Kosovo urged old master Serbia on Thursday to recognize it as independent during the first visit to Belgrade by a foreign minister of the ex-Serbian province that showed how relations have evolved from open hostility to functional co-existence. Enver Hoxhaj said recognition should come in the form of a peace treaty, speaking on the sidelines of a European Union-sponsored gathering of Western Balkans government ministers that was deliberately short on formality to avoid any diplomatic upsets between Serbia and Kosovo. ...

  • Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain

    By Isabel Coles and Saif Sameer ARBIL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. The attack is the latest threat to minority Yazidis, thousands of whom have shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by IS militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers. The IS militants originally attacked the area around Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, in August. ...

  • Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles
    Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles

    Russia’s leaders have continued to criticize the economic sanctions imposed by the West over their invasion of Ukraine, but the official complaints from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have recently taken a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone. Growth in Russia has come to a virtual standstill, as foreign investors pull money out of the country and those who have been considering new investments reconsider. Global oil prices are moving sharply downward, presenting a major challenge to a Russian economy that is utterly dependent on oil and gas exports. Russia’s inflation rate rose to 8.3 percent in mid-October, driven largely by increasing food prices, driving concern that the central bank will need to raise interest rates in order to slow price increases.

  • The Science Behind Renée Zellweger's New Face

    Photographs of actress Renée Zellweger at the Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards this week, showing her dramatically different appearance, have sparked the Internet's interest. The 45-year-old actress looked almost unrecognizable to fans who know her best from her earlier movies such as "Jerry Maguire" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." But two cosmetic surgeons told Live Science that Zellweger's transformation could be the result of relatively minor procedures, as well as weight loss and normal aging. Zellweger looks so different because her most distinctive features are the ones that changed dramatically, said both Dr. Michael C. Edwards, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Stuart Linder, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. "That's what made her Renee Zellweger," Edwards told Live Science.

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