2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- 'Baby Having 2 Heads' Born in India
- U.S. Preps for Russian Retaliation
- Woman finds huge silverfish bug in soup served in New York restaurant
- Tank-commanding cartoon girls capture fans for Japan's military
By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Being a soldier in Japan after World War Two was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youth from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan's post-war pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige - helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and cartoons. Hit shows include "Girls und Panzer", a cartoon about schoolgirls fighting tank battles, and "Eternal Zero", a movie about a kamikaze pilot that its director made in part to counter an image of Japanese soldiers as fanatics. The military's attempt to emerge from decades in the shadows is in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's more nationalistic tone and a less apologetic diplomacy.
- Thousands march in Moscow to protest Crimea vote
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- Karzai says war 'imposed' on Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the last 12 years of war were "imposed" on Afghans, a reference to the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban.
- Teen father arrested for biting nose off infant