2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Los Cabos struggles after devastating storm Odile
    Los Cabos struggles after devastating storm Odile

    Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - There is still no water, no electricity and almost nothing to eat in Los Cabos, a small corner of paradise in northwestern Mexico leveled by Hurricane Odile.

  • Afghanistan's presidential rivals sign power-sharing deal
    Afghanistan's presidential rivals sign power-sharing deal

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates signed a deal on Sunday to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilized the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave. Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister who will be named president, embraced rival Abdullah Abdullah after they signed the power-sharing agreement at a ceremony watched by outgoing president Hamid Karzai, and broadcast live from his palace. ...

  • 32 structures destroyed in California wildfire
    32 structures destroyed in California wildfire

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly three-dozen structures were destroyed in a massive Northern California wildfire that continues to spread more than a week after it started, officials said Sunday.

  • Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU association deal
    Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU association deal

    Brussels (AFP) - Russia has demanded changes to a landmark political and economic pact between the EU and Ukraine in order to meet Moscow's concerns, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday.

  • 700-Year Embrace: Skeleton Couple Still Holding Hands
    700-Year Embrace: Skeleton Couple Still Holding Hands

    Archeologists found the happy couple holding hands in an earthen grave during an excavation of a "lost" chapel in Leicestershire, England, researchers reported Thursday (Sept. 18). "We have seen similar skeletons before from Leicester where a couple has been buried together in a single grave," Vicki Score, University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) project manager, said in a statement. There is a perfectly good church in Hallaton," Score said. For example, the site may have served as a place of pilgrimage in Hallaton, a village in east Leicestershire, during the 14th century, the researchers said.

  • Thousands rally worldwide over climate change
    Thousands rally worldwide over climate change

    New York (AFP) - Celebrities, political leaders and the masses rallied in New York and across the globe Sunday demanding urgent action on climate change, with organizers saying 600,000 people hit the streets.

  • Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release details
    Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release details

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

  • U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft
    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska.

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