2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars
    Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

    Washington (AFP) - A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

  • Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail
    Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

    London (AFP) - People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter.

  • Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early
    Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

    By Jeff Mason UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. ...

  • Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard
    Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39. More than 500 people have been rescued from a route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles Annapurna, the world's tenth-tallest peak. The survivors included 230 foreigners. Rescuers turned to villagers familiar with the rugged, snow-clad terrain to help look for stranded trekkers. ...

  • Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war
    Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge on Sunday of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months.

  • Future of food served up in Paris
    Future of food served up in Paris

    Paris (AFP) - Acai, kimchi, black garlic and yuzu juice: countries are vying to conquer global plates, and palates, with their homegrown specialities at the International Food Fair, which opened in Paris on Sunday.

  • Larry Flynt's daughter hurt in Ohio car accident

    The daughter of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has been seriously injured in an Ohio car accident and is hospitalized in critical condition. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1wXjbZK ) 47-year-old ...

  • U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani
    U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

    By Arshad Mohammed and Tom Perry WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State near the Syrian town of Kobani, the first such delivery in more than a month of fighting and a move that could upset Turkey. The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurds who are trying to stave off an onslaught by Islamic State fighters who have overrun swathes of Syria and Iraq this year. ...

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