2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care
    Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.

  • 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' draft released

    LONDON (AP) — An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released — 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.

  • Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
    Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home
    Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

  • Rescued Nicaragua miners join hunt for missing comrades
    Rescued Nicaragua miners join hunt for missing comrades

    Twenty workers dramatically rescued from a collapsed Nicaraguan gold mine joined frantic efforts to find five comrades still missing after the cave-in, officials said Saturday. "The boys spent the night under observation in the hospital, where they were treated for dehydration," said Gregorio Rocha, a spokesman for the mining company HEMCO which is involved in rescue efforts. Rocha described the rescue of the 20 workers on Friday as a "great achievement." The accident happened at a mine near the town of Bonanza, which is perched on the side of a hill in a region that is home to Nicaragua's biggest gold mines.

  • Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet
    Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

    TORONTO (AP) — It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."

  • Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'
    Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on.

  • Seven die as Ukraine plane crashes in Sahara: Algeria
    Seven die as Ukraine plane crashes in Sahara: Algeria

    A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed in the Sahara desert early on Saturday, killing all seven people on board, Algeria's transport ministry said. The Antonov 12, which had come from Glasgow in Scotland and was bound for Equatorial Guinea, came down near Tamanrasset airport at around 2:40 am (0140 GMT), a ministry statement said.

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