2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet
    U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

    By Lesley Wroughton and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. officials said. Germany said on Wednesday it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate. ...

  • Australia says MH370 'may have turned south earlier than thought'
    Australia says MH370 'may have turned south earlier than thought'

    The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. "The search area remains the same, but some of the information that we now have suggests to us that areas a little further to the south -- within the search area, but a little further to the south -- are of particular interest and priority in the search area," he said. His comments came as Australia and Malaysia inked a memorandum of understanding in Canberra over the next phase of the hunt for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

  • Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source

    By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.

  • Watch Israel’s Iron Dome Intercept And Destroy 15 Hamas Rockets [VIDEO]
    Watch Israel’s Iron Dome Intercept And Destroy 15 Hamas Rockets [VIDEO]

    Watch Israel’s missile defense system at work in this video uploaded to YouTube by user Sin Tuesday.

  • Tennis-Bouchard win brings smile to future face of tennis

    By Steve Keating NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard proved again she is a player for the big occasion by powering into the second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Olga Govortsova on Tuesday, bringing a smile to the player hyped as the future face of women's tennis. A clinical 59-minute dissection of the 117th-ranked Belarussian will do nothing to boost Bouchard's status as future grand slam champion. The victory, however, will nonetheless provide the seventh-seeded Canadian with a badly needed jolt of confidence after a forgettable buildup to the year's final grand slam.

  • China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo. Relations between China and Japan have been frayed by rows over the legacy of Japan's wartime militarism, a territorial feud over tiny islands in the East China Sea, and mutual distrust over defense policies. China's foreign ministry was asked to respond to a speech on Wednesday in which Fukuda described his recent meetings with Chinese leaders, and added that both sides had shown the same sense of crisis over Sino-Japanese ties. "Japan must face up to reality, show sincerity, take concrete actions and make efforts to eliminate political obstacles that affect the development of bilateral relations," Qin added, in a statement on the foreign ministry's website.

  • Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank
    Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank

    By Josephus Olu-Mammah and Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Ebola is causing enormous damage to West African economies, draining budgetary resources and slashing economic growth by up to 4 percent as foreign businessmen leave and projects are cancelled, the African Development Bank president said. As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments and economists have warned that the worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic Ebola fever on record could crush the fragile economic gains made in Sierra Leone and Liberia following a decade of civil war in the 1990s. Air France, the French network of Air France-KLM said on Wednesday it has suspended its flights to Sierra Leone following advice from the French government. "Revenues are down, foreign exchange levels are down, markets are not functioning, airlines are not coming in, projects are being cancelled, business people have left - that is very, very damaging," African Development Bank (AfDB) chief Donald Kaberuka said in an interview late on Tuesday.

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