2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • US hails Japan easing of restrictions on military
    US hails Japan easing of restrictions on military

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday hailed as "historic" a Japanese government decision to loosen restrictions on its military.

  • Iraq forces executed 250 Sunni prisoners: watchdog

    Iraq's security forces and allied Shiite militias executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. "Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners... since June 9," the watchdog said in a statement. "The mass extrajudicial killings may be evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity," the New York-based HRW said. It said the killings appeared to have been carried out in revenge for the onslaught led by what was still known last month as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey's' Teresa Giudice On The Possibility Of Going To Jail
    'Real Housewives Of New Jersey's' Teresa Giudice On The Possibility Of Going To Jail

    "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" Season 6 premiere is just days away and Access Hollywood spoke to star Teresa Giudice, who will find out in just months about the possibility of serving jail time for multiple fraud charges. In March, the couple pled guilty to multiple fraud charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud.

  • Burr vs. Hamilton: Behind the ultimate political feud
    Burr vs. Hamilton: Behind the ultimate political feud

    This Friday marks the 210th anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to gun down a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City?

  • Robert Mugabe's racial decree on whites and land brings backlash

    Now those comments by the long-ruling autocrat are bringing a backlash in Zimbabwe’s beleaguered trade and tourism ministries. As the Monitor reported July 3, Mr. Mugabe visited a small farming community 120 miles from the capital Harare that was handing out land permits. The Zimbabwe Independent today castigated the president’s speech, in which Mugabe’s “voice was dark and foreboding when he said ‘we will have no mercy for white people regarding the land, they cannot own our soil.’” On the same day, Mugabe, whose initiatives over the years have aimed at redressing British colonial injustices, also said that whites in Zimbabwe may own companies and apartments in urban areas, but no actual land.

  • Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, closing sites

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ever-changing geology of Yellowstone National Park has melted an asphalt road, blocking access to several popular geysers and other thermal features at the height of tourist season.

  • From New York to China in two hours: how billionaires are revolutionizing flying
    From New York to China in two hours: how billionaires are revolutionizing flying

    Picture this: you wake up in New York, grab a coffee and a bagel and hop on a plane. By the time you finish breakfast you’re in Beijing.

  • Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.

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