2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Robert Pattinson Lines Up Next Big Screen Project
- Is Irish Spring the Worst Soap on Earth?
Philip: Irish Spring smells good. Elle: Irish Spring is the worst soap in America. It smells like a Walmart, or a truck stop bathroom, or anywhere else where someone has tried to mask a horrible smell with an overpowering air freshener instead of actually cleaning away the source of the stink. Every person on Earth with an ounce of common sense would rather bathe under a waterfall than in a shower.
- Mysterious 'white widow' eludes police in Africa
AYLESBURY, England (AP) — She is called the most wanted woman in the world, a suspected terrorist charged with plotting to blow up resort hotels in Kenya packed with Christmas tourists, a Westerner who wrote an ode praising Osama bin Laden, a jihadist who has eluded the law even as she has traveled through Africa with four young children in tow.
- Russia says Ukraine must overcome 'tectonic split'
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that Ukraine must overcome a 'tectonic split' in the country that threatens the existence of the state, Russian news agencies reported. Speaking at a meeting with his Belarussian counterpart, Medvedev said the appearance of European politicians at protests in Kiev against the government's decision to spurn a landmark EU deal in favor of closer ties with Russia, was "crude interference" in Ukraine's internal affairs, (Reporting by Thomas Grove)
- OBAMA'S HANDSHAKE IS LESS THAN CASTRO HATERS THINK
WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the glorious and the absurd in commemorating Nelson Mandela, what did many Americans focus on with our own president, Barack Obama? In fact, at least half of the coverage I have seen on TV has been a smart-aleck discussion of how the American president deigned to shake the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro. But let us dig a little deeper into this distortion of American foreign policy before we pass judgment. In the beginning of the South African struggle for freedom in the mid-20th century, the young Mandela believed not in non-violence but in violent revolution;
- White House denies 'Orwellian' news manipulation
The White House rejected claims Thursday that it had clamped down on press access more than previous administrations after it was accused of mounting an "Orwellian" image control campaign. President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney faced a fresh grilling from reporters who have been complaining for months that the in-house White House public relations shop is churning out propaganda photographs and crimping editorial freedoms. The association representing White House reporters has warned that streams of official photographs and videos detailing Obama's behind-the-scenes activity are no more than "visual press releases" that constrain independent news coverage. "We're not operating any differently than other White House (press) offices have operated, except that the Internet exists," said Carney.
- Japan Keeps Executing Prisoners Without Giving Them Any Warning
Two death row inmates in Japan were killed today, following a controversial procedure where inmates are given a just a few hours notice before they are hanged, and relatives are not notified until the prisoners are already dead. Ryoji Kagayama and Mitsuo Fujishima were the latest condemned inmates to be put to death as part of this controversial "secret execution" program that has been condemned by human rights activists in Japan and abroad. Though polls show Japanese support for capital punishment is consistently over 80 percent, the global community has called upon Japan to stop the program. Prisoners, who spend years, even decades, on death row, typically are not told of their execution until hours before they are led to the gallows. Their lawyers and relatives are informed only after the execution has been carried out. In a report published in 2008, Amnesty [International] said inmates in Japan were being driven insane and exposed to "cruel, inhuman and degrading" punishment.
- Did Paul Ryan Just Ruin His Chances for 2016?
Conservative groups piled on the agreement negotiated for their side by Paul Ryan, calling it "a huge Republican cave-in" and "surrender." Ryan—also a possible presidential candidate—now finds himself in the awkward position of trying to sell an agreement blessed by President Obama to a conservative base that reflexively opposes anything with a whiff of bipartisanship. It isn't easy to run for president from Washington—especially if you want to actually govern. "When it comes to the presidential nomination in 2016, tea-party activists are going to look at who has been true to our core principles, and this budget deal is not," said Jenny Beth Martin, cofounder of the Tea Party Patriots.