2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- The Ridiculous—and Sexist—Reason This Little Boy Was Sent Home From School
The Seminole Independent School District said that it was only following procedure, noting that proper documentation of religious or spiritual beliefs was required for exceptions. After F.J. Young Elementary turned Malachi away, his mother contacted the Navajo Nation. In Oklahoma, a school superintendent recently came under fire for asking female high school students to bend over to check the length of their shorts.
- Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege
Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies. It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside. The breakthrough came on Sunday as the United States carried out limited strikes in the area, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against militants outside of Iraq's north.
- Brain tumour boy in 'stable condition' as parents face court
A five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent is in a "stable condition" in Spain, hospital staff said Sunday. The boy's parents were arrested on Saturday evening in southern Spain following an international manhunt. Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, will appear before a judge in Madrid on Monday, a judicial source told AFP. Meanwhile, their son Ashya was said to be "in a stable condition and under police guard" in the paediatric oncology department at the Regional University Hospital in Malaga, a spokesman for the hospital told AFP on Sunday.
- Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early
- Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama's comment on Thursday when he said, "We don't have a strategy yet" for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama's foreign policy, chiding him for being "too cautious" on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances.
- Ebola hits fifth W. African state as Senegal confirms first case
The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the World Health Organization warned the number of infections was increasing rapidly. On Friday, scientists writing in the journal Nature said 18 lab monkeys given high doses of the Ebola virus fully recovered after being given the prototype drug ZMapp, which reversed bleeding in the animals. ZMapp has been given to a handful of frontline health workers who have contracted Ebola, two of whom have recovered, and two of whom have died.
- Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya
- 'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS: lawmaker
Several hundred US citizens may have had contact with Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Republican lawmaker Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent, told "Fox News Sunday" he was concerned about efforts to keep track of Americans who had links to the group. The US State Department has previously estimated that more than 100 US citizens had traveled to Syria to join radical groups such as the Islamic State. He also raised concerns about the estimated 500 British citizens and "several hundred" Canadians believed to have traveled to Syria, noting that passport holders from those countries could both enter the United States without a visa.