2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Saudi religious police beat up Briton
Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes. A short video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows a member of the religious police jump out of his car and attack the Briton, who was accompanied by a woman in a black abaya cloak who defended him. Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting witnesses, said the religious police had stopped the man in a supermarket after he had paid a female cashier.
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- China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students
Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten "ideological" control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies. The comments came from the Communist Party committees of Peking University, Shanghai's Fudan University, and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, which each wrote a statement in the Communist Party theoretical journal Qiushi. The statement from Peking University -- China's top academic institution -- condemned those with "ulterior motives" who target the ruling party. "In recent years, some people go on the Internet and with ulterior motives add fuel to the fire... ultimately targeting the Chinese Communist Party and the socialist system," it said.
- Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims
WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.
- Official: More than 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center; 17 still at large
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Official: More than 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center; 17 still at large.
- USING MOTHER TONGUE MAKES FAMILY CONVERSATION DIFFICULT
DEAR ABBY: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect the benefits of being bilingual, this caused a lot of communication gaps and frustration between us and the grandkids during their early years. They attend a bilingual elementary school now, and their English is superb and communication between us is great. ...
- Somali officials say U.S. struck where al Shabaab were meeting
The strike prompted rumors among Somali government officials that it had targeted al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane and other leaders who were suspected to have been at the location, but there was no confirmation they were hit. Godane's close associate, Ahmed Mohamed Amey, was killed by a U.S. After the Westgate assault, Navy SEALS stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghold of Barawe, where a regional official said the air strike was launched against, but failed to capture or kill their target.
- Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine
Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed-up military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west. Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening new layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.