2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Jihadists seize Iraq monastery
Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country's best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday. Islamic State (IS) fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, on Sunday, the sources said. Christian residents from the area told AFP the monks walked several miles along a deserted road and were eventually picked up by Kurdish peshmerga fighters who drove them to Qaraqosh. The Syriac cleric said five monks were expelled from Mar Behnam.
- Kerry makes mic gaffe on Gaza
US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews Sunday. Kerry was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the "Fox News Sunday" political talk show. The Palestinian death toll topped 500 on Sunday as Israel pressed a ground offensive into the densely packed Gaza Strip after two weeks of aerial attacks. When confronted over the remarks by Fox host Chris Wallace, Kerry reiterated Israel's right to self-defense.
- Perry sending National Guard troops to border
- American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel
- Ackman says he can prove Herbalife is a 'fraud'
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman said he will hold a presentation Tuesday that will prove nutrition company Herbalife is a "fraud." The announcement sent shares of Herbalife down more than 11 percent ...
- Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic
- Cash-hoarding millennials missing out on record-breaking stock market gains
- Ukraine at potential turning point after crash
MOSCOW (AP) — The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people on board will force the warring parties to seek an end to the violence, or the disaster will stoke the fighting as the recriminations escalate.