2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Elizabeth Arden Inc. fell 23.3 percent to $15.05. Quotient Limited fell 10.7 percent to $9.02. Achaogen Inc. fell 10.6 percent ...

  • American killed in Syria a journalist at heart
    American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

  • Putin to Meet with Ukrainian President Poroshenko
    Putin to Meet with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

    After months of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet face-to-face. The two have been in regular contact, and run into each other at international functions, however, this will be a longer, sit-down meeting with European Union officials present.  Putin has stressed repeatedly that Russia is open to ending the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, however, the Kremlin has been linked to pro-Russian separatists in the area. "We will do everything within our power to end this military conflict as soon as possible, establish a dialogue between all parties concerned, and provide humanitarian aid to those who need it," said Putin in a statement. Recently, the separatists have been losing power in the Donbass region and the Ukrainian military has gained the advantage.

  • 'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings

    By Humeyra Pamuk DOHUK Iraq (Reuters) - When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village's leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith. His account, one of the first eyewitness reports of last Friday's killings, could not be independently verified but other Yazidis and Iraqi officials have given details of Islamic State's attack on the village. We were all very afraid," said Khodede from a hospital bed in the town of Dohuk in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

  • Islamic State says another U.S. journalist's fate depends on Obama

    Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff. The video could not immediately be verified.

  • Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary
    Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

  • Pakistan cleric's supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs escape

    By Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance. The protesters have taken to the streets of Islamabad for five days, led by cricket star turned opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities. The Supreme Court summoned both to appear before the court on Thursday. Its civilian government is struggling to assert its authority after decades when the country swung between democracy and military rule.

  • Here's how much $100 is worth in your state
    Here's how much $100 is worth in your state

    A new map released by the Tax Foundation shows exactly how far $100 would go in all 50 states.

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