2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Final words from jet came after systems shutdown
- The Chance to Crush Al Qaeda
- What else was missing about Malaysia flight MH370
The lesson: Openness during a crisis is critical to save lives, inform families of the missing, and foster international cooperation. Malaysia’s rulers, after a week of confusing accounts about the Boeing 777’s last-known whereabouts and its transponders, finally got their act together Saturday. Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed a wealth of new information that could help find the missing plane or explain its diversion. Even China, whose government is one of the most tight-lipped in the world, had criticized Malaysia for its reluctance to share information and for releasing misleading reports.
- Kevin Spacey responds to Toronto mayor attack
- Los Angeles subway dig finds prehistoric artifacts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have long known that years before hipsters and tourists were trekking along Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, dinosaurs were doing so.
- Crimeans overwhelmingly vote for secession
- SS veterans march in Latvia as concerns grow over Ukraine
By Aija Krutaine RIGA (Reuters) - Latvians who fought in the local unit of Nazi Germany's Waffen SS held their annual parade on Sunday, an event which the government feared could raise tensions with Russia as former Soviet states watch events in Ukraine with growing concern. Some opponents shouted "Shame!" and "No to fascism!" Latvians who joined the armed wing of Adolf Hitler's Nazi party say they were fighting for Latvian freedom at the end of the war and against the return of the Soviet Red Army. Russia, proud of its World War Two role and seeing the Soviet Union as having liberated Latvia and the other Baltic states from Nazi Germany, has reacted angrily to such events in the past. This year Latvia's government warned against participating in the march, citing security concerns and the situation in Ukraine, where a referendum in Crimea was expected to transfer control of Crimea to Russia.
- Irish ask: What's the big deal about letting gays in St. Pat's parades?
Irish-American communities, particularly in Boston and New York, are known for being cohesive, having a strong community spirit, and, despite tilting Democratic come election, for being socially conservative. Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny has come under fire for agreeing to participate New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, because it bans marchers carrying posters promoting LGBT rights. Mr. Kenny has attempted to walk a political tightrope on the question of identity, saying: “The St. Patrick's Day parade is a parade about our Irishness and not about sexuality and I would be happy to participate in it.” Nonetheless, a series of gay rights groups, supported by prominent campaigners and a trade union, have asked Mr. Kenny to cancel his plans to attend the “exclusionary” parade – something the city’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, has already said he will do – or at least wear a rainbow pin badge in solidarity with gay groups.