2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Fannie Mae slashes forecast for new-home market over past year
Mortgage-finance giant Fannie Mae grew a bit more optimistic this month about sales of new homes, but the company has slashed its outlook over the past year.
- Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia
- FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
- Iran's supreme leader calls for end to 'murderous' Israeli regime
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the "Zionist state", but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary. Khamenei and his predecessor the Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini have called repeatedly over the years for an end to the Jewish state, including through a referendum in the region, where Palestinians are in the majority. In his first official comments on Israel since the start of its offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8, Khamenei reiterated the call. Until then, Khamenei said, "while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it." Khamenei made clear for the first time that he was talking about the dismantling of the state of Israel, not the death of Jews.
- As Cereal Slips, a New Battle Over Breakfast Dollars
Starved for growth at other mealtimes, companies like Yum Brands Inc., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Kellogg Co. are battling to change how Americans start their day. "People are time-pressed in the morning and know exactly where they're going, and that doesn't vary much," said Alex Macedo, Burger King's North American president, in a recent interview. Of consumers who eat out at least twice a week, 30% say they do so for breakfast, compared with 40% for lunch and 50% for dinner, according to Bernstein.
- Pity the poor Russian billionaire; Putin’s costing them billions
- Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris
- Intelligence picture 'implicates Russia,' official says