2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Kansas City Highway Shooting Suspect Charged With 18 Felonies
Man Charged in 9 Shooting Incidents on Kansas City Highways
- Jews in east Ukraine worried after anti-Semitic tract
Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were left shaken by the distribution of tracts demanding the registration of Jews. Concerns were evident, despite scepticism from Jewish leaders in the region and a US group fighting anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League, that the pamphlets handed out in front of the synagogue on Tuesday were anything more than calculated "provocation" by unknown parties. The incident happened as around 20 Jews were leaving the synagogue after marking the second day of the Jewish Passover festival. Denis Pushilin, the pro-Russian protest leader whose signature was on the documents, strenuously denied that he had anything to do with the demands.
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- 5 Things to Know About Alien Planet Kepler-186f, 'Earth's Cousin'
A newly discovered planet nicknamed "Earth's cousin" has just been found 490 light-years from Earth. The planet, called Kepler-186f, is the first Earth-size planet found in the habitable zone of its star. Only about 10 percent larger than Earth, Kepler-186f is the closest planet to Earth in size ever found in the habitable zone of its star. What else do you need to know about the new alien planet discovery?
- Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China
By Nobuhiro Kubo YONAGUNI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands. "I want to build an operation able to properly defend islands that are part of Japan's territory." The military radar station on Yonaguni, part of a longstanding plan to improve defense and surveillance, gives Japan a lookout just 150 km (93 miles) from the Japanese-held islands claimed by China.
- Soccer-English premier league results and standings
April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Saturday Saturday, April 19Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0 Cardiff City 1 Stoke City 1 Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2 Newcastle United 1 Swansea City 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 Fulham 1 West Ham United 0 Crystal Palace 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Liverpool 34 24 5 5 93 42 77 2 Chelsea 35 23 6 6 67 26 75 3 Manchester City 33 22 5 6 88 34 71 -------------------------4 Arsenal 34 20 7 7 59 41 67 -------------------------5 Everton 34 19 9 6 55 34 66 -------------------------6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 19 6 10 51 49 63 7 ...
- Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter
- William and Kate hit the beach on Sydney visit
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate got to grips with Australia's beach and bush lifestyles on Friday, watching a life-saving display and a sheep-shearing demonstration as part of their tour Down Under with baby son George. The young royals have received a warm welcome in Sydney, the first stop of their 10-day Australian tour, with thousands flocking to their official reception at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday. Thousands more craned for a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Easter Show on Friday, where the glamorous couple viewed agricultural exhibits. The pair are popular in Australia -- where William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is head of state -- and have been lavished with bouquets and gifts from the crowds, including many for eight-month-old George, who also travelled with them to New Zealand.