2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles
    Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles

    Russia’s leaders have continued to criticize the economic sanctions imposed by the West over their invasion of Ukraine, but the official complaints from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have recently taken a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone. Growth in Russia has come to a virtual standstill, as foreign investors pull money out of the country and those who have been considering new investments reconsider. Global oil prices are moving sharply downward, presenting a major challenge to a Russian economy that is utterly dependent on oil and gas exports. Russia’s inflation rate rose to 8.3 percent in mid-October, driven largely by increasing food prices, driving concern that the central bank will need to raise interest rates in order to slow price increases.

  • James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9
    James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show."

  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria
    Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria

    YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.

  • Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

    By Saif Sameer and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north. The attacks showed Islamic State's continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S. ...

  • East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells. ...

  • Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'
    Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life."

  • Canadian parliament gunman acted alone: police
    Canadian parliament gunman acted alone: police

    By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital Ottawa acted alone and there was no apparent link to an attack in Quebec earlier in the week, security officials said on Thursday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian citizen who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Bibeau killed a soldier before racing through the parliament building where he was shot dead. ...

  • Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to speed up the development of an Ebola vaccine and hope to produce millions of doses for use next year. U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. ...

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