2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Here's what happens when a casino closes down
- EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat
- China tells journalists to learn 'Marxist news values'
China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn "Marxist news values" and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on the media. The guidelines by the All China Journalists' Association, published by state news agency Xinhua, are aimed at both traditional and online media and are another sign of Xi's politically conservative agenda. The association said journalists "must learn to master Marxist news values". In July, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said China would toughen curbs on journalists disclosing state and commercial secrets.
- What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble
NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.
- Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains
- Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.
By Louis Charbonneau and Avi Ohayon UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Thirty-two Philippine U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamists who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, U.N. officials said, while militants reinforced their siege of another group of 40. "The situation at Position 68 is calm but tense, as more than 200 militants have assembled around it in the last few hours," a U.N. official said, referring to the place where the 40 Philippine peacekeepers were trapped. A U.N. diplomatic source said earlier: "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and reinforcing the siege around Position 68." The rebels began to arrive at 11 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), added the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The peacekeeping troops are part of UNDOF, a U.N. force that has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since 1974, following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
- Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home
- 'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped
The question of reclining etiquette "has been a topic of discussion for many years," said Sarah Schlichter, editor in chief of IndependentTraveler.com. On a United Airlines flight between Newark, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado -- which was detoured to Chicago -- one passenger even used a "Knee Defender" to hold his position.