2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Castro's Disasterous Caracas Visit
- Fugitive Kadhafi playboy son handed back to Libya
A son of late dictator Moamer Kadhafi was extradited Thursday from Niger to Libya, where he is accused of murder and repression during the 2011 uprising that ousted and kills his father. "Saadi Kadhafi was handed over to the Libyan government on March 6. Kadhafi, who once played professional football in Italy, would be held in accordance with "international standards regarding the treatment of prisoners," the government said. The Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, a militia of former rebels, posted five photographs on Facebook of a disconsolate-looking Saadi wearing a blue prison uniform having his head and beard shaved.
- Hitler remark: Will it hurt Hillary Clinton?
Will the Hitler remark made by Hillary Rodham Clinton rebound against her? That’s what some Republicans are saying in the wake of Clinton’s comparing Vladimir Putin the architect of the Third Reich. It’s that the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner was at the center of the Obama administration’s attempt to “reset” US-Russia relations when she was secretary of State. If Putin’s Hitler, why try to make friends?
- 'Nymphomaniac' film is banned in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's film board has banned the screening of director Lars von Trier's movie "Nymphomaniac Volume 1" at cinemas in the country because of the film's sex scenes.
- US fighter jets, warship arrive in Ukraine region
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says six U.S. F-15 fighter jets have arrived in Lithuania to bolster air patrols over the Baltics as the stand-off over Russia's military incursion into Ukraine continues. A U.S. warship is also now in the Black Sea to participate in long-planned exercises.
- Man who hid assets gets 17-year prison term
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California businessman accused of declaring bankruptcy and hiding his assets to avoid paying child support and alimony following a contentious divorce was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
- Rifle-toting McConnell seeks firepower for re-election campaign
By David Lawder NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tried to bring some firepower to his tough re-election battle on Thursday, brandishing a rifle as he strode onstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference. McConnell hoisted the flint-lock muzzle-loading rifle over his head at the gathering of conservative leaders and Republican Party activists and handed it to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, a fellow Republican who has said he will retire when his term ends in January 2015 due to health reasons. "This is for you, for your distinguished service," said McConnell, 72, earning the biggest applause of his brief speech at CPAC. For McConnell, who is the sixth-longest serving current U.S. senator, wielding the rifle amounted to a nod to gun-rights conservatives at a time when he has come under fire on two fronts as he seeks another term in the November 4 elections.
- Simple sticks contain potential answer to cleaner drinking water