2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Sister of Suspected Boston Marathon Bombers Arrested for Bomb Threat
Ailina Tsarnaeva, the sister of accused Boston Marathon bombers Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, surrendered to police on Wednesday. According to The New York Post, the 23-year-old Tsarnaeva turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct for allegedly threatening her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. Tsarnaeva lives with her sister, Bella Tsarnaeva in North Bergen, New Jersey, just outside of Manhattan, the Associated Press reported.
- Separatists say will allow 'trapped' Ukrainian forces to withdraw
By Alexei Anishchuk and Anton Zverev MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. It was not clear how the government in Kiev would react to the offer, suggested first by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the first word from the Ukrainian military was negative. Kiev has accused Russian troops of illegally entering eastern Ukraine and, backed by its U.S. Russia stands accused of pushing troops and weapons into the former Soviet republic to shore up a separatist rebellion that a week ago appeared to be on its last legs.
- France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
- In Aleppo, Syria rebels back US strikes against jihadists
In Syria's Aleppo, devastated by two years of fighting and regime attacks, rebels and activists are eager for US strikes against jihadists they say have stolen their anti-government uprising. The United States has yet to decide on whether it will carry out air strikes in Syria against jihadists from the Islamic State group, though it is already doing so in neighbouring Iraq. The Islamic State's campaign of extreme violence and abuses against both civilians and rival opposition groups has prompted a backlash across rebel-held Syria, where many hope the US air campaign next door will be extended.
- After the riots, Ferguson businesses long for normal
By Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - When Ferguson business owner Chantelle Nickson-Clark spoke at a St. Louis County council meeting this week, her voice shook with anger. The Swiish Bar and Grill she owns in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was forced to shut for 17 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9 sparked violent clashes between police and protesters and led law enforcement to close the area in front of her building. "We are hurting and it's unfair." Clark's concerns are echoed by small independent business owners along the half-mile (0.8-km) stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the four-lane street that became the epicenter of protests after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. While the protests have died down in recent days and many businesses are trying to return to normal, store owners whose properties were looted during the unrest or who have lost trade because of it fear they will not survive.