2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Town official: Halloween back on as manhunt ends
- Massive drill bit nearly pierces New York City subway train
- Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled
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- Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway
- Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride. The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to "direct active monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare. ...
- Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran defended itself on Friday against Western accusations of repression and a sharp rise in executions, including that of a woman hanged for murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, part of its judiciary, lashed out at what he called attempts to "impose your lifestyle under the banner of human rights", including gay rights. The exchange took place during a more than three hour-long review in the U.N. Human Rights Council of Tehran's record. ...
- Africa asks: 'If Burkina can do it, why can't we?'
News that Burkina Faso's long-serving leader Blaise Compaore had been pushed out of power prompted an explosion of comment from across Africa Friday, with many citizens asking, "If they can do it, why can't we?" As images of tens of thousands jubilant Burkinabe were seen from Harare to Banjul, Twitter and other social media sites saw citizens pointing the finger at their own long-serving leaders. Viva Burkinabe!" wrote Kwesi Asante in Accra, Ghana. Some, like @lennoxin in Johannesburg, offered messages of support: "Super proud of the people of Burkina Faso, dictators have no place in the future of Africa, aluta continua!" (the fight continues).