2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Record-breaking year for contemporary art
    Record-breaking year for contemporary art

    Paris (AFP) - The contemporary art market experienced a record-breaking year in 2013/14, smashing through the $2 billion mark for the first time, according to new figures released on Tuesday.

  • Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria
    Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

  • Boxing champion Mike Tyson helps Las Vegas crash victim: media

    (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson came to the aid of a motorcyclist who crashed on an interstate in Las Vegas last week, U.S. media reported. Tyson, who was convicted of rape in 1992 and has become known for erratic behavior, appeared on the scene after Ryan Chesley crashed and stayed with the rider until ambulances arrived, newspapers reported citing Chesley's lawyer. ...

  • Somalia pirates release US-German hostage
    Somalia pirates release US-German hostage

    Mogadishu (AFP) - Somali pirates on Tuesday freed a German-American journalist and writer, Michael Scott Moore, two and a half years after he was kidnapped in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, officials said.

  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism
    Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming.

  • India's PM ups fashion ante for maiden US visit
    India's PM ups fashion ante for maiden US visit

    New Delhi (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India.

  • Super Schnozzle: Dinosaur with Exceptionally Large Nose Discovered
    Super Schnozzle: Dinosaur with Exceptionally Large Nose Discovered

    The beast's giant nose earned the dinosaur the name Rhinorex condrupus, with the Latin word Rhinorex meaning "king nose." And it surely sported a large sniffer, having the largest nasal opening, relative to its size, of any duck-billed dinosaur and among the largest of any dinosaur, according to Terry Gates, a joint postdoctoral researcher with NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The plant-eating beast was a type of hadrosaur, also called a duck-billed dinosaur.

  • Herbalife shares hit 17-month low

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Shares of Herbalife tumbled 10% Monday, to close at their lowest level in nearly 17 months, with losses accelerating in the final two hours of trading. At 2 p.m. Eastern, the ...

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