2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Indian spacecraft on course to enter Mars orbit
    Indian spacecraft on course to enter Mars orbit

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final maneuvers into orbit around Mars.

  • President says 'this is not America's fight alone'
    President says 'this is not America's fight alone'

    Hours after plunging the United States into new warfare in the heart of the Middle East, President Obama insisted Tuesday that international support proved that “this is not America’s fight alone.”

  • Afghanistan's Karzai criticizes US, Pakistan in farewell speech

    By Kay Johnson and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Outgoing President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for Afghanistan's long war in a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter. His farewell speech came days ahead of the swearing in of a new president, Ashraf Ghani, after months of turmoil over a disputed election that ended in a power-sharing deal, yet to be tested, with rival Abdullah Abdullah who will fill the role of chief executive. ...

  • 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.

  • Yemen rebel chief hails takeover in capital as 'revolution'

    (Reuters) - The leader of a Shi'ite rebel group on Tuesday hailed the takeover by his fighters of much of the Yemeni capital after four days of fighting last week as a "successful revolution" for all citizens. Abdel Malik al-Houthi's televised speech, his first since Sunday's capture of large parts of Sanaa on Sunday, underscored the dramatic power shift toward the rebels, assailed by government forces for over a decade but now guarding key sites in the capital unopposed. ...

  • Social Security and natural gas saved our economy: James Galbraith
    Social Security and natural gas saved our economy: James Galbraith

    When economists and analysts discuss the state of U.S. economic growth, they often use the 2008 financial crisis as the benchmark of what would be a return to "normal." James Galbraith, economist and author of, “The End of Normal,” uses a different standard.

  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot
    Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska.

  • Israel shoots down Syria warplane over Golan Heights
    Israel shoots down Syria warplane over Golan Heights

    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel downed a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday in the first such incident in three decades and warned it would respond "forcefully" if its security is threatened.

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