2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism
    Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.

  • Protesters throw Ukrainian lawmaker in trash
    Protesters throw Ukrainian lawmaker in trash

    KIEV (Reuters) - Dozens of angry protesters near the Ukrainian parliament seized a prominent opposition deputy on Tuesday and dumped him in a trash container, accusing him of failing to back laws to end the turbulence in the country. The incident involved Vitaly Zhuravsky, a former member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich's party. It was unclear why Zhuravsky drew the ire of the protesters, but the incident occurred before a parliamentary session at which lawmakers ratified an agreement with the European Union and backed laws to provide separatist-held regions with a special status. ...

  • Spaceport delays prompt some impatience in New Mexico

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Delays in the launch of the first space flights by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic from a base in New Mexico have drawn criticism from a county commissioner in the south of the state. The inaugural flight had been expected to take place this year, carrying Branson from Spaceport America's 12,000-foot (3.6 km) runway in Sierra County to suborbital space about 65 miles (100 km) above Earth. ...

  • Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels
    Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels

    By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine ratified a sweeping agreement with the European Union on Tuesday - an issue at the heart of the Russia-West crisis over its future - and sought to blunt the independence drive of Russian-backed separatists by offering them temporary and limited self-rule. ...

  • WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up
    WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up

    By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Monday it will start charging some economy passengers for their first checked bag, sending its stock, as well as the shares of rival Air Canada , up more than 6 percent. BMO Capital Markets analyst Fadi Chamoun said the change is likely to boost WestJet's earnings, and that Air Canada is likely to follow suit with a similar fee, strengthening its own results. ...

  • Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE
    Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said. The message on a well-known militant Islamist online forum is one of the few responses from supporters of Islamic State to Washington's announcement last week that it was prepared to extend airstrikes against the group into Syria. ...

  • Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track
    Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track

    SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."

  • Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing
    Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing

    Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.

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