2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

    By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. "Cheek to Cheek," on sale on Tuesday after a launch concert in the ornate Renaissance setting of the Grand-Place in Brussels, features jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others a distant world away from Lady Gaga's 21st century. ...

  • Chinese warships in first call at an Iran port
    Chinese warships in first call at an Iran port

    Two Chinese destroyers have arrived at Iran's Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, in an unprecedented visit attesting to a new rapprochement between the two countries, Iranian media reported Sunday.

  • China September factory activity edges up but employment shrinks

    By Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up some momentum in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5-1/2-year low, a potential source of worry for Communist leaders who prize social stability above all else. Signs of a weakening labor market reinforced expectations that China would further relax financing conditions in coming weeks, but stop short of cutting interest rates or loosening the reserve requirement for all banks to support the economy. The HSBC/Markit Flash China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 50. ...

  • New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

    By Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone. "I couldn't believe how accurate it was," said Mosen, an assistive technology consultant from New Zealand. ...

  • Jim O’Shaughnessy’s 3 stocks to buy, 3 to avoid now
    Jim O’Shaughnessy’s 3 stocks to buy, 3 to avoid now

    Jim O'Shaughnessy reveals his 3 most overvalued and 3 cheapest stocks on the market today

  • BlackBerry sets new phone launch in revival bid

    Montreal (AFP) - BlackBerry is set to unveil its latest smartphone Wednesday, in a move aimed at reviving the fortunes of the struggling Canadian tech group.

  • Muslim youths counter Islamic State with #NotInMyName Twitter campaign

    Muslim youths around the globe have been using #NotInMyName on Twitter and other social media sites the past few days to denounce the well-publicized atrocities of Islamic State.

  • The final heroes of Vietnam: The Americans who fought to save our allies as Saigon fell

    New film by Rory Kennedy uses never-before-seen footage to tell little-known story on Vietnam

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