2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: International Affairs
Between exiled activists, embassy assaults, murderous wives, imprisoned punk bands, and abandoned Italian cruise ships, there was enough international intrigue in the news to fill 20 versions of "Skyfall." Here are 10 international news stories that generated the most searches on Yahoo! in 2012.
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- Why the U.S. economy should be scared of the Amazon drone
This week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos revealed his latest plans to revolutionize delivery services: A helicopter drone designed to bring you your packages in 30 minutes or less. In the 1930s, economist John Maynard Keynes warned of “technological unemployment,” an economic condition in which more jobs are being lost than created because of mechanization. In recent years, that trend has accelerated, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who argue that new technologies like computerized inventory control and voice recognition software are allowing machines to move into service sector jobs that were once thought to be beyond their reach.
- Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
- Venezuelan president says he has proof blackout was sabotage
By Daniel Wallis and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he had proof that a massive power outage was caused by saboteurs aiming to throw the country into chaos before municipal elections this weekend. The blackout on Monday night was the second major power outage the year, plunging much of the country into darkness and prompting accusations of government incompetence from the opposition. Speaking on state TV alongside Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon and other officials, Maduro briefly showed a photo of what appeared to be a cut conductor cable lying on the floor. "Whoever made this criminal attack wanted to leave our Venezuela without electricity for 24 to 48 hours ... thinking that would convince people not to continue with the revolution." Maduro's combative rhetoric echoed his allegations in September, when he also accused the opposition of sabotaging the national grid to discredit him after a blackout that was one of the worst in the OPEC nation's history.
- Obama 'crossed the constitutional line,' House panel is told
Two constitutional law professors told Congress on Tuesday that President Obama exceeded his authority when he unilaterally extended the deadline for enforcement of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The law professors made their comments during a three-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is examining a string of unilateral actions taken by the White House that critics say usurped legislative powers or bypassed limits on executive authority. “I believe the president has exceeded his brief,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testified.
- A taste of the horrible things to come for Windows XP
Windows XP is now more than 12 years old but according to data from Net Applications, it is still used on more than 31% of desktop and laptop computers around the world. Those tens of millions of PC users could be in for a very rude awakening next year once Microsoft cuts off support for the aged operating system. Microsoft itself even warned users of the imminent tsunami of viruses and other malware that will inevitably wash over XP stragglers once it stops issuing updates and fixes for the OS. Now, a recently discovered critical zero-day flaw has been acknowledged in a Microsoft support document that could cause serious problems for XP users. “The vulnerability is an elevation of privilege
- Bill Clinton: I never denied smoking marijuana
In a TV interview, the former president sets the record straight about his infamous "I didn’t inhale" quote.
- Security firm settles with Zimmerman for $30k
The firm hired to provide security for George Zimmerman and his family while he awaited trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has reached a settlement with the former neighborhood watch volunteer ...
- Russia's Lavrov criticizes NATO's response to Ukraine protests
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday he did not understand NATO's condemnation of Ukraine authorities for using excessive force against protesters and urged outsiders not to interfere in the situation there. "I don't understand why NATO adopts such statements," Lavrov told a news conference after meeting NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, referring to an alliance statement issued on Tuesday. "I hope that Ukrainian politicians will be able to bring the situation into a peaceful vein. ...