2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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In a year mostly dominated by power politics and a presidential election, Mother Nature reminded us in November of her strength and authority. A spate of shootings and odd crimes captivated the news shows and online media.
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- Ukraine launches deadly assault on rebel-held towns
Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". The offensive sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up, raising the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic. In Slavyansk, a flashpoint east Ukrainian town held by rebels since mid-April, armoured military vehicles drove past an abandoned roadblock in flames to take up position, AFP reporters saw.
- Cornish recognised as British minority
The Cornish people are to be recognised as a national minority under a European convention, the British government announced Thursday. They will now be classified under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities along with the Scots, Welsh and Irish. "Cornish people have a proud history and a distinct identity," said Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander, the number two in the finance ministry. "Today's announcement builds on the government's continued commitment to Cornwall and the Cornish language."
- Inside Oprah’s Bizarre Love Triangle
- Video: new 'Adventure Time' episode from Japanese animator Yuasa Masaaki
Celebrated Japanese animator Yuasa Masaaki lends his own interpretation to the unpredictable journeys of human boy Finn and his dog-brother Jake in a special episode of popular Cartoon Network series "Adventure Time" called "Food Chain." Masaaki was free to do as he pleased with the characters of "Adventure Time," having produced the episode from within the walls of his own Japanese studio, reported Things To Do in LA from an Adventure Time panel at the Wondercon Expo on April 19. In the episode clip, Finn and Jake visit a museum as part of an educational day out, learning about how the food chain theory applies to birds, leaves and caterpillars, before taking off on their own flight of fancy.
- The 'social photo frame' that helps generations connect
Social media is great for sharing photos with loved ones, but what about friends and family members who don't have online profiles? A new ‘social photo frame' could be the answer. Famatic is a touchscreen digital photo frame which connects to Facebook, Instagram and email accounts and streams uploaded photos and videos automatically.
- Soldier in battle to rid home of squatters, Florida sheriff’s office says it can’t do anything
- It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage
- Assessing the Damage From Heartbleed