2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • U.N. puts spotlight on climate change
    U.N. puts spotlight on climate change

    By Valerie Volcovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue. A huge march to call for international action on climate change, which brought as many as 400,000 people to the streets of New York on Sunday, set the tone for the summit spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ...

  • The FBI is watching U.S. nationals who may have joined the Islamic State
    The FBI is watching U.S. nationals who may have joined the Islamic State

    Some of the estimated 100 Americans who have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State have returned to the United States and are under FBI scrutiny, a top official told reporters on Monday.

  • Argentina's Fernandez meets billionaire investor Soros in New York

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez met on Monday with Argentina bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, who is suing a U.S. bank caught in the middle of the country's latest default. A spokesman for Soros said they had discussed topics including the energy sector. The meeting came as Fernandez's leftist government struggles to kick-start growth and contain runaway consumer prices after failing to complete a June interest payment to Soros and other holders of bonds restructured after a previous default. Soros' portfolio also includes a 3. ...

  • U.S. Syria raids also aimed at thwarting attack plot: Pentagon
    U.S. Syria raids also aimed at thwarting attack plot: Pentagon

    Washington (AFP) - US forces staging the first strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria also targeted a separate extremist group plotting an imminent attack against US and Western forces, the Pentagon said.

  • U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower award ever doled out by U.S. securities regulators as part of a program that aims to incentivize insiders to report wrongdoing. The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that the whistleblower provided crucial information that helped investigators uncover a "difficult to detect" ongoing fraud. ...

  • Take a Good Look at This Rare Malayan Tiger—It May Be One of Your Last

    Malaysia's tigers have all but disappeared, and poachers from nearby countries have pushed them to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. 

  • Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup
    Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for U.S-led attacks on the militant group, the SITE monitoring service reported. Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already executed two U.S. journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq. ...

  • 'Outlander' 'Wedding' Episode Q&A: Sam Heughan
    'Outlander' 'Wedding' Episode Q&A: Sam Heughan

    No one ever needs to wonder what a Scotsman wears under his kilt anymore.

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