2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence
    Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis denounced that extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he visited Albania on Sunday, holding up as a model the Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal oppression under communism but now live and work peacefully together.

  • Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis
    Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.

  • Sierra Leone staggers in Ebola isolation effort
    Sierra Leone staggers in Ebola isolation effort

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some in Sierra Leone ran away from their homes Saturday and others clashed with health workers trying to bury dead Ebola victims as the country struggled through the second day of an unprecedented lockdown to combat the deadly disease.

  • Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release
    Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release

    London (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, saying Saturday she could not see how his death could assist any cause.

  • Pope orders review of annulment process to simplify procedure

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages. A statement said Francis had appointed an 11-member commission of canon lawyers and theologians to propose reform of the process, "seeking to simplify and streamline it while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage". ...

  • Kurds issue new call to arms against Islamic State in Syria

    By Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdish militants in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing Islamic State fighters, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared on Sunday for a surge in refugees. About 70,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since Friday as Islamic State fighters seized dozens of villages close to the border and advanced on the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish. ...

  • Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO
    Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

  • Mexicans Are Generally Pissed About Miley Cyrus Flossing a Butt with Their Flag
    Mexicans Are Generally Pissed About Miley Cyrus Flossing a Butt with Their Flag

    No one told Miley Cyrus that it's not only rude, but literally illegal, to floss a fake plastic booty with the Mexican flag in Mexico. So when Cyrus's back up dancer used said flag on said booty on Tuesday — which was also Mexican Independence Day — it didn't go down well.

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