2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Business Highlights

    ___ Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited ...

  • Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'
    Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'

    Moscow (AFP) - Russia is mulling measures to protect its cyberspace from the "unpredictable" West, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told AFP on Friday, as experts warned the Kremlin may be considering disconnecting the country from the global web.

  • 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.

  • After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide
    After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.

  • Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop
    Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

    As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

  • Greek leftist opposition leads ruling conservatives: polls

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's main leftist opposition Syriza party has widened its lead over the conservatives in the ruling coalition, polls showed on Saturday, amid rising speculation that the selection of a new president of state may lead to early elections. The pick of a new president in early 2015 has muddied Greece's political scene and could lead to snap polls before the government's term ends in 2016, given the opposition's pledge to block any candidate proposed by the government. ...

  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger
    Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.

  • India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean
    India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket.

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