2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a dictator trying to impose censorship in the United States. Obama said the cyber attack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that the company should have spoken to him before letting itself be intimidated into canceling the release of "The Interview," a comedy portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...

  • No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate. Tens of millions of cricket obsessives in South Asia will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while rugby's equivalent is among many contenders for the title of the world's third biggest tournament. The Tour de France, with a worldwide TV audience of 3. ...

  • Origi set to leave Lille for Liverpool in January
    Origi set to leave Lille for Liverpool in January

    Belgian forward Divock Origi will cut short a season-long loan at Lille in January to return to parent club Liverpool, who will pay six million euros ($7.3m, £4.7m) for the privilege, according to a source close to the deal. The 19-year-old, who was bought by Liverpool from Lille in the summer for a reported £10 million after impressing for Belgium at the World Cup, was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the duration of this season.

  • Freed American endured years of declining health
    Freed American endured years of declining health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye.

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