2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Oil ‘super spike’ is coming: Dan Dicker
    Oil ‘super spike’ is coming: Dan Dicker

    Dan Dicker of MercBloc on why cheap oil could trigger a 'super spike' in oil prices

  • Man drops his GoPro camera in the wilderness, watches in horror as it gets mauled by a fox
    Man drops his GoPro camera in the wilderness, watches in horror as it gets mauled by a fox

    2014 has definitely been the year of wild and crazy GoPro videos and this one involving a GoPro camera’s tragic encounter with a fox might be our favorite one yet. The trouble began when a man took a trip to Round Island, Alaska this summer to film some wildlife and he temporarily placed his GoPro camera on the ground in the hopes of getting some closeup footage of a nearby fox. Big mistake. The fox promptly grabbed the GoPro camera and ran off with it. The small canine proved to be remarkably strong because it managed to rip some pieces off the camera and seriously damage its lens. Thankfully, the camera was still in workable condition after the man found it and

  • Pakistan's Khan calls off talks to end protest impasse
    Pakistan's Khan calls off talks to end protest impasse

    Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan Thursday called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation. Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led followers protesting outside parliament for the past two days demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit. Khan insists the May 2013 general election, won in a landslide by Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party, was rigged, despite independent international observers judging it free and credible. How can these talks proceed when we first want resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?" Khan said.

  • Foley captors' ransom demand revives debate over US no-pay policy
    Foley captors' ransom demand revives debate over US no-pay policy

    The militant Islamist group that murdered freelance journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom from the US government before his beheading. The New York Times reported recently that ransoms have bankrolled Al Qaeda operations worldwide. According to The New York Times, the self-declared Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) demanded a $100 million ransom for Mr. Foley, which the US refused to pay (The Wall Street Journal cited a demand of 100 million euros.) IS has made a similar demand for Steven Sotloff, another American freelance journalist being held. The US attempted to rescue hostages in Syria in a special forces operation earlier this summer, but failed to do so.

  • Islamic State video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam

    By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State, a militant group that witnesses and officials say has executed hundreds of members of Iraq's Yazidis, has released a video that seeks to show it enlightened hundreds of members of the religious minority by converting them to Islam. The production was issued not long after the group on Tuesday released a video showing one of its black-clad fighters beheading American journalist James Foley, sparking international outrage. The Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism who are part of the country's Kurdish minority, have paid the highest price for Islamic State's dramatic advance through northern Iraq. Islamic State militants, widely seen as more hardline than al Qaeda, storm into villages armed with machine guns and give Yazidis a simple choice: convert to Islam or die.

  • As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts

    By Noah Barkin and Richard Balmforth BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader. As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin. Chancellor Angela Merkel's planned visit to Kiev on Saturday, her first since the crisis erupted at the start of the year, is above all a signal of support for Poroshenko, the billionaire confectionary magnate who was elected less than three months ago.

  • Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence
    Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.

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