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2012 Events

"2012 Events" Continued...

Issue: "2012 News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2012

September 25

A new report, Untold Atrocities: The Stories of Syria’s Children, details suffering and devastation during the civil war in Syria.

September 26

The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts recalls painkiller medication linked to a national outbreak of meningitis. By Nov. 26, fungus-tainted steroid injections had sickened 510 people in 19 states and killed 36.

October 1

California becomes the first state to ban “conversion therapy” for gay teens.

October 6

A Vatican court finds Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele guilty of stealing and leaking confidential documents, and sentences him to 18 months in prison.

October 9

Taliban gunmen shoot Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s education rights.

October 14

Felix Baumgartner dives out of a helium-filled balloon and becomes the first person to eclipse the speed of sound without traveling in a jet or spacecraft.

October 22

The International Cycling Union strips cycling champion Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, banning him from the sport for life.

October 26

China blocks access to The New York Times website after the paper publishes an investigation into the finances of Premier Wen Jiabao.

October 28

worldseries.pngSan Francisco Giants win the World Series.

October 29

Superstorm Sandy strikes, bringing havoc to the Northeast.

November 1

Iranian aircraft fire on an unmanned U.S. Predator drone in international airspace.

November 6

President Barack Obama wins reelection.

Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington approve same-sex “marriage,” while Minnesota rejects an amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

November 9

CIA Director David Petraeus submits his resignation, citing an extramarital affair.

November 14

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a treason law that opponents believe he will use to silence critics and those who associate with foreigners. 

Following numerous rocket attacks from Gaza, an Israeli airstrike kills Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. More attacks follow.

November 20

A Pakistani court dismisses the blasphemy case against Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl arrested in August on allegations she burned portions of the Quran.

November 21

Israel and Hamas reach a cease-fire.

November 22

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi passes a decree granting himself extensive new powers.

November 24

A fire erupts at a clothing factory in Bangladesh, killing more than 115 workers.

November 26

liberty.jpgThe U.S. Supreme Court orders a federal appeals court to review Liberty University’s lawsuit against Obamacare, including whether the healthcare mandate violates religious freedom.

November 28

The first ruling from a circuit court on the healthcare law’s contraceptive mandate goes against the Obama administration.

November 29

Egyptian Islamists unilaterally pass a draft constitution.

Photo credits: CHRISTIE: Associated Press/Photo by Carolyn Kaster; SMALL: Handout; SOMALIA: Associated Press/Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh; OBAMA & KARZAI: Associated Press/Photo by Charles Dharapak; JAMES, WADE, & BOSH: Issac Bal Dizon/NBAE/Getty Images; MARS ROVER: NASA; AURORA, COLO.: Associated Press/Photo by Ted S. Warren; OLYMPICS: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images; CHICAGO: Associated Press/Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong; ROMO: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; LIBERTY UNIVERSITY: Caroline Groussain/AFP/Getty Images

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