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This would also be one of the international news that would be remembered for the year 2012.  Nearly about eight decades after its first issue, Newsweek magazine’s print edition graced newsstands one last time before the iconic publication moves to an all digital format.  Almost 80 years after first going to print, the final Newsweek magazine hit newsstands featuring an ironic hash tag as a symbol of its Twitter-era transition to an all-digital format.  The second-largest news weekly magazine in the United States has been grappling with a steep drop in print advertising revenue, steadily declining circulation and the migration of readers to free news online.  Round-the-clock TV news, the internet, and the broad reach of the modern big dailies have all but removed the reason for the old fashioned news weeklies.  The American newspaper business has been in the doldrums for years.  The Washington Post's fire sale of Newsweek itself was clear evidence of that.  This year we have seen the New Orleans Times Picayune stop daily publication contenting itself with three issues a week.



The middle name of this young political debutant makes him the cynosure of media attention.  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 24-year-old only son of Benazir Bhutto and the heir to one of the most powerful, famous and controversial political dynasties in the world, made his formal debut in the turbulent and often lethal world of Pakistani politics.  He launched his political career with a fiery speech on the fifth anniversary of his mother's assassination.



Sunita Williams along with two fellow astronauts safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station touching down on the steppes of central Kazakhstan after spending four months in orbit.  It was a perfect landing for Williams and two astronauts, Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide, as they touched down in the dark, chilly expanses of central Kazakhstan on board a Russian Soyuz capsule.  The return of Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko has wrapped up a 127-day space journey for them since their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 15, this year, including 125 days spent aboard the ISS.


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Xi Jinping stepped forward as China's new paramount leader.  He was anointed the head of the Communist Party and the head of the military as Hu Jintao relinquished all his roles.  Xi will be rubber-stamped as China's president next March at the annual meeting of the parliament.  The CPC has been ruling China since the People's Republic was founded in 1949.  The CPC is the world's largest political party, claiming a membership of over 80 million members.  The Central Committee meets every year to make decisions on major policies and is also responsible for appointing the most powerful people in China.  That committee will then endorse China's top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee.



Barack Hussein Obama was reelected President of the United States beating a strong challenge by Republican contender Mitt Romney.  Growing optimism about the economy and a big turnout of the core Democratic coalition sealed Obama’s reelection victory.  After years of bleak economic news, enough Americans now believe better days lie ahead for the US economy.  The coalition of young, female and minority voters that propelled Obama to victory four years ago also turned out again in huge numbers. Obama won Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, the battleground states and held a narrow advantage in Florida.  The margins narrowed for Romney with Obama winning at least 303 of the 538 electoral votes.  The victory was far narrower than his historic election four years ago, but it was no less dramatic.


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