Top International Stories of 2012

Posted: 12/29/12 at 10:10 pm EST      Last Updated: 12/29/12 at 11:32 pm EST

Here is a look back at the stories that made headlines around the world in 2012.

America was attacked again on 9/11. This time, in Benghazi, 4 Americans were killed including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

Also in 2012, the brutal shooting of a young Pakistani girl had the whole world shocked and saddened.

Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old women's education advocate, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Her supporters fought back.

She is recovering in a British hospital.

There was more unrest in the Middle East this year. Protests erupted in Egypt after its newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, tried to become a dictator.

War raged on in Syria this year. The U.S. officially recognized the opposition rebels as the legitimate leaders in that country. The U.S. is concerned the falling regime could do something criminal.

In Iran, U.N. Weapons inspectors met with Tehran’s leaders twice in 2012. By year's end, no agreement was reached for the inspectors to get a firsthand look at Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, drew a red line on a bomb at the U.N.-- an overt symbol of his desire to see an end to Iran’s nuclear program.

Also at the U.N., Palestine was formerly recognized as a non-member, observer state. It's uncertain how that will affect Israel and Palestinian peace talks- which were on-again, off-again all year.

North Korea rallied behind their new leader Kim Jong-un in 2012. The 29-year-old flexed his muscle when he violated international warnings and fired two long range rockets.

Big news across the pond in 2012- the London Olympics and Paralympics drew rave reviews, showering hundreds of medals upon athletes, in an awesome display of international brother and sisterhood.

And Duchess Kate is pregnant- an heir to the throne is due in 2013. Despite the good news, a seemingly harmless radio prank-call from Australia turned tragic. A nurse, who thought she was talking to the queen, put the hoax call through to Kate’s ward. That nurse later committed suicide.

In other British news- an "outrageous" phone-hacking scandal by the English press stunned the world in 2012. The scandal marred the reputation of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Phone-hacking touched many lives- from murder victims, to celebrities.

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