1. Conflict in Syria
It’s almost daily that the media shares new stories and images of the conflict in Syrica, which has escalated into a civil war that has sucked in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and in many ways the United States. Bashar al-Assad is still in power and does not seem willing to peacefully step down. Jihadi groups, often times violent, have taken an active role in the resistance of Assad. To date, more than 460,000 Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, and more than 40,000 have died.
2. Euro crisis
The financial crisis in Europe has been dominating the news for the past few years. Countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain have seen an increase in austerity cuts. In February a 130 billion euro bailout agreement was made in exchange for 3.3 billion in cuts. This led to a tear-gas filled protests in Greece, as well as increased anti-German and anti-austerity sentiments.
3. Pussy Riot
The Russian, feminist, punk-rock group were arrested and charged with hooliganism in 2012. They staged a performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Feb. 21, 2012, an act authorities called a criminal act of hooliganism. After their conviction in August, there was a universal outcry for the trio to be released from prison.
4. The London Summer Olympics
Every four years the world comes together to celebrate athletics on the largest stage possible.
For two weeks global athletes competing in every sport from fencing, to diving and track, captivated the world.
As there always are during every Olympics, there were standout performances. This year, it seemed as if Team USA stole the show. It’s impossible to think of the 2012 Summer Olympics and not immediately associate the games with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and the Fierce Five – Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kayla Ross and Aly Raisman.
5. Royal Baby
Royal Baby Bump Watch 2013 has begun! After months of speculations, it was announced in early December that Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is expecting a baby.
The announcement was made after Kate was hospitalized for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an acute morning sickness that causes nausea. The news of the baby was followed by grief as Kate’s nurse committed suicide after she fell victim to a tasteless prank call from two Australian radio DJs.
6. Italian ship that sunk
On January 13, 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia partially sank after hitting a reef off the Italian coast. The accident required the evacuation of the 4,252 passengers. Thirty people died in the accident and as of October two are still missing and presumed dead. Another 64 people were injured.
7. Malala Yousufzai
Malala Yousufzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, shook things up in 2012. After being shot, Yousufzai became the face of advocacy for women’s education in Pakistan. She is now at a hospital in Britain. Tests show that she suffered no major neurological damage but still has a lot of recovery ahead of her.
In a statement read by Anderson Cooper at the CNN Heroes ceremony, Yousufzai said, “Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support. I thank the people that supported me without distinguishing religion and color.”