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January - Hitting where it hurts.

The European Union adopts a trading embargo against Iran in protest at the country's continued efforts to enrich uranium.

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February - Old faces, new faces.

In Yemen, President Saleh finally leaves power after over 30 years.

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March - The return of a familiar face.

Vladimir Putin wins presidential elections in Russia on 4 March.

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April - You can run, but you can't hide.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty in the a special UN-backed court in the Hague on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone civil war.

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May - It's the biggest ever.

The NATO summit in Chicago brings the biggest ever number of countries together at an Alliance Summit.

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June - Escalating and degenerating.

In the same month that the UN declares the conflict in Syria 'a civil war, Syrian forces shoot down a Turkish jet. NATO meets under Article 4 at Turkey’s request to discuss the incident and its implications.

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July - Small islands, big dispute?

Japan lodges a formal protest with China after the latter's patrol boats appeared near the disputed Senkaku Islands (or Diaoyu islands as they are known in China).

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August - Voting with their feet.

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and his family defect to Jordan to join the opposition. Not far behind is General Muhammed Ahmed Faris, a military aviator who became the first Syrian in space, who defects to Turkey.

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September - Planned or not, a tragedy.

On September 11, armed gunmen storm the American consulate in Benghazi. The U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials die in the attack.

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October - Free to change.

Free elections take place in Georgia on 1 October 2012, with the opposition winning power.

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November - New hope, new challenges?

President Barack Obama is re-elected shortly after Hurricane Sandy batters the US' East Coast.

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December - Getting closer?

North Korea’s successful launch of a rocket seemingly shows the country inching closer toward developing the expertise necessary to build an intercontinental ballistic missile.

© Reuters

January - Hitting where it hurts.

The European Union adopts a trading embargo against Iran in protest at the country's continued efforts to enrich uranium.

© Reuters

February - Old faces, new faces.

In Yemen, President Saleh finally leaves power after over 30 years.

© Reuters

March - The return of a familiar face.

Vladimir Putin wins presidential elections in Russia on 4 March.

© Reuters

April - You can run, but you can't hide.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty in the a special UN-backed court in the Hague on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone civil war.

© Reuters

May - It's the biggest ever.

The NATO summit in Chicago brings the biggest ever number of countries together at an Alliance Summit.

© Reuters

June - Escalating and degenerating.

In the same month that the UN declares the conflict in Syria 'a civil war, Syrian forces shoot down a Turkish jet. NATO meets under Article 4 at Turkey’s request to discuss the incident and its implications.

© Reuters

July - Small islands, big dispute?

Japan lodges a formal protest with China after the latter's patrol boats appeared near the disputed Senkaku Islands (or Diaoyu islands as they are known in China).

© Reuters

August - Voting with their feet.

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and his family defect to Jordan to join the opposition. Not far behind is General Muhammed Ahmed Faris, a military aviator who became the first Syrian in space, who defects to Turkey.

© Reuters

September - Planned or not, a tragedy.

On September 11, armed gunmen storm the American consulate in Benghazi. The U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials die in the attack.

© Reuters

October - Free to change.

Free elections take place in Georgia on 1 October 2012, with the opposition winning power.

© Reuters

November - New hope, new challenges?

President Barack Obama is re-elected shortly after Hurricane Sandy batters the US' East Coast.

© Reuters

December - Getting closer?

North Korea’s successful launch of a rocket seemingly shows the country inching closer toward developing the expertise necessary to build an intercontinental ballistic missile.

© Reuters

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George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.
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