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The world marked political highs and lows in 2012 as violence and political change once again dominated headlines around ...
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SHOTLIST:AP VIDEO - AP Clients OnlyBenghazi Libya - Sept 12 20121. Wide of crowds2. Wide of damaged consulateSyria - undated3. Street fighting4. Wide of smoke risingGaza - November5. Bombs exploding smoke risingCairo Egypt6. Morsi casting ballot7. Street protests8. Presidential ceremony9. Street violenceMyanmar10. Myanmar parliament11. Aung San Suu Kyi wide in parliamentNew York12. Chinese blind dissident arrivalsMoscow 13. Pussy riot trialLondon.14. Olympic torch15. Still of Michael Phelps16. Kate and William leaving hospitalVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:It's been a year of strides and strife around the globe.On the latter end one of the most notorious events took place on Sept 11th in Benghazi Libya.Four Americans including the U-S Ambassador to Libya were killed in an attack on the U-S consulate there. Syria's civil war intensified and spilled over its borders triggering military responses from Turkey and Israel.Next door Israel and Hamas waged an eight day battle in November.Thousands of rockets were fired and more than 150 Palestinians were killed along with six israelis.Egypt staged it's first free presidential election in its history, following the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in the Arab SpringMohammed Morsi won the two-day run-off.However the goodwill turned sour in November when Morsi decreed himself near absolute powers, and that triggered mass protests and violent clashes. On the other end of things Myanmar, long a bastion of oppressive military rule took steps positive political steps in 2012.The country's National league for Democracy won 43 of the 46 seats that were up for grab including one of Aung San Suu Kyi.China also released a well known blind dissident.Chen Guangcheng was able to flee the Communist country for the U-S where he continues to try to reform his homeland.However in Russia two women in the Punk band Pussy Riot remain jailed for this impromptu protest concert staged in Moscow church.(pause nat sound)And all eyes turned to London for the Summer Olympics.More than 200 countries participated but it was this man, Michael Phelps, who stole the spotlight by becoming the most decorated Olympian of all-time.The city of London and all the U-K had even more to celebrate with the announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William is pregnant with the future king or queen of England.SIGOUT - Name/Associated Press