As 2012 draws to a close, it is time for a look back on the events which have made the North East news in the last 12 months.
Richard Wilson has the first of our reviews of the year.
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Princess Eugenie has become engaged to her long-term boyfriend, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Young women are not attending smear tests because they are embarrassed about their pubic area, a cancer charity has warned.
Babies will be born at South Tyneside District Hospital for the first time since the service was suspended.