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AirAsia plane carrying 162 lost; 3rd Malaysia airline shock
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.... 12/28/2014 6:51 PM

Saudi: Salaries will not be cut to curb spending
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The Saudi Finance Ministry says it is not trying to trim public salaries, wages and allowances after an earlier government statement said efforts were being made to reduce such expenditures in the face of a nearly $39 billion deficit.... 12/28/2014 6:48 PM

Exit polls: Croatia presidency candidates in close race
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Exit polls from Croatia's presidential elections show the liberal incumbent and a conservative challenger neck-and-neck, facing a showdown in a runoff in two weeks.... 12/28/2014 6:46 PM

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, the polygamous vegan group said Sunday.... 12/28/2014 6:43 PM

1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to evacuate hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured.... 12/28/2014 6:25 PM

Egypt: Biblical epic 'Exodus' banned over errors
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.... 12/28/2014 6:22 PM

US, NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.... 12/28/2014 5:19 PM

Turkish cargo ship sinks in Adriatic, 2 dead, 4 missing
ROME (AP) -- A Turkish cargo ship collided with another merchant vessel and sank near a foggy Italian port in the northern Adriatic on Sunday, killing two crew members and leaving four others missing in cold, rough seas, officials said.... 12/28/2014 4:59 PM

Iranian senior commander killed in Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, the Guard said Sunday.... 12/28/2014 4:32 PM

Ferry burns in Adriatic; rough seas slows rescue
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A ferry carrying about 470 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation.... 12/28/2014 3:20 PM

Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa
GUECKEDOU, Guinea (AP) -- West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.... 12/28/2014 3:07 PM

Egypt court reduces protester sentences to 2 years
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday upheld the conviction of 23 activists, including a prominent rights defender, for staging an illegal protest, but reduced their sentences from three years to two, a defense lawyer said.... 12/28/2014 3:03 PM

Algeria calls for OPEC to cut production
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's oil minister on Sunday called on OPEC to cut production and raise the price of oil, which has plunged dramatically in the last six months.... 12/28/2014 2:58 PM

Official support for Spanish princess wanes
MADRID (AP) -- Government support for Spain's scandal-plagued Princess Cristina has waned, with its new Parliament spokesman now saying she should consider taking herself out of the line of succession after being indicted on tax fraud charges.... 12/28/2014 2:44 PM

Hamas bars Gaza children from Israel trip
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Hamas rulers prevented a group of children from entering Israel on Sunday for a postwar conciliatory trip meant to foster peace, Hamas and organizers said.... 12/28/2014 2:24 PM

Libya FM calls oil region clashes a serious escalation
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's foreign minister said Sunday that extremist groups are escalating their attacks and making a renewed push to seize oil resources, after an assault on eastern terminals set storage tanks ablaze, sending massive clouds of black smoke into the sky.... 12/28/2014 2:16 PM

American arrested in Israel to be held until end of trial
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has ordered an Illinois man charged with plotting anti-Muslim violence detained until the end of court proceedings against him.... 12/28/2014 11:21 AM

Sri Lanka's largest Muslim party leaves gov't
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's largest Muslim political party on Sunday defected from President Mahinda Rajapaksa's camp to support the opposition candidate in next month's presidential election.... 12/28/2014 11:07 AM

Ukraine nuke plant unit taken offline
MOSCOW (AP) -- One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems.... 12/28/2014 9:36 AM

Pakistan: Gunmen kill man from targeted minority sect
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani police officer says unknown gunmen have shot dead a young man from a targeted religious minority community in eastern Pakistan.... 12/28/2014 7:35 AM