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Germany: Greece must stick to existing agreements
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's finance minister says any new Greek government would have to stick to agreements made by its predecessors - comments that come as Greece risks early elections that could bring an anti-bailout opposition party to power.... 12/27/2014 9:09 AM

N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."... 12/27/2014 9:05 AM

China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant
BEIJING (AP) -- Fire chiefs and poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported Saturday.... 12/27/2014 8:46 AM

Gunmen kill policeman, injure another
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle have shot and killed a policeman and injured another.... 12/27/2014 7:32 AM

Pakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said.... 12/27/2014 7:20 AM

Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China
BEIJING (AP) -- In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago.... 12/27/2014 6:26 AM

Reports: Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Carp
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps.... 12/27/2014 3:59 AM

Sudan steps up pressure on UN as it reviews Darfur force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.... 12/27/2014 2:38 AM

Canada mall shooting hurts 1, no 'active shooter'
OTTAWA (AP) -- A single shot fired outside an Ottawa mall left one person with minor injuries Friday in what police were treating as an isolated incident.... 12/27/2014 12:50 AM

Sheldon Kennedy selected to Order of Canada
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Sheldon Kennedy hopes receiving one of Canada's top honors will help draw attention to child abuse.... 12/26/2014 10:40 PM

FARC says it has freed Colombian soldier
HAVANA (AP) -- Latin America's oldest and strongest rebel group said Friday that it had released a soldier who was captured earlier this month.... 12/26/2014 10:21 PM

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia identified NATO as the nation's No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday.... 12/26/2014 10:02 PM

UN chief urges Pakistan's leader to stop executions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Pakistan's leader to stop the execution of convicts and re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty.... 12/26/2014 9:48 PM

10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears
PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths.... 12/26/2014 9:34 PM

Azerbaijan police raid US-funded radio station
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A U.S. federal agency on Friday strongly condemned the raid and closure of the offices of a U.S.-funded radio station in Azerbaijan's capital by prosecutors and police as part of crackdown on independent media in the ex-Soviet Caspian Sea nation.... 12/26/2014 8:59 PM

Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.... 12/26/2014 8:34 PM

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap war prisoners
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners Friday, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine.... 12/26/2014 8:32 PM

IRA veteran arrested after Irish wife stabbed
DUBLIN (AP) -- Detectives interrogated a prominent Irish Republican Army veteran Friday on suspicion of stabbing his wife several times on Christmas Eve, an attack condemned by the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party.... 12/26/2014 8:27 PM

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures 5
HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedish police say a suspected arson attack at one mosque has injured at least five people while a second mosque in the same town has been vandalized.... 12/26/2014 8:11 PM

Third priest killed in dangerous southern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A priest was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, his diocese said Friday, marking the latest in series of abductions, attacks and highway robberies against Roman Catholic clerics in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels.... 12/26/2014 7:54 PM