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Greece heads for early election, stoking financial concerns
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government was forced Monday to call early national elections, stoking financial concerns as investors worry the main opposition party will win - and want to renege on the country's bailout deal.... 12/29/2014 4:08 PM

Virgin Atlantic plane in Gatwick emergency landing
LONDON (AP) -- A Virgin Atlantic jet bound for Las Vegas has made an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after developing a problem with its landing gear.... 12/29/2014 4:08 PM

Greek Coast Guard: 432 people rescued from ferry fire
BARI, Italy (AP) -- Fighting high winds and stormy seas, helicopter rescue crews on Monday evacuated the last of the hundreds of people trapped aboard a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. The death toll climbed to seven as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain.... 12/29/2014 3:52 PM

Moscow court rushes verdict to Putin's chief foe
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court has moved up the date of its verdict in a criminal case against President Vladimir Putin's top foe in an apparent bid to derail a planned protest.... 12/29/2014 3:39 PM

West Bank ministers visit Gaza to unite ministries
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian officials have traveled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip for the first working meeting of their struggling unity government, months after it was formed, in hopes of reviving efforts to end years of bitter political division.... 12/29/2014 3:37 PM

Poland offers care to Polish nationals in east Ukraine
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland is offering evacuation and other forms of care to people of Polish descent who are living amid the fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 12/29/2014 3:29 PM

Pakistan court suspends detention of Mumbai attack planner
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani court Monday suspended a detention order keeping the alleged planner of the Mumbai terror attacks in jail, possibly paving the way for his release, a government prosecutor said.... 12/29/2014 3:23 PM

Syria to reopen its embassy in Kuwait
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Three Syrian diplomats left Damascus for Kuwait Monday where they will reopen their country's embassy in the Persian Gulf nation, a Syrian official said.... 12/29/2014 3:12 PM

In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path denied
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.... 12/29/2014 3:08 PM

AirAsia's brash CEO in spotlight after jet disappears
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- His airline empire began, Tony Fernandes likes to say, with the purchase of a bankrupt company for less than a dollar. Now, after years of growth that made him the king of Asian budget travel, the flamboyant Malaysian businessman is facing the horror of the disappearance of an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board.... 12/29/2014 2:58 PM

On court order, police raid Bosnian news portal
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Police are raiding the offices of a news portal searching for clues about how journalists obtained a recording of a phone conversation that said the governing Bosnian Serb party allegedly bribed two opposition lawmakers to win their votes in parliament.... 12/29/2014 2:27 PM

Thai theater pair plead guilty to insulting monarchy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two activists charged with insulting Thailand's monarchy because of a play they produced pleaded guilty Monday to the offense, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years in prison.... 12/29/2014 2:09 PM

Ukraine drops nonaligned status
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian president on Monday signed a bill dropping his country's nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership.... 12/29/2014 2:03 PM

After a year, journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal
CAIRO (AP) -- A year after three Al-Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal.... 12/29/2014 1:53 PM

Israeli military shoots and kills Palestinian stone thrower
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Israeli military says its forces shot and killed a Palestinian who was throwing stones at drivers in the West Bank.... 12/29/2014 1:11 PM

S. Korea officials face punishment over 'nut rage'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Four South Korean officials will be punished for improper conduct during an investigation into a former Korean Air Lines executive who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts, the Transport Ministry said Monday.... 12/29/2014 1:00 PM

Chinese access to Gmail cut, regulators blamed
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese who seek to avoid government monitoring.... 12/29/2014 12:58 PM

Egypt court bans festival honoring Moroccan rabbi
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has banned an annual festival in honor of Moroccan rabbi that was regularly attended by hundreds of Jewish pilgrims, mainly from Israel and Morocco.... 12/29/2014 12:41 PM

Liberia reports dozens of new Ebola cases on border
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent improvements.... 12/29/2014 12:37 PM

Afghan official says 4 soldiers killed in south
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says four soldiers have been killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in a volatile region of the southern Helmand province.... 12/29/2014 12:03 PM