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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 11:55 PM

Search resumes for missing AirAsia passenger jet
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore resumed with first light Monday.... 12/28/2014 11:55 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 11:27 PM

Croatia presidency to be decided in runoff
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- The liberal incumbent and a conservative rival are heading for a showdown in a runoff presidential election in Croatia, according to the preliminary count of the Sunday poll, held amid severe economic woes in EU's newest member.... 12/28/2014 10:24 PM

1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue 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 9:16 PM

Bahrain Shiite leader detained for questioning
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- A lawyer for the leader of Bahrain's largest Shiite opposition group said Sunday that Sheik Ali Salman is being held by the Interior Ministry, which is accusing him of inciting hatred against the government and calling for its overthrow by force.... 12/28/2014 8:42 PM

Palestinians pushing for UN vote on Israeli withdrawal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Palestinians are pressing for a U.N. Security Council vote this week on a resolution that would call for an end to Israel's occupation within three years.... 12/28/2014 8:38 PM

Saudi: Salaries will not be cut to curb spending
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia is not planning to trim public salaries, wages and allowances, state-run media reported Sunday, just days after an earlier government statement said efforts were being made to reduce such expenditures in the face of a nearly $39 billion deficit that is largely due to falling oil prices.... 12/28/2014 8:35 PM

Libya FM: Extremists seek to capture oil resources
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's foreign minister said Sunday that extremist groups are 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 7:07 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

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

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

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

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