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Iran's army tests suicide drone in drills
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.... 12/27/2014 11:42 AM

Japan's Abe unleashes new stimulus to spur growth
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Cabinet on Saturday approved about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job creation, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.... 12/27/2014 11:11 AM

Pilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus.... 12/27/2014 11:04 AM

Sweden's PM: No early elections next year
HELSINKI (AP) -- Sweden's prime minister says there will be no early elections next year as the left-leaning government has reached an agreement with opposition parties on a budget proposal.... 12/27/2014 10:25 AM

China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant
BEIJING (AP) -- Two fire chiefs and two 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 9:14 AM

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

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