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Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's president was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar in the country.... 12/26/2014 2:40 PM

Irish court: End life support for pregnant woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish judges have ruled that life support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus cannot survive to birth.... 12/26/2014 2:10 PM

Coalition strike kills 3 armed Afghan villagers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces on Friday killed three Afghan villagers who were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency, an Afghan official said.... 12/26/2014 1:56 PM

3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.... 12/26/2014 1:56 PM

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.... 12/26/2014 1:55 PM

Spain premier announces modest minimum wage raise
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister has announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for government-funded pensions and predicted the nation's economy will "take off" in 2015 following years of crushing financial pain.... 12/26/2014 1:54 PM

Archbishop of Canterbury has pneumonia
LONDON (AP) -- Church of England officials say Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has pneumonia.... 12/26/2014 1:35 PM

Israeli police: Palestinian stabs 2 border policemen
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, injuring them lightly, Israeli police said.... 12/26/2014 12:56 PM

Russia's ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency on Friday ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy.... 12/26/2014 12:55 PM

At least 9 killed in Sri Lanka mudslides
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- At least nine people were killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka on Friday, officials said.... 12/26/2014 12:47 PM

China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.... 12/26/2014 12:33 PM

Chinese leaders reiterate support for HK leader
BEIJING (AP) -- China's leaders underscored their support for Hong Kong's unpopular leader as he visited Beijing on Friday in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city.... 12/26/2014 12:09 PM

Comanche leads late on first day of Sydney-Hobart
SYDNEY (AP) -- American super maxi Comanche held the lead in the Sydney to Hobart late on the first day after an impressive start to the annual ocean race to the island state of Tasmania.... 12/26/2014 11:16 AM

Malaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floods
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday he was cutting short his U.S. vacation to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people and displaced more than 100,000.... 12/26/2014 11:15 AM

AP NewsAlert
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.... 12/26/2014 10:33 AM

S. Korean official arrested over nut rage incident
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Friday arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts.... 12/26/2014 10:15 AM

Azerbaijan's station raided by police
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down.... 12/26/2014 10:12 AM

Japan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weaken
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.... 12/26/2014 9:50 AM

Talks on Ukraine settlement break down
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The foreign ministry of Belarus, which has been hosting Ukraine peace talks, says the much-anticipated round of negotiations on Friday has been scrapped.... 12/26/2014 9:39 AM

SKorea, US, Japan to share intel on North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first joint intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, officials said Friday.... 12/26/2014 9:16 AM