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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

N. Korea blames US for Internet shutdown
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has hurled racial slurs against President Barack Obama while blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the Sony hacking row.... 12/27/2014 3:42 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

Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) -- A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die - a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.... 12/26/2014 7:39 PM

Vatican arrests activist who bared chest in square
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has arrested the Femen activist who on Christmas Day bared her chest and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus in the life-size Nativity scene in the center of St. Peter's Square, a spokesman said Friday, emphasizing that the protest insulted the faithful gathered to celebrate Christmas.... 12/26/2014 6:54 PM

India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.... 12/26/2014 5:50 PM

Syrian air raids on IS-held towns kill dozens
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian air raids on two northern towns held by the militant Islamic State group have killed more than 50 people in two days.... 12/26/2014 5:40 PM

Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar and intensified fears that Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is lurching toward more authoritarian rule.... 12/26/2014 4:54 PM