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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

Turkish cargo ship sinks in Adriatic, 5 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 a crew member and leaving five crew missing in cold, rough seas, officials said.... 12/28/2014 2:22 PM

Libya FM calls oil region clashes a serious escalation
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's foreign minister said Sunday that extremist groups are escalating their attacks and 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 2:16 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 2:11 PM

Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.... 12/28/2014 2:07 PM

Egypt court reduces protester sentences to 2 years
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian lawyer says an appeals court has upheld the conviction of 23 activists for staging an illegal protest, but reduced their sentences from three years to two years.... 12/28/2014 1:54 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 1:39 PM

US, NATO mark end of mission to Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks.... 12/28/2014 12:59 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

Ukraine nuke plant unit taken offline
MOSCOW (AP) -- One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems.... 12/28/2014 9:36 AM

Greece: Ferry ordered evacuated after fire
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities in Greece have ordered the evacuation of a ferry bound for Italy with 466 people on board after a fire broke out in the car deck.... 12/28/2014 7:36 AM

Pakistan: Gunmen kill man from targeted minority sect
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani police officer says unknown gunmen have shot dead a young man from a targeted religious minority community in eastern Pakistan.... 12/28/2014 7:35 AM

Afghan police lead insurgent fight at high cost
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan's police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only sons joining the ranks of a police force on the front lines of the war against the Taliban.... 12/28/2014 6:33 AM

Argentina's president suffers fractured ankle
BUENO AIRES (AP) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle, the latest in a series of health setbacks.... 12/28/2014 12:22 AM

Report: Pilot errors led to presidential plane crash in '04
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A second probe into the plane crash that killed Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski a decade ago has conclusively decided that pilot error was to blame.... 12/27/2014 10:22 PM

2 people arrested in Ottawa mall shooting released
OTTAWA (AP) -- Two people arrested in connection with a Boxing Day shooting at a shopping mall in Ottawa have been released without being charged.... 12/27/2014 9:08 PM

Greek leftists won't run deficits, policymaker says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A leftist Greek government won't run deficits, but will pursue fiscal consolidation, the main opposition party's chief economy policymaker said Saturday.... 12/27/2014 9:02 PM

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.... 12/27/2014 8:45 PM

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw
HAVANA (AP) -- A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.... 12/27/2014 8:20 PM